A special newsletter giveaway!

Make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter by Wednesday 29th May if you would like a chance to win either our ‘big hook’ or ‘little hook’ gift pack. In the big hook gift pack you will receive… 12mm crochet hook hand made from Welsh hazel 120 meter Hoooked Zpagetti in white Handmade Summer magazine…. Continue reading

What is……amigurumi?

Use double crochet stitches in the round to create adorable toys with human features and lots of charm. Amigurumi are crocheted or knitted stuffed toys with a big cute factor. They come from Japan – ‘ami’ meaning ‘crocheted or knitted’, and ‘nuigurumi’ meaning ‘sew and wrap’. These cute dolls and animals soared in popularity during… Continue reading

Our top crochet gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s day is officially a month away, so now is the perfect time to pick up the hook and start thinking about gifts for the man in your life. To get you inspired here are our top gifts from Etsy… HEAD AND HEART One for the new dads, Adorably Hooked has a great selection of… Continue reading

Inside the mag…an amigurumi sensation

Taken from inside issue one, when we caught up with Stephanie Lau from All About Ami to talk crochet, blogging and newborns… Light and welcoming, the home of Canadian crochet artist Stephanie Lau is filled with her personality. New mum to two-month-old Myla, Stephanie is uncannily energetic, eagerly talking about her love of amigurumi: the… Continue reading

Free baby’s strawberry hat pattern!

This adorable baby’s hat, designed by Cara Medus, would be a perfect gift for a newborn. The finished hat measures 18 1⁄4 in (46cm) x 6 1⁄2 in (16.5cm), and we used Rowan Pure Wool. And best of all, you can download the pattern free, here.

Take a glimpse at issue 5…

Issue 5 is a celebration of that crochet staple, the granny square – but like you have never seen them before… This month’s issue has over 30 patterns for you to get your hook into, including a beret, mandala and lots of cute accessories with hexagons. Plus learn about broomstick lace, top tips for treble… Continue reading

The Simply Crochet Book Club – May’s picks

This month we have another great selection of inspiring books for you… 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet Caitlin Sainio (Search Press, £10.99) For lovers of lace, this is a fab collection of delicate, quick-to-crochet flowers. There are clear diagrams and technical instructions throughout, plus suggestions for how to use your embellishments. This book is a… Continue reading

Free pattern alert!

Give a tried cardie a fresh look for summer with these trendy crochet buttons… Make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter before Thursday to receive this free pattern straight into your inbox. These buttons are the perfect quick make for over the long bank holiday, and a great and easy way to upcycle some… Continue reading

Join the Craftbomb with Voluntary Arts Week

On the 11th May Voluntary Arts Week are planning an ambitious mission and need your help – to Craftbomb the UK and Republic of Ireland! So if you are a crafty individual or belong to a crochet, knitting, weaving, arts or sewing group, then this could be right up your street, literally!  Fancy yarnbombing the school fence,… Continue reading

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