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 43 – on sale now

Simply Crochet issue 43

Simply Crochet issue 43 is on sale now, and we’re stepping back in time to celebrate the 1960s with monochrome patterns. Our geometric dress, statement jewellery and gloves are must-makes. Need a hit of colour? We have stripes galore with a stashbusting shawl and zigzag broomstick wrap. Grab a hook and prepare to feel groovy… This… Continue reading

Hook Hannah Cross’ diamond rainbow throw

Hannah Cross rainbow blanket

HanJan Crochet designed this stunning diamond blanket from issue 40. It’s unashamedly bright, has fun textured stitches that form a clever diamond pattern, and it’s finished off with a playful fringe (so there’s fewer ends to weave in too!). If you only crochet one blanket this year, make it this one. Throughout the pattern you work each… 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!

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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

Crochet Tutorials: Making a Slipknot

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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.   MAKING A SLIPKNOT Try these methods and see which works best. 1. Hold the tail of the ball of yarn in your left hand and drape the yarn… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Chain Stitch & Counting Chains

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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.   CHAIN STITCH Use this stitch to make your foundation chain. 1. Hold the hook in your right hand, and both the yarn end and the working yarn in… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Double Crochet

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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.   DOUBLE CROCHET (dc) One of the key stitches in crochet, doubles are simple, compact stitches that form a dense fabric.   1. To make a double crochet stitch, insert… Continue reading

Crochet Tutorials: Slip Stitch

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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.   SLIP STITCH (ss) This stitch has no height – often used to join rounds.   1. The slip stitch is used to join a length of chain into the… Continue reading

DIY: Alphabet pompoms

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Try making your own alphabet pompoms, a novel yarn buster and sure to brighten your day! Have you heard of Mr Printables? It’s a site packed full of original projects to download run by the novice but exceptionally crafty Olive. It’s on this fab site we found this tutorial for alphabet pompoms and fell in… Continue reading