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Patterns ■ Stripy sun hat for holidays ■ Sweet-treat sunglasses case

Great styles for summer!

Bright & beautiful makes for your home Make a st cute touri doll!

Swet bag

Easy jumper for baby Rainbow blaket Col cushios

Dragonfly motif Textured hexagons Craft room fun

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Contents 13

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PROJECTS 13 HOLA AMIGO!

31 GET SHORTIE

47 CHEVRON COASTERS

16 DRAGONFLY BEACH BAG

34 PANDA POP

48 GEOMETRY CLASS

19 BEACH BABIES

37 LOADS-A-LOLLY

50 MOROCCAN GARDEN

38 PUSSYCAT PAWS

52 SUMMER VIBES

42 LIME PICKLE

53 CRAFTY CUSHIONS

Get to know sun-loving cactus Cyril. A pretty bag to keep essentials safe.

Focus kids’ pre-seaside glee with a project they can help you to hook up.

22 MARVIN THE MONKEY

Make this cheeky pal with his own banana!

25 COOL STRIPES

Master picot edging with a stylish sunhat.

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Show some leg with a pair of cute shorts. A vivid pencil case that ticks all our boxes. Keep sunglasses safe and scratch-free. These travel socks have pawsonality. The go-to accessory your summer wardrobe has been waiting for.

Speedy, irresistible and practical!

A bright blanket you can customise to suit. Eastern-inspired plant pot holders. Pastel-shaded napkin rings. This trio of designs encourages you to get comfy with your favourite crafts!


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56 CHERRY ON TOP

68 BESIDE THE SEA

59 GRANNY COOL

70 RAY OF SUNSHINE

60 PLAY AWAY

72 GOLLY GUMDROPS

63 CUTE AS A BUTTON

76 CROCHET CUDDLE

A truly tempting cupcake-themed tea cosy. Make a retro granny square coin purse. A tufty play mat in rainbow shades of yarn. Kicky dungarees for ages up to a year.

66 PRETTY MARY JANES

A frst pair of dinky shoes for little ones complete with buttons and bows.

Shell bunting for beach combers. Hook and sew a gorgeous dress. A scrumptious jumper babies will love. Hook up this seriously soft baby blanket.

78 TIM THE TOURIST

Our amigurumi tourist is ready to hit the road, complete with his own camera!

PLUS SOME GREAT READS 7 ASK THE EXPERT 10 NEWS, BOOKS AND EVENTS 28 TUTORIAL: CORNER TO CORNER CROCHET 41 BACK ISSUES 44 MEET ‘BIG CROCHET’ DESIGNER INGRID WAGNER 82 REVIEWS 84 HOW TO CROCHET 91 NEXT ISSUE

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Amigurumi cactus

Hola, aigo! Cyril the Cactus simply can’t wait to spread some cheer! By Liz Ward

Top tip A few rudimentary cross stitch skills are all you need to fnish the pot in style

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Amigurumi cactus

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uenos diás! Meet Cyril the Cactus! A sweet Mexican mate, complete with detachable sombrero… Cyril makes the ideal desktop buddy to see you through rough days at work, or could even work as a pincushion for a crafty friend - or yourself if you can’t bear to part with him! His body hooks up in no time, giving you a chance to really go to town with his accessories. Cute and quirky, Cyril would make a great housewarming gift, too. Viva Mexico!

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■ 1 ball of Rico Creative Cotton (Aran) in:

CYRIL THE CACTUS Head and body

next st) repeat to end. 12sts

Light Pistachio (44), Turquoise (36),

Make 1 starting with light pistachio yarn

Round 4: (dc in the frst fve sts, 2dc in the

Fuchsia (13), Brown (58), Light Yellow

Start with 6dc into magic ring. 6sts

next st) repeat to end. 14sts

(63) and Smokey Orange (72)

Round 1: 2dc into each st to the end. 12sts

Round 5: (dc in the frst six sts, 2dc in the

■ 3.5mm crochet hook

Round 2: (dc in the frst st, 2dc in the next

next st) repeat to end. 16sts

■ 6mm safety toy eyes

st) repeat to end. 18sts

Round 6: (dc in the frst seven sts, 2dc in

■ Wool and embroidery needle

Round 3-22: dc in each st to end. Insert

the next st) repeat to end. 18sts

■ Pipe cleaners

eyes on rnd 7, 5sts apart.

Round 7: dc in each st to end. 18sts

■ Rice

Round 23: bl dc in each st to end. 18sts

Round 8: (dc in the frst two sts, 2dc in the

■ 0.25 metre of muslin

Change to brown yarn at end of this round

next st) repeat to end. 24sts

■ Toy stuffing

Round 24: (dc in the frst two sts, 2dc in the

Round 9: (dc in the frst three sts, 2dc in the

next st) repeat to end. 24sts

next st) repeat to end. 30sts

Round 25: (dc in the frst three sts, 2dc in

Round 10: (dc in the frst four sts, 2dc in the

the next st) repeat to end. 30sts

next st) repeat to end. 36sts

Round 26: (dc in the frst four sts, 2dc in the

Round 11: (dc in the frst fve sts, 2dc in the

next st) repeat to end. 36sts

next st) repeat to end. 42sts

Fasten off.

Change to fuchsia yarn at end of this round.

Size ■ 12x12x8cm (4¾x 4¾x3in)

Tension ■ Tension is not important for this project

Round 12: dc in each st to end. 42sts

Abbreviations

Arms

Fasten off.

■ For standard abbreviations see page 90

Make 2 in the same yarn as the body

With turquoise yarn, cross stitch around the

Start with 6dc into magic ring. 6sts

brim of the hat.

Round 1: (dc in the frst st, 2dc in the next

With fuchsia yarn, thread through the brim

st) repeat to end. 9sts

of the hat, knot one end. Thread back

Round 2-14: dc in each st to end. 9sts

through the brim and knot the other end.

Fasten off. Stuff with a pipe cleaner and toy

Cut off any excess, repeat until the whole

stuffng. Sew onto body using photo as a

brim is surrounded with tassels.

guide for positioning. Sombrero

About this yarn

Make 1 starting in yellow yarn Start with 6dc into magic ring. 6sts

Rico Creative Cotton (Aran)

Round 1: (dc in the frst two sts, 2dc in the

100% cotton

next st) repeat to end. 8sts

85m per 50g

Round 2: (dc in the frst three sts, 2dc in the

£1.89

next st) repeat to end. 10sts

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Round 3: (dc in the frst four sts, 2dc in the

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Sew on a smile as a fnishing touch


Kid’s beach bag

Beach babies Rev up a child’s anticipation with our octopus beach bag! By Val Pierce

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Kid’s beach bag

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ooking forward to a holiday is one of the most exciting things, regardless of your age! This project is the perfect way to harness the energy of hyper kids, buzzing with the prospect of a forthcoming trip. We’ve suggested yarns shades, but you can let them choose the colours – particularly for the octopus doll. If you want the octopus to be removable, just attach with a brooch pin or button. Easy!

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■ Sirdar Cotton DK in each of the following

KID’S BEACH BAG

Next Row: Work 1 tr in each st.

Back and front

Repeat last 2 rows once more.

Make 2 alike.

Work 2 rows in dc and fasten off.

Using 3.5m hook and shade A make 61 ch.

Work another piece to match.

shades:

Foundation Row: 1dc into 2nd ch from

Mediterranean Blue (540) = A

hook, 1dc into each dc to end. 60 dc. Turn

Handles

Sea Shell (533) = B

Row 1: 1 ch, 1dc into each dc to end.

Make 2 alike.

Breaking Waves (538) = C

Row 2: 3ch, counts as frst tr, * work C2TR,

Using 3.5m hook and E make 75ch.

Cool Blue (527) = D

over next 2 dc, rep from * to last dc, 1tr

Next Row: 1htr into 2nd ch from hook, 1htr

Vanilla (502) = E

into last dc. ( you should have 29 crossed

in each st to end.

Terracotta (539) = F

stitches and 1 tr at either end)

Next Row: 2ch (counts as frst htr, 1htr into

■ 3.5mm crochet hook

Rows 1 and 2 form pattern.

each st to end.)

■ Small amount of toy stuffng

Work 4 more rows. Change to B

Change to D and work a further 2 rows with

Work 6 rows in pattern. Change to C.

htr.

Work 6 rows in pattern. Change to D

Change to F and work a further 2 rows with

Work 6 rows in pattern. Change to A

htr. Fasten off.

Size ■ Approx 32cm (12½in) wide x 36cm (14in) long

Tension ■ Tension isn’t important for this project

Abbreviations

Work 6 rows in pattern. Change to B Work 6 rows in pattern. Change to C

Octopus

Work 6 rows in pattern.

Head

Join in E and proceed to work top of bag.

Using 3.5mm hook and D make 2ch, work

Next Row: Work 1 dc in each st.

6dc into 2nd ch from hook, join into a circle

■ C2TR = Cross 2 trebles worked over 2 sts as follows: miss frst st, work 1tr into next st, now work 1tr into the missed st, thus crossing the stitches over. ■ For standard abbreviations see page 90

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Why not get your child to help out with a few ch stitch rows for the handles?


Amigurumi monkey

Marvin th mokey Hook up a pal, perfect for the little monkeys in your life! By Liz Ward

Top tip Master the magic ring technique to shape Marvin’s head, body and limbs


Amigurumi monkey

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■ Drops Safran 4ply white in Orange (28), Beige (21), Strong Yellow (11) and Yellow (10) ■ 3.5mm crochet hook ■ 9mm safety toy eyes ■ Wool and embroidery needle ■ Toy stuffing ■ Stitch markers

Size ■ 12x12x8cm (4¾x 4¾x3in)

Tension ■ Tension is not important for this project

Abbreviations ■ For standard abbreviations see page 90

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arvin the cheeky monkey is the perfect primate pal to hang out with kids, over the course of the summer holidays! And with his own little banana to snack on, he won’t need feeding either! Marvin is made up of lots of small parts to hook up and then sew together – you can make Marvin an arm or two in an evening and then fnish the rest at a later point when you have more time. You can also attach the banana if you prefer, to keep it from getting lost.

Monkey Head part one Make 1 in beige yarn Start with 6dc into magic ring. 6sts Round 1: 2dc into each st to the end. 12sts Round 2: (dc in the frst st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 18sts Round 3: (dc in the frst two sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 24sts

Top Tip Th mokey’s had i made in two parts, with part two thn placed over part oe like a hlmet

Round 4: (dc in the frst three sts, 2dc in the

on the marked round 8 stitches apart*

next st) repeat to end. 30sts

Round 15: (dc2tog) repeat to end. 9sts

Round 5: (dc in the frst nine sts, 2dc in the

Fasten off. Stuff.

next st) repeat to end. 33sts

Sew closed the hole in base.

Round 6: (dc in the frst ten sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 36sts

Head part two

Round 7-10: dc in each st to the end. 36sts

Make one in orange yarn

*Mark rnd 8 with a stitch marker*

Start with 6dc into magic ring. 6sts

Round 11: (dc2tog, dc in next ten sts)

Round 1: 2dc into each st to the end. 12sts

repeat to end. 33sts

Round 2: (dc in the frst st, 2dc in the next

Round 12: (dc2tog, dc in next nine sts)

st) repeat to end. 18sts

repeat to end. 30sts

Round 3: (dc in the frst two sts, 2dc in the

Round 13: (dc2tog, dc in next three sts)

next st) repeat to end. 24sts

repeat to end. 24sts

Round 4: (dc in the frst three sts, 2dc in the

Round 14: (dc2tog, dc in next two sts)

next st) repeat to end. 30sts

repeat to end. 18sts

Round 5: (dc in the frst nine sts, 2dc in the

*Pause to insert the toy eyes now. They go

next st) repeat to end. 33sts Round 6: (dc in the frst ten sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 36sts Round 7- 13: dc in each st to the end. 36sts

About this yarn

Round 14: ss, dc, htr, tr, ch2, tr, htr, dc, ss. Rest of stitches are not worked.

Drops Safran 4ply

Fasten off. Place over the head.

100% cotton

Use photo as a guide for positioning and

160m per 50g

sew in place.

£1.15

Use the photo as a guide for adding

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Marvin’s features, and make sure he has a lovely wide smile!

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Travel socks

Top tip These quizzical cats are taking a nap. Follow their example once you’re aboard!

Pussycat paws Keep your toes happy in the most adorable fight socks we’ve ever seen. Designed by Lucy Croft, they’re worked using the amigurumi method – simple! 38 L O V E C R O C H E T


Travel socks

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■ Rico Essentials Cotton (DK) 2 balls of Silver (03) ■ Small amount of black DK cotton for facial features ■ 3mm crochet hook ■ Stitch markers

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hese ultra-cute pussycat travel socks are – wait for it – purrfect for travelling. And, rather unusually, they are worked toe up using the amigurumi method of chaining a continuous circle. The end result is seam-free and deliciously comfortable, as well as being utterly irresistible! You’ll feel unbelievably cosy as you slip off your shoes and stretch out your paws, ready for the infight movie!

Sizes ■ See table on page 40

Notes

Round 5: Repeat Round 3.

See measurements in table on page 40.

Round 6: 2dc in frst dc, dc in next 14 dc,

The socks are worked toe up in a

2dc in next 2 dc, dc in next 14 dc, 2dc in last

continuous spiral without closing off each

dc. [36 dc]

10x10cm (4x4in) over htr worked in the

round with a ss. You may fnd it helpful to

Round 7: Repeat Round 3.

round.

place a marker in the 1st st of each round

Round 8: 2dc in frst dc, dc in next 16 dc,

and move it up as you work.

2dc in next 2 dc, dc in next 16 dc, 2dc in last

Tension ■ 24 sts and 13 rounds to measure

Abbreviations

dc. [40 dc]

■ For standard abbreviations see page 90

Round 9: Repeat Round 3.

TRAVEL SOCKS

Make 2

Foot Round 10: 2htr in frst dc, htr in next 18 dc, 2htr in next 2 dc, htr in next 18 dc, 2htr in

Toe

last dc. [44 htr]

All sts of the toe and foot are worked into

Rounds 11-18: Htr in each htr around. [44

the front loops only, except the frst round.

htr]

Ch13. Round 1: (RS) Dc into back loop of second

Medium and Large sizes only

ch from hook and back loop of each ch

Rounds 19-21: Htr in each htr around. [44

across, turn to work along the other side of

htr]

the starting ch, dc in front loop of each ch across, do not join round. [24 dc]

Large size only

Round 2: Working in front loops only, 2dc in

Rounds 22-24: Htr in each htr around. [44

frst dc, dc in next 10 dc, 2dc in next 2 dc, dc

htr]

in next 10 dc, 2dc in last dc. [28 dc] Round 3: Dc in each dc around. [28 dc]

All sizes

Round 4: 2dc in frst dc, dc in next 12 dc,

Lay the sock out so that the starting chain

2dc in next 2 dc, dc in next 12 dc, 2dc in last

lies fat. Move the stitch marker to the stitch

dc. [32 dc]

at the left edge. Continue working in htr to this marker and treat this as the new start

Top Tip About this yarn Rico Essentials Cotton (DK) 100% cotton 130m per 50g £2.89 www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

Take extra care whn swing up th holes in th hel – yo do’t wat ay lumps!

of round. Next round: 2htr in frst htr, moving marker up to frst of 2-htr, htr in next 21 htr, 2htr in next htr, htr in next 21 htr. [46 htr] Next round: Htr in each htr around, moving marker up. [46 htr] Next round: Htr in frst htr, 2htr in next htr, htr in next 22 htr, 2htr in next htr, htr in next 21 htr. [48 htr]

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Baby shoes

Pretty Mary Jaes The soft pastel colours used in this design make these shoes the perfect welcome gift for a new little one. By Dedri Uys

Top tip More sure that the yarn you choose will be ultra soft against baby’s sensitive toes

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Baby shoes

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■ Worsted weight 100% cotton, 1 ball in the following: ecru (A), lilac (B) ■ Small amounts in the following:

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hades of spun sugar make baby’s frst Mary Janes an irresistibly sweet design to hook up. The little bows and buttons create adorable accents to this classic, but if you prefer a more unisex option or have limited time, just leave these off. It’s up to you!

sky blue (C), lime green (D), pale yellow (E), apricot (F) ■ 4mm crochet hook

MARY JANES

■ Tapestry needle

Sole

■ Two 15mm (⅝in) buttons

Make 2.

Sizes

Foundation ch: With A, ch 9. Round 1: Work 3 dc in third ch from hook,

■ Size: 0-6 months

1 dc in each of next 5 ch, 7 dc in last

■ Foot circumference: 10cm (4in)

chain, turn piece with remaining edge of

■ Foot length from heel: 8cm (3¼in)

foundation ch at top, 1 dc in each of next 5

Tension ■ 17 sts and 13 rows = 4” (10 cm) in half double crochet

Abbreviations ■ For standard abbreviations see page 90

ch, 3 dc in last ch, join with a ss in frst dc. (23 sts) Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in next 3 sts, 1 dc in next 5 sts. 2 dc in each of next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 5 sts, dc in each of next 3 sts, join with a ss in top of frst dc. (36 sts) Fasten off. Upper Make 2.

Bow

Round 1: With B and RS facing, ch 1, work

Make 2.

hdc in back loop only of each st around, join

Foundation ch: With B, ch 10.

with a ss in frst hdc. (36 sts)

Row 1: Beg in second ch from hook,

Round 2: Ch 1, sc around, join with a ss in

hdc in each ch to end, change to C.

frst sc.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across,

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in next 10 sts, hdc2tog

change to D.

3 times, hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog 3 times,

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, hdc across, change to E.

sc to end, join with a ss in frst sc. (30 sts

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, hdc across, change to F.

remain)

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, hdc across, change to B.

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in next 6 sts, hdc in next

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, hdc across. Fasten off.

st, dc2tog 6 times, hdc into next st, sc to end, join with a ss in frst sc. (24 sts remain)

To fnish

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Weave in all ends. Sew one strap to each shoe, making sure

More info

Straps

straps are on opposite sides to each other.

This project is

Make 2.

Sew a button to each shoe on opposite

from Boho Baby

Foundation ch: With B, ch 16.

straps. Pinch the centre of the bow together,

Crochet by Dedri

Row 1: Beg in sixth ch from hook work hdc

using the image as a guide.

Uys. Find out

in next st to form button loop, then hdc to

Sew a few sts around centre of the bow

more on p10.

end.

with B, and then sew the bow onto your

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

baby Mary Jane..

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