Left-handed workshop: how to hold the hook

Crochet fabric is made from a combination of chains and basic stitches. To learn how to crochet, choose a smooth woolen yarn (aran weight is ideal) and a 5 or 6mm hook, so it’s easy to see what you’re doing. If this feels too bulky try a 4mm hook and double knitting yarn. There is… Continue reading

Left-handed workshop: how to make a foundation chain

Chain stitch is abbreviated as ‘ch’ in patterns and is the foundation of a lot of projects. Make a slip knot. Catch the ball end of the yarn with the hook, so that the yarn wraps anticlockwise around it. This movement is called ‘yarn round hook’, which you’ll see abbreviated as ‘yrh’. You’ll do a… Continue reading

How to count your stitches

Knowing the anatomy of a crochet chain is the first stage in following any pattern. The first images shows the front of a chain – you’ll see that it looks like a plait. Have your chain this way round to count the stitches. The back of a chain has a row of bumps. As you can see… Continue reading

All about issue 17

  Spring is here, so come rain or shine we’re hooking bright and beautiful handmade treats. Crochet lacy raindrop accessories in the brightest blues, or go rainbow and make the most adorable technicoloured sausage dog with yarn from your stash. Hook top blogger Wink’s rainbow mandala, and there’s a pair of colourful stripy socks to make, too. Sweet.  When it’s sunny… Continue reading

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Kirstie Allsopp presents The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace

That’s right fellow hooksters! We’re teaming up with Kirstie Allsopp and Hobbycraft to bring you The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace this September. This means you can join us for a day of making beautiful yarny things (plus all kinds more), get stuck in at a variety of craft workshops, be inspired by some… Continue reading

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Download this egg basket pattern for free today!

Check or download the Simply Crochet app on Apple today . We’ve snuck this pattern in there for you and it’s free  – just in time for Easter 🙂  http://bit.ly/1d3UvUk    

Free Pattern: crochet your own toilet paper

Softer, cheaper and better for the environment, scroll down for the pattern and get started! APRIL FOOLED YOU ALL!  For being a good sport, why not try your hook at these sweet little frames instead… You will need: Rowan Wool Cotton 4 ply (50% merino wool, 50% cotton, 50g/180m) 1 ball of each Butter (488),… Continue reading

Free pattern! Crochet necklaces

You can see more of Carol’s beautiful crochet accessories over in her Etsy shop – CM Beatknit. This pattern is a free download on the condition that it will be NOT be used for commercial purposes. If you have any queries regarding this pattern please contact us on info@beatknit.com www.beatknit.com © Carol Meldrum Materials Yarn: 1… Continue reading

Join a yarn bomb in aid of Kids Company

Yarnbombing comes to Bath with a burst of springtime colour during Bath in Fashion Week this May, covering the city with an abundance of knitted and crocheted roses to raise money for Kids Company. The project will be co-ordinated by Emma Leith, a local artist and crochet maestro who has created the rose pattern that… Continue reading

Out now! Mollie Makes DIY Fashion

Craft and customise your wardrobe with the new DIY Fashion special by Mollie Makes. In Mollie Makes DIY Fashion you’ll find easy-to-follow instructions to sew, crochet, stitch and paint everything from knitted necklaces to cut-off denims. It’s 132 pages packed with ideas for embellishing your clothes, making your own accessories, and the best in vintage, quirky and bohemian looks to inspire… Continue reading

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