Simply Crochet new issue: issue 22 is out now

Our new issue of Simply Crochet is on sale now – get on trend with a cool coral vest, hook office chic accessories and learn Lucy from Attic 24’s bag designing secrets. Try your hook at something new – make rainbow ripples, experiment with bobbles, and make the cutest puppy ever. Plus, learn the best ways to get kids crocheting.
Contents issue 22

Our latest issue bursting with pretty designs and brand new crochet challenges. Get to grips with bobble stitches and make a gorgeous mint jumper, hook a lovely lacy shawl and transform your dining room with cheery rainbow ripples.  There’s a workshop on seaming so you can really polish your finishing skills and then make a super-stylish doorstop at the end of it. Our collection of bright office chic accessories will help you embrace that September feeling and spruce up your workplace. Plus, you can add sweet handmade touches to your everyday work get-up with a lanyard made of mini grannies and a cute pompom bag charm. Contents issue 22Need a project that’s a bit of a pick-me-up? You’ll have a tough time resisting Moss the puppy. He’s an adorable amigurumi dog who is destined for cuddling. There’s a colourwork birdie cushion that will put a smile on your face, too, and a child’s tunic with a stitch pattern that’s so satisfying to work.  There are some truly great reads this issue as well. We suggest grabbing a cuppa and finding a comfy seat. Lucy from Attic 24 spills the beans about her crochet bag designs, we chat to top hooksters about their tips for teaching little ones to crochet, and share our favourite crochet finds from Unwind Brighton. Plus, be sure to check out the beautiful diamond vest top in cool coral, our review of purse-friendly yarns and much, much more.

  • Debbie

    Great mag and can patterns but the free crochet pins aren’t smooth so they catch on the yarn. I think they’re a bit rusty!

  • Bree Di Mattina

    The diamond vest top doesn’t seem to be true to size 🙁 and the model is definitely wearing a size or 2 bigger

  • KateFuture

    Sorry your pins are faulty Debbie; if you email us at simplycrochet@futurenet.com with your address, we can post some replacements.

  • KateFuture

    Sorry you’re having trouble with this Bree – does your top come out too big or too small? And does your tension over a 10x10cm square match the tension listed in the pattern? Thanks

  • Bree Di Mattina

    Hi Kate. It is going to be too small. I measured myself as the 14 and my tension appears to be OK. It will be very snug as opposed to loose and drapey like the one on the model.

  • KateFuture

    Thanks – we’ll check with the designer, but the pattern sizes only list half an inch positive ease against the bust size, so it won’t be loose and drapey. The one we shot on the model is 8-10 but she’s probably smaller than a size 8 around the ribs/waist (where it looks loose in the photo on page 58).

  • jan bell

    new to this so appologies for the daft question. what are the issue 22 pins used for?

  • Fiona Boyd

    Hi, love the mag 🙂 am having a problem with the child’s tunic tho, I’m doing the 1-2 size but it just seems massive, I’m using the right yarn and a size 3 hook ( it says 3.5 in the pic and 3 in the ‘what you need’) the child in the pic looks bigger than 2 and if I’ve counted right the trebles on the pic are the same amount for 1-2.
    Hope that makes sense!?
    Fee x

  • KateFuture

    Hi, we have a reply from the designer – hope this helps: I made the smaller size, which measures 90cm across the bust (as stated in the pattern.) 5 3-tr groups should measure 10cm across and in the case of the smaller size there are 22 tr groups across the bust plus edge stitches which gives 45cm – see Row 30 for counts on other sizes. An extra 2 x 3-tr groups per size should equate to an increase of approx 4cm per size for the front/back thus 8cm for the overall chest measurement.
    Due to the st pattern, there is lots of stretch in it both ways but to maintain the length then the tension given is correct.
    The front/back measurement across the bust after all the increase rows should be 49cm on size 12-14 without having to stretch it out. If that’s not the case, then you need to go up a hook size.

  • KateFuture

    Hi, have you checked your tension (it should be 24 stitches and 13 rows in trebles over a 10x10cm square)? It’s also on Ravelry, so you could see if other people have hooked it too, and how they found the sizes: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/crochet-scandinavian-style

  • Fiona Boyd

    Thank you for your reply, yes tension is ok, will head over to rav thank you x