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❤ 50th issue! ❤
Celebrate the 50th issue of Inside Crochet with Emma Varnam’s brilliant retro project
from beginner to expert
BLOSSOM POTHOLDERS by Lulu Loves blogger Emma Escott
Crochet in fashion with Katie Jones Create stunning effects with stitches Join our mystery blanket crochet-along
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Perfect for beginners
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HOOK A BRIGHT BLANKET
Trendsetting designs to create at home
Make sweet and simple leaf motifs
A snug project for chilly spring days
For cosy evenings by the fireside
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CONTENTS ISSUE 50
35 Join in with our mystery blanket project!
68 NEWS & REVIEWS
06 IN THE LOOP
14 COFFEE & CROCHET
We bring you the latest news, reviews and must-have accessories from the world of crochet. Meet Moogly blogger Tamara Kelly, enter our fab competitions and much more
11 BOOKS Get ready for a new arrival with Stacey Trock’s stunning Modern Baby Crochet, plus delicate trims, step-by-step crochet and a guide to spinning and dyeing yarn
12 GETTING HOOKED Our beginner crocheter hooks the stunning Dahlia Wrap in wintery colours, creating a homely project to sink in to
13 OFF THE HOOK It’s the “hare” necessities this month – get ready for some mad March hares!
84 Discover raised stitches and ribbing
Throw open the curtains, sweep away the dust and prepare for spring – or just crochet Emma’s gorgeous spring blossom designs instead
26 STUDIO STYLE We meet talented young designer Katie Jones, who has a serious addiction to colour and crochet
84 CROCHET RIBBING Create stretchy edgings, surface texture and more with raised stitches – we show you how
98 FINAL THOUGHT Vicki Brown explains why her mystery blanket design is guaranteed to keep you hooked!
04 Inside Crochet
Make it 40 Crochet from the catwalk!
Patterns in this issue
35 Mystery blanket
40 Frill Swing Jacket
44 Anastasia Hat
46 Eleanor Beret
47 Jemima Ear Muffs
50 Ariel Cardigan
54 Staccato Shawl
58 Anja Wrap
62 Bella Top
66 Tanya Sweater
68 Campervan Doorstop
71 Stanley Blanket
72 Monet Cup Cosy
73 Leaf Coasters
74 Mr Crabby
76 Tweedy Cushion
78 Star Tote Bag
80 Star Toe Socks
62 REGULARS 56 SUBSCRIPTIONS
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65 BACK ISSUES Missed a must-have pattern, or part of our Mystery Blanket crochet-along? Turn here to order what you missed
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87 NEXT ISSUE Bring out your inner child with our adorable crocheted skittles, plus spring fashion, kidsâ€™ makes and more
89 HOW TO CROCHET Just starting out in the world of crochet? Then turn here for our complete guide to hooks and stitches
BOOKS We review new and exciting releases
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Spinning & Dyeing Yarn Ashley Martineau Jacqui Small Publishing, £25 • UK terms For anyone keen to dye, spin and design their own yarns, this comprehensive guide is both inspiring and practical, with advice on choosing the right fibres, washing wool, building a drying rack, processing fibres, different methods of dyeing and a variety of spinning techniques using a drop spindle, kick wheel or spinning wheel. There’s also a chapter on turning your yarn production into a business, along with troubleshooting tips and gorgeous photography. A beautiful book for anyone who loves yarn and would like to take their passion to the next level.
Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet Caitlin Sainio Search Press, £10.99 • UK terms
Modern Baby Crochet Stacey Trock Martingale & Co, £16.99 • US terms
➻ A new baby is often linked with the take-up of crochet as a new hobby; it’s an activity that can be picked up in spare moments and also produces beautiful garments, toys and accessories for a baby’s bedroom. Once learned, crochet comes in handy for making gifts for friends’ new babies too, and while a pair of simple bootees is always welcome, Stacey Trock’s book offers some contemporary projects to create for both new babies and their parents. The book is arranged by colour, with sections on brights, pastels and neutrals. Those who like to avoid gender stereotyping will enjoy colourful projects such as the Mondrian-inspired Afghan or the Rainbow Granny Squares afghan, while traditionalists may prefer something from the pastel selection – Oakley the owl is a cute first cuddly toy, or the Pastel Petals Afghan (pictured) would make a very pretty pram blanket. From the neutral designs, the sea urchin pouffe is ideal for a new parent to put their feet up while feeding the baby, or the classic teddy bear bookends could become a favourite feature of the nursery for many years. Most of Stacey’s patterns are suitable for beginners or those with a little experience. There’s a handy illustrated how-to section covering all the stitches you’ll need, with plenty of tips, charts for patterns where relevant and beautiful photos of the finished projects.
Delicate crochet trims are a wonderful way to revamp anything from a pair of socks to an old tablecloth, giving almost anything a fashionably vintage look. Caitlin Sainio’s book provides a visual “trim selector” with a tempting array of options, from a simple chain edging to waves, bobbles, ruffles, leaves, vines, diamonds, scallops and unusual choices such as dolphins and rainbows. Each design includes a written pattern, instructions, charts and a photo of the finished trim.
The New Crochet Marion Madel Potter Crafts, £12.99 • US terms French designer Marion Madel attempts to demystify techniques that look complicated to show how easy it is to make fresh, fashionable crochet garments. The aim is to progress through 25 “lessons” that enable you to build on each skill to create increasingly more complex projects. This is a great book for anyone who would like a structured approach to learning new crochet techniques but who would also prefer to practise with simple, stylish accessories. www.insidecrochet.co.uk 11