The Handmade Fair – Mrs Moon: Kirstie’s exhibitor of the week

“The great joy in putting together an event like The Handmade Fair is the people I get to work with. Everyone coming has a story to tell, something to teach, and we can all learn a thing or two. I want to share as much about our experts and the people selling their wares so… Continue reading

Host a Strawberry Tea party to help women facing breast cancer

Get together with friends, family or colleagues to host a Strawberry Tea for Breast Cancer Care from 1 June to 31 August. The funds raised through the Strawberry Tea campaign, which is sponsored by fine bone china teaware specialist Royal Albert, will help support the thousands of women waking up to the harsh reality of… Continue reading

Simply Crochet issue 20 is on sale now!

Don’t miss Simply Crochet issue 20, with beachy makes for your home, a retro-style bikini, kitty creations for luxe travelling, and an exclusive blanket by Nicki Trench. You’ll also find Joanne Scrace’s cardi in yummy hand-dyed yarns, a beautiful sun hat, Emma Varnam’s beach hut and more. Before you set off, stock up on the… Continue reading

Free pattern! Crochet necklaces

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

Free pattern: e-reader case to download now

Free pattern: e-reader case

This free pattern for an e-reader case is great for newbie crocheters, as it uses just chains, double crochet and half trebles. It’ll make a great Christmas gift too, so even if you’ve been hooking for years you can whip up several in different styles as handmade gifts. Half treble stitches form solid front, back and flap… Continue reading

What is…freeform crochet?

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

Our Mother’s Day gift guide

With Mother’s Day only 10 days away in the UK we thought we’d give you a few ideas for gifts… Grow some flowers: use our pom pom tutorial to create your own flowers like these by loveandmarshmallows Stitch a card: like this one from The Making Spot. Paint a frame: we love this DIY over… Continue reading

Inside Issue 2: kitchen makes

This month’s Issue of Simply Crochet has some stunning makes for inside the kitchen. Check out this little preview below and let us know in the comments if you have tried any of the projects from Issue 2 inside your home… Issue two is available in UK shops and to download now. Psst! You can… Continue reading

Make your own pom-poms!

Meredith from One Sheepish Girl stopped by today to share this tutorial for making your own pom-poms, great for decorating hats, shoes, or even strung together on a necklace. Let us know how you’ll use yours in the comments below. 1. Trace out a a circle on a piece of cardboard. The size of your… Continue reading

Reader makes from Simply Crochet Issue 2

Row one: bow hair band bitchinstitchin | fingerless gloves (pattern from Mollie Makes) Daisy Jones | booties Rachel Thurlby Row two: pocket Heidi Moore | motifs Rachel Atkinson  | bunny Rachel Davies Row three: bunny Jo D-M | Easter bunting Joanne Farrier | Bunny in progress Nicola Lucas Since issue two of Simply Crochet came… Continue reading