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ave we really reached August already? I can’t quite believe it – this year is absolutely flying by and I’m doing all I can just to keep up! I wouldn’t have it any other way though, particularly when it comes to crocheting the days away with bright, fun patterns to go in the magazine! Geometric shapes and clean, minimal living surround us on the high street and online and the trend isn’t going anytime soon. It’s such an easy style to adapt to your individual personality, whether with bold, dark colour choices, or with the bright colours we love to bring to every trend here at Crochet Now! To get you started, turn to page 44 for Kate Rowell’s Very Hexie Blanket – a sure superstar this issue – or if you like a touch of grey, try Emma Wilkinson’s Geometric Granny throw on page 16. We also have some great quick makes for you this month, with a set of geo coasters (page 76) and a super-chunky scarf that you can make in only a few hours (page 24)!

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44 Projects 14 GEOMETRIC COWL Nautical colours combined with soft, lightweight yarn make a perfect accessory for cool summer evenings 16 GEOMETRIC GRANNY This throw is based on traditional patchwork motifs and adds a modern twist by mixing fresh colours with bold shapes 22 THE GREAT PYRAMID CUSHION Colour pops against a white base give this cushion a bright, modern look 24 SNUGGLE-IN SCARF If you need to make a gift fast, you won’t believe how quickly this scarf will grow!

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32 DOTTY TOP This is a casual and feminine everyday top

58 STORYTIME SNAIL This friendly giant will make a great floor cushion for storytime

36 ALFIE THE ALPACA We continue with the Rico Toy Box with a new cuddly friend

60 APOLLONIUS JUMPER This smart little jumper is perfect for aspiring mathematicians!

40 TRILARCHY WRAP This lovely pashminastyle wrap features a simple repeating stitch pattern with spiral flourish border 48 CATHEDRAL WINDOW PINCUSHION This neat little pincushion is inspired by cathedral windows

70 BOY & ELEPHANT We think this dressed-up elephant is sweet with his little friend sitting on his back 76 GEO GRANNY COASTERS These colourful interpretations of geode coasters can be made in an evening 78 OCTAVIUS OWL RUG Add a touch of fun to your child’s room with this friendly owl rug


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58 Regulars 7 WHAT’S NEW? Here are the woolly things that have made our month 12 READER’S MAKES We want to see what you’ve been crocheting 20 KERRY’S JOURNAL We love a great CAL and this month Kerry tells us why we should be joining in with more of these fun projects 26 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Get three issues for just £6! 28 HEART-TO-HEART Help us continue the conversation about crochet and mental health 30 DEAR EWE! Win a fantastic bundle of goodies from Dear Ewe!

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42 DESIGNER SKETCHBOOK Meet Kate Rowell, the creative mind behind Jellybean Junction 50 STITCH MASTERCLASS Practise side saddle stitch with Sherrie’s helpful how-to guide 52 RISE AND SHINE CROCHET-ALONG Part 5 of Lucia’s CAL sees us working a bouquet of flower blocks 65 THE BOOK CLUB This month we read Stripy Blankets to Crochet by Haafner Linssen 68 DISCOUNTS & GIVEAWAYS We have over £1,200 worth of yarn and crochet accessories to give away this month! 81 SHOP LOCAL The best part about buying new yarn is giving it a squish in your local yarn shop

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85 THE NOTICEBOARD This month’s shop news, interview and workshops 86 HOW TO READ A PATTERN Learn how to tackle a Crochet Now pattern and hints on reading crochet charts 89 THE BASICS Basic stitches for most of our patterns 95 ABBREVIATIONS Learn your dc from your BLO with Crochet Now’s abbreviation guide 96 COMING NEXT ISSUE We’re heading into the woods for our autumnal issue with a smattering of Christmas ideas 98 CROCHET 101 WITH THE BLOGSTAR Helen Kurtz gives us her top tips for weaving in all those pesky ends

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NEW? These are the yarns, patterns, books and tidbits of woolly wonder that will make your month

Festival Fashion Mardi Gras is the latest release from Robin. This lively and bold yarn is inspired by carnivals and is available in a range of eight bright and bold shades. Its chunky weight means it works up quickly and is perfect for creating statement crochet pieces including garments, bags and accessories. Made from a blend of premium acrylic and nylon, Mardi Gras is gorgeously soft and easy to work with. www.tbramsden.co.uk

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Cloud Couture The Three Clouds Craft Kit from Wool Couture is a super-easy beginner project that creates a perfect decoration for your nursery. The simple design is available in five tassel colour combinations ranging from calm pastels to festive brights, all of which are guaranteed to leave you on cloud nine when you finish. It’s available to order now from www.woolcouturecompany.com

New at Black Sheep

Like a Dream Rico is expanding its Baby Dream collection with the addition of six new shades. New solid shades will be available from September and have been selected to complement the yarn’s existing colourways, allowing you to create a more muted effect in your work. Rico will also be releasing nine new pattern leaflets to join the yarn. www.rico-design.de

Black Sheep Wools is now stocking Rowan Baby Cashsoft Merino! This scumptious blend of wool, acrylic and cashmere is soft on skin and perfect for babies and children. The luxurious yarn provides wonderful stitch definition and comes in a range of colours from sublime pastels to sophisticated brights, available in 50g balls. www.blacksheepwools.com

LITTLE EDIE

Gingham is the brand-new kit range from Wool and the Gang. The new line is made up of several gorgeous patterns including Edie, the bag for sunny days, picnics and weekend getaways. With styles that reflect this season’s biggest trends and silhouettes, each kit comes with everything you need to make your item including pattern and yarn. www.woolandthegang.com

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POPCORN AND CROCODILES Adventures in Yarn is a brand-new notebook designed for yarn enthusiasts to aid creativity and maximise productivity. Created by Emily of Popcorn and Crocodiles, the unique journal includes space to record project notes and plan future ideas, sections to attach yarn samples and removable labels for your tension squares among many other features. www.popcornandcrocodiles.co.uk

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Every month, Nicki Trench brings us her words of crochet wisdom www.nickitrench.com

I’ve just been commissioned to write another book! This time it’s on knitting, however the process and the nature of choosing the projects are pretty much the same as when I design a crochet book. This book will have 35 projects and I’m at the stage where I’m thinking of what delicious and exciting items I can include. 35 projects is a lot and it’s hard to think of a good variety. I like to use a range of techniques and yarn and it’s important to include garments, homeware and accessories that appeal to everyone at all levels. I think of crochet or knitting books like cookery books. They should be inspirational where

“I like to think of crochet or knitting books like cookery books” you can choose a recipe or project according to your mood, the time of year, your skill level or ingredients. So I have to spend a lot of time researching yarn, trends, colours and styles. It’s the part I love. This book is going to be about colour-block yarn; it changes colour as you go through the ball. It’s a bit like magic knitting and it’s very exciting when the yarn starts to change colour – and no ends to sew in!

You’re So Funny Funny Yummy is the brand-new yarn from King Cole! This unique and exciting yarn is made from 100% polyester and is super soft to touch meaning it’s perfect for all kinds of novelties includes homeware and baby accessories. Available in four pastel shades, this tactile yarn is just what you need for your next crochet project. www.kingcole.com

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When one ball of yarn is no longer being used, break off and leave an 8cm tail. Reattach where needed later on in your work, weaving in ends as you go

Special stitches

Starting ch (replaces beg 1 ch): At the end of the row remove hook from loop, turn your work and reinsert the hook into the loop. Lengthen the loop slightly and work into the first stitch as normal. This stitch ensures a neat edge to your work

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GEOMETRIC COWL

Nautical colours combined with soft, lightweight yarn make this a favourite accessory to wear on cooler summer evenings

DK

4mm

Changing colours

★★ Intermediate Yarn used Sirdar Hayfield Sundance DK 1 ball each in Nautical Navy 506 (MC), Pebbles 507 (CC) Available from www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

About the yarn DK; 320m per 100g; 50% cotton, 50% acrylic

Tension 17 sts x 22 rows = 10cm measured over dc

Hook used 4mm

Other supplies tapestry needle

Sizing one size 68x20cm

Start crocheting Because of the nature of Intarsia crochet, you will be working with multiple balls of yarn attached to your work at any one time. Before starting, divide each ball of yarn into seven smaller balls, approximately 14g each

1 Work the current stitch to the final stage – this works the same for all stitches, simply ensuring you always pause before you make the final, securing yrh and pull through.

(you will have 14 individual balls of yarn). When working with multiple colours, make sure you always hold the yarn on the WS of the project for a neat finish. Note: The chart needs to be read and repeated 3 and a half times to be worked across 119 sts, begin colour changes on Row 3 of pattern (Row 1 of chart).

2 Yrh with the new colour. You can add a slipknot onto the end of your hook, or simply pull through the yarn as it stands. It will be secured later by weaving in your ends.

Making up With RS facing, line up the two edges and pin together. Using the tapestry needle, sew up the seam using an invisible seam (mattress) stitch. Weave in ends.

Chart

With MC, chain 120. Row 1 (RS): Starting in 2nd ch from hook, dc across. Turn. 119 sts Row 2 (WS): Starting ch, dc across. Turn. Row 3: Starting ch, dc across following the pattern on the chart carrying your yarn across the WS of your work. Turn. Row 4: Starting ch, dc across following patt on chart carrying yarn on side facing you. Rep the last 2 rows 17 more times following the chart. Row 39: With MC, dc across. Turn. Row 40: Starting ch, dc across. Fasten off leaving a tail 3 times the width of the Cowl.

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Blanket

For colour passes less then 4 tr-gr, pass yarn on WS and crochet over them on the next row rather than cutting

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GEOMETRIC GRANNY

Based on traditional patchwork motifs, this throw adds a modern twist by mixing fresh colours with bold shapes Chunky

7mm

★★ Take your time Yarn used Stylecraft Special Chunky 6 balls in silver 1203 (MC) 1 ball each in Cloud Blue 1019 (CC1), Fondant 1241 (CC2), Graphite 1063 (CC3) Available from www.poppys-holmfirth.co.uk

About the yarn Chunky; 144m per 100g ball; 100% acrylic

Tension 12 rows and 4 tr-gr = 12cm after blocking

Hook used 7mm

Sizing 88x110cm

Start crocheting

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If no colour is specified, work in MC. Turning chains do count as a stitch. Blocking is recommended. The pattern can also be followed using the chart over the page (please read the chart carefully before starting).

With MC, chain 106. Row 1 (RS): Starting in 4th ch from hook (missed chs count as first tr), 2 tr in first ch, [miss 2 ch, 3 tr in next ch] 34 times. Turn. 35 tr-gr Row 2 (WS): 4 ch (counts as tr and 1 ch now and throughout), 34 tr-gr, WSE. 34 tr-gr Row 3: RSS, 34 tr-gr. Turn. 35 tr-gr Row 4: 4 ch,19 tr-gr, 1 tr-gr in CC1, 8 tr-gr in MC, 1 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 5: RSS, 5 tr-gr, 1 tr-gr in CC2, 7 tr-gr in MC, 1 tr-gr in CC1, 20 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 6: 4 ch,19 tr-gr, 2 tr-gr in CC1, 6 tr-gr in MC, 2 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 7: RSS, 5 tr-gr, 2 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, 2 tr-gr in CC1, 20 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 8: 4 ch,19 tr-gr, 3 tr-gr in CC1, 4 tr-gr in MC, 3 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 9: RSS, 5 tr-gr, 3 tr-gr in CC2, 3 tr-gr in MC, 3 tr-gr in CC1, 20 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 10: 4 ch,19 tr-gr, 4 tr-gr in CC1, 2 tr-gr in MC, 4 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 11: RSS, 5 tr-gr, 4 tr-gr in CC2, 1 tr-gr in MC, 4 tr-gr in CC1, 20 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 12: 4 ch, 19 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 13: RSS, 5 tr-gr in MC, 4 tr-gr in CC2, 5

Special abbreviations

Treble group (tr-gr): 3 tr worked into next space between tr-gr (after 3rd tr of previous tr-gr and first tr of next tr-gr) Right side start (RSS): 3 ch, 2 tr in 1chsp (counts as first tr-gr) Wrong side end (WSE): 1 ch, 1 tr in 3rd ch beg 4 ch. Turn

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Blanket tr-gr in CC1, 20 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 14: 4 ch, 20 tr-gr, 4 tr-gr in CC1, 4 tr-gr in CC2, 6 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 15: RSS, 6 tr-gr, 3 tr-gr in CC2, 4 tr-gr in CC1, 21 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 16: 4 ch, 21 tr-gr, 3 tr-gr in CC1, 3 tr-gr in CC2, 7 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 17: RSS, 7 tr-gr, 2 tr-gr in CC2, 3 tr-gr in CC1, 22 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 18: 4 ch, 22 tr-gr, 2 tr-gr in CC1, 2 tr-gr in CC2, 8 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 19: RSS, 8 tr-gr, 1 tr-gr in CC2, 2 tr-gr in CC1, 23 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 20: 4 ch, 23 tr-gr, 1 tr-gr in CC1, 1 tr-gr in CC2, 9 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 21: RSS, 9 tr-gr, 1 tr-gr in CC1, 24 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 22: 4 ch,10 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 8 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 1 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 23: RSS, 1 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 7 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 11 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 24: 4 ch,11 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 6 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 2 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 25: RSS, 2 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 12 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 26: 4 ch,12 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 4 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 3 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 27: RSS, 3 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 3 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 13 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 28: 4 ch,13 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 2 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 4 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 29: RSS, 4 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 1 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 14 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 30: 4 ch,14 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 31: RSS, 5 tr-gr, 4 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 15 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 32: 4 ch, 14 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC1, WSE. Row 33: RSS, 4 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 1 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 14 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 34: 4 ch,13 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, 1 tr-gr in CC3, 1 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 4 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 35: RSS, 3 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 1 tr-gr in CC2, 2 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 13 tr-gr in MC. Turn.

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Row 36: 4 ch,12 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, 2 tr-gr in CC3, 2 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 3 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 37: RSS, 2 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 2 tr-gr in CC2, 3 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 12 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 38: 4 ch, 11 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, 3 tr-gr in CC3, 3 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 2 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 39: RSS, 1 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 3 tr-gr in CC2, 4 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 11 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 40: 4 ch, 10 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, 4 tr-gr in CC3, 4 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in CC1, 1 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 41: RSS, 5 tr-gr, 4 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in MC, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 10 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 42: 4 ch, 19 tr-gr, 5 tr-gr in CC3, 5 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 43: RSS, 5 tr-gr, 4 tr-gr in CC2, 1 tr-gr in MC, 4 tr-gr in CC3, 20 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 44: 4 ch, 19 tr-gr, 4 tr-gr in CC3, 2 tr-gr in MC, 4 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 45: RSS, 5 tr-gr, 3 tr-gr in CC2, 3 tr-gr in MC, 3 tr-gr in CC3, 20 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 46: 4 ch, 19 tr-gr, 3 tr-gr in CC3, 4 tr-gr

Using bobbins or new balls of yarn will eliminate the need to cut more yarn than required

in MC, 3 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 47: RSS, 5 tr-gr, 2 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, 2 tr-gr in CC3, 20 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 48: 4 ch, 19 tr-gr, 2 tr-gr in CC3, 6 tr-gr in MC, 2 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 49: RSS, 5 tr-gr, 1 tr-gr in CC2, 7 tr-gr in MC, 1 tr-gr in CC3, 20 tr-gr in MC. Turn. Row 50: 4 ch, 19 tr-gr, 1 tr-gr in CC3, 8 tr-gr in MC, 1 tr-gr in CC2, 5 tr-gr in MC, WSE. Row 51: RSS, 34 tr-gr. Turn. Row 52: 4 ch, 34 tr-gr, WSE. Row 53- 61: Rep rows 51-52 four more times, then Row 51 once more. Fasten off. Gently steam block to finished measurements.

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Just like many crocheters, we love a great CAL, so this month TOFT’s Kerry tells us why we should be joining in with more of these fun projects www.toftuk.com

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rochet-alongs (CALs) are a chance for lots of people to share the experience of making the same thing at the same time. It is a great way to tackle a big project in bite-sized chunks so you can keep up and stay motivated, sharing your experience with everyone else who is taking part, and sharing in the excitement of it all together. Although CALs can be good for making big projects like a blanket, they are also brilliant for taking on the challenge of a smaller, more difficult, pattern as you can tackle the complexity one stitch at a time in daily chunks! At TOFT we have done two very successful crochet-alongs with Edward’s Menagerie amigurumi animal patterns. The first was last year’s #edsadvent calendar, where each day you opened a new door to reveal a 3g skein of yarn. It was a mystery crochet-along and every day participants received an email containing a few lines of a pattern to make

a brand-new animal; in this first one we made Gloria the Red Panda. After the popularity of the calendar I decided to host a mystery spring CAL this year and try a slightly different format. This time participants received two full balls of yarn, and each day they received an email for not just one but two different patterns. Mystery animal number one was an easy project that would have been suitable for someone relatively new to crochet, whereas mystery animal number two was an advanced and challenging project with some totally new techniques. It was perhaps one of the biggest design challenges I have ever had to come up with: two animal patterns that shared the same yarn colours, had reverse colouring, with very different skill levels, and I also tried to link them thematically. The resulting projects were Owen the Wildebeest and Gina the Striped Hyena. My initial intention was that people would choose to make one or the other but amazingly lots of people chose to make


Kerry’s Journal Owen the wildebeest and Gina the striped hyena

both simultaneously and the photos online were amazing. It is quite a commitment to design and run a CAL but it is incredibly rewarding to see everyone make the same thing at once. You do need to be prepared to be on call throughout the period on social media and customer service to make sure everyone is able to keep up and ask any questions they may have. What made our last crochet-along so popular was making two very different projects and not having to join in lots of small ends. I have taken all the best bits of both CALs and rolled them into this

next one which I am certain will be the best yet. We have just launched this year’s Advent crochet-along for pre-order: a 24-day mystery CAL to take you right up to Christmas Day! Again, the CAL will include patterns for two brand-new mystery menagerie creatures, exclusive to the mystery crochet-along, with an exciting bundle of yarn inside a reusable presentation box (a great gift idea?). There are a limited number of spaces available to join in though, so sign up soon to guarantee your participation this year.

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The Great Pyramid Cushion Pops of colour against a white base give this giant cushion a bright and modern look

Chunky

6mm

★ Beginner friendly Yarn used King Cole Big Value Chunky 4 balls in white 822 (A) 1 ball each in Petrol 552 (B), Damson 1748 (C), Rose 1542 (D), yellow 828 (E) Available from www.deramores.com

About the yarn Chunky; 152m per 100g ball; 100% acrylic

Tension 18 sts x 10 rows = 16cm along the edge of each motif

Hook used 6mm

Other supplies stuffing 220x72cm fabric for lining (optional)

Sizing

Row 2: 3 ch (does not count as a st now and throughout), 1 tr2tog, 14 tr, 1 tr2tog. Turn. 16 sts Row 3: 3 ch, 1 tr2tog, 12 tr, 1 tr2tog. Turn. 14 sts Row 4: 3 ch, 1 tr2tog, 10 tr, 1 tr2tog. Turn. 12 sts Row 5: 3 ch, 1 tr2tog, 8 tr, 1 tr2tog. Turn. 10 sts Row 6: 3 ch, 1 tr2tog, 6 tr, 1 tr2tog. Turn. 8 sts Row 7: 3 ch, 1 tr2tog, 4 tr, 1 tr2tog. Turn. 6 sts Row 8: 3 ch, 1 tr2tog, 2 tr, 1 tr2tog. Turn. 4 sts Row 9: 3 ch, 2 tr2tog. Turn. 2 sts Row 10: 3 ch, 1 tr2tog. Turn. 1 st Fasten off.

Making up Once you’ve made all triangles, lay out as per Layout Guide. With A and WS together, dc edges together, first along

each horizontal line, then along diagonals in one direction, and finally along diagonals in the other direction. This minimises joining and keeps it neat. Fold up corners to form point at top of pyramid and crochet along 2 seams, leaving final seam open for stuffing. Unlined cushion: Fill with stuffing and crochet final cushion seam closed as before. Lined cushion: To add more definition, create a matching lining by cutting and sewing together four triangles of fabric each measuring 72cm along the edges (includes 2cm seam allowance). Create the pyramid by folding up the corners as done for the crocheted piece, sew two of these edges closed, then stuff, sew last seam closed. Insert in cover and crochet the final seam closed. The lining is slightly bigger than the cover to create negative ease allowing the crochet corners to properly fill out.

Layout Guide Chart

Using a lining will give a more defined pyramid shape

Approximately 64cm along edge of each triangular face

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Wool Couture’s Time & Tide yarn makes a lovely muted version of the Snuggle-in scarf www.woolcouture company.com

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SNUGGLE-IN SCARF If you need to make a gift fast, you won’t believe how quickly this scarf will grow!

Super chunky

12mm

★ Quick & easy Yarn used Wool Couture Cheeky Chunky 2 skeins each in aqua (CC1), raspberry (CC2) Available from www.woolcouturecompany.com

About the yarn Super chunky; 130m per 200g; 100% Merino wool

Tension 2 sts x 4 rows = 10cm over cluster st

Hook used 12mm

Other supplies large pompom maker

Sizing 25x180cm

Special stitches

Cluster: 5 tr in same st or 5 tr in same sp between clusters on previous row

Start crocheting Clusters are worked into the space between 2 clusters on previous row unless otherwise stated. Trebles are worked into the individual trs of clusters on previous rows, and not into the sp between. With CC1, chain 22. Row 1: Miss 3 ch (counts as tr here and throughout), 19 tr. Turn. 20 sts Row 2: 3 ch, 19 tr. Turn. 20 sts **Row 3: 3 ch, [miss 3, cluster in next st] 4 times, miss 3, 1 tr. Turn. 4 clusters Row 4: 3 ch, 2 tr in sp between tr and cluster on previous row, 3 cluster, 1 tr in sp, 1 tr in last st. Turn. 3 clusters Row 5: 3 ch, 4 cluster, 1 tr in last st. Turn. Rows 6-13: Rep rows 4-5 four more times. Row 14: 3 ch, miss 1 tr, 19 tr. Turn. 20 sts Row 15: As Row 2. Fasten off CC1 and join CC2. Rows 16-17: As Row 2. Rows 18-30: Rep rows 3-13. Rows 31-32: Rep rows 14-15. Fasten off CC2 and join CC1.

Change colour. Rows 33-34: As Row 2. Rep from ** once more.

Finishing Weave in ends and gently stretch out to desired shape on a flat surface. Spray very lightly with water and allow to dry. Make four pompoms (2 in CC1 and 2 in CC2) and attach to corners in contrasting colour.

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and wellbeing. Each month we’ll be sharing some of the inspiring stories we receive to encourage people to open up about their struggles and show them our support.

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“In 2016 I suffered a breakdown and was quite poorly. I was off work for many months and crocheting has helped me with my mental health. When I was having really bad days I would start a project and it helped me keep my mind off things. I am having a relapse at the moment and I have noticed I spend more time crocheting to keep busy and keep my mind focused. Working on my projects really helps my mental health and each day is getting easier for me; I am starting to go out a bit more. I had to share my story to help others get involved.”

Crochet a heart You will need pink (CC1) & white (CC2) yarn With CC1, chain 4. Join with sl st into first ch to form a ring. Rnd 1: Working into ring, 3 ch (counts as first tr now and throughout), 2 tr, [3 ch, 3 tr] 3 times, 3 ch, sl st in top of beg 3 ch to join. 12 tr Rnd 2: 4 ch (counts as first tr and 1 ch), [3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr] into next 3ch-sp, 1 ch, *[3 tr ,3 ch, 3 tr] into next 3chsp, 1 ch; rep from* once more, [3 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr] into next 3ch-sp, sl st in 3rd ch of beg 4 ch to join. 24 tr Rnd 3: 3 ch, 2 tr into first 1ch-sp, 1 ch, [3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr] into next 3ch-sp, change to CC2, 1 ch, 3 tr into next 1ch-sp, change to CC1, 1 ch, [3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr] into next 3ch-sp, 1 ch, 3 tr into next 1ch-sp, change to CC2, 1 ch, [3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr] into next 3ch-sp, change to CC1, 1 ch, 3 tr into next 1ch-sp, change to CC2, 1 ch, [3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr] into next 3ch-sp, 1 ch, sl st in top of beg 3 ch to join. 36 tr Fasten off CC1. Rnd 4: Cont with CC2 only, 3 ch, 2 tr into first 1ch-sp, 1 ch, 3 tr into next

1ch-sp, 1 ch, *[3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr] into next 3ch-sp, 1 ch, [3 tr into next 1ch-sp, 1 ch] twice; rep from * twice, [3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr] into final 3ch-sp, 1 ch, sl st in top of beg 3 ch to join. 48 tr Rnd 5: 3 ch, 2 tr into first 1ch-sp, 1 ch, [3 tr into next 1ch-sp, 1 ch] twice, *[3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr] into next 3ch-sp, 1 ch, [3 tr into next 1ch-sp, 1 ch] 3 times; rep from * twice, [3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr] into final 3ch-sp, 1 ch, sl st in top of beg 3 ch to join. Fasten off CC2. Rnd 6: Join CC1 to any 1ch-sp, 1 ch, dc in same sp, dc evenly round square (work 1 dc in 1ch-sp and 3 dc in 3chsp), sl st in first st to join. Fasten off.

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DOTTY LACE TOP

This casual and feminine everyday top features a delicate lace pattern great for summer and layering up all year round

DK

3mm

★★★ Looking for a challenge Yarn used Patons 100% Cotton DK 5 (5, 6, 7, 8, 8) balls in 2726 Available from www.knittingwool.com

About the yarn DK; 210m per 100g ball; 100% cotton

Tension 21 sts = 9cm, 9 rows = 10cm, measured over main st patt

Hook used 3mm

Sizing XS (S/M, M/L, 1X, 2X, 3X) To fit bust: 77.5 (90, 102.5, 115, 127.5, 137) cm Designed to fit with 5.5cm positive ease See schematic for finished measurements

Start crocheting Dotty is worked seamlessly in the round from the top down with the RS always facing you. Dotty Top features a delicate lace pattern, with elements that gradually enlarge towards the bottom and widen across the yoke. The body and sleeves are worked in the round without increases. The sweater’s length is adjustable, as well as the sleeve length. A wide bateau neckline worked in ribbing st rounds out the style. Note: Join each rnd with a sl st in the 3rd ch of beg ch or to beg dc as appropriate.

Yoke Chain 176 (192, 224, 240, 272, 288). Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Rnd 1: 3 ch (counts as first tr now and throughout), 1 tr, *2 ch, miss 2 chs, 1 tr, 2 ch, miss 2 chs, 3 tr; rep from * to end, omitting last 2 tr, join. 88 (96, 112, 120, 136, 144) tr Rnd 2: 3 ch, 2 tr in next st, *2 ch, 1 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr in next st, 1 tr, 2 tr in next st; rep from * to last 2 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr in last st, join. 132 (144, 168, 180, 204, 216) tr Rnd 3: 5 ch (counts as first tr and 2 ch now and throughout), *2 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 2 tr in next ch-sp, 2 ch, miss 2 sts, 1 tr, 2 ch; rep from * to last 3 tr, 2 tr in next chsp, 1 tr, 2 tr in last ch-sp, 2 ch, join.

Rnd 4: 5 ch, *5 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr, 2 ch; rep from * to last 5 tr, 5 tr, 2 ch, join. Rnd 5: 3 ch, 2 tr in first ch-sp, *3 ch, miss 2 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 2 tr in next ch-sp; rep from * to last 5 tr, 3 ch, miss 2 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr in last chsp, join. Rnd 6: 3 ch, 2 tr, *3 ch, 1 tr, 3 ch, 5 tr; rep from * to last 3 tr, 3 ch, 1 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr, join. Rnd 7: 6 ch (counts as first tr and 3 ch now and throughout), *2 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 2 tr in next ch-sp, 3 ch, miss 2 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch; rep from * to last 3 tr, 2 tr in next chsp, 1 tr, 2 tr in last ch-sp, 3 ch, join. Rnd 8: 6 ch, *5 tr, 3 ch, 1 tr, 3 ch; rep from * to last 5 tr, 5 tr, 3 ch, join. Rnd 9: 3 ch, 3 tr in first ch-sp, *3 ch, miss 2 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in next ch-sp; rep from * to last 5 tr, 3 ch, miss 2 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr in last ch-sp, join. 176 (192, 224, 240, 272, 288) tr

Special stitches

Ftr: foundation treble crochet Extended treble (etr): Yrh, insert hook into next st, yrh, pul, yrh, draw through 1 loop, [yrh, draw through 2 loops] twice

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The boat neckline on this top is very flattering

Rnd 10: 3 ch, 3 tr, *3 ch, 1 tr, 3 ch, 7 tr; rep from * to last 4 tr, 3 ch, 1 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr, join. SIZES XS, S/M & M/L ONLY: Rnd 11: 6 ch, *3 tr in first ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, miss 3 sts; rep from * to last 4 tr, 3 tr in next chsp, 1 tr, 3 tr in last ch-sp, 3 ch, join. Rnd 12: 1 ch (does not count as a st), 1 dc in same st as join, 1 dc in first ch-sp, 2 ch, *7 tr, 2 ch, 1 dc in next ch-sp, 1 dc, 1 dc in next ch-sp, 2 ch; rep from * to last 7 tr, 7 tr, 2 ch, 1 dc in last ch-sp, join. Rnd 13: 6 ch, *7 tr, 3 ch, miss 1 dc, 1 tr, 3 ch, miss 1 dc; rep from * to last 7 tr, 7 tr, 3 ch, join.

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Rnd 14: 3 ch, 3 tr in first ch-sp, *3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in next ch-sp; rep from * to last 7 tr, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr in last ch-sp, join. Rnd 15: 3 ch, 3 tr, *2 ch, 1 dc in next chsp, 1 dc, 1 dc in next ch-sp, 2 ch, 7 tr; rep from * to last 4 tr, 2 ch, 1 dc in next ch-sp, 1 dc, 1 dc in last ch-sp, 2 ch, 3 tr, join. Rnd 16: 3 ch, 3 tr, *3 ch, miss 1 dc, 1 tr, 3 ch, miss 1 dc, 7 tr; rep from * to last 3 dc, 3 ch, miss 1 dc, 1 tr, 3 ch, miss 1 dc, 3 tr, join. Yoke complete. Do not fasten off, proceed to Body.

SIZES 1X, 2X & 3X ONLY: Rnd 11: 6 ch, *3 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, miss 3 sts; rep from * to last 4 tr, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in last ch-sp, 3 ch, join. Rnd 12: 6 ch, *7 tr, 3 ch, 1 tr, 3 ch; rep from * to last 7 tr, 7 tr, 3 ch, join. Work rnds 14-16 of smaller sizes, then work rnds 11-13 of smaller sizes. Do not fasten off, proceed to Body.

Body SIZES XS, S/M & M/L ONLY: Rnd 1: 6 ch, [miss 3 sts, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch] 3 (3, 4, -, -, -) times, miss 2 sts, 1 etr


Garment in next tr, 5 ftr, miss next 4 (4, 5, -, -, -) 7trgroups, 1 etr in first tr of next 7tr-group, 3 ch, miss 2 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, [miss 3 sts, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch] 6 (7, 8, -, -, -) times, miss 2 sts, 1 etr in next tr, 5 ftr, miss next 4 (4, 5, -, -, -) 7tr-groups, 1 etr in first tr of next 7tr-group, 3 ch, miss 2 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, *3 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, miss 3 sts; rep from * to last 4 tr, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in last ch-sp, 3 ch, join. 126 (142, 158, -, -, -) tr Rnd 2: As Rnd 12 of Yoke. Rnd 3: As Rnd 13 of Yoke. Rep rnds 14-16 of Yoke once. Rep rnds 11-16 of Yoke 3 times. Do not fasten off, proceed to Edging. SIZES 1X, 2X & 3X ONLY: Rnd 1: 3 ch, 3 tr in first ch-sp, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, [3 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch] -, (-, -, 4, 4, 5) times, miss 2 sts, 1 etr in next tr, 5 ftr, miss next -, (-, -, 5,

Underarm Bridge

6, 6) 7tr-groups, 1 etr in first tr of 7trgroup, 3 ch, miss 2 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, [miss 3 sts, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch] -, (-, -, 9, 10, 11) times, miss 2 sts, 1 etr in next tr, 5 ftr, miss next -, (-, -, 5, 6, 6) 7trgroups, 1 etr in first tr of next 7tr-group, 3 ch, miss 2 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch, *miss 3 sts, 3 tr in next ch-sp, 1 tr, 3 tr in next chsp, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 tr, 3 ch; rep from * to last 3 tr, 3 tr in last ch-sp, join. -, (-, -, 174, 190, 206) tr Rnd 2: As Rnd 15 of Yoke. Rnd 3: As Rnd 16 of Yoke. Rep rnds 11-16 of Yoke 4 times. Do not fasten off, proceed to Edging.

Rep [rnds 14-16 then rnds 11-13 of Yoke] 5 times. 40 (40, 48, 48, 56, 56) tr Rep rnds 14-16 once more. Do not fasten off, work Edging as for Body.

Neckline

Rnd 1: 1 ch, dc around, join. Turn. Rnds 2-3: Sl st in BLO around, join. Turn. Fasten off.

Join new yarn in first base ch. Rnd 1: 3 ch (counts as first tr), tr around, placing 2 tr in each 2ch-sp, join. Do not turn. 176 (192, 224, 240, 272, 288) sts Rnds 2-7: 2 ch (counts as first RtrB now and throughout), *1 RtrF, 1 RtrB; rep from * to last st, 1 RtrF, join in top of beg 2 ch. Do not turn. Rnd 8: 2 ch, work in est patt around, missing each 0 (6th, 4th, 4th, 3rd, 3rd) RtrB and keeping sts in patt as before, join in top of beg 2 ch. 176 (176, 196, 210, 227, 240) sts Fasten off.

Sleeves (both the same)

Finishing

Join new yarn in underside of 3rd (centre) ftr of underarm bridge.

Weave in ends and block to dimensions given in schematic.

Edging

Yoke

Schematic

slip stitch (sl st) chain (ch) double crochet (dc)

treble crochet (tr)

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The Rico Toy Box

Alfie the Alpaca

Our toy boxes are filling up nicely now! Alfie is the seventh in our cuddly collection of toys from Rico DK

3mm

★★ Take your time Yarn used Rico Essentials Cotton DK 2 balls in Nature 51 (A) 1 ball in beige 91 (B) Few metres in black 90, teal 40, Lemon 62, Pumpkin 87, Light Pink 54, Grass Green 66, Dark Jeans 85, red 02 Why not try Ricorumi? 3 balls in ecru 54 (A), 2 balls in beige 55 (B) 1 ball each in black 60, Midnight Blue 35, Vanilla 05, orange 27, Rose 08, green 049, Denim 34, red 28 Available from www.blacksheepwools.com

About the yarn DK; 130m per 50g ball; 100% cotton

Tension 10 sts x 12 rows = 5cm measured over dc

Hook used 3mm

Other supplies toy stuffing, tapestry needle pompom maker, 4cm

Sizing Approximately 29cm from top to toe when standing

Start crocheting The pieces worked in the round are worked in the amigurumi style, in a spiral without slip stitching or turning chains. Use a st marker or waste yarn to keep track of the first st of each rnd. Each round is joined with a sl st to first dc. Beg 1 ch is not counted as a st. When stuffing the toy, tease out little bits of stuffing at a time, this will ensure a smooth and lump-free shape to the finished project. If you intend to give the toy to a young child then please make sure all parts are sewn on very firmly and regularly check that parts are fully attached.

Head With A, chain 2. Rnd 1: 6 dc in 2nd ch from hook, join. 6 dc Rnd 2: 1 ch, 2 dc in each st to end, join. 12 dc Rnd 3: 1 ch, *1 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 18 dc Rnd 4: 1 ch, *2 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 24 dc Rnds 5-10: 1 ch, dc to end, join. Rnd 11: 1 ch, 7 dc, [2 dc in next st] 10 times, 7 dc, join. 34 dc Rnds 12-20: 1 ch, dc to end, join.

Decrease for back of head Start stuffing when you begin the decreases and shape the head as you work. Rnd 21: 1 ch, 2 dc, [1 dc, 1 dc2tog] 10 times, 2 dc, join. 24 dc Rnd 22: 1 ch, *2 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end, join. 18 dc Rnd 23: 1 ch, *1 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end, join. 12 dc Rnd 24: 1 ch, 6 dc2tog, join. 6 dc Fasten off.

Neck With A, chain 2. Row 1: 3 dc in 2nd ch from hook. Turn. 3 dc Row 2: 1 ch, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc, 2 dc in last st. Turn. 5 dc Row 3: 1 ch, dc to end. Turn. Row 4: 1 ch, 2 dc in first st, dc across to last st, 2 dc in last st. Turn. 7 dc Row 5: 1 ch, dc to end. Turn. Row 6: As Row 4. Do not turn. 9 dc Row 7: 23 ch, sl st to st at opposite end of Row 6, forming a circle. 32 sts Continue in rnds. Rnd 8 (RS): 1 ch, 9 dc, 23 dc across ch, join. Rnds 9-13: 1 ch, dc to end, join. Rnd 14: 1 ch, *2 dc, 1 dc2tog rep from * to end, join. 24 dc Rnds 15-20: 1 ch, dc to end, join. Fasten off.

Ears (make 2) With A, chain 2. Rnd 1: 6 dc in 2nd ch from hook, join. 6 dc Rnd 2: 1 ch, 2 dc in each st to end, join. 12 dc Rnds 3-6: 1 ch, dc to end, join. Rnd 7: 1 ch, *1 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 18 dc Rnds 8-9: 1 ch, dc to end, join. Fasten off.

Body Start stuffing when you begin the decreases and shape the body as you continue to work. With A, chain 2. Rnd 1: 6 dc in 2nd ch from hook, join. 6 dc Rnd 2: 1 ch, 2 dc in each st to end, join. 12 dc

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The Rico Toy Box Rnd 3: 1 ch, *1 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 18 dc Rnd 4: 1 ch, *2 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 24 dc Rnd 5: 1 ch, *3 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 30 dc Rnd 6: 1 ch, *4 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 36 dc Rnd 7: 1 ch, *5 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 42 dc Rnds 8-32: 1 ch, dc to end, join. Rnd 33: 1 ch, *5 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end, join. 36 dc Rnd 34: 1 ch, *4 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end, join. 30 dc Rnd 35: 1 ch, *3 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end, join. 24 dc Rnd 36: 1 ch, *2 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end, join. 18 dc Rnd 37: 1 ch, *1 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end, join. 12 dc Rnd 38: 1 ch, 6 dc2tog, join. 6 dc Fasten off.

Tail With A, chain 2. Rnd 1: 6 dc in 2nd ch from hook, join. 6 dc Rnd 2: 1 ch, 2 dc in each st to end, join. 12 dc Rnds 3-6: 1 ch, dc to end, join. Rnd 7: 1 ch, *1 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 18 dc Rnds 8-11: 1 ch, dc to end, join. Fasten off.

Legs (make 4) With A, chain 16. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Rnd 1: 1 ch, dc to end, join. 16 dc Rnds 2-19: As Rnd 1. Fasten off A and join B. Rnd 20: With B, as Rnd 1. Rnd 21: 1 ch, *1 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 24 dc Rnds 22-26: As Rnd 1. Fasten off. Foot Base (make 4) With B, chain 2. Rnd 1: 6 dc in 2nd ch from hook, join. 6 dc Rnd 2: 1 ch, 2 dc in each st to end, join. 12 dc Rnd 3: 1 ch, *1 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 18 dc Rnd 4: 1 ch, *2 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end, join. 24 dc Fasten off.

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Back Cloth Work in the following two-row colour sequence: Teal/Lemon/Pumpkin/Light Pink/red/Dark Jeans/Lemon/Grass Green. With teal, chain 34. Row 1 (RS): Starting in 2nd ch from hook, dc to end. Turn. 33 dc Row 2: 1 ch, dc to end, change to next colour on yrh of last dc. Turn. Rep rows 1-2 another 7 times. Fasten off.

Underbody Strap With red, chain 24. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, dc to end. Turn. 23 dc Row 2: 1 ch, dc to end. Fasten off.

Bobbles (make 1 each in red, Lemon, Grass Green and Pumpkin) Rnd 1: 3 ch (counts as first tr), 16 tr in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to top of beg 3 ch to join. 16 tr Rnd 2: 1 ch, dc to end, join. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Harness With red, chain until work measure 55cm. Fasten off.

Making up Weave in ends not to be used for sewing. Begin with the Head. With B and 4cm pompom maker, make a fairly loose pompom so that it will give a fluffy effect for hair. Sew this to the centre of the top of Head. Flatten Ear and pinch together at the base to form the ear shape. Sew each ear to either side of Head, tucking them under the pompom slightly. With black, embroider eyes on each side of Head, then using the photo as a guide, embroider the nose and mouth. Add some stuffing to Neck forming a thick tube. Pin the ‘V’ at the centre front of the neck onto the centre front of the body. Sew Neck in place carefully. Add more stuffing at the join to make the neck is really firm. Sit Head onto Neck (this is quite tricky so take your time). Sew Head in place. Stuff Legs firmly then sew each Foot Base onto a leg, adding extra stuffing if needed. Pin Legs onto Body and try to make them all level so Alfie will stand. Sew in place. Add a little stuffing to Tail to pad lightly. Sew to back of Body. Take Back Cloth and using red, make a knotted fringe about 2cm long into each

stripe across each short side. Attach Underbody Strap to the centre of one side of Back Cloth. Place onto Body, then sew the other side in place to hold the back cloth in place. Take a Bobble, add a tiny bit of stuffing to pad and then using the long end of yarn, gather the top edge to form a neat ball, leave yarn hanging. Finish the other Bobbles in the same way. Tie all the Bobbles together and then using one of the strands of yarn, tie the Bobbles around the alpaca’s neck. Attach Harness around Head as desired, using photo as a guide.

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Accessory

There are 9 reps of the main pattern across the width, with 25 reps for the length. Alter the length or width by keeping a full pattern rep

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TRILARCHY WRAP

This lovely pashmina-style wrap features a simple repeating stitch pattern with a spiral flourish border of extra weight at the edges 4-ply

3.25mm

★ Beginner friendly Yarn used Wendy Anaphora 2 balls in Hockney 3421 Available from www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

About the yarn 4-ply; 600m per 150g ball; 50% acrylic, 50% cotton

Tension 7 rows x 1 patt rep = 6cm across

Hook used 3.25mm

Other supplies optional stitch markers for counting

Sizing 55x170cm

Special abbreviations

Patt rep (for tension): 7 ch, miss 5 ch, 1 dc, 3 ch, miss 2 ch, 1 dc, 7 ch, miss 5 ch**, [2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr] in next ch

Start crocheting Make sure the initial chain is for the correct number of stitches. Use stitch markers every 40 sts to make keeping count easier. The stitch count does not change once you have set up the first chain. 3 ch at the start of a row counts as a tr.

Chain 139. Row 1: Starting in 4th ch from hook, 2 tr, *7 ch, miss 5 ch, 1 dc, 3 ch, miss 2 ch, 1 dc, 7 ch, miss 5 ch**, [2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr] in next ch; rep from * 8 times ending last rep at **, 3 tr in last ch. Turn. 9 reps Row 2: 3 ch, 2 tr in first st, *3 ch, 1 dc in next 7ch-sp, 5 ch, miss 3ch-sp, 1 dc in next 7ch-sp, 3 ch**, [2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 1ch-sp; rep from * 8 times ending last rep at **, miss 2 tr, 3 tr in top of 3 ch. Turn. Row 3: 3 ch, 2 tr in first st, *miss 3ch-sp, 11 dtr in next 5ch-sp, miss 3ch-sp**, [2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 1ch-sp; rep from * 8 times ending last rep at **, miss 2 tr, 3 tr in top of 3 ch. Turn. 9 pineapple bases Row 4: 3 ch, 2 tr in first st, *2 ch, miss 2 tr, [1 dc, 3 ch, miss 1 st] 5 times, 1 dc, 2 ch**, [2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 1ch-sp; rep from * 8 times ending last rep at **, miss 2 tr, 3 tr in top of 3 ch. Turn. Row 5: 3 ch, 2 tr in first st, *3 ch, miss 2chsp, [1 dc in next 3ch-sp, 3 ch] 5 times, miss 2ch-sp**, [2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 1ch-sp; rep from * 8 times ending last rep at **, miss 2 tr, 3 tr in top of 3 ch. Turn. Row 6: 3 ch, 2 tr in first st, *3 ch, miss next 3ch-sp, [1 dc in next 3ch-sp, 3 ch] 4 times, miss next 3ch-sp**, [2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 1chsp; rep from * 8 times ending last rep at **, miss 2 tr, 3 tr in top of 3 ch. Turn. Row 7: 3 ch, 2 tr in first st, *3 ch, miss next 3ch-sp, [1 dc in next 3ch-sp, 3 ch] 3 times, miss next 3ch-sp**, [2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 1ch-sp; rep from * 8 times ending last rep at **, miss 2 tr, 3 tr in top of 3 ch. Turn. Row 8: 3 ch, 2 tr in first st, *7 ch, miss next 3ch-sp, 1 dc in next 3ch-sp, 3 ch, 1 dc in next 3ch-sp, 7 ch, miss next 3ch-sp**, [2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 1ch-sp; rep from * 8 times ending last rep at **, miss 2 tr, 3 tr in top of 3 ch. Turn. Rep rows 2-8 twenty-four more times. The

wrap can be made to your preferred length, ending with a Row 8.

Border Rnd 1: 1 ch, 3 dc, *5 dc in next 7ch-sp, miss 1 dc, 2 dc in next 3ch-sp, miss 1 dc, 5 dc in next 7ch-sp**, 2 dc, miss 1ch-sp, 2 dc; rep from * 8 times ending last rep at **, 3 dc, 2 ch, rotate to work along next edge, ***[2 dc in next row edge] twice, 3 dc in next row edge; rep from *** to last 2 row edges, [2 dc in next row edge] twice, 2 ch, rotate to work along underside of foundation ch (working in each ch), 2 dc in first ch, [14 dc, 2 dc in next ch] 9 times, 2 ch, rotate to work along last edge; rep from *** ending after next 2 ch, join rnd with sl st in first dc. 1112 dc Rnd 2: 1 ch, *dc across to next 2ch-sp, 2 ch; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. Fasten off.

Border Flourishes Ensure that you have two sections of yarn with contrasting colours as you begin this final portion of the wrap for the most effective border. It is helpful to rotate the entire piece from left to right after each pair of loops to untangle the yarn. Row 1: With RS facing, join colour 1 to first st of either short edge, 4 ch, remove hook from loop, join colour 2 to next st, 4 ch, *reinsert hook in colour-1 loop, bringing working yarn in front of yarn on hold, 1 dc in next st, 4 ch, remove hook from loop, reinsert hook in colour-2 loop, bringing working yarn in front of yarn on hold, 1 dc in next st, 4 ch, remove hook from loop; rep from * across short edge. Fasten off. Rep for second short edge.

Finishing Weave in ends and block to given dimensions.

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Confetti Waves Blanket is one of Kate’s most popular patterns

Designer sketchbook H Kate Rowell Kate is the creative mind behind Jellybean Junction, an exciting and colourful crochet-filled corner of the internet! www.jellybeanjunction.co.uk

ome is in a small town in Cambridgeshire with my husband and two boys. I’d love to say that all my spare time went on my crochet but in reality, I spend a lot of time sitting on the floor building Lego kits, reading books and running around outside playing games. When I do get a little bit of quiet time you can find me in my favourite armchair with a cup of coffee and one of many crochet projects I have on the go. My blog was set up last year after I had published a few patterns – I wanted somewhere I could share free patterns and a few yarn reviews I wanted to write. I love the relaxed feel you get with a blog, I think it’s somewhere I can share ideas and helpful tips that might come in handy for other crocheters. I spent a lot of time reading other blogs when I started crocheting, I found them really useful and I hope to give a bit of that back with my blog. The name Jellybean Junction came to me one evening whilst sitting with a friend and a glass of wine! I knew that my business would be 99.9% crochet but

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didn’t want to pigeonhole myself by using crochet in the name. I wanted a name that sounded fun and colourful and one people would remember, also jellybeans are my favourite sweet treat! Colourful projects make my heart sing. I love rainbows and bright colour combinations, they have become what I am known for and I am very happy about that! I follow a lot of Instagram accounts full of neutral colours and much more subtle palettes, which I love, but am always drawn to brights when I pick up my crochet hook. I haven’t made a conscious decision to maintain a certain style, I just go with what makes me happy. I lose a lot of time scrolling through beautiful Instagram accounts and Pinterest searches – the online creative community provides so much amazing inspiration. I’ve always got my phone with me when I’m out and about and often take photos of interesting patterns, colour combinations and décor that catches my eye. I love a project full of many colours but if I had to pick my favourites they would be pink and


Designer sketchbook I love the relaxed feel you get with a blog

Kate surrounds herself with crochet inspiration

mustard yellow, I think they are definitely my happiest colours. When I first started to crochet I mainly worked on baby blankets; they suited my beginner abilities and rainbow colour palette! I still work on a lot of blankets now but also really enjoy designing other homeware and accessories – in particular I love cushions, plant pots and scarfs. I follow so many amazing crochet designers and bloggers, I couldn’t possibly list them all. A few that inspire me on a daily basis on Instagram are crafty_cc, crochetbyredagape, make.e and zeensandrodger. These ladies create fantastic, colour-filled crochet designs and their blogs are full of free patterns, useful advice and tonnes of inspiration. I keep my blog nice and simple. I use Wordpress, which is a really great site to set up a blog for free with very little technical knowledge. I have plans to write about my life, my creative process and a lot more tutorials and free patterns but for now I am happy to add a quick review and simple pattern when I have

the time. To anyone considering their own blog I would say go for it, keep it simple and write about what you love. I have designed so many things that I’m proud of but my Confetti Waves blanket has been a huge success and I love seeing people make their own using lots of different colour combinations. Knowing that someone is enjoying something I have designed brings me great pleasure. I always have lots of ideas swimming around in my head, I hope to get some of them down on paper and onto my hook by the end of the year. I want to create a space on my blog for beginners and perhaps look at combining this with a series of YouTube ‘how to’ videos.

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Designer sketchbook

Textured hexagons and half hexagons will ruffle at the edges: this will be fixed when you join them together

VERY HEXIE BLANKET

Our exclusive design from Kate of Jellybean Junction is a striking hexagon blanket, with pops of colour that just shout fun Aran

5mm

Layout

★★ Intermediate Yarn used Bernat Satin 4 balls in Silk 4007 (MC) 1 ball each in Loyal Royal 04135 (CC1), aqua 04201 (CC2), Grape 04315 (CC3), Dandelion 04620 (CC4), Soft Fern 04221 (CC5), fuchsia 04734 (CC6), Soft Red 04424 (CC7) Available from www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

About the yarn Aran; 182m per 100g ball; 100% acrylic

Tension Plain hexagon should measure 17x20cm

Hook used 5mm

Other supplies piece of thick card to make tassels, 16cm tapestry needle

Sizing Finished blanket size: 120x140cm

Start crocheting Unless otherwise stated, beg 3 ch counts as first tr. Join with sl st in top of beg 3 ch unless otherwise stated. After Rnd 1 of each hexagon/half hexagon, pull the tail to tighten the magic ring. Textured hexagons/half hexagons will ruffle at the edges, this will be rectified when you join them together.

Plain Hexagon (make 19) Rnd 1: With MC and working into a magic ring, 3 ch, 1 tr, 2 ch, [2 tr, 2 ch] 5 times, join. 12 sts Rnd 2: 3 ch, 1 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in 2ch-sp, {2 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp} 5 times, join. 24 sts

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Designer sketchbook Rnd 3: 3 ch, 2 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in 2ch-sp, {4 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp} 5 times, 1 tr, join. 36 sts Rnd 4: 3 ch, 3 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in 2ch-sp, {6 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp} 5 times, 2 tr, join. 48 sts Rnd 5: 3 ch, 4 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in 2ch-sp, {8 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp} 5 times, 3 tr, join. 60 sts Rnd 6: 3 ch, 5 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in 2ch-sp, {10 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp} 5 times, 4 tr, join. 72 sts Fasten off.

Textured Hexagon (make 5 with CC4, 4 each with CC1, CC2, CC5 & CC6, 3 each with CC3 & CC7) Rnd 1: Working into a magic ring, 3 ch, 1 tr, 2 ch, [2 tr, 2 ch] 5 times, join. 12 sts Rnd 2: 3 ch, 1 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in 2ch-sp, {2 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp} 5 times, join. 24 sts Rnd 3: 2 sl st, 3 ch, {[1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 1 tr, 2 RtrF, 1 tr} 5 times, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in last 2ch-sp, 1 tr, 2 RtrF, join. 36 sts Rnd 4: 3 ch, 1 tr, {[1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 2 tr, 2 RtrF, 2 tr} 5 times, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in last 2ch-sp, 2 tr, 2 RtrF, join. 48 sts Rnd 5: 3 ch, 2 tr, {[1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 3 tr, 2 RtrF, 3 tr} 5 times, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in last 2ch-sp, 3 tr, 2 RtrF, join. 60 sts Rnd 6: 3 ch, 3 tr, {[1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 4 tr, 2 RtrF, 4 tr} 5 times, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in last 2ch-sp, 4 tr, 2 RtrF, join. 72 sts Fasten off.

Rnd 6: 3 ch, 1 tr in first st, {9 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 1 tr} twice, 8 tr, 2 tr in last st. 36 sts Fasten off.

Joining Hexagons Join the hexagons by holding them together with RS facing. With a darning needle and yarn to match the hexagon, whip stitch along the edges in BLO to create an invisible join.

Border Rnd 1: Join MC with a sl st in 2ch-sp of top left hexagon, 2 ch (does not count as a st), *3 htr in same 2 ch-sp, 12 htr, 3 htr in 2ch-sp, htr evenly across full and half hexagons on side edge of blanket, 3 htr in last 2ch-sp,12 htr, {3 htr in next 2ch-sp, 12 htr, [1 htr in next ch-sp at join] twice, 12 htr} 6 times; rep from * once, join. Rnd 2: 2 ch (counts as first st), htr in BLO around, join. Fasten off.

Make 14 tassels with a piece of thick card approximately 16cm wide. Attach one tassel to each hexagon point (see layout as a guide).

tr RtrF

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Plain Hexagon

Plain Hexagon

Tassels

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1 Cut a piece of stiff card 16cm square. Wind yarn 40 times around card.

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magic ring sl st

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2 Thread tapestry needle with a long length of D and tie top of tassel tightly, this thread will be used to attach tassel.

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Half Hexagon (make 6)

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Rnd 1 (WS): With MC and working into a magic ring, 3 ch, 1 tr, [2 ch, 2 tr] twice. Turn. 6 sts Rnd 2: 3 ch, 1 tr in first st, {1 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 1 tr} twice, 2 tr in last st. Turn. 12 sts Rnd 3: 3 ch, 1 tr in first st, {3 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 1 tr} twice, 2 tr, 2 tr in last st. Turn. 18 sts Rnd 4: 3 ch, 1 tr in first st, {5 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 1 tr} twice, 4 tr, 2 tr in last st. Turn. 24 sts Rnd 5: 3 ch, 1 tr in first st, {7 tr, [1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 1 tr} twice, 6 tr, 2 tr in last st. Turn. 30 sts

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RtrF

RtrF

3 Remove tassel from card. Wrap another length of D tightly around the tassel, near the top, five times and tie a knot. Thread ends onto tapestry needle and bury the ends inside tassel. Cut loops at the bottom of the tassel and trim evenly. Weave in ends.


Kiddies Kaleidoscope DK Fabulously soft, self-striping baby yarn

Contact your Cygnet stockist for details-

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DĂŠcor

The envelope layer wrapped around should leave gaps to expose the main base underneath and give the petal effect

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CATHEDRAL WINDOW PINCUSHION This neat little pincushion is inspired by cathedral windows with colourful panes of glass

4-ply

3mm

★ Quick & easy Yarn used Patons Fairytale Fab 4-ply Small amounts in Lipstick Pink (A), Jade (B), white (C) Available from www.purplelindacrafts.co.uk

About the yarn 4-ply;184m per 50g ball; 100% acrylic

Tension 25 (12) rows x 23 (23) sts = 10cm measured over dc (tr)

Hook used 3mm

Other supplies 7g stuffing tapestry needle cream button, 15mm

Sizing 9cm square

Start crocheting Main Body With A, chain 21. Rnd 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 19 dc, 3 dc in last ch, rotating as you go, work

in the other side of the ch, miss ch with 3 dc, 18 dc, 2 dc in last st. 42 sts Rnds 2-24: Dc around. At end of Rnd 24, continue to dc until you reach the edge of the pouch when it is laid flat. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Stuff, then sew closed across the top with a tapestry needle using tail.

Envelope Rnd 1: With B and working into a magic ring, 3 ch (counts as first tr), 2 tr, 2 ch, [3 tr, 2 ch] 3 times, sl st in top of beg 3 ch to join. Turn. 12 sts Rnd 2: 3 ch (does not count as first st now and throughout), {3 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in next 2ch-sp} 4 times, sl st in top of beg 3 ch to join. Turn. 28 sts Rnd 3: 3 ch, {5 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 2 tr} 4 times, sl st in top of beg 3 ch to join. Turn. 44 sts Rnd 4: 3 ch, {7 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 4 tr} 4 times, sl st in top of beg 3 ch to join. Turn. 60 sts Rnd 5: 3 ch, {9 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 6 tr} 4 times, sl st in top of beg 3 ch to join. Turn. 76 sts Rnd 6: 3 ch, {11 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 8 tr} 4 times, sl st in top of beg 3 ch to join. Turn. 92 sts Rnd 7: 3 ch, {13 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in next 2ch-sp, 10 tr} 4 times, sl st in top of beg 3 ch to join. Turn. 108 sts Fasten off. Rnd 8: Join C in any 2ch-sp, 1 ch, {1 dc in same 2ch-sp, 27 dc, [1 dc, 2 ch] in next 2ch-sp} 4 times, sl st to first dc to join. 124 sts Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Making up Fold Envelope piece around Main

Body as pictured. Using tail of C and a tapestry needle, put a stitch through each corner, joining together and enclosing the base. To create an indent in the middle, push the needle through the centre to the back and pull tight; make a small stitch and return to the front, knot tightly and fasten off. Sew a button in the centre.

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How to…

STITCH MASTERCLASS

SIDE SADDLE

This month we’re using treble and chain stitches to make an attractive sideways pattern

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rochet is amazing – it can make even a simple jar into a beautiful storage pot when paired with just the right colour and stitch pattern, which is what we have for you this month! Sherrie of www.ollieandbella.co.uk takes us through all the steps we need for this lovely stitch pattern and puts it to great use in a quick project.

Special stitches

Treble 4 together (tr4tog): *Yrh, insert hook into st, [yrh, pul] twice; rep from * 3 more times, yrh, draw through all 5 loops on hook

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How to… DK

3mm

Side Saddle Stitch

★★ Try something new Yarn used Three Bears Yarn Passion DK 2 balls in Pale Mint Available from www.threebearsyarn.co.uk 1

About the yarn DK; 125m per 50g ball; 100% Supima cotton

On first row, 1 dc into 2nd ch from hook, *3 ch, tr4tog (you should have 5 loops on your hook to draw through)

2 1 chain after completing tr4tog

Tension 4 sts x 9 rows = 10cm over Side Saddle Stitch

Hook used 3mm (See sizing)

Other supplies 3 glass jars

3 1 dc in next chain, rep from * to end of row. Turn

4 On second row, 5 ch, *1 dc in top of 4-treble cluster

Sizing S (M, L) To fit jars approximately 22x11 (22x13, 24x16) cm

Start crocheting Chain 42 (42, 47) loosely. Row 1 (RS): Starting in the 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc, *3 ch, tr4tog, 1 ch, 1 dc; rep from * to end. Turn. Row 2: 5 ch, dc in top of 1st treble cluster, *3 ch, tr4tog in ch-3 sp, 1 ch, 1 dc in top of next treble cluster; * rep from * to end, tr in dc from previous row. Turn. Row 3: 1 ch, 1 dc in top of 1st treble cluster, *3 ch, tr4tog in ch-3sp, 1 ch, dc in top of next treble cluster; * rep from * to end, dc into ch-5 sp. Turn. Rep rows 2-3 four (five, six) more times. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Finishing With tail end, join both edges together to form a sleeve. Weave in all the ends and slip over jar.

5 3 ch, tr4tog in 3ch-sp, 1 ch, rep from * to end

7 On third row, 1 ch, *1 dc in top of 4-treble cluster, 3 ch, tr4tog in 3ch-sp, 1 ch, rep from * to end

6 Finish with tr in final stitch. Turn

8 Finish row with dc into 5ch-sp

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Lucia Dunn The fifth instalment of Rise & Shine sees us working a beautiful bouquet of flower blocks and square designs www.luciasfigtree.com

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he sunshine is showing no sign of moving along yet, and we absolutely love it! It gives us all the more reason to work on these CAL squares and sit outside with a cup of coffee and catch some sun while we work away on the perfect travelsized project. Lucia is taking us through some pretty floral-inspired designs this month to add some textures and beauty to our steadily growing blanket. Make sure to tag us in any images you share of your progress and if you want to talk others taking part, make

sure to join us at our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/ riseandshinecal

A little bit of quilting One of my other passions alongside crochet is quilting, which has influenced this month’s designs. I am not a ‘quilter’ or an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but over the years I have collected several books on the subject, and one of my favourites is Baltimore Beauties and Beyond by Elly Sienkiewicz. I saw my first Baltimore Album Quilt at The American

Museum in Bath; a beautiful piece made by an unknown quiltmaker between 1846 and 1852. I loved the geometry, the precision of the stitching, and how the colours worked together. But most of all I loved how this 150+ years old textile told a story about a nation, the art and the lady who made it. So, the squares of this month are inspired by that amazing quilt I saw some time ago and how, even with crochet, we can weave our stories and our experiences on our blankets!

Lucia

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next side, [2 dc, pm, 1 dc] in first st, 25 dc, [2 dc, pm, 1 dc] in last st, rotate to work across next side; rep from * once, sl st to first dc to join. 112 dc Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Start crocheting A Crown of Leaves You will begin with a basic square this month, and then build upon your skills with a pretty crown and leaves motif appliquĂŠd on. Note: Both Lipstick Aran and DK are used in this square.

Yarn used MC: Emperor, 2 strands held together A: Lipstick (aran), one strand B: Sage, one strand C: Magenta, one strand D: Fuchsia Purple, one strand E: Mustard, one strand F: Pistachio, one strand G: Grass Green, one strand H: Fondant, one strand I: Petrol, one strand J: Cream, one strand K: Lipstick (DK), two strands held together

Special stitches Beginning Popcorn (bPC): 3 ch (counts as first tr), 4 tr in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in top beg 3 ch from front to back, replace loop on hook, yrh, draw tightly through all loops on hook Popcorn (PC): 5 tr in next st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in first tr made from front to back, replace loop on hook, yrh, draw tightly through all loops on hook Flat zip join: Holding working yarn behind squares to be joined and hook in front of squares, insert hook through BLO of corresponding sts on both squares, yrh, draw yarn through all loops on hook (as a sl st)

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Hooks 4mm 5mm 6mm 7mm

Square With MC and 7mm hook, chain 28. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, dc across. Turn. 27 dc Rows 2-29: 1 ch (does not count as a st now and throughout), dc across. Turn. Fasten off.

Edging Rnd 1: Join K with 6mm hook to right bottom corner with a sl st, 1 ch (does not count as a st), *evenly space 25 dc along row edges, rotate to work across

Crown With A and 5mm hook, chain 60. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Rnd 1: 1 ch (does not count as a st now and throughout), dc around, join with sl st to first dc. 60 dc Rnd 2: 1 ch, *[1 dc, 3 ch, 1 dc] in first st, miss 1 dc; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. 30 ch-sps Fasten off.

Leaves (make 12: 2 each in B, C, D and E; 1 each in F, G, H & I) With 4mm hook, chain 8. Rnd 1: Starting in first ch from hook, 1 sl st, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sl st, 1 ch, 1 dc, rotating as you go, work in the other side of the ch, miss last ch worked into, 1 ch, 1 sl st, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sl st, do not join. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Cream Flowers (make 3) Rnd 1: With J, 4mm hook and working into a magic ring, [1 dc, 3 ch, 3 tr, 3 ch], 5 times, join with sl st to first dc. 5 petals Tighten magic ring so petals curl up. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Daisy (make 1) With E and 4mm hook, chain 4. Join with sl st in first ch to form a ring. Rnd 1: Working into ring, 3 ch (counts as 1 tr), 9 tr, join with sl st in top of beg 3 ch. 10 tr Rnd 2: Join J with sl st in any tr, 1 ch (does not count as a st), [1 dc, 3 ch, 1 PC, 3 ch] 5 times, join with sl st to first dc. 5 PC Fasten off. Making up Position the crown, leaves and flowers using the photo as a guide, and sew into place.


Crochet-along Fasten off. Rnd 5: Join MC in any corner 1ch-sp, 2 ch (counts as first htr), *6 dc, [1 htr, 1 ch, 1 htr] in next 1ch-sp; rep from * 2 more times, 6 dc, 1 htr in beg 1ch-sp, 1 ch, join with sl st in top of beg 2 ch. Fasten off.

Joining With MC, join 4 squares using flat zip join. Fasten off.

Main Square Daisy’s Garden Four smaller squares with pretty flower designs come together to make one larger blanket, adding layers and visually appealing smaller shapes to the blanket.

Yarn used MC: Lipstick (aran), one strand CC1: Mustard, one strand CC2: Cream, one strand CC3: Bright Pink, 2 strands held together CC4: Grass Green, 2 strands held together CC5: Petrol, 2 strands held together

Hooks 4mm 6mm 7mm

Daisy Square (make 4) With CC1 and 4mm hook, chain 4. Join with sl st in first ch to form a ring. Rnd 1: Working into ring, 1 ch (counts as first dc), 15 dc, join with sl st in beg ch. 16 dc Fasten off. Rnd 2: With CC2, bPC, [2 ch, miss 1, PC] 7 times, 2 ch, join with sl st to top of beg PC. 8 PC Fasten off. Rnd 3: With CC3 and 7mm hook, join in any 2ch-sp, 1 ch (counts as first dc), *[1 dc, 1 htr, 1 ch, 1 htr, 1 dc] in next 2chsp, 1 dc in next 2ch-sp; rep from * to last 2ch-sp, [1 dc, 1 htr, 1 ch, 1 htr, 1 dc] in last 2ch-sp, join with sl st in beg 1 ch. Fasten off. Rnd 4: With CC4 and 6mm hook (now and for remainder of square), join in any corner 1ch-sp, 1 ch (does not count as a st), *miss 1 st, 4 dc, [1 htr, 1 ch, 1 htr] in corner 1ch-sp; rep from * 3 more times, join with sl st in first dc.

Rnd 6 (RS): Join MC in any corner 1ch-sp, 1 ch (does not counts as a st), 1 dc in beg 1ch-sp, *8 dc, 1 dc in next 1ch-sp, 1 dc in join, 1 dc in next 1ch-sp, 8 dc, [2 dc, pm, 1 dc] in corner 1ch-sp; rep from * 2 times, 8 dc, 1 dc in next 1ch-sp, 1 dc in join, 1 dc in next 1ch-sp, 8 dc, 2 dc in beg 1ch-sp, pm, join with sl st to first dc. Turn. 88 dc Move markers up to corner st each foll rnd. Rnd 7 (WS): Join CC5 in any marked st, 1 ch (does not count as a st), 22 dc, *3 dc in marked st, 21 dc; rep from * to end, 2 dc in beg corner, join with sl st to first dc. Turn. 96 dc Rnd 8 (RS): Join MC in any marked st, 1 ch (does not count as a st), 24 dc, *3 dc in marked st, 23 dc; rep from * to end, 2 dc in beg corner, join with sl st to first dc. 104 dc Rnd 9: Join CC5 in any marked st, 1 ch (does not count as a st), 26 dc, *3 dc in marked st, 25 dc; rep from * to end, 2 dc in beg corner, join with sl st to first dc. 112 dc Fasten off. Weave in ends.

DK

4, 5, 6, 7mm

★★ Try something new Yarn used Stylecraft Special DK 3 balls in Mustard 1823 2 balls each in Fuchsia Purple 1827, magenta 1084, Shrimp 1132, Grass Green 1821, Sage 1725, Bright Pink 1435, Emperor 1425 1 ball each in Plum 1061, Fondant 1241, Pistachio 1822, Empire 1829, Petrol 1708, Lipstick 1246, cream 1005 Stylecraft Special Aran 1 ball in Lipstick 1246 Note: Based on the designer’s tension, 98g of Fondant 1241 and 96g of Empire 1829 were used in this blanket. If you are unsure of how loose your tension is, we recommend purchasing additional balls of these shades

About the yarn Stylecraft Special DK DK; 295m per 100g ball; 100% acrylic Stylecraft Special Aran Aran; 196m per 100g ball; 100% acrylic

Hooks used 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 7mm

Tension 11 sts x 12 rows = 10cm measured over dc with 2 strands of DK using largest hook

Other supplies stitch markers, wool needle, scissors, row counter (optional)

Sizing Individual squares: Approximately 25cm square Finished blanket: Approximately 180x115cm

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STORYTIME SNAIL

The weight of the T-shirt yarn will hold your snail upright when you drop him on his base a few times

This friendly giant will make a great floor cushion for story time and is super quick to crochet!

Say hello to Snail Winton!

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Toy Super chunky

10mm

★ Quick & easy Yarn used Hoooked Zpagetti 1 roll each in Lemon Ice (MC), Specific Mint (CC1), Love Jeans (CC2), Neon Light Orange (CC3) Small amount of Expert Black Available from www.hoooked.co.uk

About the yarn Super chunky; 120m per 850g; 100% recycled textiles

Tension 7 sts x 3 rows = 10cm over tr 6 sts x 7 rows = 10cm over dc

Hook used 10mm

Other supplies 40cm-diameter circular cushion pad toy stuffing stitch markers

Sizing 85cm long 47cm wide (shell, laid flat) 36cm tall (shell, standing)

Start crocheting All pieces are worked in the amigurumi style, in a spiral without slip stitching or turning chains.

Shell (make 2) With CC1, make magic ring. Rnd 1: *1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 1 dc, 1 htr, 2 tr into ring; pm in last st of CC1 and remove hook (do not fasten off), join CC2 to magic ring and use CC2 to rep from * once, pm in last st of CC2 and remove hook (do not fasten off), join CC3 to magic ring and use CC3 to rep from * to colour change once, pm through last st. 12 sts All sts in Shell from now are worked in back loop only (BLO) unless otherwise stated.

Rnd 2: With CC1, *[2 tr in next st] 4 times; move 1st marker to last st just worked, rep from * with CC2 and CC3, moving markers in same way. 24 sts Rnd 3: With CC1, *[1 tr, 2 tr in next st] 4 times; move 1st marker to last st just worked, rep from * with CC2 and CC3, moving markers. 36 sts Rnd 4: With CC1, *[2 tr, 2 tr in next st] 4 times; move 1st marker to last st just worked, rep from * with CC2 and CC3, moving markers. 48 sts Rnd 5: With CC1, *[3 tr, 2 tr in next st] 4 times; move 1st marker to last st just worked, rep from * with CC2 and CC3, moving markers. 60 sts Rnd 6: With CC1, *[4 tr, 2 tr in next st] 4 times; move 1st marker to last st just worked, rep from * with CC2 and CC3, moving markers. 72 sts Rnd 7: With CC1, *[5 tr, 2 tr in next st] 4 times; move 1st marker to last st just worked, rep from * with CC2 and CC3, moving markers. 84 sts Rnd 8: With CC1, *7 tr, 7 htr, 7 dc, fasten off; rep from * with CC2 and CC3. 84 sts

Tail Rnd 1: With MC and working into a magic ring, 6 dc. 6 sts Rnd 2: Dc around. Rnd 3: 2 dc in next st around. 12 sts Rnds 4-7: Dc around. Rnd 8: [1 dc, 2 dc in next st] around. 18 sts Rnds 9-16: Dc around. Work in rows from Row 17 to shape Tail to edge of Shell. Row 17: 9 dc. Turn. Row 18: 1 ch, miss 1 st, 7 dc, sl st. Turn. Row 19: 1 ch, miss 1 st, 6 dc, sl st. Fasten off.

Head Rnd 1: With MC and working into a magic ring, 6dc. 6 sts Rnd 2: 2 dc in next st around. 12 sts Rnd 3: [1 dc, 2 dc in next st] around. 18 sts Rnds 4-5: Dc around. Rnd 6: [2 dc, 2 dc in next st] around. 24 sts Rnds 7-16: Dc around. Shape neck Rnd 17: [dc2tog] 3 times, 12 dc, [dc2tog] 3 times. 18 sts Rnd 18: 6 dc, [2 dc in next st] 6 times, 6 dc. 24 sts Rnd 19: Dc around. Rnds 20-25: Rep rnds 17-19 twice more. Fasten off.

Antennae (make 2) With MC, chain 8. Row 1: Starting in 2nd chain from hook, 7 dc. 7 sts Fasten off.

Making up Hold Shell pieces with WS together. With CC1, dc around through both layers to join, stopping when half the edge is worked, insert cushion pad, then continue round to close. Fasten off. Stuff Tail and sew to one edge of Shell, placing the flat section underneath the Shell. Stuff Head. Flatten opening so you can work through both layers. With MC dc across through both layers to close. Sew Head to opposite side of Shell to Tail, positioning neck along Shell edge. Sew Antennae to top of Head. With black, embroider two eyes.

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Children’s

When reading the chart remember that RtrF and htr in BLO (worked on odd rows) will become RtrB and htr in FLO on reverse to create the triangle pattern

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APOLLONIUS JUMPER

This smart little jumper is perfect for aspiring mathematicians with a subtle triangle design across the front

DK

4mm

★★ Take your time Yarn used West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep 5 (6, 7, 8) balls in Sailboat 144 Available from www.knittingwool.com

About the yarn

Start crocheting FRONT When instructed, start reading the chart right to left (odd rows), next row is worked left to right (even rows).

Ribbing *Chain 8. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 7 dc. Turn. 7 dc Row 2: 1 ch (does not count as a st), dc in BLO across. Turn.

DK; 112m per 50g ball; 52% Falkland wool, 48% nylon

Rep Row 2 another 43 (52, 61, 70) times. Turn your work 90˚ right to cont working across the long edge.

Body Row 1: 2 ch (counts as first htr now and throughout), 1 htr in end st of each row. Turn. 45 (54, 63, 72) htr Row 2: 2 ch, htr across. Turn**. Rep last row 14 (19, 21, 29) more times. Continue with chart working pattern over 45 (54, 63, 72) sts. Next Row: 2 ch, htr across. Turn. Rep last row 3 (5, 7, 9) more times.

Tension 18 sts x 15 rows = 10cm measured over htr

Hook used 4mm

Other supplies tapestry needle

Sizing Designed to fit with 3cm positive ease Chest: 48 (57, 66, 75) cm Length: 29 (34, 37, 44) cm Sleeve from underneath: 20 (23, 28.5, 34) cm 12 months (3 years, 5-6 years, 9 years)

Apollonius was a Greek mathematician

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Children’s Neckline shaping

Joining

Super Seams

Next Row: 2 ch, 21 (25, 30, 34) htr, leave rem sts unworked. Turn. 22 (26, 31, 35) htr Rep last row 3 more times***. Next Row: 2 ch, 15 (17, 20, 22) htr, leave rem sts unworked. Turn. 16 (18, 21, 23) htr Rep last row 2 more times. Fasten off. Miss 1 (2, 1, 2) sts in the middle of the last full row, join yarn in next st and rep pattern from Neckline Shaping to *** on the other side. Fasten off. Next Row: Miss 6 (8, 10, 12) sts, join yarn in next st, 2 ch, htr to end. 16 (18, 21, 23) htr Rep last row 2 more times. Fasten off.

Sew the Front and Back together at shoulders, sew in the Sleeves. Sew up the sides starting at the Sleeve cuff and continue down the side of Body to hem.

Mattress stitch is great for invisible flat seams for garments, reducing lumpy seams for a more comfortable fit. 1 Hold work RS tog, with tapestry needle and working front to back, thread under the BLO of 2 sts tog, pul. 2 Work the same in next st, but working from back to front. Rep steps 1 and 2 end, working loosely, then pull the thread gently to ‘fuse’ the edges tog. 3 This seam should be invisible from the right side of your work.

BACK Rep pattern as for Front from * to **. Rep last row 34 (41, 45, 55) more times. Next Row: 2 ch, 15 (17, 20, 22) htr, leave rem sts unworked. Fasten off. 16 (18, 21, 23) htr Next Row: Miss 13 (18, 21, 26) sts, join yarn in next st, 2 ch, htr to end. Fasten off. 16 (18, 21, 23) htr

SLEEVES (make 2) Chain 8. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 7 dc. Turn. 7 dc Row 2: 1 ch (does not count as a st), dc in BLO across. Turn. 7 dc Rep Row 2 another 32 (34, 34, 36) times. Turn your work 90˚ right to cont working across the long edge. Row 1: 2 ch (counts as first htr), 1 htr in end st of each row. Turn. 34 (36, 36, 38) htr Rows 2-3: 2 ch, htr across. Turn. Row 4: 2 ch, 1 htr in first st, htr across to last st, 2 htr in last st. Turn. 36 (38, 38, 40) htr Rows 5-7: As Row 2. Row 8: As Row 4. 36 (38, 40, 42) htr Rep rows 5-8 another 3 (4, 6, 8) times.

Neckline Join yarn with sl st in shoulder seam, 1 ch, dc around placing 2 dc in each row end and 1 dc in each st, join with sl st to first dc. 53 (62, 69, 78) dc Weave in ends and block to finished measurements.

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The book club

Stripy Blankets to Crochet, by Haafner Linssen, £10.99, Search Press

Each month, we’re expanding our literary horizons with a new yarn classic, and this month we’ve gone silly for stripes

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his summer we are bringing retro vibes to Crochet Now by diving into the wonderful world of Haafner Linssen. Her mesmerising crochet style is bright and beautiful and it shines through her new book Stripy Blankets to Crochet. The 20 designs in this collection are amazingly vibrant, perfect for making in those warm summer evenings and have a clear, simple and contemporary taste that will slip into anyone’s home with ease. Each pattern includes written instructions, charts and suggested colour schemes, along with hints and tips on how to adjust the size of your blanket and smaller projects with ease. And for those of you who are beginners or returners to the craft, a refresher course on the basic stitches and abbreviations are included for you with easy-to-follow illustrations to guide you through. Take care though; some of the book is written in US crochet terms, so you might want to pay close attention to those refresher steps to make sure you don’t mix up dtr with your dcs! Throughout the book Haafner adds information about a ‘crochet refresher’s course’, including different yarn suggestions and what materials are ideal for you to pick up and use. She also explains how to get hooked on crochet! Each blanket is named after a different country that the author has visited,

becoming the resulting inspiration for the individual designs. Take ‘Saint George’s’, named for the capital of glorious Grenada for example. The colours include yellow, aqua and off-white to create a sweet memoir of the place that means something to the designer, but is still a thing of beauty for readers. As well as blankets, there are teatowels, wall hangings, cushions and bedspreads included in the collection.

Turn over to make Haafner’s Jaipur Blanket!

These beautiful crochet designs are delightfully pleasing to create, with repetitive patterns that take the readers into what psychologists call a ‘flow’ of crochet serenity. We suggest you try it out for yourself!

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If your border starts to ruffle, you can easily fix this by switching to a smaller crochet hook on every other row of the border

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JAIPUR BLANKET This simple blanket has a sophisticated and arty feel, with stripes inspired by bold graphic design

Aran

5mm

★ Beginner friendly Yarn used Aran-weight cotton yarn Dark pink (MC) 600m Light pink (CC1) 300m Off-White (CC2) 150m grey (CC3) 75m Try King Cole Big Value Recycled Cotton 4 balls in fuchsia 1165 (MC) 2 balls in Blossom 1159 (CC1) 1 ball each in cream 1156 (CC2), black 1163 (CC3) Available from www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

About the yarn Aran; 160m per 100g; 85% cotton, 15% other materials

Tension 18 sts x 12 rows = 10cm measured over tr

Hook used 5mm

Sizing Approximately 70x100cm

Start crocheting Pink Stripes With CC1, chain 103. Row 1: Starting in 3rd ch from hook (counts as 1 tr), V-st in next ch, [miss 2 ch, V-st in next ch] to last ch, 1 tr in last ch. Turn. 34 V-sts Row 2: 2 ch (counts as 1 tr), V-st in next 1

ch-sp to last st, 1 tr in last st. Turn. Rows 3-5: Rep Row 2. Break CC1 and join MC. Row 6: 1 ch, dc in each tr and 1 ch-sp to last st, dc in last st. Turn. 104 sts Row 7: 1 ch, dc to end. Turn. Rows 8-15: Repeat Row 7. Break MC and join CC1. Row 16: 2 ch, miss 1 dc, [V-st in next dc, miss 2 sts] to last 3 sts, V-st in next st, miss 1 st, 1 tr in last st. 34 V-sts Rows 17-75: Rep rows 2-16 three more times, and then rows 2-15 once more.

rows, miss 1 dc; rep from * to corner, [1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr] in base of st at bottom LH corner, [1 tr in base of next V-st, 2 tr in next 2ch-sp] to bottom right-hand corner. Join with sl st. Turn. Rnds 2-10: [1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr] in each corner 1ch-sp, and 1 dc in each st around sides. Join with sl st. Turn. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Block to finished measurements.

Charts

White & Grey Stripes Break MC and join CC2. Row 76: As Row 16. Break CC2 and join CC3. Row 77: As Row 6. Rows 78-97: Repeat rows 76-77 ten times. Continue in CC2. Row 98: As Row 16. Rows 99-102: Repeat Row 2 four times Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Border The border is an integral part of the design as it emphasises the bold pink stripes. Begin each round with a turning chain and finish with a sl st join, and turn at end of every rnd. Join MC in bottom RH corner st, and work up RH edge. Rnd 1: [1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr] in beg st, *2 dc in side of each st over next 5 rows, miss 1 dc, 1 dc in each side of st over next 8 rows, miss 1 dc; rep from * to end of Pink Stripes, [2 dc in side of each tr row and 1 dc in side of each dc row] to top RH corner, [1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr] in top of corner st, 1 dc in each tr and 1ch-sp across top to LH corner, [1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr] in top of corner st, [2 dc in side of each tr row and 1 tr in side of each tr row] to end of white and grey stripes, *1 dc in each side of st over next 8 rows, miss 1 dc, 2 dc in side of each st over next 5

Blanket ch dc tr V-st start

Border

Special stitches

V stitch (v-st): [1tr, 1ch, 1tr] in indicated st

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Toy

If you intend to give to a child, embroider eyes and don’t include a bead

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BOY & ELEPHANT Dressed up elephants are very beautiful, and we think this one looks very sweet with his little friend on his back

4-ply

3mm

★★ Intermediate

Unless otherwise stated 1 ch at beginning of rows does not count as a stitch. Join with sl st where indicated unless otherwise stated.

Yarn used Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK 1 ball in Silver Grey 838 (A) Sirdar Snuggly 4-ply 5g each in Spicy Pink 350 (B), Wobble 403 (C), Pretty Peach 186 (D), white 251 (E) Small amounts of 4-ply yarn in yellow, Cherry Red, orange, blue, burgundy Small amount of DK yarn in brown Available from www.knittingwool.com

About the yarn Bonus DK DK; 140m per 50g ball; 100% acrylic Snuggly 4-ply 4 ply; 226m per 50g ball; 55% nylon, 45% acrylic

Tension 12 dc x 16 rows = 10cm

Hook used 3mm

Other supplies 1 pair of black beads, 4mm (boy) 1 pair of safety eyes, 6mm (elephant) tapestry needle, toy stuffing small gold or yellow bead black cotton thread

Sizing Elephant: 18cm long Boy: 6cm tall

Elephant Start crocheting Body With A, chain 45. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 44 dc. Turn. 44 sts Rows 2-14: 1 ch, dc across. Turn. Row 15: 1 ch, 39 dc, leave rem sts unworked. Do not turn. Row 16: 4 ch, starting in 2nd ch from hook, 3 dc, 34 dc across main body sts. Do not turn. 37 sts Row 17: 4 ch, starting in 2nd ch from hook, 3 dc, 37 dc. Turn. 40 sts Rows 18-26: 1 ch, dc across. Turn. Row 27: 1 ch, 37 dc. Do not turn. Row 28: 6 ch, starting in 2nd ch from hook, 5 dc, 34 dc across main body. Do not turn. 39 sts Row 29: 6 ch, starting in 2nd ch from hook, 5 dc, 39 dc. Turn. 44 sts Rows 30-42: 1 ch, dc across. Fasten off.

Head Rnd 1: With A and working into a magic ring, 10 dc, join to first dc. 10 sts Rnd 2: Dc around, join to first dc. Turn. Rnds 3-4: Dc around, join. Turn. Rnd 5: [4 dc, 2 dc in next st] twice, join. Turn. 12 sts Rnds 6-9: Dc around, join. Turn. Rnd 10: 3 dc, 2 dc in next st, 4 dc, 2 dc in next st, 3 dc, join. Turn. 14 sts Rnds 11-13: Dc around, join. Turn. Rnd 14: [4 dc, 2 dc in next st] twice, 4 dc, join. Turn. 16 sts

Rnd 15: [1 dc, 2 dc in next st] 8 times, join. Turn. 24 sts Rnd 16: Dc around, join. Turn. Rnd 17: [2 dc, 2 dc in next st] 8 times, join. Turn. 32 sts Rnd 18: [3 dc, 2 dc in next st] 8 times, join. Turn. 40 sts Rnds 19-27: Dc around, join. Turn. Fasten off.

Ears (make 2) Rnd 1: With A and working into a magic ring, 6 dc, join to first dc. 6 sts Rnd 2: 2 dc in each st around. Join in first dc and turn (this and every end of rnd). 12 sts Rnd 3: [1 dc, 2 dc in next st] 6 times. 18 sts Rnd 4: [2 dc, 2 dc in next st] 6 times. 24 sts Rnd 5: [3 dc, 2 dc in next st] 6 times. 30 sts Rnd 6: Dc around. Rnd 7: [4 dc, 2dc in next st] 6 times. 36 sts Rnd 8: Dc around. Rnd 9: [5 dc, 2dc in next st] 6 times. 42 sts Rnd 10: Dc around. Fasten off. Tail With A, cut an 80cm length and tie the ends together. Fold into three so you have six strands lying parallel. Hold both ends and twist the yarn tightly until it folds up on itself, insert one end slightly through the other to secure (in the same manner you would twist and secure a skein of yarn) and tie the end with another length of yarn. Cut the loops of the tied end and trim.

Blanket With B, chain 11. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 10 dc. Turn. 10 sts Rows 2-5: 1 ch, dc across. Turn. Row 6: 1 ch, 3 dc, change to C, 4 dc, join a 2nd ball of B, 3 dc. Turn.

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Toy Rows 7-23: 1 ch, 3 dc in B, 4 dc in C, 3 dc in B. Turn. Rows 24-28: With B only, 1 ch, dc across. Turn. Fasten off. Edging Rnd 1: With Cherry Red, join with sl st in any corner to work across long edge, 1 ch, 2 dc in same corner, *20 dc evenly across long edge, 3 dc in next corner, 8 dc**, 3 dc in next corner; rep from * to ** once, 1 dc in same as first corner, join to first dc. Fasten off. Rnd 2: With yellow, join in centre dc of any corner, 1 ch, 2 dc in same st, *22 dc, 3 dc in next corner, 10 dc**, 3 dc in next corner; rep from * to ** once, 1 dc in same as first corner, join to first dc. Fasten off. To make fringe, cut yellow to 5cm lengths, fold each length at its centre over neck of crochet hook, insert hook from right side into any st, wrap both ends of yarn over hook and draw through st and loop on hook.

Head Ornament With B, chain 10. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 9 dc. Turn. 9 sts Row 2: 1 ch, dc across. Turn. Rows 3-4: 1 ch, 3 dc, change to C, 3 dc, join in a 2nd ball of B, 3 dc. Turn. Row 5: 1 ch, miss first st, 2 dc in B, 3 dc in C, 2 dc in B, 1 sl st in last st. Turn. 7 sts Row 6: 1 ch, miss sl st and first dc, 1 dc in B, 3 dc in C, 1 dc in B, 1 sl st in last st. Turn. 5 sts Row 7: With B, 1 ch, miss sl st and first dc, 3 dc, 1 sl st in last st. Turn. 3 sts Row 8: 1 ch, miss sl st and first st, 1 dc, 1 sl st in last st. 1 st Fasten off. Edging Rnd 1: Join Cherry Red, dc evenly around the edges, working 3 dc in each corner. Join to first dc. Fasten off. Rnd 2: Join Yellow, dc around working 3 dc in centre st of each corner. Join to first dc. Fasten off.

Flower With 4-ply orange and working into a magic ring, 6 dc. Join to first dc. Fasten off. 6 sts Rnd 1: With E, join in any st, *2 ch, [1 tr, 2 ch, sl st] in next st; rep from * 5 times. Fasten off.

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Making up Fold legs horizontally and sew seam from the foot end. Stuff legs and Body and close tummy. Stuff Trunk and Head. Attach safety eyes and with dark brown DK, embroider mouth using photo as a guide. Sew Head to front of Body. Fold Ears in half, do not stuff, and seam along open end, sew to Head along centre of folded edge. Sew on Tail, Blanket and Head Ornament. Sew Flower to tip of trunk. Attach a bead or small ornament to Head.

Boy Start crocheting Head & Body

Vest

Rnd 1: With D and working into a magic ring, 8 dc, join to first dc. 8 sts Rnd 2: 1 ch, 2 dc in each st around, join to first dc. 16 sts Rnds 3-6: Dc around, join to first dc. Rnd 7: 8 dc2tog. 8 sts Rnd 8: Change to E, 2 dc in each st around. 16 sts Rnds 9-12: Dc around, join to first dc. Rnd 13: Dc in BLO around, join to first dc. Stuff body. Rnd 14: 8 dc2tog. 8 sts Fasten off. Weave yarn through top of sts and pull tightly to close.

With burgundy, chain 17. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 16 dc. Turn. Rows 2-3: 1 ch, dc across. Turn. Row 4: 8 dc2tog. 8 sts Fasten off.

Arms (make 2) With D, chain 6. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 5 dc. Turn. Row 2: 1 ch, dc across. Fasten off.

With 4-ply blue, chain 4. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 3 dc. Turn. Row 2: 1 ch, dc across. Turn. Rep Row 2 until piece measures 9 cm. Fasten off.

Trouser Legs (make 2)

Making up

With E, chain 6. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 5 dc. Turn. 5 sts Rows 2-4: 1 ch, dc across. Turn. Row 5: 1 ch, 1 dc, 2 dc2tog. 3 sts Fasten off.

With D, work a gathering thread along neck and draw tightly. Attach inner piece of Turban. Wrap Head with outer piece and sew it in place by stitching around. Attach Vest with the decreased side at the neck. Seam Arms and attach them to Body. Seam Leg. Wrap leg piece with trouser leg and sew seam, securing two pieces together with a few stitches going through. Attach Legs to Body. Attach eyes and gold bead using photo as a guide. Make a bow with 4-ply red and sew it to neck.

Legs (make 2) With D, chain 5. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 4 dc. Turn. Row 2: 1 ch, dc across. Fasten off.

Turban Inner piece to cover top of Head With 4-ply blue, rep rnds 1-2 of Head. 16 sts Rnd 3: [3 dc, 2 dc in next st] 4 times, join to first dc. 20 sts Fasten off.

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GEO GRANNY

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Crochet over yarn ends where possible to minimise the amount that need to be woven in

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Décor These colourful interpretations of geode coasters can easily be created in an evening – they make a great little set to give as a gift (or to keep!) Aran

4mm

★ Stretch your skills Yarn used Scheepjes Cahlista 1 ball in each Rich Coral 410 (A), Kiwi 205 (B), Tropic 253 (C), Shocking Pink 114 (D), Yellow Gold 208 (E) Available from www.blacksheepwools.com

About the yarn Aran; 85m per 50g ball; 100% cotton

Tension 2 rnds of any design = 5.5cm across

Hook used 4mm

Sizing Finished coaster: 10cm square

Start crocheting Colour changes always happen in the corners. When changing colours pick up the new colour on the final yrh and draw new colour through. Join round with sl st in top of beg 3 ch unless otherwise indicated, beg 3 ch counts as first tr.

Geo Granny 1 Made with 2 colours Rnd 1: With A and working into a magic ring, 3 ch, 2 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch, change to B, ch 1, 3 tr, ch 1, change to A, ch 1, 3 tr, ch 2, join. 12 sts

Rnd 2: 3 ch, 2 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to B, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to A, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in 2chsp, join. 28 sts Rnd 3: 3 ch, 4 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to B, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to A, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in 2chsp, 2 tr, join. 44 sts Fasten off. Rnd 4: Join C with sl st into any 2ch-sp, 1 ch (does not count as a st), 3 dc in same 2ch-sp, [1 dc, 1 dc in BLO] 5 times, 1 dc, *3 dc in 2ch-sp, [1 dc, 1 dc in BLO] 5 times, 1 dc; rep from * around, join to first dc. 56 sts Fasten off.

Geo Granny 2 Made with 4 colours Rnd 1: With B and working into a magic ring, 3 ch, 2 tr, 1 ch, change to D, 1 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch, change to E, 1 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch, change to C, 1 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch, change to B, 1 ch, join. 12 sts Rnd 2: 3 ch, 2 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to D, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to E, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to C, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch change to B, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, join. 28 sts Rnd 3: 3 ch, 4 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to D, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to E, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to C, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to B, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 2 tr, join. 44 sts Fasten off. Rnd 4: Join A with sl st into any 2ch-sp, 1 ch, 3 dc in same 2ch-sp, [1 dc, 1 dc in BLO] 5 times, 1 dc, *3 dc in 2ch-sp, [1 dc, 1 dc in BLO] 5 times, 1 dc; rep from * around, join to first dc. 56 sts Fasten off.

Rnd 3: 3 ch, 4 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to E, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to D, 1 ch, 2 tr]} in 2ch-sp, 2 tr, join. 44 sts Fasten off. Rnd 4: Join B with sl st into any 2ch-sp, 1 ch, 3 dc in same 2ch-sp, [1 dc, 1 dc in BLO] 5 times, 1 dc, *3 dc in 2ch-sp, [1 dc, 1 dc in BLO] 5 times, 1 dc; rep from * around, join to first dc. 56 sts Fasten off.

Geo Granny 4 Made with 3 colours Rnd 1: With C and working into a magic ring, 3 ch, 2 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch, change to E, 3 tr, 1 ch, change to B, 1 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch, change to C, join. 12 sts Rnd 2: 3 ch, 2 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to E, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to B, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to C, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, join. 28 sts Rnd 3: 3 ch, 4 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to E, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to B, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 7 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to C, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 2 tr, join. Fasten off. Rnd 4: Join D with sl st into any 2ch-sp, 1 ch, 3 dc in same 2ch-sp, [1 dc, 1 dc in BLO] 5 times, 1 dc, *3 dc in 2ch-sp, [1 dc, 1 dc in BLO] 5 times, 1 dc; rep from * around, join to first sc. Fasten off.

Geo Grannies

Geo Granny 3 Made with 2 colours Rnd 1: With D and working into a magic ring, 3 ch, 2 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch, change to E, 1 ch, 3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch, change to D, 1 ch, join. 12 sts Rnd 2: 3 ch, 2 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to E, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, 3 tr, [2 tr, 1 ch, change to D, 1 ch, 2 tr] in 2ch-sp, join. 28 sts

Geo Granny 1

Geo Granny 2

Geo Granny 3

Geo Granny 4

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Children’s

Add a rug grip to Octavius to avoid him sliding

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Children’s

OCTAVIUS OWL RUG Add a touch of fun to your child’s room with this friendly owl rug

Super chunky

12mm

★ Beginner friendly Yarn used Katia Big Ribbon 2 balls each in Sky Blue 27 (MC), beige 9 (CC1), Off-White 3 (CC2), yellow 18 (CC3) 1 ball in black 2 (CC4) Available from www.lovecrochet.com

About the yarn Super chunky; 72m per 200g; 50% cotton, 50% polyester

Tension 9 sts x 10 rows =10cm over dc

Hook used 12mm

Other supplies wool sewing needle

About the book

Start crocheting The Base and Eyes are worked in the round. Start every rnd with with 3 ch (counts as tr) and join with a sl st unless otherwise stated. The Ears and Beak are worked back and forth in rows.

Base Rnd 1: With CC1 and working into magic ring, 7 tr in ring, with MC 7 tr in ring, join with a sl st. 14 sts Rnd 1 sets colour position, from Rnd 2 always work sts of new rnd with the same color of previous rnd. You will need to break and rejoin colours in later rnds. Rnd 2: [2 tr in next st] to end. 28 sts Rnd 3: [1 tr, 2 tr in next st] to end. 42 sts Rnd 4: [2 tr, 2 tr in next st] to end. 56 sts Rnd 5: [3 tr, 2 tr in next st] to end. 70 sts Rnd 6: [4 tr, 2 tr in next st] to end. 84 sts Rnd 7: [5 tr, 2 tr in next st] to end. 98 sts Rnd 8: [6 tr, 2 tr in next st] to end. 112 sts Rnd 9: [7 tr, 2 tr in next st] to end. 126 sts Rnd 10: Tr around. Rnd 11: [8 tr, 2 tr in next st] to end. 140 sts Rnd 12: [9 tr, 2 tr in next st] to end. 154 sts Rnd 13: [10 tr, 2 tr in next st] to end. 168 sts Rnd 14: Tr around. Fasten off.

Ears (make 2) With MC, chain 18. Turn. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, dc to end. Turn. 18 sts Row 2: Miss 1 st, dc to end. Turn. 17 sts Rep Row 2 until 1 st remains. Fasten off. Translated from Complementi D’arredo Uncinetto (Home Crochet) by Samanta Fornino, £18.34 Il Castello

Eyes (make 2) Rnd 1: With CC4 and working into magic ring, 12 tr. 12 sts

Change to CC2. Rnd 2: [2 tr in next st] to end. 24 sts Rnd 3: [1 tr, 2 tr in next st] to end. 36 sts Fasten off.

Beak With CC3, chain 14. Turn. Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, dc across. Turn. 14 sts Row 2: Miss 1 st, dc to end. Turn. 13 sts Rep Row 2 until 1 st remains. Fasten off.

Making up Using photo as a guide, sew Ears, Eyes and Beak onto the Base. Weave in all loose ends.

Need an alternative? Any of these super chunky yarns will make a great snuggly rug for little ones

Cygnet Seriously Chunky

King Cole Big Value Super Chunky

Rowan Big Wool

Wool Couture Cheeky Chunky

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The best way to discover a new yarn is to give it a squish at your local yarn shop, and this month we’ve been inspired by bold blue variegated yarn

Stylecraft Head Over Heels Boho

Head Over Heels Boho has been specially developed by the team at Stylecraft to be durable enough for socks, whilst at the same time remaining fine and lightweight enough to be used for shawls. The yarn is made from 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon, meaning each of the six colourways incorporates short colour changes as well as longer ones to give a unique striping effect that develops as your project grows. Head over Heels is perfect for adding a touch of chic style to your crochet.

Rico Baby Cotton Soft Print DK

This gorgeously soft yarn from Rico is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic, making it soft to touch and easy on sensitive skin, while being machine washable and easy to care for. Baby Cotton Soft is available in a range of solid colours and prints, meaning there’s plenty of variety to choose from. Whether you’re looking to make a stylish garment or a cute toy, this yarn will put a smile on your little one’s face.

Cygnet Seriously Chunky Prints Seriously Chunky Prints is an extension to Cygnet’s signature Seriously Chunky range, available in gorgeously bright and funky shades. This 100% acrylic yarn is perfect for quick projects and the is ideal for beginners who are slowly building their skills. The Prints collection comes in six self-striping colourways guaranteed to brighten your work and add a little fun to the learning process.

James C Brett Flutterby Chunky

Flutterby Chunky is an incredibly popular yarn from James C Brett and it’s easy to see why. Made from 100% polyester, the yarn has a chenille texture that is super soft and squishy. Flutterby is perfect for children’s toys and is available in a range of over 25 shades including both solids and prints, meaning you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your project. The chunky weight also means it works up quicker and you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour in no time!

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Reading a pattern line There are many different ways to write a crochet pattern, but all the patterns inside Crochet Now use the same style, which we’ll clarify here for easy reference. Using numbered Rows or Rounds (Rnds) is the best way to keep your place in a pattern. Take notice of whether the pattern says Rows or Rnds, as it’ll also signify whether you should be working the piece flat or in the round if not stated already.

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In Crochet Now, the instructions for working a basic stitch will be given with the instruction of how many stitches are worked in succession. For example, the instruction ‘4 dc’ will tell you to work a double crochet stitch into the next four available stitches on the row below. Increases are signified by the instruction ‘in the same st’ or ‘in the next st’. As an example, ‘4 dc in the next st’ will mean working four double crochet stitches into the next available st. Square brackets are used in patterns to show a complete instruction, which is then followed by a further instruction outside the bracket. For example, ‘[3 dc, 2 dc in the next st] 4 times’ means that ‘3 dc, 2 dc in the next st’ will be worked four times in succession. Another way of indicating a repeat is to use *, followed by an instruction to repeat from * a certain number of times. Round brackets within pattern instructions will signify sizing – so make sure you pay attention to the Sizing section of the project materials column. If a pattern states S (M, L) then in the instructions 20 (24, 28) dc, you work the number of stitches required that corresponds to the size you are working only.

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1. About the yarn If you can’t get hold of the pattern yarn, or want to substitute it for another yarn, this box is important. Not only does it tell you the weight of yarn, it also gives an insight into the fibre make up (in case you want to create something that looks similar) as well as the yardage, so you can ensure you buy enough yarn length in the substituted yarn. If not, you might find yourself with a different dyelot, which could cause a subtle, but noticeable shift in the colour of your project. 2. Tension For most crochet projects, a tension square is important – especially with wearable items such as garments, accessories and baby clothes. How tightly or loosely you crochet is important for sizing, so crocheting a small square in the suggested pattern is an indicator of whether the final project will turn out the right size. If your tension does not match the suggested tension, adjust your hook size as required. Many people do not look at tension for amigurumi toys, however,

yours may end up a different size if you have a looser or tighter tension. 3. Finishing Apart from toys, most projects should be blocked to relax the yarn into its new shape. This is done by wetting the object, either in warm water, with a spray bottle or by steaming it. Then shape it and leave to dry. This can be just laid out flat, pinned out on a blocking or foam board or with the likes of hats, some people even pop them over inflated balloons. You can find this at the end of a pattern. 4. Charts A symbol diagram is in essence an X-ray of the finished crocheted item. Symbol diagrams are excellent for all skill levels, and some beginners find that they are able to tackle more complex stitch patterns much earlier. They don’t suit all stitchers, particularly those who aren’t visual learners in the first place, but with a few tips and pointers, even those who are less intuitive visually will be able to successfully read a diagram and stitch a lovely piece.


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5. Stitch patterns If you come across a term outside of the common abbreviations included in this issue, it may be a special stitch. Look out for separate instructions outside of the pattern, which will explain how to make the stitch. How to read a chart First up, find your key. While you may recognise some of the symbols from previous chart reading experiences, you need to remember that different people draw charts differently, and what meant a treble stitch before may mean a half treble now. It will also contain any special information needed to make sense of the chart.

giving a clue of where to fasten off and join in colours. If there’s a jump between where you end the row and where you start the next, there’s a good chance that the colour has changed – sometimes this is signified in the colouring of the chart, sometimes not!

Chart

You read a crochet chart from bottom to top when worked in rows, or from the inside out when working in rounds. Rows are worked from right to left first, then left to right, continuing as set unless otherwise stated, while rounds are worked anticlockwise, as you would crochet them. Small numbers with arrows signify where each Rnd starts – helpful for making sense of more complex charts, while also

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Basics

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LEARN

the basics

Master the essential crochet techniques you’ll need to see you through your next project

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Holding the hook

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PEN METHOD

KNIFE METHOD

There’s no right or wrong way to hold your hook, but many crocheters find it comfortable to hold it as they would a pen.

Others prefer the knife method, with the end of the hook resting against the palm of the hand for extra control of the hook.

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Holding the yarn

Making a slipknot

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1 The key is to ensure tension in the yarn. This technique shows the tail held between index finger and thumb, and working end over the middle finger.

1 Holding the tail end firmly, wrap the working end of the ball of yarn around two fingers to make a loop.

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2 Pull a loop from the working end of the ball of yarn up through the centre of the loop you’ve just made.

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2 This technique shows the tail end held in between the thumb and middle finger and the working end wrapped around the index finger – see what works best for you!

3 Remove the loop from your fingers and you should have something that looks like this.

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4 Pull the tail end of the yarn to close the slipknot – it’s now ready to be popped onto your crochet hook and pulled tight to close.

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1 This is what the start of any crochet project looks like – a slipknot on a hook.

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2 To begin making your first chain, first wrap the yarn around the hook (yrh).

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3 Pull the hook towards the first loop on the hook – always be sure to move the crochet hook and not the yarn to make your stitches – this will catch the yrh in the head of the hook. 4 Continue to move the hook until you pull your yrh through the first loop on the hook – you’ve made your first chain stitch!

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Once you’ve made the required length of chain, you should be left with something looking like this. This is your foundation row, into which Row 1 is worked.

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2 The starting chain instructions often include the turning chain in them already. This example shows a treble crochet, so the stitch is worked into the 4th chain from the hook to create the height needed for the first stitch.

3 This is what the first treble stitch into a chain looks like – you will then continue to make the next stitch in the next chain all along to the end to create your first row.

Turning chains

Working in rows

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1 Once you reach the end of a row, it’s time to work back along the other way. To do this you need to turn the work. This example shows a treble once again, so we’ve made a three chain turning chain.

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2 Then simply turn the work before continuing to work the next row. This produces what is known as a right side (RS) and wrong side (WS) to the crochet fabric – something you’ll come to recognise in no time at all.

1 Different stitches have different size turning chains; double crochet is one chain (which is often not counted as a stitch); half treble is two chains; treble is three chains and double treble is four chains.


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1 To work in the round, first of all you need a centre ring, into which the first round of stitches are worked into. There are many ways to do this, but for this example, we are first making a chain of four stitches.

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2 Next, slip-stitch into the first chain you made to create a centre ring.

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4 The stitches are then worked directly into the centre ring – not into the actual chain stitches themselves as we did when working into a row. This allows us to work many more stitches into the ring, without leaving a large hole in the centre.

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1 A magic ring is a key technique used in the making of toys (also known as amigurumi). It allows you to have even greater control on the size of the hole at the centre ring of your project.

2 To start off, follow the first few steps for making a slip knot by making a loop around your fingers with the working end of the yarn.

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3 Pull through a loop of the working end of the ball of yarn – place your hook into the new loop; however, this time don’t pull the tail to make a slipknot. Hold the centre ring in your fingers to stop it moving.

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4 In this example, we’re double crocheting into the magic ring. To secure the magic ring, make one chain.

5 Then continue to work the number of required double crochet stitches directly into the magic ring, ensuring both the loop and the tail end are caught in the stitches.

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6 Pull the tail end of the yarn and the magic ring will close up as tightly as it is able, depending on the number of stitches.

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Insert your hook into the next stitch from front to back.

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3 Pull up a loop through the stitch. You will now have two loops on the hook.

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Double crochet is essential for amigurumi

Double crochet 2 together (Dc2tog)

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1 This stitch is a common decrease in double crochet. First up, work a double crochet stitch as far as Step 3. Then insert your hook into the next stitch, yrh and pull up a loop. You will have three loops on the hook.

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2 Yarn round the hook again.

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To increase the number of double crochet stitches, simply make more than one double crochet in the same stitch as shown in this example.

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Basics Slip stitch (sl st)

1 Slip stitches are used as joining stitches and in places where you need to move along a row or round without impacting the height of the row. Insert the hook into the next stitch. 2 Yarn round the hook, pull up a loop not only through the stitch, but also the first loop on the hook.

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Half treble 2 together (Htr2tog) 1 Work as for half treble until Step 2.

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1 Work as for a treble crochet stitch up to Step 3. 2 Yarn round the hook again, insert into the next stitch and pull up one loop. There are four loops on the hook.

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2 Pull through both loops to complete the stitch and continue to work the next stitch in the next colour.

Crochet colourwork can make for some fantastic results. To change colour mid-row, first work the stitch until the penultimate step in colour 1. Yarn round the hook in the new colour.

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3 Once secured, you can either fasten off the old yarn, or keep it attached if you’ll be working it in again soon – this is called stranded colourwork.

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Tension squares are particularly important for projects where size does matter, so be sure to work up a square in pattern that’s slightly larger than 10cm2. Grab your ruler and count your stitches. Too many? Try a hook size up. Too few? Try a hook size down.

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STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS Get your head around these abbreviations that you’ll find regularly in Crochet Now patterns

alt  alternate

sl st

beg  beginning

sp space

work in back loops only BLO 

st(s) stitche(s)

CC  contrasting colour

tbl

ch  chain

tr treble

ch-sp  chain space

ttr

triple treble

cont  continue

tr2tog

 ork two treble crochet w stitches together

WS

wrong side

yrh

yarn round hook

double crochet dc  dc2tog  work two double crochet stitches together dec  decrease

slip stitch

through the back loop

double treble crochet dtr 

US to UK crochet terms

fdc  foundation double crochet

If you come across a ‘sc’ instruction, it’s likely to be written in US crochet terms. Crochet Now is written entirely in UK terms, but here’s a guide on how to translate them. UK US Double crochet dc Single crochet sc htr hdc Half treble Half double tr Double dc Treble Double treble dtr Treble tr ttr Double treble dtr Triple treble

FLO  work in front loops only foll  following htr

half treble crochet

work two half treble crochet htr2tog  stitches together inc

increase

LH

left hand

main colour MC  patt  pattern pm  place marker prev  previous pul  pull up a loop rem  remaining rep  repeat RH  right hand rm  remove marker rnd  round RS  right side RtrF

r aised treble front: Yrh, insert around post of indicated st from front to back around to front again, yrh, pul, [yrh, draw through two loops] twice

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raised treble back: Yrh, insert around post of indicated st from back to front around to back again, yrh, pul, [yrh, draw through two loops] twice

Sk skip

Crochet hook conversions UK In mm US 14 2mm 13 2.25mm B/1 12 2.5mm - 2.75mm C/2 11 3mm 10 3.25mm D/3 9 3.5mm E/4 - 3.75mm F/5 8 4mm G/6 7 4.5mm 7 6 5mm H/8 5 5.5mm I/9 4 6mm J/10 3 6.5mm K/10.5 2 7mm 0 8mm L/11 00 9mm M/13 000 10mm N/15

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There is nothing more annoying that having to weave in all those pesky ends at the end of a large project so we asked Blogstar Helen for her top tips www.theknittingexploitsofjosiekitten.blogspot.com

What’s the best way to sew in ends? I wanted to answer this question because it’s something that as a fairly basic crocheter myself, I have struggled with in the past and it’s put me off attempting more complicated projects. If I’m hooking a blanket that has rows, it’s fairly easy to weave in the end of yarn by crocheting over

Using a blunt darning needle, weave the starting end of each colour yarn to the tail end on the wrong side.

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Do the same thing for all the ends. Try to weave the yarn through stitches of the same colour.

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it as you work the next row, so that the tail is caught in each stitch. Doing this for 12 stitches secures it quite nicely. But working over the ends in granny square throws and other types of crochet in the round used to fill me with horror! One thing I will say to you loud and clear is: sew your ends in after EVERY round or motif.

Weave the tails under the trebles and then catch them through three stitches as shown. Repeat twice more and trim ends.

Right side

There should be no sign of your weaving in on the right side of your work.

Helen’s crochet corner

At The Woolly Adventures of Knitting Kitty I mainly chat about knitting, crochet, spinning and sewing. I love to learn new skills and share what I’ve done with others. I’m a teacher by day but my spare time is filled with crafts. I live in rural Norfolk in a house well insulated with yarn and fibre, together with my yarn-loving cat Florence. Following the sudden death of my husband in 2016, I am learning to live alone.


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