Hooky Highlights from CHSI Stitches

Crochet amigurumi owl

At the end of February, team Simply Crochet hit the road and headed to Birmingham’s NEC for the annual Craft Hobby + Stitches International show. It’s a trade show – and the press get a sneaky peek at all the new products, too! We caught up with some of our yarny favourites and found out what’s… Continue reading

Free Pattern – St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock

With St. Patrick’s day on the 17th March, we thought we’d share our lucky little shamrock pattern from issue 41. The pattern designed by our editor Sara Huntington shows the shamrock used as a brooch, but we think it would fair equally well as a hat pin or appliqué patch. However you wear it, we… Continue reading

Join the #Make2Share Challenge – spread the hooky fun!

#Make2Share

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

Anne Egan’s colourwork crochet socks – now on sale

Crochet colourwork socks

You can now download the pattern for Anne Egan’s stunning colourwork crochet socks, through our Ravelry pattern store. Get cracking with colourful stripes and post stitches to rustle up these amazing calf-length socks. They’re worked from the top down using a dazzling array of shades. Each sock is worked top down. The ribbing is worked… Continue reading

Hook a vintage pattern to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Crochet vintage dress

Romance never goes out of style, and WonkyZebra – home to the best vintage crochet patterns – has a Valentine’s gift for everyone this month. This Vintage Crochet Dress and Head Kerchief is a beautiful outfit that is a perfect example of the “elegant but hip” look of its time (1968). A last gasp of… Continue reading

Hook issue 41’s patterns in Pantone’s colours of the year!

Issue 41 story collection

Have you heard of the Pantone colour of the year? As kings of colour, Pantone select a “colour snapshot” of our culture, mood and attitude – you can find out more here. For 2016 the colours are Rose Quartz pink and Serenity blue, and it just so happens that our Story collection for issue 41 features… Continue reading

Simply Crochet issue 37 – new issue on sale now

Simply Crochet issue 37 cover

Simply Crochet issue 37 – our new issue – is on sale now! The weather’s finally turned so it’s time to get your hook into some seriously cosy projects. This issue, we’re making warm cover-ups and super-chunky gifts, getting to grips with textured stitches and learning more about British wool. Grab yourself a cuppa and… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Holding the hook & yarn

In these tutorial blog posts, you’ll find simple step-by-step guides to many useful stitches and techniques that you’ll use every time you pick up a hook.   HOLDING THE HOOK Try these methods and see which works best. Pencil method Hold the hook like a pencil, in your right hand (if you’re right-handed), about 3-5cm… Continue reading

Creativebug competition: win a year of craft classes & £150 Amazon vouchers!

Creativebug cowl

Creativebug is a brilliant collection of video classes, and we’re giving away a year’s membership, plus 12 tutorials you can keep forever – and £150 of Amazon vouchers so you can stock up on yarn, hooks, and all sorts of lovely goodies! There are over 500 classes to choose from, all free to watch, and the… Continue reading

Subscribers’ pattern – Everyday Tote Bag kit

Everyday Tote Bag

If you’ve signed up for a subscription in the past few months and received the Sugar n’ Cream Everyday Tote Bag kit as your welcome gift, please be aware that one page of the pattern is printed on the back of the cover sheet – some people haven’t noticed and recycled this page accidentally. If… Continue reading