*Sponsored: The Performance Yarnshop

The beady-eyed among you may have spotted Performance Yarns inside our mag, but did you know they have their own online shop? The Performance Yarnshop* has a large collection of yarns in a fantastic range of colours – its a true Aladdin’s cave! Performance specialise in top-quality cottons and cotton blends that are perfect for… Continue reading

Simply Crochet Issue 2 yarn shopping list

Issue two of Simply Crochet is out in the shops today so to make sure your ready to start hooking we thought we’d give you the skinny on all the yarns you’ll need…. Yeoman Soft Cotton DK (100% Cotton, 450g/900m) 1 cone of each white, (1) Petal (31), Glacier (29), Lilac (30). Panama 4ply (50%… Continue reading

Seven ways to wear: crochet bows

In this month’s issue of Simply Crochet we show you how to make this cute n’ easy hairband by Cara Medus, but there are so many other ways you can style and wear your bows we thought we’d give you a bit of inspiration with our seven ways to wear it… Both jumpers are available… Continue reading

Weekly inspiration: in the kitchen

This week’s mood-board is inspired by issue two of Simply Crochet which features a great section on kitchen makes and is out this Thursday! Column one: Sheep tea cosy (pattern) Craftsy, spiral potholders/coasters (free pattern) Made in K Town, crochet serving spoons Jeroen van der Spek at Still Stars Column two: Vintage crochet apron (pattern)… Continue reading

Exclusive! First look at Simply Crochet Issue 2

You asked to see the front cover of issue two and here it is….. Issue two of Simply Crochet goes on sale a week from today and it is packed full of exciting projects (43 to be exact)! Amongst many other things inside you will find DIYs to help you bring your accessories up to… Continue reading

Corrections for Issue 1

We have a few corrections from issue 1 of Simply Crochet, sorry for any inconvenience. Chunky Cowl, p.56 The tension and measurements information were missed off this pattern. They read as follows: Each row of the cowl forms the length of the cowl, and the top opening is narrower than the bottom. With RS facing… Continue reading

Free pattern! Gnome keyring from Annemarie

Annemarie’s Haakblog is a wonderful place to spend time and pick up inspiration for new projects. So we were thrilled when Annemarie agreed to stop by and share this adorable pattern for a pocket gnome with us. Enjoy! Materials needed: Red, white, off-white and blue yarn Black embroidery thread A crochet hook size 2.5mm Fyberfill… Continue reading

Beginners class: crochet a flower with The Making Spot

Grow your own flowers using a hook and scrap yarn from your stash. Don’t forget to visit The Making Spot for more patterns, projects and tutorials.

Weekly inspiration: ‘it’ bags

A collection of our favourite patterns and ready-to-wear bags on the net. column one: Tote bag from With Love Linda, aztec beach bag (pattern) Lutter Idyl column two: Laptop case by Canal blog, heart coin purse (Etsy) studiowonjun, rainbow clutch this next column three: Yoga bag (pattern) by Yoga Hound  

Project colour inspiration: patterned paper

Finding colour inspiration for a big project such as an afghan or a rug can bit tricky, especially when there are just so many beautiful colours and yarns to choose from. To help we are going to start a colour resource series on the blog, selecting colour themes and palettes from existing work and crafts… Continue reading