Twisted Headband – Issue 15

If you’re making the turban headband from issue 15, you’ll find a handy video showing how to twist your finished headband strap here.

What is… Irish Crochet?

Unlike most forms of crochet, worked in either rounds or rows, traditional Irish crochet is made up of motifs that are joined with mesh stitches, forming lace. While some crocheters seek to preserve this technique, others take alternative routes, making items purely from motifs, or hooking the mesh background first and attaching the motifs with… Continue reading

Cosy bear cowl issue 10

We’re sorry, there’s a correction to this pattern: The first asterisk on Round 3 of the Integrated Scarf should be deleted so that the round reads as follows: Round 3 (RS) 1dc in marked ch-1 sp (add marker), *ch1, skip next st, 1dc into ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st; rep from * to marked… Continue reading

What is… Tunisian crochet?

Try out this two-stage crochet stitch to create a sturdy, dense fabric that cleverly masquerades as weaving.   Tunisian crochet has many adopted names, including Afghan stitch, Fool’s stitch and Shepherd’s crochet, the latter based on the belief that shepherds used it to create warm fabrics with the spun yarn from their sheep. This type… Continue reading

UK and US crochet conversion chart

For those of you who  prefer working with charts, here’s a basic key in both UK and US terms: We post a lot of free patterns on the Simply Crochet blog, most use UK terms but some use US terms too. This simple chart can help you translate our patterns and others on the web… Continue reading

Beginner’s guide: Half treble crochet

A handy stitch that’s between double and treble crochet in size, and that looks slightly looser than double crochet.

Beginner’s class: crochet in rings and rounds

Make circles, tubes, and other shapes by working simply rounds of crochet stitches. Finish off each round of crochet stitches nice and neatly, by using a slip stitch

DIY t-shirt yarn (with seams)

A lot of tutorials on the web show you how to make fabric yarn from seamless t-shirts however, you can also make yarn from t-shirts with seams! Here’s a tutorial to show you how, all you will need is an old t-shirt and some scissors. Top tip: * Do not forget to round the ends… Continue reading

Tutorial: how to make a LED crochet birdcage necklace

The very talented Yoshiko has joined us to share her tutorial for a crochet birdcage necklace with us exclusively on the blog. You may recognise these necklaces as they are featured inside Issue 4! You will need… Crochet hook White yarn Chain 5mm LED (white) LED cap (blue) 3V coin cell battery Vinyl tape +… Continue reading

Exclusive! ‘I Just Like to Make Things’ – the colour game

© 'I Just Like to Make Things' Lilla Rogers

To celebrate World Book Day we’ve got an exclusive extract from one of our inspiring books of the month ‘I Just Like to Make Things’ by Lilla Rogers. Take part in the colour game by leaving your answers in the comments below or share them with us on Facebook! To take part number the colours… Continue reading