How to crochet: shell and v-stitch

  This pretty crochet pattern gives a fairly firm fabric but still lets the light through Foundation chain in multiple of 8 sts plus 3. (Try 43 ch sts.) Row1 (RS) Miss 2 ch (count as 1 tr), 2 tr into next ch, *miss 3 ch, work a V-st of (1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr)… Continue reading

How did they do it? Crochet world record breakers

  427 The most people to crochet at one time in one place. Organised by the Nation NeedleArts Association, the evet took place at a New York Mets baseball game in 2010. 253 Feet, the longest crochet chain made whilst running a marathon. This record was set by Susie Hewer at the Virgin London Marathon… Continue reading

Christmas countdown: projects you can do in an evening

Christmas is officially four days away (yikes!), so we thought we’d put together a list of quick projects which you will still have time to craft before the big day.   This crochet necklace from Creative Yarn would look great in any colour, and would make the perfect last minute gift for a fashionable friend…. Continue reading

Beginners class: how to double crochet

This easy crochet stitch is frequently used and forms a smooth, firm surface. It’s one of your crochet essentials! Skip 2 chain stitches and insert the hook under the top loop of the 3rd chain. Wind the yarn around the hook and pull it through the chain loop, leaving two loops on your crochet hook…. Continue reading

Weekly inspiration: gifts for him

We’ve searched the web for some of the best crochet projects and gifts for men so you don’t have to. column one: crocheted bow tie from EpicThread (Etsy), grey beanie Bernat Yarns column two: moustaches from Craft Foxes, crochet grey and red tie Culdesac column three: easy striped scarf from The Sunroom, waxed cotton bracelets… Continue reading

Folksy shop love: Namolio

Namolio’s shop is filled with beautifully crocheted gifts made from natural fabrics such as wool and linen. From pin-cushions to purses Namolio stocks all manner of lovely things including handmade items such as this crochet hook organiser and these lavender sachets – it’s hard to know what to choose but we’d certainly be happy with… Continue reading

Win £200 worth of crochet goodies with Simply Crochet!

Projects, tools and yarn from Black Sheep Wools

To celebrate the launch of Simply Crochet, we’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win crochet goodies worth over £200. With the project books and yarn to make three complete projects courtesy of Black Sheep Wools and a year’s subscription to Simply Crochet, you’ll have everything you need to get crocheting! We’re also throwing… Continue reading

Message in a bauble

Refuge message in a bauble

Send a message of support to women who are experiencing domestic violence this Christmas. On Christmas day and over the Christmas period Refuge will support over 2,000 women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.  For most of these women and children, Christmas will be a very challenging time of year.  Many will be away… Continue reading

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O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree

Just some of the gorgeous crocheted decorations we’ve been coveting. column one: angels (free pattern) by Roswotha Mueller, knitted mittens by meganEsass (Etsy), Christmas trees by Jules at Little Woolie, granny circles by Lesley Ann Gifford at peaqo (Etsy), chain loop snowflake (free pattern) by Better Homes and Gardens column two: hot chocolate mugs by SheepishKnitCrochet (Etsy), neon Chritmas trees (free pattern) by Anne Marie, snowball baubles by BabanCat… Continue reading

Free pattern! Crochet a Christmas angel

Read on to find out how to crochet a Christmas angel for your tree. What you need Materials Hayfield Bonus Toytime DK (100% acrylic, 25g/70m) 1 ball of each: Flesh Tone (963) Sunflower (978) White (961) DMC Lumina (L3821) gold lurex thread DMC Colour Infusions gold memory wire Polyester toy stuffing Plastic granules for toy… Continue reading