Issue 22: All At Sea shawl chart

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Fear not chart lovers! Here’s a handy chart to go with the written pattern for Elisabeth Davis de Herriaz’s shawl featured in issue 22 of Simply Crochet.

Competition: win tickets to the Hobbycrafts show

Competition: Hobbycrafts show tickets

In our new competition we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the Hobbycrafts show to 10 lucky readers. The shows take place at the NEC in Birmingham, from the 6th-9th November, and ExCeL in London, from the 28th-30th November. The closing date is October 19th, so for your chance to win, fill in the… Continue reading

Discount codes: tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Shows

With our discount codes, you can save £2 (or £3 for subscribers) on tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Shows. At London’s Alexandra Palace (8th – 12th Oct) and Harrogate International Centre (20th – 23rd Nov), the shows are full of inspiration and fantastic shopping. The Knitting & Stitching Shows cover all crafts, from crochet… Continue reading

Free pattern! Crochet collar pattern to download

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We love being able to embellish plainer clothes and imbue them with personality. This pretty collar is a free pattern for you, designed by Kirstie McLeod, and it’s a lovely example of a little project that will make an enormous difference. Pretty up any blouse, top or T-shirt with a plain neckline with this lacy collar…. Continue reading

Get your hook into issue 23

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Hello, autumn. We’re ready for you with super-stylish wooly-warmers, gorgeous  garments and one stunning blanket. Prepare to bundle up for the new season with our latest issue. There’s a bumper collection of stylish woolly warmers in monochrome and mustard to hook for the whole family, including a pair of baby mittens, a pretty shawl and… Continue reading

Crochet shoelaces for the #rainbowlaces campaign

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Join footballers across England this weekend in sporting rainbow-coloured laces and show your support for the #rainbowlaces campaign – challenging homophobia in football. This pattern by Lara Messer only needs basic chains and simple slip stitches, so you can hook up a pair in time for kick off  Materials: 1 ball of variegated cotton DK… Continue reading

New looks for a new season…the first glance of issue 23….

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Here’s a peek at our  Autumn/Winter 2014/15 accessories collection. There’s 10 patterns for stylish woolly warmers in monochrome and mustard to hook for the whole family, so prepare to bundle up for the new season! HATS  Bring a touch of happy colour to your winter wardrobe with this beautiful sunshine lace beret, designed by Hannah… Continue reading

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Handmade Fair Meet the Maker: Joanna Clark Designs

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You can officially start crossing off the days, The Handmade Fair is just one week away! We’ve already got a WIP waiting by the door for the journey to Hampton Court, and we can’t wait to see you there. Earlier this week we talked to Joanna from Joanna Clark Designs about what she’s looking forward… Continue reading

How to hold the hook

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What do I do with the hook? Crochet fabric is made from a combination of chains and basic stitches. To learn how to crochet, choose a smooth woollen 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… Continue reading

Left-handed workshop: how to hold the hook

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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