Spook-tacular free patterns

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Some of our favourite free patterns from around the web inspired by Halloween… 1. Shark beanie Sarah at Repeat Crafter 2. Kitten ears Hook-de-loop 3. Eyeball Crochet Ninja 4. Amigurumi bat Karissa Cole 5. The black widow spider Lutter Idyl 6. Bat bow-tie and simple mask both Good Knits

Grab your hooks we’re all off to Crochet Camp this summer

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Looking to learn to crochet this summer? We suggest you head to Kat Goldin’s online crochet camp for four weeks of cute projects, talking technique, interviews, and general crochet geekery. For four weeks, author, photographer, and Simply Crochet contributor Kat Goldin will be hosting camp crochet on her blog Slugs on the Refrigerator it’s a great… Continue reading

UK and US crochet conversion chart

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For those of you who  prefer working with charts, here’s a basic key in both UK and US terms: We post a lot of free patterns on the Simply Crochet blog, most use UK terms but some use US terms too. This simple chart can help you translate our patterns and others on the web… Continue reading

Free pattern: Beautiful blooms

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Learn to make Jennifer May’s pretty crochet flower the perfect accessory to help reinvent your summer wardrobe. BASIC FLOWER PATTERN For a large flower, follow the complete pattern from rounds 1-4. For a medium flower, follow rounds 1-3 only. Foundation round Ch6, ss to first ch to join into ring. Round 1 Ch1 (does not… Continue reading

Beginner’s guide: Half treble crochet

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A handy stitch that’s between double and treble crochet in size, and that looks slightly looser than double crochet.

What is…freeform crochet?

Gorgeous freeform hats available from Girl with a Hook through Etsy

Tap into your inner artist with freeform crochet. It’s a technique where there’s no right or wrong. When you see examples of freeform crochet, you’ll notice a relaxed, free-flowing quality. This is because the technique doesn’t use regular or repeating motifs. In fact, pieces are created as you go along and never involve following a… Continue reading

Beginner’s class: crochet in rings and rounds

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Make circles, tubes, and other shapes by working simply rounds of crochet stitches. Finish off each round of crochet stitches nice and neatly, by using a slip stitch

A special newsletter giveaway!

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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

How to count your stitches

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A simple tutorial taken from inside Simply Crochet to get you counting your stitches correctly. Pick up a copy of Simply Crochet here.

Left-handed workshop: make your first stitch

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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