Friday giveaway time!

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To celebrate the release of these special editions, we’re giving 10 lucky readers the chance to win either the Beginner’s or Pro Guide To Crochet. The Beginners’ Guide to Crochet is a 164-page guide full of step-by-step tutorials and gorgeous projects, as seen in Simply Crochet magazine. With jargon-free instructions, we cover all the basics (and beyond), including… Continue reading

Controlling the yarn on the hook

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However you hold the hook and yarn, you need to control the loop on the hook. While you’re crocheting, you will need to control the crochet loop with the same hand as the one that’s holding the yarn. When making your first chain stitches (as shown left), hold the tail end of the yarn firmly… Continue reading

Festival of Quilts: ticket offer for the quilting show at the NEC – guest blog post

The Festival of Quilts takes place from 7-10 August at the NEC exhibition halls in Birmingham. It’s a celebration of quilting offering a comprehensive workshop programme, extraordinary galleries from international artists and a magnificent display of competition quilts. Over 300 companies will be at the show making it the ideal place to shop for all… Continue reading

Making a slip knot

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IF YOUR RIGHT-HANDED… Step 1 Crocheting is just a series of loops worked into other loops. To start crocheting, you need to make an initial loop. The first loop you make on the hook is called a slip knot. You’ll probably have made one of these before, but perhaps not like this. Hold the tail… Continue reading

How to make a foundation chain

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Chain stitch is abbreviated as ‘ch’ in patterns. Step 1 Make a slip knot, as shown on page 71, and hold the yarn as shown on page 70. Step 2 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’,… Continue reading

In with the new – issue 21 out now!

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Take on a new crochet challenge with our latest issue. It’s packed with 28 sunny makes, including top designer Kat Goldin’s beautiful, vintage­style cardi in a golden mustard shade – fantastic. Learn how to make Solomon’s Knot stitches, give colourwork a go and make a gorgeous Tunisian crochet shopping bag. In the mood for something sweet? Hook a… Continue reading

Left-handed workshop: how to make a foundation chain

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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

Free pattern: Granny Marjorie

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A few techie bugs have prevented us from updating our ‘Granny Square a Week’ app with a new pattern today, so as a special treat we’re posting it on the blog so no one misses out. Enjoy making your own Granny Marjorie and don’t forget to share your squares with us online through Twitter, Facebook,… Continue reading

Competition: win Rico Essentials Cotton DK from Simply Crochet issue 20!

Yarn to hook cat projects from issue 20

Two lucky readers will each win four 50g balls of Essentials Cotton DK in Silver (03) and eight balls of Rose (01). This is enough to make all the cat projects from issue 20! Fill in the entry form here.

How to count your stitches

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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