Watch our Yarniversity crochet video tutorials on Youtube

Simply Crochet Yarniversity

Today we’ve launched our Yarniversity Youtube video series, presented by crochet designer Lou Barnes. You can check it out here. So far it includes tutorials on slip knots, chain stitch, and half trebles, with more to come soon. And get to know Lou a little better in our chat: How did you learn to love crochet? I actually… Continue reading

Simply Crochet issue 44 – on sale now

Simply Crochet issue 44

The latest issue of Simply Crochet, issue 44, is on sale now, and it’s time to master new techniques with our gorgeous projects. Hook a rainbow hoodie, create a super pooch (complete with cape!) and challenge yourself with our Eastern-inspired collection of home accessories. Learn new techniques like ric rac stitch and how to combine crochet… Continue reading

Caron: celebrating 100 years of technicolour with this glorious yarn – guest blog post

Caron yarn birthday

Caron is celebrating its 100 year anniversary and this yarn brand continues to go from strength to strength because it delivers amazing results and the colour choice is quite simply vast. Crochet is all about colour and letting your imagination run riot. Caron Simply Soft offers an exceptional range of colours and it’s Aran weight,… Continue reading

Free patterns – Mother’s Day gift ideas

Crochet rose

To treat your Mum to something special this Mother’s Day, we’ve gathered together a selection of our favourite quick projects – flowers and bows to use as a brooch or in her hair, a mug hug, a case for glasses or sunglasses, and a set of bracelets. Hook your Mum a cosy mug hug so… Continue reading

Join the #Make2Share Challenge – spread the hooky fun!


The #Make2Share challenge is about spreading your love of crafting to friends and family – we’re asking you to give a handmade gift, and ask the recipient to then pass on a gift of their own. Started by retailers, media companies and manufacturers, we want to promote the joy of handmade giving and receiving. If… Continue reading

Simply Crochet issue 41 – on sale now!

Simply Crochet 41 cover

The new issue of Simply Crochet, 41, is on sale now, and you can join us for a walk on the wild side! There are incredible creatures to stitch in this issue – an amazing lion trophy head and Monty the Mammoth. Plus, our spike stitch fingerless mitts are perfect for adventurers. Grab your hook… Continue reading

Simply Crochet issue 28 competition

Crochet cards on the go

We have a great prize in the Simply Crochet issue 28 competition: three lucky readers will each win a set of DK’s Crochet Cards on the Go. it includes 25 project cards for garments, accessories and toys, plus a ‘How to crochet’ book. To enter, simply fill in the entry form here with your details…. Continue reading

Free pattern! Crochet collar pattern to download

Crochet collar

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

Left-handed workshop: how to hold the hook


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

How do I hold the yarn?


To create projects you can be proud of, it’s important to be able to crochet with an even and consistent tension. The yarn needs to be able to unwind easily from the ball while you’re working with it. At the same time, the yarn needs to have enough tension for the hook to be able… Continue reading