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June 2017 £4.99

25 Summer

Patterns ■ Accessories ■ Homeware ■ Toys ■ Baby wear ■ Fashion

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Bridal beauty Meet our wedding belle!

Suitable ill for all sk levels

Fun & fast festival projects!

Spiral bag Sweet & simple

Daiy chain Pretty pocho Quick to crochet

Coachella cool

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Editor’s letter

Welcome

Here in the Love Crochet offce, to say we’re longing for some decent sunshine, would be an understatement. We want to ditch the cumbersome coats, sling on a cute, cheeky cardi and pad to work in optimistic fip-fops (with of course, a slightly more realistic brolly tucked into our handbags). So. we’ve packed this issue with gorgeous, summery projects in the belief that if you build the dream, it will come! We have a very pretty camisole in a minty ice cream shade over on page 72 – great for holidays and mooching in the garden, alike. There’s our delicate and lacy summer scarf on page 58, ideal for dressing a light work or wedding outft. And we have a stylish headband, perfect for keeping cool in the sticky, summer heat (p.66).

Rosebud necklace, p17

Daisy-chain headress, p34

We also have fun and fast festival makes for the fashionconscious, music-loving crowd, including a Coachella-cool poncho (p.46), dainty daisy-chain headress (p.34) and gypsyinspired hand jewellery (p.52). And of course, we have our glowing cover star – the bridal beauty (p.13). She makes for a perfect wedding gift or caketopper – such a sweet handmade touch to a big day.

Flower gift ribbon, p40

So, enjoy your summer! May that brolly stay in your handbag!

Zeena Moolla Editor PS. The next issue of Love Crochet is on sale on July 3rd 2017. If you have any queries about patterns, email patternhelp@immediate. co.uk and we’ll be happy to give you a hand!

Hula beach bear, p31 LOV E K N IT T I N G 3


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Contents 62 17

13 PROJECTS 13 SUMMER BRIDE

Indulge in a touch of wedding romance with our enchanting bridal doll.

17 TRAILING BLOSSOMS

Hook up a summer bouquet by crocheting Jennifer May‘s rosebud necklace

20 HATS OFF!

This gorgeous hat for adorable little girls will help to keep them cool in the sun.

24 FEELING FRUITY

Dress your table for summer with these fabulous fruit-themed coasters.

4 LOV E C R O C H E T

31 BEACH BEAR

Dream of Hawaii with our hula-dancer!

34 HIPPY CHIC

48 FESTIVAL FRINGE

The ideal lacy cover up for festivals, picnics and breezy days at the beach.

Embrace your inner fower child with Nicky Hale’s dainty daisy coronet.

52 MYSTIC MOTIFS

37 BLOOMING LOVELY

53 RAINBOW LOOPS

40 FLORAL FLOURISH

54 FREEFORM SPIRIT

44 QUITE CONTRARY

58 SOFT SCOOPS

Sample felting with our petal corsage trio. Give handmade gifts the perfect fnish. A sweet summer frock for little ones.

Give beading a go with this hand jewellery. Crochet some party decorations! Spiralling shapes make a gorgeous bag. A light lacy scarf in tempting colours.


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76

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31 40

58

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65 62 PRISM PERFECTION

A glowing gem of a pinafore for babies.

64 RISE & SHINE

Two cute egg cosy designs to make.

65 CRAZY DAISY

72 MINT IMPERIAL

Hone your crochet skills with shell stitch, lace and trebles to make this camisole.

76 HITS THE SPOT

Jazz up a cushion with crocheted circles.

PLUS SOME GREAT READS

A sunny statement daisy embellishment to revitalise your old, favourite bag.

78 ZIG AND ZAG

Cheer up breakfast with these placemats.

7 ASK THE EXPERT 10 NEWS, BOOKS

66 OCEAN BREEZE

79 KITCHEN CUTE

AND EVENTS 28 TUTORIAL: TUNISIAN

Hook up this practical headband in fresh shades of turquoise and white.

68 MARINE BUDDIES

Have fun hooking this mermaid and pals.

Pot holders to wake up your kitchen!

PURL STITCH 41 BACK ISSUES 42 GET

80 FLOWER GARDEN

SIMONE FRANCIS 82 KIT REVIEWS 84

Transform your bedroom with Nicki Trench’s gorgeous hexagon blanket.

TO KNOW IMAGINATIVE CROCHETER HOW TO CROCHET 91 NEXT ISSUE

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Girls’ sun hat Top tip Instead of a bow you could make a fower in the contrast shade as a decoration

Hats off! A cute sun hat is the essential summer accessory for little girls, and this one by Val Pierce looks the business for breezy days of rock pooling at the shore 20 L O V E C R O C H E T


Girls’ sun hat

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rochet this cute sun hat for a special little girl in just a couple of evenings. A simple shell pattern is used to make the main part of the hat, with the edgings and crown made using just dc and tr stitches. In short, this is a really straightforward project ideal for whipping up before you set off on your summer holidays!

Yo wil ned

■ Drops Nepal ( wool and alpaca mix ), 2 x 50g balls in Coral = A ■ Drops Merino Extra Fine DK, 1 x 50g ball in Dark Blue = B ■ 4.5mm and 3.5mm crochet hooks

Size ■ To fit two to three-year-old. Hat circumference approx 46cm (18in)

Tension ■ 15 dc x 20 rows measure 10cm using 4.5m hook

Abbreviations ■ For standard abbreviations see page 90

CROCHET HAT

Round 5: 1ch,* 1dc in each of next 3dc, 2dc

Using 4.5m hook and A make 2ch.

in next dc, rep from * to end, Join as before.

Round 1: work 6dc into 2nd ch from hook,

30dc

join with a ss to beg of round. 6dc

Round 6: 1ch, * 1dc in each of next 4dc, 2dc

Round 2: work 2dc in each dc to end, join

in next dc, rep from * to end, join as before.

with a ss. 12dc

36 dc

Round 3: 1ch,* 1dc in next dc, 2dc in next

Round 7: * 3ch, miss 1dc, dc in next dc,

dc , rep from * to end, join as before. 18dc

rep from * to end but noting last rep with be

Round 4: 1ch,* 1dc in each of next 2dc, 2dc

4ch, ss to base of 3ch at beg of round. 18

in next dc , rep from * to end, join as before.

loops.

24dc

Round 8: 1dc in next 3ch loop * 2tr, 1ch,

Th jaunty brim i easy to crocht using dc ad tr stitchs

About these yarns Drops Nepal 100% merino 75m per 50g £2.00

Drops Merino Extra Fine 65% wool, 35% alpaca 105m per 50g £2.80 www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

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Coasters

Feling fruity Add some zest to your summer projects with these fun and colourful fruit-themed coasters. By Lucy Pollock

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Coasters

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et set for enjoying tall, cool drinks in colourful, crochet style with this selection of juicy coasters. In bright fruity shades, each one resembles a refreshing summer fruit, from apple to watermelon to orange and lime. They’re small and speedy great projects to work on while travelling. Guaranteed to put you in the mood for summer, alfresco drinks on a beautiful, balmy evening with friends and family…

Yo wil ned ■ Stylecraft Special DK,

small amounts in each of the following: Fondant White Black Grass Green Matador Walnut Jaffa ■ 3.5mm crochet hook ■ Embroidery needle ■ Scissors

Measurements

To make your apple pips wider, add a few extra running stitches in Walnut

■ Each coaster measures approximately 10cm (4in) in diameter

Tension ■ Tension is not important for this project

COASTERS

Abbreviations

Apple coaster

■ INC – Increase (2 HTR in same stitch)

Begin in White.

■ * - repeat from the beginning of the star

Row 1:.Ch2, 7 htr in 2nd ch from hook. Ss

until the full stop ■ For standard abbreviations see page 90

(8) Row 2:.Ch2, htr in same st, (inc) x7. Ss (16) Row 3:.Ch2, inc. (htr, inc) x7. Ss (24) Row 4:.Ch2, htr, inc. (2 htr, inc) x7. Ss (32) Row 5:.Ch 2, 2 htr, inc. (3 htr, inc) x7. Ss (40)

Top Tip Spra lightly with watr, thn fattn down with a bok or something fat ad fairly havy

Row 6:.Ch 2, 3 htr, inc. (4 htr, inc) x7. Ss (48)

About this yarn

Fasten off. Change to matador (red)

Ch 9. ss 2nd ch from hook. Ss in each st

Go back a few stitches on the previous row

across. (8) Fasten off. Leave a long tail to

– this will make the coaster look rounder.

sew on top of the apple.

Stylecraft Special DK

Row 7:.Ch 2, 4 htr, inc. (5 htr, inc) x7. Ss (56)

100% acrylic

Fasten off. Sew ends in.

295m per 100g

Leaf Begin in Grass Green yarn

£1.85

Stem

Ch 12. sl st 2nd ch from hook. *Dc, dc, htr,

www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

Walnut yarn

htr, tr, tr, htr, htr, dc, dc. Turn to other side

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Coasters

and repeat from *. ss. Fasten off. Leave a long to tail to sew on top of the apple. To make up Sew the bottom of the stem at the top of the coaster, secure well and cut the yarn. Sew the bottom of the leaf to the side of the stem. Can be either side of the stem. Secure well and cut the yarn. Add two lines at the beginning of the apple using Walnut yarn to make the pips for the By changing the pips and yarn shades you can crochet different fruit

apple. Secure well and cut the yarn.

Watermelon coaster Begin in Fondant (pink). Row 1: Ch2, 7 htr in 2nd ch from hook. Ss (8) Row 2: Ch2, htr in same st, (inc) x7. Ss (16) Row 3: Ch2, inc. (htr, inc) x7. Sl st (24) Row 4: Ch2, htr, inc. (2 htr, inc) x7. Ss (32) Row 5: Ch 2, 2 htr, inc. (3 htr, inc) x7. Ss(40) Fasten off. Change to White Row 6: Ch 2, 3 htr, inc. (4 htr, inc) x7. Ss(48) Fasten off. Change to Grass Green Go back a few stitches on the previous row – this will make the coaster look rounder. Row 7: Ch 2, 4 htr, inc. (5 htr, inc) x7. Ss. (56) Fasten off. Sew ends in. To make up Add black watermelon pips to the coaster at row 2 and row 4 using black yarn. First add 8 evenly but closely spaced pips at row 2. Then, at row 4, add 8 more pips, arranging one between every two of the row 2 pips. Secure well and cut the yarn.

Top Tip

Lengths of white yarn create the segments for your citrus fruits

Whn chaging colors, add it to yor stitch as yo go alog to hide th yarn ad yo wo’t ned to sw in so may pieces of yarn at th end!


Coasters

To make th coastr’s curved lip, go back a few stitchs at row 6

Lime coaster

segments. Insert yarn from behind the

– this will make the coaster look rounder.

Begin in White.

beginning of row 1. Take that up to row 6

Row 7: Ch 2, 4 htr, inc. (5 htr, inc) x7. Ss.

Row 1: Ch2, 7 htr in 2nd ch from hook. Ss.

(the next part of the White) and pull tight.

(56) Fasten off. Sew ends in.

(8) Fasten off. Change to Grass green

Make 8 equal segments going around.

Row 2: Ch2, htr in same st, (inc) x7. Ss. (16)

Secure well and cut the yarn.

Row 3: Ch2, inc. (htr, inc) x7. Ss (24)

To make up As with your lime coaster, cut a long piece

Row 4: Ch2, htr, inc. (2 htr, inc) x7. Ss (32)

Orange coaster

of white yarn to make the segments. Insert

Row 5: Ch 2, 2 htr, inc. (3 htr, inc) x7. Ss (40)

Begin in White.

yarn from behind the beginning of row 1.

Fasten off. Change to White.

Row 1: Ch2, 7 htr in 2nd ch from hook. Ss.

Take that up to row 6 (the next part of the

Row 6: Ch 2, 3 htr, inc. (4 htr, inc) x7. Ss (48)

(8) Fasten off. Change to Jaffa (orange)

white) and pull tight.

Fasten off. Change to Grass Green

Row 2: Ch2, htr in same st, (inc) x7. Ss (16)

Make 8 equal segments going around

Go back a few stitches on the previous row

Row 3: Ch2, inc. (htr, inc) x7. Sl st (24)

evenly. Secure well and cut the yarn.

– this will make the coaster look rounder.

Row 4: Ch2, htr, inc. (2 htr, inc) x7. Ss (32)

Row 7: Ch 2, 4 htr, inc. (5 htr, inc) x7. Ss.

Row 5: Ch 2, 2 htr, inc. (3 htr, inc) x7. Ss (40)

(56) Fasten off. Sew ends in.

Fasten off. Change to White. Row 6: Ch 2, 3 htr, inc. (4 htr, inc) x7. Ss (48)

To make up

Fasten off. Change to Jaffa (orange)

Cut a long piece of white yarn to make the

Go back a few stitches on the previous row

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Daisy chain

Hippie chic Make Nicky Hale’s simple fower coronet with its dainty daisies

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Daisy chain

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his pretty project has got us dreaming of long, lazy summer days, picnics and festivals. Hook yourself a botanical beauty to wear in your hair, as a necklace or to wind around your wrist.

DAISY CHAIN

Final pair of leaves

Chain and leaves

Join Pistache where last leaf meets ch.

First pair of leaves

Ch23, and work as for First Pair of Leaves,

With Pistache and a 3mm hook, *ch6, 1dc

omitting frst ch6.

1 ball of each Pistache (N13), Tournesol

into 2nd ch from hook, working into next 4

Fasten off and weave in ends.

(N16), Ibiza (N01)

ch: 1htr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc. Ch1, rotate and work

Yo wil ned ■ DMC Natura Just Cotton,

■ 3mm crochet hook

in the remaining loop of the ch of the next 5

Daisy (make 11)

■ Tapestry needle

sts: 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc, ss into beginning

This is worked so the fower sits on top of

st to join**, ch7; repeat from * to **. [2

the chain.

leaves made]

Join Tournesol into 9th chain from frst pair

Fasten off.

of leaves.

Size ■ Chain meas 85cm (33½in) long

Round 1: Ch1 (does not count as st), 4dc

Tension

Middle section of leaves

into same ch, rotate and work a further 4dc

■ Tension is not important for this project

Join Pistache where leaves join at base.

into remaining loop of same ch, ss into frst

Ch23, work one leaf as above, omitting the

dc. [8 sts]

frst ch6.

Fasten off.

Fasten off.

Round 2: Join Ibiza into any st, (ch5, ss

*With previous leaf sitting to the left, and

into st at base of ch, ss into next st) repeat

with RS of chain facing, join Pistache where

around.

leaf meets ch. Ch23 and work one leaf as

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Abbreviations ■ For standard abbreviations see page 90

About this yarn

above.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 for each daisy,

DMC Natura Just Cotton

Fasten off.

working in the centre ch of the joining

100% cotton

Repeat from * another 8 times, alternating

chains between leaves each time.

155m per 50g

between the leaf sitting to the right and left.

£3.79

[10 single leaves made]

To fnish Steam block each daisy & leaf to fatten.

www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

HOW TO TREBLE DECREASE (TR2TOG) 6

1

2

3

5

4

3

2

1

4

Hold the hook and yarn end in

Pull the hook towards the slip

This is what your row of chains

Each chain or loop counts as one

your right hand, and the working

knot, catching the yarn

will look like. Hold the chain with

stitch. Do not count your slip knot

yarn in your left hand. Move the

in the hook, and pulling it through

your right hand near the hook, to

or the loop on the hook (called the

hook under and over the yarn to

the slip knot loop. This forms

keep the tension. Keep going until

working loop). For accuracy, make

wrap it around anti-clockwise.

your first chain (ch) stitch. Repeat

you have the number of chains

sure the chain is not twisted and

steps 1 and 2 to form a chain.

stated on your pattern.

that the front is facing you. L O V E C R O C H E T 35


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