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

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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

Free pattern! Crochet necklaces

These necklaces will take you from day to night and keep you on trend along the way.

You can see more of Carol’s beautiful crochet accessories over in her Etsy shop – CM Beatknit. This pattern is a free download on the condition that it will be NOT be used for commercial purposes. If you have any queries regarding this pattern please contact us on info@beatknit.com www.beatknit.com © Carol Meldrum Materials Yarn: 1… Continue reading

What is….broomstick lace

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Conjure up some magic, either with a broomstick or a super-large knitting needle, for a lacy crochet stitch. Also called jiffy lace (because it’s so quick to work) or peacock eye crochet, this form of pretty, open crochet is worked with a large knitting needle (or a broomstick if you’re feeling very daring!) and a… Continue reading

Free pattern alert!

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Give a tried cardie a fresh look for summer with these trendy crochet buttons… Make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter before Thursday to receive this free pattern straight into your inbox. These buttons are the perfect quick make for over the long bank holiday, and a great and easy way to upcycle some… Continue reading

Crochet a Granny Square scarf, just like TGBSB’s Ann

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We’re all hooked on The Great British Sewing Bee, and now we have another reason to love it – contestant Ann’s amazing Granny Square crochet scarf she wore in this week’s episode! If you fancy hooking up your own version, you can use any Granny Square patterns and join them together – like Ann’s, we… Continue reading

Tutorial: how to make a LED crochet birdcage necklace

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The very talented Yoshiko has joined us to share her tutorial for a crochet birdcage necklace with us exclusively on the blog. You may recognise these necklaces as they are featured inside Issue 4! You will need… Crochet hook White yarn Chain 5mm LED (white) LED cap (blue) 3V coin cell battery Vinyl tape +… Continue reading

Don’t miss: Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC this March!

Free 'make and take' classes, expert advice and hundreds of exhibitors

Sewing for Pleasure, Hobbycrafts and Fashion,  and Embroidery & Stitch are returning to the Birmingham NEC this month from the 21st -24th March, for a four day craft bonanza. Sewing for Pleasure Stop by the Sewing Machine Clinic and pick up some tips from the hands-on beginners workshops, or visit the Knitting lounge to learn… Continue reading

Seven ways to wear: crochet bows

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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

Five Etsy finds: winter warmers

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As seen in issue one, here is a little more info on our top picks this month… The Velvet Acorn, Hampton Hood, $5.50 Wrap up warm and snug in these adorable designs from The Velvet Acorn. There’s a great range of cute hats and hoods for kids, as well as warmers for adults – great… Continue reading