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Here’s another jam-packed issue of Prima Makes – and we are still keeping the price at £3.99. This time we have produced a knitting and crochet special with 17 patterns, from the sweet baby sweater on page 64 to colourful blankets that will last forever and a lovely lacy knit cardigan that’s great for summer. If crochet is your preference, Create and Craft has kindly let us have an offer on four of Toft’s cute animal kits on page 82, and they are great value at the exclusive price of £9.99 each. I also love the fluffy angora Toft rabbit called Lauren on page 74. There are lots of other projects, too, some of which can be made cheaply and easily but look like they cost a fortune. Turn to the classy patchwork tablecloth on page 22 and the stencilled chest of drawers on page 62, which was bought for just £20 at Ikea and transformed into a very expensive-looking piece of furniture. There are so many fantastic crafty additions to your home to make in this issue. HAVE A CREATIVE SUMMER! Editor Sue McNeill

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Ideas + inspiration 36 THE POWER OF FLOWERS Use a mass of summer blooms to create gorgeous displays

56 SHOPPING

The latest buys of fabulous things for the home, whatever your style

Decorative stitching 30 ALL DRESSED UP

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44 SHAPE UP

20 OPEN HOUSE

Gorgeous greetings cards Simple collages on canvas

110 SAIL AWAY

Make a holiday memento with beachcombed sea glass

121 CREATIVE CAREERS

Meet three designers working with crochet, knitting and felt

124 CRAFT LIBRARY

Get inspired with these great books

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SEA BREEZE

Shell-themed home accessories

42 STAR STRUCK Cute flip flops

102 TOTALLY TROPICAL

Make clay bowls for découpage

106 IN THE FRAME

Create a picture from simple objects

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TEA-TIME TWEET

Fun-to-make cup-cake toppers

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Simple sewing 14

ALL THE TRIMMINGS Stitch pretty handtowels

22 SPICE IT UP

Easy patchwork tablecloth

34 TYING THE KNOT

Lovely jersey headband for girls

50 FAB FRINGING

Add a dash of retro styling with a fringed cushion

114 ALL ABOARD

Make a brilliant lined duffel bag

119 DIGGING IT

The easiest multi-pocketed apron

120 ALL CHANGE

Make a pretty vest from a T-shirt

SPECIAL DELIVERY

Beaded organdie gift envelopes Pretty fabric key ring fobs

26 TOP OF THE POTS

Embroidered jam jar cover

60 PRICKLY PEAR

Make a felt appliqué needlecase

92 MONOCHROME MAGIC

Brighten a tote bag with beading

Paper makes 46 COOK’S PERKS

Make handy recipe cards

89 IN PRINT

Make your own block stamps

96 POST A NOTE

Create the prettiest stationery

Stylish revamps 52 COOL BLUE

Turn a basket into a bedside cabinet and placemats into wall decorations

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17 fabulous PATTERNS KNITS & CROCHET 12 GOODY TWO-SHOES

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Transform an Ikea pine chest with paint and stencils

68 WHITE MAGIC

Make a beautiful bathroom cabinet

100 GET IN LINE

Style up woven storage

Travel 126 A WEEKEND AWAY

Four UK towns for great breaks

Baking 131 BE FRUITFUL

Six gorgeous summer recipes

Creative extras 144 CRAFT PAPERS

Six pages of pretty papers

150 DOT-TO-DOODLE

Mandalas to draw and colour

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Crochet these sweet Mary Jane shoes for a baby 18 JOLLY POCKET A pretty striped knit for beginners 24 BIG SOFTY Beautiful lounging cushion knitted from wool tops 28 STYLISH TRIO Three easy-to-crochet storage baskets 32 WALL FLOWERS Create a delicate crochet garland 39 SHORE THING Short-sleeved knitted top with cable detail, perfect for summer 48 SEASIDE SWEATER A casual and comfortable child’s top to knit in self-striping yarn 54 IT’S FOR KEEPS Gorgeously patterned knitted baby blanket that will become an heirloom 64 SWEET TOP Colourful tots’ jumper crocheted with a gumdrop stitch 70 SHOW YOUR STRIPES A fun crocheted pencil case 90 DIAMOND LIFE Casual sweater with moss-stitch detail 94 COLOURFUL CREATION A vibrant granny square scarf to make from all your yarn leftovers 98 MIX IT UP Match a knitted bodice and fabric skirt for this sweet little dress

104 JOIN THE NAVY

The perfect weekend sweater with hem zip detail 108 CREAM OF THE CROP An elegant cardigan with three-quarter sleeves and eyelet lace pattern 111 BED OF ROSES Crochet this gorgeous blanket with chunky textured flowers 116 MOUSE STYLE Make this friendly little knitted mouse with its own dressing gown

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SEA BREEZE Use shells and string to bring a sunny, seaside atmosphere into your garden

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SHELL SHADE Create some Caribbean style with this bamboo and shell lampshade

String tassels add a nautical touch to plain glass bottles

You will need

You will need

★Bamboo lampshade (we used Jassa, £20, Ikea) ★Shell necklaces ★Single shells ★White string ★Scissors ★Glue gun

To make ★ Loop the shell necklaces evenly around the lampshade base and use small lengths of string to tie them in place. Pull the string ends to the inside and use a glue gun to fix them to the lampshade. ★ If using the Jassa shade, assemble the two sections and fix the clips in place. ★ Use a glue gun to stick a row of single shells around the frame of the shade. Cut one shell necklace to fit around the top of the shade and fix with a glue gun.

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★Glass bottles ★Jute string ★Glue gun

To make ★ Dab hot glue on to the back of the bottle where you plan to start wrapping the string and fix the end of the string in place. Allow to dry and then wind the string around the bottle neck making sure there are no gaps. ★ Use a blob of hot glue every few rows to keep the string in position. Finish wrapping and use the glue gun to fix the end of the string in place. ★ To make the tassels, cut 10 or so lengths of string measuring 20cm. Tie a length of string around the centre of the bundle of string with a knot. This will form the hanging loop so make sure it is long enough. ★ Fold the bundle in half and wrap a piece of string around the bundle a few times, about 2cm down from the top. Knot in place and trim.

STENCILLED LANTERN Stencil marine designs on a glass lantern to light up al fresco evenings

You will need ★Glass lantern ★Stencil acetate and pen ★Glass paint (or chalk paint and soft finishing wax) ★Craft knife ★Cutting board ★Stencil brush ★Masking tape ★Scissors

To make ★ Resize the templates (see page 154) to suit your lantern. Trace the design on to the acetate, then carefully cut out with a craft knife. ★ Position the stencils and use small pieces of masking tape to hold them in place. Apply the paint with the stencil brush fairly dry to prevent the paint bleeding under the stencil. ★ Leave to dry and carefully peel off the stencils to reveal the design. If you have used chalk paint on the glass, finish with soft wax.


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Wrap a cur tain ring in string to hang with an assor tment of small shells

Use ready-drilled shells for this pretty decoration

You will need

You will need

★Curtain ring ★String ★Drilled shells ★Glue gun ★Scissors

To make ★ Apply a dab of hot glue to the top of the curtain ring and stick the end of the string in place. Start winding the string around the curtain ring until it is completely covered. Fix the end with glue. ★ Cut a few pieces of string 20-30cm long and tie to the bottom of the curtain ring. Thread on the drilled shells and tie a knot below each shell to keep it in place. ★ Cut three lengths of string measuring approximately 30cm each and tie together at one end. Plait the string and tie around the top of the curtain ring to form the hanging loop.

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★Wire (or a 12cm/15cm diameter wooden ring) ★String ★Scissors ★Drilled shells ★Starfish ★Glue gun

To make ★ Use a wooden ring or make a hoop with wire by forming it into a circle, then winding the free ends around the circle to strengthen it. Wrap with string if liked, fixing the ends in place with the glue gun. ★ Cut lengths of string measuring about 100cm. Tie the centre of the first length of string to the hoop, so you have a pair of strings hanging down. ★ Thread a shell on to one side of the pair and tie a knot with both strings. Continue to thread the shells, making a knot every 5cm or so. When you reach the required length, tie a starfish to the end, and trim. ★ Repeat with as many strings as you like. Use the glue gun to stick a few shells around the hoop to finish.

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TEA-TIME TWEET These colourful cake toppers are perfect for a special tea party You will need

Cut out two bird shapes (see page 154) in contrasting card for each topper. On one bird shape, fold down its wing. To make the tails, cut a rectangle of foil paper or tissue paper about 10cm x 4cm. Cut a fringe into the long side, leaving a strip uncut along the top. Roll up.

Tape the cocktail stick and the tail on to the other bird shape so that these will be sandwiched between the two shapes. T hen glue the front shape on top, leaving its wing folded down. Leave to dry and then add a black dot for an eye. Push the toppers into cup cakes shortly before serving.

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Coloured card Tissue paper Foil papers Scissors Cocktail sticks PVA glue and brush Black ink pen Sticky tape

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GOODY TWO-SHOES The soft pastel colours and little bows and buttons make these classic Mary Janes adorable 

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To fit 0-6 months Foot circumference 10cm Foot length from heel 8cm TENSION

17 sts and 13 rows to 10cm square over half double crochet using 4mm crochet hook A B B R E V I AT I O N S

ch chain cm centimetres dc double crochet htr half treble htr2tog half treble 2 sts together ss slip stitch st(s) stitch(es) tr treble

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1 x 50g ball of Drops Paris (100% cotton) in each of: Off White 17 (A) and Medium Purple 31 (B) Oddments of Drops Paris in Light Yellow 19 (E) and Apricot 01 (F) Oddments of Drops Cotton Light (50% cotton, 50% polyester) in each of: Ice Blue 08 (C) and Green 11 (D) 4mm crochet hook Tapestry needle Two 15mm buttons

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Foundation ch With A, work 9ch. Round 1 Work 3tr in 3rd ch from hook, 1tr in each of next 5ch, 7tr in last chain, turn piece with rem edge of foundation ch at top, 1tr in each of next 5ch, 3tr in last ch, join with a ss in first tr. 23 sts. Round 2 2ch, 2tr in next 3 sts, 1tr in next 5 sts, 2tr in each of next 7 sts, 1tr in next 5 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, join with a ss in top of first tr. 36 sts. Break off yarn.

Foundation ch With B, 16ch. 1st row Beg in 6th ch from hook, work 1htr in next st to form button loop, then 1htr to end. Break off yarn, leaving a longtail for sewing.

Upper Round 1 With RS facing and B, 1ch, work 1htr in back loop only of each st to end, join with a ss in first htr. 36 sts. Round 2 1ch, 1dc in each st to end, join with a ss in first dc. Round 3 1ch, 1dc in next 10 sts, htr2tog 3 times, htr in next 4 sts, htr2tog 3 times, 1dc to end, join with a ss in first dc. 30 sts. Round 4 1ch, 1dc in next 6 sts, 1htr in next st, tr2tog 6 times, 1htr into next st, 1dc to end, join with a ss in first dc. 24 sts. Break off yarn. Sew in all yarn ends.

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Bow Foundation ch With B, work 10ch. 1st row Beg in 2nd ch from hook, 1htr in each ch to end, change to C. 2nd row 2ch, turn, 1htr in each st across, change to D. 3rd row 2ch, turn, 1htr to end, change to E. 4th row 2ch, turn, 1htr to end, change to F. 5th row 1ch, turn, 1htr to end, change to B. 6th row 1ch, turn, 1htr to end. Break off.

To finish Sew in all ends. Sew one strap to each shoe, making sure straps are on opposite sides to each other. Sew a button to each shoe on opposite straps. Pinch centre of bow together using the photo as a guide, sew a few sts around centre of bow with B, then sew bow to shoe.

Taken from Boho Baby Crochet by Dedri Uys (ÂŁ12.99, Apple Press). See page 124 for details.

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JOLLY POCKET Keep little treasures safe in this cute purse, ideally sized for children 

SIZE

Approximately 10cm x 10cm TENSION

22 sts and 28 rows to 10cm square over st-st using 4mm needles A B B R E V I AT I O N S

cm centimetres k knit p purl RS right side st(s) stitch(es) st-st stocking stitch WS wrong side

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1 x 50g ball of Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK, in each of Chicory 127 (A), Dilly 050 (B) and Pinkaboo 162 (C) Pair of 4mm knitting needles Blunt-tipped large-eyed yarn sewing needle P ress stud 10cm x 23cm piece of fabric Sewing needle and thread

To make With 4mm needles and A, cast on 25 sts. Moss st row K1, [p1, k1] to end. Repeat the last row 5 times more. Change to B but do not fasten off A. Next row (RS) K to end. Change to C, but do not fasten off B. Next row P to end. Continue in st-st until work measures 23.5cm, striping in one row stripes of A, B, and C alternately, ending with a C row. Change to A. Moss st row K1, [p1, k1] to end. Repeat the last row 5 times more. Cast off.

To finish

Any DK yarn will achieve the same size purse. If you use a different weight of yarn, the purse will simply come out a different size

Turning under a narrow hem, slip stitch the fabric piece to the WS of the knitted strip between moss stitch borders, leaving a margin of 0.5cm at knitting edges for sewing up purse. Fold strip up from bottom to create a pouch approximately 10cm deep and sew up side seam. Attach a press stud to flap and main body of purse to close.

Taken from Knitting for Children by Claire Montgomerie (ÂŁ12.99, CICO Books). See page 124 for details.

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BIG SOFTY Knit this giant, huggable cushion in no time with tactile wool tops 

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Approximately 65cm square A B B R E V I AT I O N S

cm centimetres k knit p purl rep repeat st(s) stitch(es) NOTES

★Wool tops are unspun wool that has been processed into fluffy continuous lengths where all the fibres are parallel. ★To conceal the joins, overlap the two wispy ends of wool tops you need to join by about 15cm, and use a piece of regular yarn to loosely tie it together. Knit with it as normal for a couple of rows, then carefully snip and remove the yarn used to tie them together for a seamless join.

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1 .75kg of merino wool tops in undyed white Pair of 30mm giant knitting needles, at least 50cm long Oddments of coloured felt for the flowers Beads or buttons, for the flower centres Matching embroidery cotton 1 metre of felt, for the cushion back Button (optional) Cushion pad Blunt tipped, large eyed yarn sewing needle P ins, needle and thread

Cushion front With 30mm needles and the wool tops, cast on 15 sts. K 1 row. P 1 row. Rep these 2 rows until the piece is square. Cast off and weave in wispy ends of wool tops to hide them.

Flowers Cut 10 little felt flowers and leaves in different colours and sew each one, randomly dotted around the cushion front, using the embroidery thread. Sew through the bead or button on top as you sew it all together. Hide the knots at the back of the cushion front.

Cushion back Cut 2 pieces of white felt for the back of the cushion that are very slightly wider than your knitting and about 20cm longer than the cushion size. Lay them on top of one another, overlapping the centre to match the length of the knitted front. With right sides facing, pin, then hand sew the knitted front and two felt pieces together around the edge. Turn right side out through the envelope opening. Optional: add a button on to the underneath flap of felt and cut a buttonhole to fasten. The felt won’t fray, but don’t cut the buttonhole too large – keep it fairly snug. Stuff with a cushion pad.

Taken from Easy Stuff to Make with Fluff by Gillian Harris (£9.99, Pavilion Books). See page 124 for details.

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STYLISH TRIO Super-bulky yarn makes quick work of these easy baskets

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1 spool of Wool and the Gang Jersey Be Good in each of: Shiitake Mushroom (A), Peach Sorbet (B) and Golden Compass (C) 9 mm crochet hook Yarn sewing needle Stitch marker

Large basket

SIZE

Baskets measure approximately 20(25:30)cm diameter. TENSION

Exact gauge is not essential here, but ensure the work is tightly crocheted. A B B R E V I AT I O N S

blo back loop only ch chain dc double crochet pm place marker ss slip stitch YA R N A LT E R N AT I V E S

Any superbulky yarn will work. When substituting yarn, the required lengths will vary from one brand to another. A yarn can even be made from old T-shirts. Simply cut up an unused tee in a spiral, making a long strip approximately 2cm wide. PAT T E R N N O T E S

★The bottom of the basket is worked in a flat circle, then a rim is created by working one row in the back loop only, to turn the corner for the sides. Then the sides are worked straight up in spirals, without shaping, until the desired height. Handles are added at the top. ★Baskets are worked in spirals. Do not join each round or use turning chains unless indicated. Instead, place a marker at the start of the round, moving it upwards each round to denote the beginning of rounds.

With 9mm hook and A, make 2ch. Round 1 6dc in first ch, do not join, pm for working in spirals. Round 2 2dc in each dc around, do not join round. 12dc. Round 3 [2dc in next st, 1dc] around. 18dc. Round 4 [2dc in next st, 2dc] around. 24dc. Round 5 [2dc in next st, 3dc] around. 30dc. Round 6 [2dc in next st, 4dc] around. 36dc. Round 7 [2dc in next st, 5dc] around. 42dc. Round 8 [2dc in next st, 6dc] around. 48dc. Round 9 [2dc in next st, 7dc] around, join round with ss. 54dc. Round 10 1ch, 1dcblo in each dc around, join round with ss. 54dcblo. Round 11 1ch, 1dc in each st around, do not join, pm for working in spirals. 54dc. Rounds 12–15 1dc in each dc around. Change to B and work two further rounds as before. Round 18 10dc, 8ch, miss 7dc, 20dc, 8ch, miss 7dc, 1dc in each dc to end of round. 40dc and two 8ch-sps. Round 19 [1dc in each dc to next ch-sp, 10dc in ch-sp] twice, 1dc in each dc to end of round, join round with ss. 60dc. Fasten off yarn.

Medium basket With 9mm hook and C, 2ch and work as for Large Basket to end of Round 6. Round 7 1ch, 1dcblo in each dc around, join round with ss. 36dcblo. Round 8 1ch, 1dc in each st around, do not join, pm for working in spirals. 36dc. Rounds 9–15 1dc in each dc around. Change to A. Round 16 1dc in each dc around. Round 17 6dc, 8ch, miss 7dc, 10dc, 8ch, miss 7dc, 1dc in each dc to end of round. 22dc and two 7ch-sps. Round 18 [1dc in each dc to next ch-sp, 10dc in ch-sp] twice, 1dc in each dc to end of round, join round with ss. 42dc. Fasten off yarn.

Small basket With 9mm hook and B, 2ch and work as for Large Basket to end of Round 5. Round 6 1ch, 1dcblo in each dc around, join round with ss. 30dcblo. Round 7 1ch, 1dc in each st around, do not join, pm for working in spirals. 30dc. Change to A. Rounds 8-14 1dc in each dc around. On last round, join round with ss and fasten off yarn.

To finish Weave in all yarn ends.

Taken from Hooked by Claire Montgomerie (£7.99, Parragon). See page 124 for details.

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ALL DRESSED UP These sweet cards are a lovely project for children if you lend a hand

Transfer the template for the dress bodice (see page 155) on to paper and cut out. Cut a paper pattern for the skirt about 5cm x 7cm. Pin these on to the fabric and cut out with scissors. Sew small running stitches along the 7cm side of the skirt fabric and gather it up to 4cm wide. Finish with a few small stitches in the same place to hold the gathers. Use PVA glue to stick the skirt to the bodice. Leave until the glue dries completely. Take a 25.5cm length of silver wire. Fold it in half and hold the folded end with the pliers, leaving a loop. Twist the two ends of wire around themselves until they are twisted together all the way down. Using the coat hanger template as a guide, bend the wire to form a coat hanger, pushing the ends through the loop and bending them into a hook shape at the top. Trim the ends of the wire neatly (you may need to ask an adult to help you). On the wrong side of the fabric, put a dab of PVA glue on each shoulder of the dress and fold them over the top wires of the coat hanger. Press ďŹ rmly to stick in position. Cut a rectangle of pink card 16cm x 25.5cm. Score down the centre and fold it in half. Cut a rectangle of cream card 11cm x 14cm and glue it on the front, with an even border around it. Put small dabs of PVA on the back of the dress and glue it to the card. Make a small bow, using about 15cm of ribbon, and glue it to the dress.

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WALL FLOWERS This crochet garland is a perfect on-the-go project and ideal for building conďŹ dence 

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Flowers and Leaves Scheepjes Catona (4ply cotton) in Lemonade, Snow White, Light Coral and Bluebell. Chain Rico Essentials Crochet (2ply cotton) in White. 2 mm and 3mm crochet hooks Yarn sewing needle SIZE

Finished length 180cm Flowers 4cm to 6cm Leaves 2cm wide A B B R E V I AT I O N S

dc double crochet ch chain ch-lp chain loop ch-sp chain space cm centimetres dtr double treble htr half treble lp loop sp space ss slip stitch st(s) stitch(es) tog together tr treble YA R N N O T E

The yarn quoted is what was used for this garland, but as you will need only small quantities of each colour yarn, you could use any 4ply and 2ply cotton yarn.

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Round 1 Work 10dc into a magic circle. Join with a ss in first dc. Round 2 11ch, miss a st, 1dc in next st, [10ch, miss a st, 1dc in next st] around the flower and join with a ss in first ch of 11ch. (5 ch-lps) Round 3 Ss into the first ch-lp, 1ch, [4dc, 2htr, 2tr, 2htr, 5dc] in same lp, * [5dc, 2htr, 2tr, 2htr, 5dc] in next ch-lp; rep from * around the flower and join with a ss in first ch. (5 petals) Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

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Round 1 Work 5ch into a magic circle, [1tr into circle, 2ch] 5 times, ss into 3rd ch of 5ch. (6tr, 2ch) Fasten off. Join new colour to any ch-sp. Round 2 Work 4ch, 3dtr in same sp, 4ch, ss in same sp, * ss in next sp, [4ch, 3dtr, 4ch, ss] in same sp; rep from * around the flower. Join with a ss in first ch of 4ch. (6 petals) Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

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Round 1 Work 15dc into a magic circle, pull to tighten and join with a ss in top of 3ch. Fasten off and join new colour to any dc. Round 2 Work 7ch, miss 2 sts, 1htr in next st, [5ch, miss 2 sts, 1htr in next st] around the flower and join with a ss in 2nd ch of 7ch. Round 3 Ss into first ch-sp, 1ch, [2htr, 2tr, 2htr, 1dc] in same sp, [1dc, 2htr, 2tr, 2htr, 1dc] in next sp around the flower and join with a ss in first 1ch. (5 petals) Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

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Make 6ch, 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1htr in next ch, 2tr in next ch, 1htr in next ch, 1dc in next ch, 3ch, then working back up the other side of the ch, 1dc in same ch, 1htr in next ch, 2tr in next ch, 1htr in next ch, 1dc in next ch, ss into first ch. Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

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Make 5ch and join with a ss in first ch. Round 1 Work 1ch, 10dc into ring. Join with a ss into first dc. Round 2 Work 4ch, dtr-2-tog in the next 2 sts, 3ch, ss in same st, [ss in next st, 4ch, dtr-2-tog in the next 2 sts, 3ch, ss in same st] around the flower and join with a ss in first sp. (5 petals) Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

With 2ply cotton, join yarn to the middle of a petal of your final flower, 20ch, ss into same st. Work 25ch, ss into the middle of a petal of the next flower. Work 25ch, ss into the 3ch-sp of the first leaf, 1ch, ss into the 3ch-sp of the next leaf. [Work 25ch, ss into the middle of a petal of the next flower] twice, 25ch, ss into the 3ch-sp of the first leaf, 1ch, ss into the 3ch-sp of the next leaf; rep from * until you have attached the last flower. Work 20ch, ss into the same st. Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

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PHOTOS: E M M A M ITCH E LL

This soft and stretchy jersey headband is adaptable for girls of any age

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020cm x 60cm jersey fabric

020cm x 60cm

lightweight iron-on stretch interfacing 0Coordinating thread 0Sewing machine with a stretch stitch and ballpoint/jersey needle 0Dressmaking scissors 0Needle and pins 0K nitting needle

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SMART If you don’t have a stretch stitch on your sewing machine, select a medium-to-long straight stitch (around 3.5mm) and experiment with lowering the stitch tension.

Apply lightweight iron-on interfacing to the wrong side of the jersey fabric. Fold the jersey fabric in half, wrong sides together. Make a paper pattern using the template (see page 155). To get the right fit, measure around the child’s head and compare this to the unshaped part of the pattern piece before cutting; make this straight section larger or smaller as needed. Place the pattern on the fold, pin in place, and cut out two pieces. If you are using two separate prints or colours, cut one piece from each fabric. Pin the two pieces right sides together, aligning the raw edges. Insert a ballpoint needle into your machine and select a stretch stitch. Stitch all around the headband, taking a 1cm seam allowance, pivoting the needle at the points of the ties and leaving a 5cm gap in the centre of one straight edge. Carefully snip off the points at the ends of the ties and trim down any bulky sections of seam allowance. Along the curved sections of the ties, snip small V-shapes in the seam allowance to ease the curve when turning through, being very careful not to cut through the stitching. Turn the headband right side out through the gap in the stitching, using a knitting needle to push out the points of the ties. Carefully push the seam allowance inside the headband around the gap, press to neaten, and pin in place. Slipstitch the gap closed. Select a longer stitch (3mm) on your sewing machine and topstitch around the headband 5mm from the edge, taking care to pivot at the points of the ties.

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Taken from Sewing for Babies and Children by Laura Strutt (£12.99, CICO Books). See page 124 for details.

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PICK A ND MIX

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Look out for old-fashioned jugs and vases at car boot sales. Add a bunch of garden and wild flowers mixed with greenery.

THE POWER OF FLOWERS Create a colourful impact with displays of summer blooms

A FULL FLUSH Mass big blooms in shades of one colour in an unusual container – place a smaller vase inside it first.

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PRETTY IN PASTEL Group together a selection of plain, coloured jugs and add flowers of the same shade for a striking effect.

PHOTOS: LI S A LI N DE R , M A R K B O LTO N , C ATH E R I N E G R AT W I C K E

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Informal arrangements of summer flowers such as Sweet Williams and cornflowers placed in mismatched vases and jugs make a stunning centrepiece when lined up on a pretty print cloth.

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BEST OF THE BUNCH

Use a wide, shallow vase or a large bowl and choose flowers in shades of pink, white and lilac. Place soaked Oasis or a ball of chicken wire in the container and arrange the flowers, cutting down the stems as you go.

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SHORE THING Cable detail adds a nautical twist to a cute and summery cotton top 

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10(11:13:14) 50g balls of Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in Duck Egg 09 Pair of 4mm knitting needles and one extra needle for shoulder cast off Cable needle SIZE

To fit bust 81-86(92-97: 102-107:112-117)cm Finished measurements: Bust 95(105:115:125)cm; Length to shoulder 48(51:53:56)cm TENSION

20 sts and 38 rows to 10cm square over garter st using 4mm needles A B B R E V I AT I O N S

beg beginning C4F slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold to front of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle cm centimetres cont continue foll following inc increase kfb k into front and back of next st patt pattern pfb p into front and back of next st rem remaining rep repeat RS right side ssk [slip 1] twice, insert tip of left hand needle from left to right through the fronts of both slipped sts and work 2 tog st(s) stitch(es) tog together WS wrong side yf yarn forward to make one st between k sts

** With 4mm needles, cast on 96(106:116:126) sts. 1st row (WS) K46(51:56:61), p4, k46(51:56:61). 2nd row K46(51:56:61), C4F, k46(51:56:61). 3rd row As 1st row. 4th row K46(51:56:61), k4, k46(51:56:61). These 4 rows form garter st with a central 4-st cable and are repeated. Cont in patt until work measures 26(28:30:32)cm from cast on edge, ending with a 1st patt row. Inc row (RS) K46(51:56:61), slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold to front of work, k1, kfb, then k2 from cable needle, k46(51:56:61). 97(107:117:127) sts. Next row K46(51:56:61), p5, k46(51:56:61). Now work as follows: 1st row (RS) K45(50:55:60), k2tog, k1, [yf, k1] twice, ssk, k45(50:55:60). 2nd row K45(50:55:60), p7, k45(50:55:60). 3rd row K44(49:54:59), k2tog, k1, yf, k1, p1, k1, yf, k1, ssk, k44(49:54:59). 4th row K44(49:54:59), p4, k1, p4, k44(49:54:59). 5th row K43(48:53:58), k2tog, k1, yf, k1, [p1, k1] twice, yf, k1, ssk, k43(48:53:58). 6th row K43(48:53:58), p4, k1, p1, k1, p4, k43(48:53:58). 7th row K42(47:52:57), k2tog, k1, yf, k1, [p1, k1] 3 times, yf, k1, ssk, k42(47:52:57). 8th row K42(47:52:57), p4, k1, [p1, k1] twice, p4, k42(47:52:57). 9th row K41(46:51:56), k2tog, k1, yf, k1, [p1, k1] 4 times, yf, k1, ssk, k41(46:51:56). 10th row K41(46:51:56), p4, k1, [p1, k1] 3 times, p4, k41(46:51:56). SHAPE FOR SLEEVES

11th row (RS) Cast on 9 sts, work

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k4, kfb, k4 across these sts, k40(45:50:55), k2tog, k1, yf, k1, [p1, k1] 5 times, yf, k1, ssk, k40(45:50:55). 107(117:127:137) sts. 12th row Cast on 9 sts, work k2, p1, pfb, p1, k4, across these sts, k40(45:50:55), p4, k1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p4, k44(49:54:59), p4, k2. 117(127:137:147) sts. 13th row K2, C4F, k43(48:53:58), k2tog, k1, yf, k1, [p1, k1] 6 times, yf, k1, ssk, k43(48:53:58), C4F, k2. 14th row K2, p4, k43(48:53:58), p4, k1, [p1, k1] 5 times, p4, k43(48:53:58), p4, k2. 15th row K48(53:58:63), k2tog, k1, yf, k1, [p1, k1] 7 times, yf, k1, ssk, k48(53:58:63). 16th row K2, p4, k42(47:52:57), p4, k1, [p1, k1] 6 times, p4, k42(47:52:57), p4, k2. 17th row K2, C4F, k41(46:51:56), k2tog, k1, yf, k1, [p1, k1] 8 times, yf, k1, ssk, k41(46:51:56), C4F, k2. 18th row K2, p4, k41(46:51:56), p4, k1, [p1, k1] 7 times, p4, k41(46:51:56), p4, k2. 19th row K46(51:56:61), k2tog, k1, yf, k1, [p1, k1] 9 times, yf, k1, ssk, k46(51:56:61). 20th row K2, p4, k40(45:50:55), p4, k1, [p1, k1] 8 times, p4, k40(45:50:55), p4, k2. Cont in this way, moving the 2 knit sts out from the centre on every RS row, working the centre section in double moss st where there will be 2 sts more in the centre section on every right side row and working the sleeve edge cables on every 4th row, until the following row has been worked **: 49th row K2, C4F, k25(30:35:40), k2tog, k1, yf, k1, [p1, k1] 24 times, yf, k1, ssk, k25(30:35:40), C4F, k2. SHAPE FRONT NECK

50th row (WS) K2, p4, k25(30:35:40), p3, cast off next 49 sts knitwise, with 1 st on needle


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after cast off, p2, k25(30:35:40), p4, k2. Cont on this set of 34(39:44:49) sts only for left front, leave rem 34(39:44:49) sts on a spare needle for right front. Next row K34(39:44:49). Next row K1, p2, k to last 6 sts, p4, k2. Next row K2, C4F, k to end. Next row K1, p2, k to last 6 sts, p4, k2. Rep the last 4 rows 6(7:7:8) times more, then the first 3 of these 4 rows again. Leave these sts on a holder. With RS facing, rejoin yarn to 34(39:44:49) sts on spare needle, k to end. Next row K2, p4, k to last 3 sts, p2, k1. Next row K to last 6 sts, C4F, k2. Next row K2, p4, k to last 3 sts, p2, k1. Next row K to end. Rep the last 4 rows 6(7:7:8) times more, then the first 2 of these 4 rows again. Leave sts on a holder.

Back Work exactly as given for Front from ** to **. 49th row K2, C4F, k25(30:35:40), k2tog, k1, yf, k1, [p1, k1] 24 times, yf, k1, ssk, k25(30:35:40), C4F, k2. 50th row K2, p4, k25(30:35:40), p2, k1, [p1, k1] 25 times, p2, k25(30:35:40), p4, k2. 51st row K34(39:44:49), [p1, k1] 25 times, k33(38:43:48). 52nd row K2, p4, k25(30:35:40), p3, k1, [p1, k1] 24 times, p3, k25(30:35:40), p4, k2. 53rd row K2, C4F, k27(32:37:42), [p1, k1] 26 times, k26(31:36:41), C4F, k2. Rep 50th to 53rd rows 5(6:6:7) times more. S H A P E B AC K N E C K

Next row (WS) K2, p4, k25(30:35:40), p3, cast off next 49

sts knitwise, with 1 st on needle after cast off, p2, k25(30:35:40), p4, k2. Cont on this set of 34(39:44:49) sts only for left back, leave rem 34(39:44:49) sts on a spare needle for right back. *** Next row K34(39:44:49). Next row K1, p2, k to last 6 sts, p4, k2. Next row K2, C4F, k to end ***. Next row K1, p2, k to last 6 sts, p4, k2. Rep from *** to *** once more. Leave these sts on a holder. With RS facing, rejoin yarn to 34(39:44:49) sts on spare needle, k to end. Next row K2, p4, k to last 3 sts, p2, k1. Next row K to last 6 sts, C4F, k2. Next row K2, p4, k to last 3 sts, p2, k1.

Next row K to end. Next row K2, p4, k to last 3 sts, p2, k1. Next row K to last 6 sts, C4F, k2. Leave sts on a holder

To make up Join shoulder seams working a three needle cast off as follows: with needle points towards the neck edges, slip the 34(39:44:49) sts of right back shoulder and 34(39:44:49) sts of right front shoulder onto needles, then with wrong sides together, cast off sts knitwise taking 1 st from each needle together each time. Rep for left back and front shoulder. Join underarm seams and side seams, working through the row-ends of garter st edges, so taking no sts into the seam.

Taken from Debbie Bliss leaflet DB003. For yarn and leaflet stockists contact 01535 664222.

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STAR STRUCK Get your flip flops beach ready with a mini sea star decoration

You will need ★Flip flops ★Mini resin starfish ★Strong glue

To make ★ Following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply the glue to the back of the starfish and stick one to each flip flop. Allow to dry completely.

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FE ATURE AND ST YLING: C ATH ER I N E WO R A M PHOTOS: SUSS I E B ELL .

C R AFT C R E D E N T IALS Be aware that many of the starfish (also known as sea stars) sold to use in crafts are real animals that have been harvested and dried out. Some may have been collected when already dead, but if you want to be sure your crafts are cruelty free, then choose resin or plastic starfish. Similarly, if you are buying sea shells online rather than beachcombing, use a reputable site that provides shells from approved and sustainable sources.


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SHAPE UP Help children create simple collages for their bedroom wall

You will need Using a tester pot, paint the box canvas until completely covered. Leave to dry. Next, cut a selection of shapes from the patterned papers – we used letters and petal shapes, and diamonds to create a star shape. Glue the paper shapes on to the painted canvas and leave to dry.

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Box stretched canvas Pastel matt emulsion (use tester pots) Patterned paper (try gift wrap or wallpaper) PVA glue and brush Small paint brush Scissors Pencil


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COOK’S PERKS Individual recipe cards are really handy to cut clutter when you’re baking

You will need Blank white postcards Coloured plain stickers Letter stamps Floral stamp Black ink pad

Using the letter stamps and ink, print the words Recipe, Ingredients and Method on to coloured stickers. Leave to dry. Add the stickers as shown and decorate with a leaf or flower stamp. Cut out a coloured line from the stickers and position in the centre of the card.

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SEASIDE SWEATER Self-striping wool yarn creates a multi-coloured jumper as you knit 

YO U W I L L N E E D

5(6:7:8:9) x 50g balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Prints in Pool 09 Pair each 3.25mm, 3.75mm and 4mm knitting needles Cable needle

SIZE

To fit ages 3-4(5-6:7-8:9-10:11-12) years Finished measurements: Chest 67(74:81:88:96)cm Length to shoulder 40(44:48:52:56)cm Sleeve length 24(28:32:36:40)cm TENSION

22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm square over st st using 4mm needles A B B R E V I AT I O N S

beg beginning C4B slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at back of work k2, then k2 from cable needle C4F slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold to front of work k2, then k2 from cable needle cm centimetres cont continue foll following inc increase k knit m1 make one st by picking up and working into back of loop lying between st just worked and next st p purl patt pattern rem remaining rep repeat RS right side skpo sl 1, k1, pass slipped st over sl slip st(s) stitch(es) st st stocking stitch tbl through back loop tog together

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NOTE

All the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Prints have a regular colour sequence, but not all balls start the sequence in the same place. You can choose to ignore it, but if you wish to maintain the colour order, you may need to wind off a small amount of yarn at the start of a new ball to find the correct colour. Use the wound off yarn at a later stage or for working bands or sewing up. When joining in, check that the colour sequence of the new ball doesn’t reverse the colour order, unless this is the effect you want. The width of the stripes will vary depending on the number of stitches you are working with.


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Back With 3.75mm needles, cast on 78(86:94:102:110) sts. K 3 rows. 1st rib row (RS) P2, [k2, p2] to end. 2nd rib row P to end. Rep the last 2 rows 3(3:4:4:5) times, and the 1st row again. K 3 rows. Change to 4mm needles. 1st row K33(37:41:45:49), p2, k8, p2, k33(37:41:45:49). 2nd row P to end. 3rd row K33(37:41:45:49), p2, C4B, C4F, p2, k33(37:41:45:49). 4th row P to end. These 4 rows form the patt and are repeated. Cont in st st until back measures 27(30:33:36:39)cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row. SHAPE ARMHOLES

Cast off 6(7:8:9:10) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 66(72:78:84:90) sts. Work straight until back measures 37(41:45:49:53)cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row. SHAPE SHOULDERS

Next row Cast off 8(9:10:11:12) sts at beg of next 3 rows. Next row Cast off 8(9:10:11:12) sts, decreasing 2 sts over cable, p to end. Leave rem 32(34:36:38:40) sts on a holder.

Front Work as given for Back until 8 rows fewer have been worked than on Back to shoulder shaping. SHAPE FRONT NECK

Next row K23(25:27:29:31), turn and work on these sts for first side of neck. Next row P2tog, p to end. Next row K to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Rep the last 2 rows twice more and the first row again. 16(18:20:22:24) sts. SHAPE SHOULDER

Next row Cast off 8(9:10:11:12) sts, k to end. Next row P to end. Cast off rem 8(9:10:11:12) sts. With right side facing, rejoin yarn to rem sts, then decreasing 2 sts over each cable, patt across centre 20(22:24:26:28) sts, leave these 18(20:22:24:26) sts on a holder, k to end. Next row P to last 2 sts, p2tog tbl. Next row Skpo, k to end. Rep the last 2 rows twice more and the first row again. 16(18:20:22:24) sts. Work 1 row. SHAPE SHOULDER

Next row Cast off 8(9:10:11:12) sts, p to end. Next row K to end. Cast off rem 8(9:10:11:12) sts.

Sleeves With 3.75mm needles, cast on 38(42:46:50:54) sts. 1st row K2, [p2, k2] to end. 2nd row P2, [k2, p2] to end. These 2 rows form the rib. Work a further 9(11:11:13:13) rows. Inc row Rib 18(20:22:24:26), m1, k2, m1, rib 18(20:22:24:26). 40(44:48:52:56) sts. Change to 4mm needles. 1st row K14(16:18:20:22), p2, k8, p2, k14(16:18:20:22). 2nd row P to end. 3rd row K14(16:18:20:22), p2, C4B, C4F, p2, k14(16:18:20:22). 4th row P to end. These 4 rows form the patt and are repeated. Inc row K3, m1, patt to last 3 sts, m1, k3. Work 5 rows.

Rep the last 6 rows 7(8:9:10:11) times more and the inc row again. 58(64:70:76:82) sts. Cont straight until sleeve measures 24(28:32:36:40)cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row. Place a marker at each end of last row. Work a further 8(8:10:10:12) rows. SHAPE TOP

Cast off 6(7:8:9:10) sts at beg of next 6 rows and 4 sts at beg of foll 2 rows. 14 sts. SADDLE SHOULDER

Work straight on these 14 sts until saddle fits along shoulder edge, ending with a right side row. Next row P3, p2tog, p4, p2tog tbl, p3. Leave rem 12 sts on a holder.

Neckband Join both front and right back saddle seams. With RS facing and 3.25mm needles, [k10, k2tog] from left saddle, pick up and k10 sts down left front neck, k across 18(20:22:24:26) sts from centre front, pick up and k10 sts up right front neck, [k2tog, k8, k2tog] across right saddle, then [k2tog, k30(32:34:36:38)] sts from back neck holder. 90(94:98:102:106) sts. 1st row P2, [k2, p2] to end. 2nd row K2, [p2, k2] to end. Rep the last 2 rows once more and the first row again. Cast off in rib.

To make up Join left back saddle and neckband seam. Sew sleeves into armholes, with row-ends above markers sewn to sts cast off at underarm. Join side seams leaving first 14(14:16:16:18) rows open, then join sleeve seams.

Taken from Debbie Bliss leaflet DB067. Contact 01535 664222 for pattern and yarn stockists.

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COOL BLUE Upcycle a bamboo basket and tablemats for a low-cost bedroom makeover

WALL ART Simple placemats look great hung on string loops

You will need ★Woven placemats ★Matt paint in off-white and turquoise ★A rtist’s paint brush ★Stencil brush ★String

★ Paint the placemats white and leave to dry. ★ Using a fairly dry stencil brush, blot turquoise paint around the mat, leaving the centre and edge clear. Add more paint here and there to give a textured look. Leave to dry. ★ Cut a length of string and fold in half. Push one end through the top of the placemat and tie in a knot. Push the other end through about 5cm away and tie in a knot. Trim the ends of the string and hang.

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BEDSIDE TABLE Use a retro bamboo basket to make this cute night stand

You will need ★Bamboo basket (we used Jassa 42cm, £15, Ikea) ★M DF placemat ★Undercoat ★Matt white paint (we used chalk paint) ★Soft wax (anniesloan.com) ★Tacks ★Hammer ★Paintbrush ★Clean soft cloth

To make ★ Fix the placemat to the base of the basket using tacks and a hammer. ★ Paint undercoat all over the basket and placemat and leave to dry completely. When dry, apply two coats of chalk paint, allowing the paint to dry between coats ★ Rub a layer of soft finishing wax over the paint using a soft cloth. Buff the wax to finish.

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IT S FOR KEEPS This heirloom blanket is the perfect size to keep a baby cosy

SIZE

97.5cm x 90cm TENSION

25 sts and 27 rows to 10cm square over Fair Isle st-st patt using 3.25mm needles A B B R E V I AT I O N S

cm centimetres k knit p purl RS right side st(s) stitch(es) st-st stocking stitch WS wrong side CHART NOTES

★Charts (see pages 156/7) are read from right to left on odd-numbered (RS) rows and left to right on evennumbered (WS) rows. ★Strand colours not in use loosely across WS of work.

YO U W I L L N E E D

7 x 50g balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Silver 12 (pale grey) (MC) 2 x 50g balls in Baby Blue 204 (pale blue) (A) 1 x 50g ball in each of Lipstick Pink 78 (deep pink) (B), Primrose 01 (yellow) (C), Blush 305 (pale peach) (D), Apple 02 (green) (E), Candy Pink 06 (bright pink) (F), Mallard 59 (dark blue) (G), Red 34 (H) and Ecru 101 (off-white) (J) Pair of 3.25mm knitting needles Blunt-tipped large-eyed yarn sewing needle

To make With MC, cast on 244 sts. 1st moss st row (RS) [K1, p1] to end. 2nd moss st row [P1, k1] to end. Repeat these 2 rows 6 times more. Keeping 10 sts in moss st at each end of every row as set, work the centre 224 sts in st-st from charts 1 to 12 (see pages 156/7). Cont in st-st from charts until work measures 86cm, then work 14 rows in moss st across all sts. Cast off in moss st.

To finish Sew in ends.

Use a row counter on the end of your needle to keep track of where you are in the pattern. If you don’t have a row counter, you can strike off the numbers down the right side of the charts as you complete the rows. Taken from Hygge Knits by Nicki Trench (£12.99, CICO Books). See page 124 for details.

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Splash out on bold shapes and a full palette of colour

Ceramic ombre tealight holders, £5 for set of two, berryred.co.uk

Coastal melamine tray, £10.99, talkingtables.co.uk

Printed canvas, £10, sainsburyshome.co.uk

Nevis birch tray, £28, berryred.co.uk

Two-tone knit throw, £45, Rothko cushions, £45 each, houseoffraser.co.uk

Patterned salad bowl, £8, sainsburyshome.co.uk

Miro cushion, £85, banbayu.com

Winter geo mug, £5, houseoffraser.co.uk

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Halved wool/cotton rug, £120, ikea.co.uk


shopping

Floral fiesta bunting, £6.99, talkingtables.co.uk

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Lighten up with pretty prints and summer brights

Floral candles, £30 each, papermash.co.uk

Kaffe Fassett cosmetic bag, £18, heathcote-ivory.com Faux flower posy in a bottle, £11, angelandboho.com

Daisies and Roses plastic cake stand, £30, jug, £16, tumbler, £5, champagne glass, £5, cathkidston.co.uk

Foral embroidery kit, £17.50, OhSewBootiful at etsy.com

White glass dishes with flower decoration, £50 each, rajtentclub.com/shop

Katie Alice cottage flower mug, £6, creative-tops.com

Liberty paper plates, £4.50 for eight, pipii.co.uk Prima

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Laundry basket, £35, small basket, £12, houseoffraser.co.uk

Rört fork and spoons, £1.25 each, ikea.co.uk

Trinket box, £12, sainsburyshome.co.uk

Luggy baskets: small, £39, large, £99, olliella.com

Flower clock, £35, Bean Design at amazon.co.uk

Hinterland small ceramic candle, £4.50, sainsburyshome.co.uk

Dustpan and brush, £10.50, coxandcox.co.uk

Buttoned linen cushion in blush, £30, coxandcox.co.uk

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Soledad rattan lantern, £80.39, maisonsdumonde.com


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Fiesta Mexicana bunting, £8.49, talkingtables.co.uk

Add heat to cool interiors with tropical colours

Clip-on Fiesta tropical birds, £10.99 for six, talkingtables.co.uk

Amazonie stoneware vase, £71.88, maisonsdumonde.com

Hinterland medium metal lantern, £14, sainsburyshome.co.uk

Amazonia white cushion, £18, amazon.co.uk

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Baho cabinet, £659, Baltique woven pouffe, £78.30, Constanza mirror, £138, Arrequipa armchair, £462.50, maisonsdumonde.com

Santana tropical print folding screen, £83.99, maisonsdumonde.com

Brighton midi sofa in Manuel Canovas fabric, £2.788, sofasandstuff.com

Pineapple container, £20, Biba at houseoffraser.co.uk

Macramé hangers, £7.50 each, angelandboho.com Prima

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PRICKLY PEAR Keep sewing needles neatly stashed away in this pretty appliquéd case

Using the templates (see page 158), cut out one green outer pear shape and one white inner pear shape. Cut two pink rectangles and two green rectangles, each measuring 9cm x 15.5cm. Position the green pear shape in the centre of the right-hand side of one of the pink rectangles. With matching sewing thread sew it in place using straight stitches around the edge. Place the white pear shape in the centre and use white sewing thread to straight stitch it in place. With white thread, sew a line of backstitch down the centre of the fruit. Carefully cut out five small teardrop-shaped pips and a stalk from dark brown felt, and one small leaf shape from green felt. Cut the bottom of the stalk into a V so it will fit neatly into the shape of the top of the pear. Use dark brown sewing thread to straight stitch the stalk at the top of the fruit. Position the pips radiating outwards as shown. Backstitch down the centre of each pip with brown thread. Position the leaf as if it’s growing from the bottom of the stalk, and backstitch down the centre of it with green sewing thread.

1 0Pink felt, 17cm x 22cm 0Spring-green felt, 22cm x 24cm

0W hite felt, 7cm x 10cm 0Scraps of dark brown and leaf-green felt 0Matching sewing threads 0Narrow pink ribbon, 40cm 0Fabric scissors 0Needle and pins 0P inking shears

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TREASURE CHEST A paint job, supersize stencil and pretty knobs make flat-pack furniture look a million dollars

P ine chest of drawers (we used Rast, £20, Ikea, below) Mandala stencil P rimer/undercoat Black and white eggshell paint (we used Lamp Black and Slaked Lime, littlegreen.com) China drawer knobs Paintbrush Stencil brush Masking tape

If you have bought a flat pack, make up the chest of drawers without the handles. If you are using an old chest, sand down the existing finish to provide a key for the paint. Apply one or two layers of primer/undercoat and allow to dry. Repeat with a dark-toned eggshell topcoat and leave to dry. Turn the chest on its back so the drawer fronts lie flat. Place the stencil on the front of the chest of drawers. (We used a quadrant stencil, OTT46, stencil-library.co.uk; see page 158 to make your own.) Use small pieces of masking tape to fix it in position. Dab on the paint using a stencil brush that’s almost dry to prevent paint bleeding around the edges of the stencil. It is better to practise first on some spare paper to get an idea of how much paint you need, and to do a couple of light layers rather than one heavy one. Leave the paint to dry and carefully peel away the stencil. Repeat around the circle to complete the design. Screw on the china knobs to the drawers to finish.

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SWEET TOP This cotton-mix gumdrop sweater is perfect for cooler days, being warm but not heavy 

SIZE

A B B R E V I AT I O N S

To fit 6(12:18) months Chest 53.5(53.5:56.5)cm Length 28(30.5:30.5)cm

beg beginning BPtr back post treble: insert the hook from back to front then from front to back around the post you want to work around so the post lies behind the hook, complete the treble as normal ch chain ch-lp chain loop cm centimetres dc double crochet dc2tog double crochet 2 sts together dec decrease FPtr front post treble: insert the hook from front to back then from back to front around the post you want to work around so the post lies behind the hook, complete the treble as normal htr half treble rem remaining rep repet RS right side ss slip stitch st(s) stitch(es) tr treble tr2tog treble 2 sts together Vst [1tr, 1dc, 1tr] in indicated st WS wrong side

TENSION

13 sts and 8 rows to 10cm square over treble crochet using 5mm hook NOTES

★When working into an earlier round (as in round 1b and round 2 of Gumdrop pattern), be sure to always work over the sts or chains from the last round, so that they are enclosed inside the new sts. ★After increasing in the Gumdrop pattern, the stitch counts will include both the sts and the chain.

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2 x 100g balls of Cascade Avalon (or equivalent aran weight cotton and acrylic mix yarn) in Heather 20 (baby blue) (A) 1 x 100g ball in each of: Golf Green 14 (forest green) (B), Bird of Paradise 09 (orange) (C), Turkish Sea 18 (cobalt) (D), Artisan’s Gold 10 (gold) (E) and Raspberry 27 (claret) (F) 4mm and 5mm crochet hooks 3 locking stitch markers Tapestry needle


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Gumdrop stitch pattern

Arms

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Continuing from cuffs. Rounds 1a and 1b (RS) With B, work rounds 1a and 1b of Gumdrop St. Round 2 (WS) 1ch, turn, 1htr in first tr, 1htr in next tr, rep from * in round 2 of Gumdrop stitch, up to last 2tr from round 1a, 1htr in next tr, 2tr in next tr, 1dc in last ch-sp, join with a ss in top of first htr. Round 3a (RS) Turn, ss in first st, place A on removable st marker, miss next st, join C with a ss in next st, 2ch (counts as 1tr), dc in next st, rep from * in round 1a of Gumdrop st to last st, miss last st, do not join, break off B. Round 3b (RS) Pick up A, 3ch, 2tr in next st, 1Vst in each missed st from previous round up to last missed st, 2tr in last missed st, join with ss into 3ch at beg of round. Round 4 (WS) 1ch, 1dc in first 2 sts, * 1htr in next 2tr from round 3a, 1dc in next ch-sp from round 3b; rep from * 4 more times, 1htr in next 2tr from round 3a, 1dc in last 3tr from round 4b, join with ss into 1ch at beg of round. Round 5a (RS) Turn, ss in first st, 1ch, place A on removable st marker, join D with a ss in next st, 2ch (counts as 1tr), * 1ch, miss next st, 1tr in next 2 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, 1ch, miss next st, tr in next st, 1ch, keeping A at WS, join D with a ss in top of 2ch at beg of round. Break off. Round 5b (RS) Return A to hook and pull it forward under the ch-sp from round 5a; 2ch (counts as 1tr), 1Vst in each rem missed st from previous round, join with a ss in 2nd ch of 2ch at beg of round. Round 6 (WS) 1ch, turn, 1htr in next tr from round 5a, * 1dc in next ch-sp from round 5b, 1htr in next 2tr from round 5a; rep from * to last ch-sp, 1dc in next ch-sp from round 5b, 1htr in next tr from round 5a, 1dc in last

Round 1a (RS) Turn, ss in first st, 1ch, place A on a removable stitch marker. Join next contrasting colour with ss in next st, work 2ch (counts as tr), 1tr in next st, * 1ch, miss next st, 1tr in next 2 sts; rep from * to end, 1ch keeping loop on st marker and working yarn at WS, join with a ss in top of 2ch at beg of round, break off contrasting colour yarn. Round 1b (RS) Return A to crochet hook and pull it forward under the ch-sp from round 1a; the working loop should now be in front, with yarn in back. Working over the chains from round 1a, work 3ch (counts as 1tr, 1ch, 1tr in same st, work Vst in each missed st of previous round, join with a ss in second ch of 3ch at beg of round. Round 2 (WS) 1ch, turn, 1htr in first 2tr from round 1a, * 1dc in next ch-sp from round 1b, 1htr in next 2tr from round 1a; rep from * to last ch-sp from round 1b, dc in last ch-sp, join with a ss in top of first htr. Rep rounds 1a–2 for pattern.

Cuffs ( M A K E

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Foundation ch With 4mm crochet hook and A, loosely work 18 ch, join with a ss in first ch to form a ring, being careful not to twist chain. Round 1 (RS) 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr in back bar of next ch and each ch around, join with a ss in top of 3ch at beg of round. Round 2 2ch (counts as BPtr), * FPtr around next st, BPtr around next st; rep from * to last st, FPtr around last st, join with a ss in top of 2ch at beg of round. Rep last round 1 more time. Change to 5mm crochet hook. Next round (WS) 1ch, turn, 1dc in each st to end, join with ss in top of first dc. Do not break off yarn.

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st from round 5b, join with a ss in top of first 1htr. Round 7a (RS) Turn, ss in first st, 1ch, place A on removable st marker, join E with a ss in next st, 2ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr in same st, * 1ch, miss next st, 1tr in next 2 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, 1ch, miss next st, 2tr in next st, 1ch, keeping A and working yarn from previous round at WS, join with a ss in top of 2ch at beg of round. Break off E. Round 7b (RS) Work round 1b of established pattern. Round 8 (WS) Work round 2 of established pattern. 24 sts. Round 9a (RS) With F, work round 1a of established pattern. Round 9b (RS) Work round 1b of established pattern. Round 10 (WS) Working into 1tr from round 9a, and ch-sp from round 9b, 1ch, turn, 2htr in first tr, 1htr in next tr * 1dc in next ch-sp, 1htr in next 2tr; rep from * to last ch2sp, 1dc in next ch-sp, 1htr in next tr, 2htr in next tr, 1dc in last ch-sp, join with a ss in top of first 1htr. 26 sts. 1st size only Round 11 Turn, ss in first st, 1ch, 1dc in each st to end, join with a ss in top of first 1dc. 26 sts. 2nd size only Round 11 Turn, ss in first st, 1ch, 1dc in each st to last st, 1dc in last st, join with ss in 1ch at beg of round. 26 sts. Round 12 Turn, ss in first st, 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr in each st up to last st, 2tr in last st, join with a ss in top of 3ch at beg of round. 27 sts. 3rd size only Round 11 Turn, ss in first st, 3ch (counts as tr), 1tr in each st up to last st, 2tr in last st, join with ss in 3ch at beg of round. 27 sts. Round 12 3ch (counts as tr), turn, 1tr in each st to last st, 2tr in last st, join with a ss in top of 3ch at beg of round. Rep last round once. 29 sts.


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All sizes Next round Turn, ss in first st, 3ch (counts as tr), 1tr in each st to end, join with a ss in top of 3ch at beg of round. Rep last round 0(1:0) more time. Break off at end of last round. Work should measure approximately 12.5(15:16)cm from beg. Turn work, miss first st, place marker in next st. Set aside.

each st to end, join with a ss in top of dc2tog. 68 sts. 3rd size only Next round 1ch, turn, 1dc in next st and each st to end. 72 sts. All sizes Next round Turn, ss in first st, 3ch (counts as tr), 1tr in each st to end. Rep last round 0(2:2) more times. Work should measure approximately 14(16.5:16.5)cm from beg.

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Foundation ch With A and 4mm crochet hook, loosely work 72(72:74) ch. Do not join. 1st row (RS) Beg in 4th ch from hook, 1tr in back bar only of each ch to end, join with a ss in top of 3ch at beg of row, being careful not to twist. 70(70:72) sts. Round 2 2ch (counts as BPtr), * FPtr around next st, BPtr around next st; rep from * to last st, FPtr around last st, join with a ss in top of 2ch at beg of round. Change to 5mm crochet hook. 3rd size only Next round 1ch, turn, 1dc in each st to end, join with a ss in top of first 1dc. 1st and 2nd sizes only Next round 1ch, turn, 1dc in each st up to last 2 sts, dc2tog, join with a ss in top of first dc. 69 sts. All sizes Working in Gumdrop st, work rounds 1a–2 five times, working contrasting colours as follows: B, C, D, E, then F. 1st size only Next round Turn, ss in first st, 3ch (counts as tr), 1tr in next st and in each st to last 2 sts, tr2tog, join with a ss in top of 3ch at beg of round. 68 sts. 2nd size only Next round 1ch, turn, dc2tog, 1dc in

Joining round With RS of body facing, ss in first 2 sts, 2ch (does not count as tr), miss st at base of ch, 1tr in next 29(29:31) sts, tr2tog, place marker in last st made, with RS of sleeve facing, tr2tog in marked st and next st on sleeve, remove marker, 1tr in next 20(21:23) sts, tr2tog, place marker in last st made, leaving rem sleeve sts unworked, cont along body, miss next 2 sts, tr2tog, 1tr in next 28(28:30) sts, tr2tog, place marker in last st, with RS of rem sleeve facing, tr2tog in marked st and next st, 1tr in next 20(21:23) sts, tr2tog, leave rem 2 sleeve sts and 1 body st unworked, join with a ss to first 1tr on body. 104(106:114) sts: 30(30:32) sts each for front and back, and 22(23:25) sts for each sleeve. Dec round Turn, ss in first st, 2ch (does not count as st), miss first st, * 1tr in each st to 2 sts before marker, tr2tog, move marker to dec st, tr2tog; rep from * twice more, 1tr up to last 2 sts, tr2tog, join with a ss in top of first 1tr. 96(98:106) sts. Rep dec round 5(5:6) more times. 56(58:58) sts: 18 sts each for front and back, and 10(11:11) sts for each sleeve. SHAPE FRONT NECK

1st and 2nd sizes only Next round Turn, ss in first st, 2ch

(does not count as a st), miss first tr, * 1tr in each st to 2 sts before marker, tr2tog, remove marker, tr2tog **, 1tr in next 3 sts, htr in next 3 sts, 1dc in next 2 sts, htr in next 3 sts, 1tr in next 3 sts, tr2tog, remove marker, tr2tog; rep from * to **, 1tr in each st to last 2 sts, join with a ss in first tr. 48(50) sts. 3rd size only Dec round Turn, ss in first st, 2ch (does not count as a st), miss first 1tr, * 1tr in each st to 2 sts before marker, tr2tog, remove marker, tr2tog; rep from * once more, 1tr in next 3 sts, htr in next 3 sts, 1dc in next 2 sts, htr in next 3 sts, 1tr in next 3 sts, tr2tog, remove marker, tr2tog, tr in each st to last 2 sts, tr2tog, join with a ss in first 1tr. 50 sts. All sizes Change to 4mm crochet hook. Round 1 (WS) Turn, ss in first st, 3ch (counts as tr), 1tr in each st around, join with a ss in top of 3ch at beg of round. Round 2 (RS) Turn, ss in first st, 2ch (counts as BPtr), * FPtr around next st, BPtr around next st; rep from * to last st, FPtr around last st, join with a ss in top of 2ch at beg of round.

To finish Sew in ends. Join underarm seams.

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Round 1 (WS) With 4mm crochet hook and B, 2ch, 6dc in 2nd ch from hook, join with a ss in first dc. 6 sts. Round 2 (RS) Turn, 1ch, 1dc in first st, * 1ch, 1dc in next st; rep from * to end. Break off with an invisible join, leaving a long tail for sewing. Make 4 more buttons, one each in C, D, E, and F. Sew buttons securely to left front yoke along raglan line, using running st or back st along edges.

Taken from Boho Baby Crochet by Dedri Uys (ÂŁ12.99, Apple Press). See page 124 for details.

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WHITE MAGIC Transform an old glazed cupboard with a coat of paint and carved wooden coasters

P ine cabinet Sandpaper T hin MDF board, for panels Ceramic knobs P rimer Undercoat W hite eggshell paint Carved wooden coasters 2 cast iron honeycomb shelf brackets Screw fixings and brackets Hammer and tacks

Remove any glass panels by carefully prising off the beading inside the cupboard. Set aside the beading to use later. Remove the door pulls. Cut two pieces of MDF to the same size as the glass. Most DIY stores will do this for you when you buy the MDF. Fit the panels in the cupboard and reuse the beading to ďŹ x it in place with a hammer and small tacks. Sand the cupboard to prepare it for painting. Wipe clean of dust. Apply a coat of primer to the panels and leave to dry. Apply undercoat to the whole cupboard, coasters and wall brackets and leave to dry. Apply two coats of eggshell paint, leaving the paint to dry between coats. Fix the new knobs. Use small tacks to ďŹ x the coasters to the door panels. Fix the cupboard to the wall securely with the metal brackets plus small brackets at the top to keep it stable.

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SHOW YOUR STRIPES Using basic crochet stitches, this jolly pencil case is easy to make 

SIZE

18cm long, 6cm diameter and 20cm circumference TENSION

18dc and 20 rows to 10cm square using 4mm hook A B B R E V I AT I O N S

blo back loop only ch chain cm centimetres dc double crochet rep repeat ss slip st st(s) stitch(es)

YO U W I L L N E E D

1 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK in each of Shrimp 3674 (A) and White 3660 (B) 4mm crochet hook Stitch marker Yarn sewing needle 20cm zip Sewing needle and thread Two 6cm circles of card (optional)

NOTES

★The pencil pouch is worked in the round in a spiral, except where indicated. Do not join or use turning chains, unless otherwise indicated. Instead, place a marker at the start of the round, moving it upward each round to denote the beginning of rounds. ★As the sts are worked in a spiral around the pouch, when you change colours you will create a jog in the striping, as the yarn changes from one stitch to the next. You can avoid this by using duplicate stitch (see right). ★1ch at the beginning of a round does not count as a stitch. ★The pencil pouch ends are strengthened with card to keep their shape. Inserting the card between the end lining and the crocheted ends is optional.

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B Duplicate stitch At the end of the row, do not join the round with a slip stitch, but instead draw up the loop on the hook, cut the yarn, leaving a tail end at least 15cm long (A) and pull the end up through the stitch (B). Insert the hook from the back to the front into first st of the round (where the joining slip stitch is usually worked), yarn over hook (C) Draw a loop through the st to the back of the work. Now insert the hook under the back loop only of the last st, from the back to the middle of the st, (D) yarn over hook. Draw the end of yarn through the last st and pull to create a ‘stitch’ the same size as all other loops on the row, then weave in the end neatly to secure.

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With 4mm hook and A, make an adjustable (magic) ring. Round 1 6dc in ring, pull up to tighten centre, do not join, place marker for working in spirals. Round 2 2dc in each dc around, do not join round. 12dc. Round 3 [2dc in next st, 1dc] around. 18dc. Round 4 [2dc in next st, 2dc] around. 24dc. Round 5 [2dc in next st, 3dc] around. 30dc. Fasten off yarn.

Pencil pouch body With 4mm hook and A, make an adjustable (magic) ring. Round 1 6dc in ring, pull up to tighten centre, join round with duplicate st. Join in B with ss in any st around. Round 2 1ch, 2dc in each dc around, do not join round, place marker for work in spirals. 12dc. Round 3 [2dc in next st, 1dc] around. 18dc. Round 4 [2dc in next st, 2dc] around, join round with duplicate st. 24dc. Join C with ss in any st around. Round 5 1ch, [2dc in next st, 3dc] around, join round with ss. 30dc. With wrong sides facing, sew lining to bottom piece, around last round of sts, trapping a circle of card inside for extra strength if desired. Join A to Round 5 of pencil pouch bottom. Round 6 1ch, 1dcblo in each st of Round 5, join round with ss. 30dcblo. Round 7 1ch, 1dc in each st around, join round with duplicate st. 30dc. Join B with ss in any st around. Round 8 1ch, 1dc in each st around, do not join round, place marker. Round 9 1dc in each st around, join round with duplicate st. Join A with ss in any st around. Round 10 1ch, 1dc in each st around, do not join round, place marker. Round 11 1dc in each st around, join round with duplicate st. Join B with ss in any st around. Rep rounds 8-11 five times in total. 28 rows.

Pencil pouch top Work as for Pencil Pouch Body for 15 rounds. Fasten off yarn. Sew in all ends. Fasten off yarn.

To finish Attach the top of the pouch to the bottom by sewing in the zipper with a backstitch in a loop between the two pencil pouch pieces.

Taken from Hooked by Claire Montgomerie (ÂŁ7.99, Parragon). See page 124 for details.

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Do knitting patterns look like a foreign language to you? Stuart Hillard, a regular guest on Create and Craft, translates the basics

CHOOSING YARN ‘My Mum taught me to knit when I was three to keep me occupied and out of trouble!’ says Stuart. ‘It’s still a huge part of my working life and my relaxation time. I meet so many adults who want to learn to knit, so here’s my guide to getting started.’

Yarns come in different weights or thicknesses, from very fine 2 ply or laceweight through to chunky and super chunky. Most garments are knitted in double knit (often called DK) or in aran, which is a little thicker. These are both easy to knit with and give quick results. For your first efforts, use smooth yarn like pure cotton as the stitches will be easy to see, count and knit. It’s best to avoid anything too fluffy, hairy or ribbon-like until you are more confident.

NEEDLE KNOW-HOW Needles also come in different sizes and generally the thicker the yarn, the thicker the needles. UK pairs are now all labelled in millimetres (mm) rather than a number system. Take note that size 10 needles are not the same as 10mm needles! Needles are usually metal but you may find bamboo or wooden needles more comfortable to work with.

PHOTOS: DA N JO N ES , G E T T Y

PICK YOUR PATTERN Start with something simple, such as a scarf, wrist warmers or a cushion. If you make a few mistakes you’ll still end up with something serviceable. Knitting patterns use abbreviations which can be intimidating. Learning the lingo is straightforward and all good knitting patterns will explain any abbreviations used. Read the whole pattern before you start! There are often instructions or tips towards the end of a pattern that you’ll wish you’d known at the start!

SIZE MATTERS If you’re making a garment, measure the prospective wearer and look at the ‘size to fit’ and the ‘actual size’ when deciding. Some garments are meant to be a bit baggy, others more closely fitting. Don’t just assume that because you are normally a medium you know your size.

TENSION TRICKS Get into the habit of knitting a tension square for any project which is fit dependent. Every pattern will instruct you to do this and it’s essential if you want your garment to fit. If your tension is loose (your stitches look baggy and the tension square is too big) use smaller needles, if your tension is very tight (the square is too small), try with bigger needles.

HAVE FUN Join a ‘knit and natter’ group for help, advice, encouragement and fun. There will be a mix of ages, experience and styles, and the support and help you receive will make such a difference. Enjoy the ride – and don’t worry about finishing everything you start. Knitting is a wonderfully creative pursuit and it can be both dynamic and restful, exciting and calming.

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SQUARE deal

Learn how to crochet granny squares and then stitch them into a multi-coloured throw using a special blanket pack

TO MAKE A SQUARE Find instructions with many more step-by-step pictures at thepatchworkheart.co.uk.

1. Make a magic loop. Pull through a loop for the 1st stitch. Make 3 chain for the 1st treble. Make 2 trebles to complete the first cluster. Make 1 chain then 3 trebles thus forming a corner. Repeat this twice more. Pull the tail to close up the magic loop. Make 1 chain then join with slip stitch into the 1st treble of the round. Fasten off 1st colour by pulling yarn through loop and cutting to leave a tail about 10cm.

3. Turn the work over. You are going to do this every round to keep a perfect square. It has the added bonus of making both sides the same so there is no right or wrong side to the blanket! Using a new colour (orange), pull up a loop, making sure you leave an end of about 10cm for sewing in later. Holding tail firmly at the back of the work make 3 chain for the 1st treble. Then 2 trebles to complete the 1st half corner. In the next chain space make 3 trebles and the same in the corner. Complete the corner by making 1 chain 3 trebles. Continue around the square making clusters of 3 trebles with 1 chain only in the corners. Note this is different to many other granny square patterns as I prefer a closer texture. Fasten off.

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2. Turn the work over and make

2nd round from the back. This is very important to stop the granny square from twisting. Using a new colour (green), pull up a loop making sure you leave an end of about 10cm for sewing in later. Holding the tail firmly at the back of the work make 3 chain for the 1st treble. Make 2 trebles to complete the first cluster (this is half of a corner). In next chain space make 3 trebles 1 chain 3 trebles (this is a corner). Repeat this twice more in the next 2 chain spaces. To complete the 1st corner make 3 trebles then 1 chain. Join with slip stitch into 1st treble of the round. Pull yarn through and fasten off, cutting yarn to leave a tail 10cm.

4 Remember to turn the work over each round (this has the effect of working anti clockwise then clockwise). Keep hooking until you have your desired number of rounds. On completion of each square, use a darning needle and sew the tails into their own coloured stitches. I sew in half on the front and half on the back. Trim ends neatly with sharp scissors. The result is a perfect square which can be used from any side! Notice it has 90 degree corners and parallel sides, all very pleasing to the eye and easy for joining. Tutorial provided by Heather at The Patchwork Heart. For more tutorials, visit thepatchworkheart.co.uk.

It is a crocheter’s basic rite of passage to learn how to make a granny square and something many novices start with.


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DIAMOND LIFE This moss-stitch patterned sweater is knitted in a gorgeously smooth cotton yarn 

7(8) x 100g balls of Wendy Supreme Cotton DK in Berry 1958 Pair of 3.75mm knitting needles SIZE

To fit bust 81-86(92-97)cm Finished measurements: Bust 97(111)cm; Length 65(70)cm; Sleeve length 46(48)cm TENSION

23 sts and 30 rows to 10cm square over st-st using 3.75mm needles A B B R E V I AT I O N S

beg beginning cm centimetres cont continue foll following inc increase k knit m1 make one st by picking up and working into back of loop lying between st just worked and next st p purl patt pattern RS right side st(s) stitch(es) st-st stocking stitch tog together WS wrong side

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Back and front (BOTH ALIKE)

With 3.75mm needles, cast on 113(129) sts. Moss st row K1, [p1, k1] to end. This row forms moss st and is repeated 3 times more. Now work in diamond moss st patt as follows: 1st row (RS) K1, [p1, k1] to end. 2nd row P2, [moss st 25(29), p3] 4 times, ending last rep p2. 3rd row K3, [moss st 23(27), k5] 4 times, ending last rep k3. 4th row P4, moss st 21(25), p7] 4 times, ending last rep p4. 5th row K5, [moss st 19(23), k9] 4 times, ending last rep k5. 6th row P6, [moss st 17(21), p11] 4 times, ending last rep p6. Cont in this way, so on every row working 2 moss sts fewer and 2 sts more in st-st in each repeat and 1 st more in st-st at each end, until the following row has been worked: 14th(16th) row P14(16), [moss st 1, p27(31)] 4 times, ending last rep p14(16). Now work as follows: 15th(17th) row As 13th(15th) row. 16th(18th) row As 12th(14th) row. 17th(19th) row As 11th(13th) row. 18th(20th) row As 10th(12th) row. Cont in this way, so on every row working 2 moss sts more and 2 sts fewer in st-st in each repeat and 1 st fewer in st-st at each end, until the

following rows has been worked: 27th(31st) row As 1st row. 28th(32nd) row K1, [p1, k1] to end. These 28(32) rows form the pattern and are repeated. Cont in patt until back/front measures 60(65)cm from cast on edge, ending with a WS row. SHAPE NECK

Next row (RS) Patt 44(50) sts, turn and cont on these sts only, leave rem sts on a spare needle. Cast off 5 sts at beg (neck edge) of next row, 4 sts at beg of foll WS row, 2(3) sts at beg of next 2 WS rows, then dec 1 st at neck edge of foll 2 WS rows. 29(33) sts. Patt a further 4 rows. SHAPE SHOULDER

Cast off. With RS facing, slip 25(29) sts at centre onto a holder, rejoin yarn to rem 44(50) sts, patt to end. Patt 1 row. Cast off 5 sts at beg (neck edge) of next row, 4 sts at beg of foll RS row, 2(3) sts at beg of next 2 RS rows, then dec 1 st at neck edge of foll 2 RS rows. 29(33) sts. Patt a further 3 rows. SHAPE SHOULDER

Cast off.

KNIT: ROSY TUCK E R PHOTO: B E TH C RUTC H FI ELD AT H E A RS T S TU D I OS HAIR & MAKE - UP: A N N A DU RS TO N

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knits&crochet Sleeves With 3.75mm needles, cast on 53(61) sts. Moss st row K1, [p1, k1] to end. This row forms moss st and is repeated 4 times more. Beg with a k row, work in st-st. Work 8 rows. Inc row (RS) K2, m1, k to last 2 sts, m1, k2. Work 7 rows. Rep the last 8 rows 13(14) times more, then the inc row again. 83(93) sts. Cont straight until sleeve measures 46(48)cm from cast on edge, ending with a WS row. Cast off.

Neckband Join right shoulder seam. With 3.75mm needles, pick up and k21(25) down left front neck, k across 25(29) sts at centre front, pick up and k20(25) sts up right front neck, 20(25) sts down right back neck, k across 25(29) sts at centre back, then pick up and k21(26) sts up left back neck. 132(159) sts. K 1 row. 1st row (RS) [K1, p1] to end. 2nd row [P1, k1] to end. These 2 rows form moss st. Moss st a further 3 rows. Cast off knitwise on WS.

To make up Join left shoulder and neckband seam. With centre of cast off edge of sleeve to shoulder, sew on sleeves. Join side and sleeve seams.

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MONOCHROME MAGIC Add bugle beads to a mandala-print tote to create a lovely summer accessory

designed to colour in

0Short silver and black bugle glass beads

0Fine needle and thread

For a bolder statement, fill in some of the shapes with silver fabric paint

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FE ATURE AND ST YLING: C ATH ER I N E WO R A M PHOTOS: SUSS I E B ELL

0Cotton tote bag

Instead of colouring in the bag with fabric pens, use small stitches to sew beads on to the bag following the printed design. We used a selection of silver and black beads but bolder colours would work equally well.


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COLOURFUL CREATION This granny square-based scarf is a great project for beginners and uses up leftover yarns 

2 x 50g balls of DK weight 100% extra fine merino wool in each of: mint green, coral and dark pink Oddments in gold, tangerine, orange and bright pink (see Note) 4mm crochet hook

SIZE

20.5cm x 183cm TENSION

12 sts and 10 rows to 10cm square over granny square rounds A B B R E V I AT I O N S

ch chain ch-sp chain space cm centimetres dc double crochet rep repeat sl slip ss slip stitch st(s) stitch(es) tr treble crochet NOTE

Make a strip of 32 threeround granny squares using scraps of yarn and join them as you go. You can try the colours used in the photograph, or design your own colour layout.

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Granny square pattern Make 3ch and close into a circle with a ss in the first ch. 1. Round 1 4ch (counts as 1tr and 2ch), [3tr into circle, 2ch] 3 times, 2tr into circle, close with ss into 3ch at beg of round. Square of 4 clusters of 3tr, divided by 2ch corners. 2. Round 2 Ss into next 2ch corner, 3ch (counts as 1tr and 2ch), 3tr into same corner, * work [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] into next corner; rep from * twice, then work 2tr into corner where you started, ss into 3ch at beg of round. Square of 4 x 2 clusters of 3tr, divided by 2ch corners. 3. On next and every following round work [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] into each corner and 3tr into each 2ch-sp along straight sides. Close round with ss into 3ch at beg of rounds.

Join squares as you go 1. After every cluster of 3tr, add a ss in the space between the opposite 3tr clusters on the previous square. 2. In the corners, make a ss and 1ch. 3. Continue following the granny square pattern. After making each cluster of 3tr along the side, work a ss in the gap between the opposite clusters of 3tr on the side of the previous square. 4. Continue joining squares.

Edging Round 1 With dark pink, join on yarn in any gap between 2 granny clusters

and work 2ch, 1tr. Sides: 3tr in every gap as for granny squares. Join between squares: 2tr in corner of first square, 2tr in corner of next square. Edging corners: 3tr, 2ch, 3tr. Close where you started with 1tr, ss in first tr. Rounds 2 to 5 Work 4 granny square rounds using dark pink, mint green, dark pink, mint green. Round 6 With mint green, start in any corner with ss, 2ch, 1tr. * 1ch, 2tr in next gap, 2ch, 2tr in next gap. Rep from * all around. Corners: 2tr, 4ch, 2tr. Close in corner where you started with 2tr, 4ch, ss in second beg ch. Fasten off and weave in ends. Round 7 With coral, join yarn in any corner with ss, 2ch, 2tr. * 1dc around 1ch-sp of round 6, 6tr around 2ch-sp of round 6; rep from * all around. Corners: 9tr. Close in corner where you started with 6tr, ss in second beg ch. Fasten off and weave in ends. Round 8 With dark pink and with yarn at back, loosely ss around post of every tr and dc of round 7. This creates a decorative st and defines shells with a wavy line. Fasten off and weave in ends.

To alter the length Simply add more granny squares for a longer scarf. Work edging round 6 on a round with an uneven number of clusters of 3tr (round 5 of this scarf).

PHOTO: S I M O N PA S K

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Taken from 9 Months to Crochet by Maaike van Koert (ÂŁ9.99, Apple Press). See page 124 for details.

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POST A NOTE Revive the art of letter writing with these beautiful block-printed notelets

You will need Apply the paint to the block using a small sponge and press the block firmly on to the blank card, taking care not to smudge it. Lift the block and allow the paint to dry completely. Mask off the edges of the card about 3mm from each edge and use a fine paintbrush to apply paint to all four edges of the card. Leave the paint to dry and carefully remove the masking tape to finish.

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FE ATURE AND ST YLING: C ATH ER I N E WO R A M PHOTO: H E A RS T S TU D I OS

Blank cards and envelopes Paisley or mandala stamps (we used Plaid Fabric Creations blocks) Paint Fine paintbrush Small sponge Low-tack masking tape Scissors


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MIX IT UP Match a knitted bodice with a oral fabric skirt for the prettiest party dress 

TENSION

28 sts and 40 rows to 10cm square over patt using 3mm needles. A B B R E V I AT I O N S

beg beginning cm centimetres cont continue dec decrease foll following k knit p purl patt pattern rem remaining rep repeat RS right side st(s) stitch(es) st-st stocking stitch WS wrong side

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1(2:2) x 50g balls of Debbie Bliss eco baby in Burnt Orange 33 Pair of 3mm knitting needles 4 press-stud fasteners 35(40:45)cm of 137cmwide fine cotton fabric (see note) Sewing thread to match skirt and bodice Sewing needle

NOTE

★ We used Liberty Katie and Millie A Tana Lawn (liberty.co.uk). Depending on the required skirt length, you may need more or less fabric than stated.

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Bodice front With 3mm needles, cast on 67(73:79) sts. K 1 row. Change to 3.25mm needles and work in patt as follows: 1st row (RS) K1, [p1, k1] to end. 2nd row As 1st row. 3rd row P1, [k1, p1] to end. 4th row As 3rd row. These 4 rows form the Irish moss st patt and are repeated. Cont in patt

until front measures 5(6:6)cm, ending with a WS row. SHAPE ARMHOLES

Cont in patt and cast off 3(4:4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 61(65:71) sts. Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows. 55(59:65) sts. Patt 1 row. Dec 1 st at each end of next row. 53(57:63) sts. Rep the last 2 rows 0(0:1) time

KNIT: ROSY TUCK E R PHOTO: H E A RS T S TU D I OS U K BA S ED O N A N O R IG I N A L I DE A BY DEB B I E B LI SS

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To fit ages 9-12(12-18:18-24) months Finished measurements: Chest 48(53:56)cm; Bodice length to shoulder 12.25(13.75:14.25)cm


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more. 53(57:61) sts. Patt 13(15:15) rows, so ending with a WS row. SHAPE NECK

Next row Patt 19(20:21) sts, turn and cont on these sts only, leave rem sts on a spare needle. Slipping the first st of each group of cast off sts, cast off 3(4:4) sts at beg (neck edge) of next row, 3 sts at beg of foll WS row, then 1 st at beg of next 2 WS rows. 11 sts. Patt 1 row. Cast off in patt. With RS facing, slip 15(17:19) sts at centre front onto a holder, rejoin yarn to rem 19(20:21) sts, cast off 3(4:4) sts, patt to end. Patt 1 row. Slipping the first st of each group of cast off sts, cast off 3 sts at beg (neck edge) of next row and 1 st at beg of 2 foll RS rows. 11 sts. Patt 1 row. Cast off in patt.

Right back With 3mm needles, cast on 35(38:41) sts. K 1 row. Change to 3.25mm needles and work in patt as follows: 1st row (RS) [K1, p1] 17(18:20) times, k1(2:1). 2nd row P2(1:2), [k1, p1] 16(18:19) times, k1. 3rd row [P1, k1] 17(19:20) times, k1(0:1). 4th row P1(2:1), [k1, p1] 17(18:20) times. These 4 rows form the Irish moss st patt with 1 st in st-st at centre back edge, and are repeated. Cont in patt until back measures 5(6:6)cm, ending with a WS row. SHAPE ARMHOLE

Cont in patt and cast off 3(4:4) sts at beg of next row. 32(34:37) sts. Patt 1 row. Dec 1 st at armhole edge of next 3 rows. 29(31:34) sts. Patt 1 row. Dec 1 st at armhole edge of next row. 28(30:33) sts.

Rep the last 2 rows 0(0:1) time more. 28(30:32) sts. Patt 17(19:19) rows, so ending with a WS row. Next row K to last 10(11:12) sts, turn and cont on these sts only, leave rem sts on a safety pin. Cast off 4(5:5) sts, patt to end. Patt 1 row. Cast off 3(3:4) sts, patt to end. Cast off rem 11 sts.

Left back With 3mm needles, cast on 35(38:41) sts. K 1 row. Change to 3.25mm needles and work in patt as follows: 1st row (RS) K0(1:0), [k1, p1] 17(18:20) times, k1. 2nd row [K1, p1] 17(19:20) times, p1(0:1). 3rd row K1(0:1), [k1, p1] 17(19:20) times. 4th row [P1, k1] 17(18:20) times, p1(2:1). These 4 rows form the Irish moss st patt with 1 st in st-st at centre back edge, and are repeated. Cont in patt until back measures 5(6:6) cm, ending with the same WS row as Left Front. SHAPE ARMHOLE

Patt 1 row. Cont in patt and cast off 3(4:4) sts at beg of next row. 32(34:37) sts. Dec 1 st at armhole edge of next 3 rows. 29(31:34) sts. Patt 1 row. Dec 1 st at armhole edge of next row. 28(30:33) sts. Rep the last 2 rows 0(0:1) time more. 28(30:32) sts. Patt 17(19:19) rows, so ending with a WS row. Next row K10(11:12) sts, slip these sts onto a safety pin, cast off next 4(5:5) sts, patt to end. Patt 1 row. Cast off 3(3:4) sts, patt to end. Patt 1 row. Cast off rem 11 sts.

Neck edging Join shoulder seams. With RS facing and 3mm needles, patt across 10(11:12) sts of left back safety pin, pick up and k9(11:11) sts up left back neck, 17 sts down left front neck, patt across 15(17:19) sts on centre front holder, pick up and k17 sts up right front neck, 9(11:11) sts down right back neck, then patt across 10(11:12) sts on right back safety pin. 87(95:99) sts. Cast off knitwise on WS row.

Armhole edging With RS facing and 3mm needles, pick up and k51(55:59) sts evenly around armhole edge. Cast off knitwise on WS row. Rep for second armhole. Join side seams.

Skirt Matching selvedges, fold fabric in half and join seam, taking a 1.5cm seam allowance and leaving 5cm at top of seam unstitched, press and stitch a double hem on both edges, then press seam open. Fold a double 5mm hem along top edge and stitch. Fold skirt in half and mark position of the fold (this will match the bodice centre front), fold in half again and place markers at these folds (these will match the bodice side seams). Run a gathering thread along the top edge and pull up to match the edge of the bodice. Matching markers to centre front and side seams, even out the gathers and handstitch to the bodice, behind the lower edge. Neaten lower edge of the skirt, then turn up to the desired length, press and stitch the hem.

To finish Sew the press studs to the edges of knitted backs to slightly overlap and fasten.

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GET IN LINE Use a band of white paint to update woven furniture and storage

Plain woven storage (we used an ottoman stool from eBay) Masking tape Water-based undercoat Water-based eggshell paint (we used Slaked Lime eggshell, littlegreene.com) Paintbrush

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This will work on any sort of natural woven material, such as cane, rattan and wicker, and suits all sorts of storage, from wicker ottomans to open seagrass baskets. Mask off the edge of the area to be painted with masking tape. Paint on a layer of undercoat and allow to dry completely. Apply one or two layers of water-based eggshell paint to ďŹ nish, leaving to dry between coats.

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TOTALLY TROPICAL Make clay bowls and cover with découpage papers to create these summery accessories

You will need First line a bowl with clingfilm – it should be relatively shallow so the sides are not too steep, as you will use it as a mould. Use a large leaf as a template or cut out your own template (see page 159). Roll the clay out on a non-stick mat, making sure it is the same thickness throughout. Press the template or leaf on to the clay and carefully cut out the shape with a sharp knife. If liked, hand roll thin pipes of clay to add as leaf veins. Taking care not to damage the shape, lift it into the bowl and press it into the curve. Leave to dry thoroughly. This may take a couple of days (check your packet instructions). When completely dry, remove from the bowl, paint with acrylic paint and leave to dry. Cut the découpage paper into strips about 3cm square. Paste the glue on to the bowl on a small area and start to apply the paper. Continue to stick on more strips, applying more glue and ensuring the paper overlaps so that the bowls are completely covered. Allow the paper to overlap the edges to the back. Repeat on the reverse side of the bowls once the top is completely dry. Finish with a layer of découpage varnish.

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A ir dry clay Large leaf (optional) W hite acrylic paint and brush Découpage paper (we used one with a green and white print) PVA glue and brush Rolling pin Not-stick mat Sharp knife Bowl Clingfilm Scissors


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JOIN THE NAVY Knit a loose-ďŹ t sweater with raglan sleeves and feature zips 

YO U W I L L N E E D

14(15:17) x 50g balls of Patons Extrafine Merino Aran in Navy 00250 Pair each of 4mm and 4.5mm knitting needles Cable needle Two 15cm zips (see note)

SIZE

To fit bust 81-86(92-97:102-107)cm Finished measurements: Bust 97(109:121)cm Length to back neck 64(66:69)cm Sleeve length 45(46:47)cm TENSION

18 sts and 25 rows to 10cm over st-st using 4.5mm needles beg beginning C4B slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work k2, then k2 from cable needle C4F slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold to front of work k2, then k2 from cable needle cm centimetres inc increase k knit m1 make one st by picking up and working into back of loop lying between st just worked and next st p purl rep repeat RS right side skpo slip 1, k1, pass slipped st over st(s) stitch(es) st-st stocking stitch tog together WS wrong side NOTE

★Measure the front splits on completion before buying the zips as you may need a different length.

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Back With 4mm needles, cast on 89(100:111) sts. K 5 rows. Change to 4.5mm needles. Beg with a k row, work in st-st until back measures 43(44:45)cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row. S H A P E R AG L A N S

Cast off 4(6:8) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 81(88:95) sts. 1st row K1, skpo, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 2nd row P to end. 3rd row K to end. 4th row P to end. 5th to 24th rows Rep 1st to 4th rows 5 times more. 69(76:83) sts. 25th row K1, skpo, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 26th row P to end. 27th to 50th(54th:58th) rows Rep 25th and 26th rows 12(14:16) times. 43(46:49) sts. Leave these sts on a spare needle.

Front RIGHT HAND SIDE

With 4mm needles, cast on 21(24:27) sts. K 5 rows. Change to 4.5mm needles. 1st row K to end. 2nd row P to last 2 sts, k2. Rep the last 2 rows 14 times more. 31st row K1, m1, k to end. 32nd row P to last 3 sts, k3. Break off yarn and leave these 22(25:28) sts on a spare needle.

CENTRE SECTION

With 4mm needles, cast on 43(48:53) sts. K 5 rows. Change to 4.5mm needles. 1st row K to end. 2nd row K2, p to last 2 sts, k2. Rep the last 2 rows 14 times more. 31st row K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. 32nd row K3, p to last 3 sts, k3. Break off yarn and leave these 45(50:55) sts on a spare needle.

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With 4mm needles, cast on 21(24:27) sts. K 5 rows. Change to 4.5mm needles. 1st row K to end. 2nd row K2, p to end. Rep the last 2 rows 14 times more. 31st row K to last st, m1, k1. 22(25:28) sts. 32nd row K3, p to end. Next (joining) row (RS) K22(25:28) sts of left hand side, 45(50:55) sts from centre section, 22(25:29) sts from right hand side. 89(100:111) sts. Next row P19(22:25), k6, p39(44:49), k6, p19(22:25). Next row K to end. Next row P19(22:25), k6, p39(44:49), k6, p19(22:25). Beg with a k row, work in st-st across all sts until front measures 43(44:45)cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row. S H A P E R AG L A N S

Next row Cast off 4(6:8) sts, k next 2 sts, p2, C4B, C4F, p2, k to last 19(21:23) sts, p2, C4B, C4F, p2, k7(9:11). Next row Cast off 4(6:8) sts, p to end. 81(88:95) sts. 1st row K3, p2, k8, p2, skpo, k to last 17 sts, k2tog, p2, k8, p2, k3. 2nd row P to end. 3rd row K3, p2, C4B, C4F, p2, k to last 15 sts, p2, C4B, C4F, p2, k3. 4th row P to end. 5th to 24th rows Rep 1st to 4th rows 5 times more. 69(76:83) sts. 25th row K3, p2, k8, p2, skpo, k to last 17 sts, k2tog, p2, k8, p2, k3. 26th row P to end. 27th row K3, p2, C4B, C4F, p2, skpo, k to last 17 sts, k2tog, p2, C4B, C4F, p2, k3. 28th row P to end. 29th to 50th(54th:58th) rows Rep 25th to 28th rows 5(6:7) times, then 25th and 26th rows again. 43(46:49) sts. Leave these sts on a spare needle.

Sleeves With 4mm needles, cast on 42(47:52) sts. K 5 rows. Change to 4.5mm needles. Beg with a k row, work in st-st. Work 10 rows. Inc row K3, m1, k to last 3 sts, m1, k3. Work 9 rows. Rep the last 10 rows 6(7:8) times more and the inc row once again. 58(65:72) sts. Work straight until sleeve measures 45(46:47)cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row. S H A P E R AG L A N T O P

Cast off 4(6:8) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 50(53:56) sts. 1st row K1, skpo, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 2nd row P to end. 3rd row K to end. 4th row P to end. Rep the last 4 rows 8(9:10) times more. 32(33:34) sts. Next row K1, skpo, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Next row P to end. Rep the last 2 rows 6 more times. 18(19:20) sts. Leave these sts on a spare needle.

Neckband With right side facing and 4mm needles, k across first 17(18:19) sts of left sleeve, k last st tog with first st of front, patt across next 41(44:47) sts of front, decreasing 2 sts over each cable, k last st of front tog with first st of right sleeve, k next 16(17:18) sts, k last st tog with first st of back, then k 42(45:48) sts on back holder. 115(123:131) sts. K 4 rows. Cast off knitwise on wrong side.

To make up Join both front raglans and right back raglan seam. Join left back and neckband seam. Join side and sleeve seams. Hand sew zips behind garter sts edges of splits.

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IN THE FRAME Use simple objects to create a beautiful display on your wall

You will need Look out for spoons made of horn, different shades of wood, mother of pearl or ceramics. Search for them online or in charity shops and antique markets. Remove the back from the box frame and cut the white card to fit the frame. Place the mount on the card and position your chosen items within the mount border. Use the glue gun to stick them to the card. Place in the frame and fit the backing to finish.

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Box picture frame (Ikea has a good selection) Decorative spoons White card, for backing Glue gun


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CREAM OF THE CROP Knit this lacy cardigan in a cosy but cool cotton and yak wool mix 

YO U W I L L N E E D

6(7:7:8:9) x 50g balls of Rowan Softyak DK in Cream 230 Pair each of 3.25mm and 4mm knitting needles

SIZE

To fit bust 81-86(92-97:102107:112-117:122-127)cm. Finished measurements: Bust 90(100:112:124:138)cm TENSION

20 sts and 26 rows to 10cm over patt using 4mm needles A B B R E V I AT I O N S

beg beginning cm centimetres cont continue dec decrease foll following inc increase k knit p purl patt pattern pfb purl into front and back psso pass slipped st over rem remaining rep repeat RS right side st(s) stitch(es) st-st stocking stitch tbl through back loop tog together yf yarn forward to make one st between k sts WS wrong side NOTES

★Take care to ensure each dec of patt is matched by an inc. If there are insufficient sts to work both, work end sts of rows in st-st. ★The number of sts varies while working patt, sts are decreased on RS rows but not increased until the foll WS row is worked, therefore count sts after WS rows only.

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Back With 3.25mm needles, cast on 90(100:112:124:138) sts. K 4 rows. Change to 4mm needles. Now work in patt as follows: 1st row (RS) K3(2:2:2:3), yf, [k2tog tbl, k2, k2tog, yf] to last 3(2:2:2:3) sts, k to end. 2nd row P8(7:7:7:8), [pfb of next yf, p4] to last 4(3:3:3:4) sts, p to end. 3rd row K4(3:3:3:4), [k2tog, yf, K2tog tbl, k2] to last 2(1:1:1:2) sts, k to end. 4th row P5(4:4:4:5), [pfb of next yf, p4] to last 6(5:5:5:6) sts, pfb of next yf, p5(4:4:4:5). These 4 rows form patt. (see Notes) Cont straight until back measures 5(6:7:9:10)cm, ending with RS facing for next row. Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at each end of next row and 2 foll 8th rows, then on foll 6th row. 82(92:104:116:130) sts. Work 13 rows, ending with a WS row. Inc 1 st at each end of next row and 3 foll 8th rows, taking inc sts into patt. 90(100:112:124:138) sts. Cont straight until back measures 34(35:36:37:38)cm, ending with a WS row. SHAPE ARMHOLES

Keeping patt correct, cast off 4(5:6:7:8) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 82(90:100:110:122) sts. Dec 1 st at each end of next 3(5:5:7:7) rows, then on foll 4(4:6:6:8] RS rows. 68(72:78:84:92) sts. Cont straight until armhole measures 19(20:21:22:23)cm, ending with a WS row. SHAPE SHOULDERS & BACK NECK

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patt until there are 17(19:20:22:25) sts on right needle and turn, leave rem sts on a holder. Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 4 rows and at the same time, cast off 4(5:5:6:7) sts at beg of 2nd and foll WS row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 5(5:6:6:7) sts. With RS facing, slip centre 26(26:28:28:30) sts onto a holder, rejoin yarn and patt to end. Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

Left front With 3.25mm needles, cast on 47(52:58:64:71) sts. K 4 rows. Change to 4mm needles. Now work in patt as follows: 1st row (RS) K3(2:2:2:3), yf, [k2tog tbl, k2, k2tog, yf] to last 2 sts, k2. 2nd row K2, p5, [pfb of next yf, p4] to last 4(3:3:3:4) sts, p to end. 3rd row K4(3:3:3:4), [k2tog, yf, k2tog tbl, k2] to last st, k1. 4th row K2, p2, [pfb of next yf, p4] to last 6(5:5:5:6) sts, pfb into next yf, p5(4:4:4:5). These 4 rows set the sts – front opening edge 2 sts in garter st with all other sts in patt as given for Back. Cont as now set until left front measures 5(6:7:9:10)cm, ending with a WS row. Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at beg of next row and 2 foll 8th rows, then on foll 6th row. 43(48:54:60:67) sts. Work 13 rows, ending with a WS row. Inc 1 st at beg of next row and 3 foll 8th rows, taking inc sts into patt. 47(52:58:64:71) sts. Cont straight until left front matches Back to beg of armhole shaping, ending with a WS row. SHAPE ARMHOLE

Keeping patt correct, cast off 4(5:6:7:8) sts at beg of next row. 43(47:52:57:63) sts. Work 1 row. Dec 1 st at armhole edge

of next 3(5:5:7:7) rows, then on foll 4(4:6:6:8] RS rows. 36(38:41:44:48) sts. Cont straight until 14(14:16:16:18) rows fewer have been worked than on Back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending with RS facing for next row. SHAPE FRONT NECK

Next row (RS) Patt 27(29:32:35:39) sts and turn, leaving rem 9 sts on a holder for neckband. Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 6 rows, then on foll 3(3:4:4:5) RS rows. 18(20:22:25:28) sts. Work 1 row, ending with a WS row.

SHAPE SHOULDER

Cast off 4(4:5:6:6) sts at beg of next row, and 4(5:5:6:7) sts at beg of foll 2 RS rows and at the same time, dec 1 st at neck edge of 3rd row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 5(5:6:6:7) sts.

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Change to 4mm needles. Now work in patt as follows: 1st row (RS) K1(2:3:3:1), yf, [k2tog tbl, k2, k2tog, yf] to last 1(2:3:3:1) sts, k1(2:3:3:1). 2nd row P6(7:8:8:6), [pfb of next yf, p4] to last 2(3:4:4:2) sts, p to end. 3rd row K2(3:4:4:2), [k2tog, yf, k2tog tbl, k2] to last 0(1:2:2:0) sts, k to end. 4th row P3(4:5:5:3), [pfb of next yf, p4] to last 4(5:6:6:4) sts, pfb of next yf, p3(4:5:5:3). These 4 rows form patt. Cont in patt, shaping sides by inc 1 st at each end of 7th(5th:5th:3rd:next) and every foll 14th(12th:10th:8th:6th) row to 60(64:66:72:60] sts, then on every foll –(–:12th:–:8th] row until there are –(–:68:–:76) sts, taking inc sts into patt. Cont straight until sleeve measures 32(33:34:34:34)cm, ending with a WS next row. SHAPE TOP

With 3.25mm needles, cast on 47(52:58:64:71) sts. K 4 rows. Change to 4mm needles. Now work in patt as follows: 1st row (RS) K2, yf, [k2tog tbl, k2, k2tog, yf] to last 3(2:2:2:3) sts, k to end. 2nd row P8(7:7:7:8), [pfb of next yf, p4] to last 3 sts, p1, k2. 3rd row K3, [k2tog, yf, k2tog tbl, k2] to last 2(1:1:1:2) sts, k2(1:1:1:2). 4th row P5(4:4:4:5), [pfb of next yf, p4] to last 5 sts, pfb of next yf, p2, k2. These 4 rows set the sts – front opening edge 2 sts in garter st with all other sts in patt as given for Back. Complete to match left front, reversing shapings and working first row of neck shaping as follows: Next row (RS) K9 and slip these sts onto a holder for neckband, patt to end. 27(29:32:35:39) sts.

Keeping patt correct, cast off 4(5:6:7:8) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 52(54:56:58:60) sts. Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows, then on every foll RS row until 28 sts rem, then on foll 9 rows, ending with a WS row. Cast off rem 10 sts.

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To make up

With 3.25mm needles, cast on 50(52:54:54:56) sts. K 4 rows.

Sew sleeves into armholes, easing to fit. Join side and sleeve seams.

Neckband Join both shoulder seams. With RS facing and 3.25mm needles, slip 9 sts from right front holder onto needle, rejoin yarn and pick up and k18(18:20:20:22) sts up right front neck, 5 sts down right back neck, k across 26(26:28:28:30) sts on back holder, pick up and k5 sts up left back neck, and 18(18:20:20:22) sts down left front neck, then k9 sts from left front holder. 90(90:96:96:102) sts. K 4 rows. Cast off knitwise on WS.

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SAIL AWAY Collect blue sea glass from the beach to make this holiday memento

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Sea glass (also available from craft shops) W hite card Box frame (try Ikea) Clear drying multipurpose glue Tracing paper and pencil

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BED OF ROSES An Irish rose motif in each block gives this lovely baby blanket a tactile chunkiness

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Finished size 90cm x 90cm Each block 15cm x 15cm A B B R E V I AT I O N S

ch chain ch-sp chain space cm centimetres dc double crochet dc3tog work 1dc in each of next 3 sts omitting the final yo of each dc, yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook htr half treble rep repeat st(s) stitch(es) tr treble NOTES

★ The blanket is made from 36 blocks, joined in 6 rows of 6 blocks. ★ Each block requires: 3 metres of A, 6 metres of B, 17 metres of C, 6.5 metres in each of D, E, F and G. ★ The 3D flowers make this a thick and cosy blanket. For a more delicate blanket, try working in a lighter weight yarn, but remember that yarn quantities will be different if you do so.

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2 x 100g balls of Cascade 220 Superwash DK in Lime Sherbet 850 (A) 7 x 100g balls in White 871 (C) 3 x 100g balls in each of: Lemon 820 (B), Amethyst Heather 1947 (D), Berry Pink 837 (E), Rose Petal 838 (F) and Dark Aqua 849 (G) 5mm crochet hook

To make the blocks Foundation ring With A, 6ch, ss in first ch to form a ring. Round 1 3ch (counts as 1 tr), 23tr in ring, ss in top of beg 3ch. Break A. 24 sts. Round 2 Join B, 1ch and 1dc in same place, [2ch, miss 2 sts, 1dc in next st] 7 times, 2ch, miss 2 sts, ss in first dc made. 8 sts. Round 3 * [1dc, 1htr, 3tr, 1htr, 1dc] in 2ch-sp; rep from * 7 times more, ss in first dc made. Break B. 56 sts. Round 4 Fold petals of last round forwards and work into sts of round 2: join C in dc on round 2, 1ch and 1dc in same place, [3ch, 1dc in next dc] 7 times, 3ch, ss in first dc made. 8 sts. Round 5 * [1dc, 1htr, 5tr, 1htr, 1dc] in 3ch-sp; rep from * 7 times more, ss in first dc made. 72 sts. Round 6 Fold petals of last round forwards and work into sts of round 4: [1dc in next dc, 4ch] 8 times, ss in first dc made. 8 sts. Round 7 * [1dc, 1htr, 7tr, 1htr, 1dc] in 4ch-sp; rep from * 7 times more, ss in first dc made. Break C. 88 sts. Round 8 Fold petals of last round forwards and work into sts of round 6: join D in dc on round 6, 1ch and 1dc in same place, [4ch, dc in next dc] 7 times, 4ch, ss in first dc made. 8 sts.

Round 9 3ch (counts as 1 tr), * 4tr in 4ch-sp, 1tr in next dc, 4tr in 4ch-sp **, [1tr, 2ch, 1tr] in next st; rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once, 1tr in first st, 2ch, ss in top of beg 3ch. 44 sts. Round 10 3ch (counts as 1 tr), 1tr in same place, [1tr in each st to next corner 2ch-sp, [2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in 2ch-sp] 3 times, 1tr in each st to first corner 2ch-sp, 2tr in 2ch-sp, 2ch, ss in top of beg 3ch. 60 sts. Round 11 Rep round 10. 76 sts. Round 12 1ch, 1dc in same place, * 1dc in each st to next corner 2ch-sp, [1dc, 1htr, 1dc] in 2ch-sp; rep from * twice more, 1dc in each st to first corner 2ch-sp, [1dc, 1htr] in 2ch-sp, ss in first dc made. End colour D. 88 sts.

To make the blanket Make 36 blocks, working 9 blocks each using colours D, E, F and G for rounds 8-12. Join with a crochet seam, arranging the blocks in any colour order you wish.

Edging calculations The edging pattern starts in the corner st of the base round and includes instructions for working the corners. The corner sts will be the 2nd dc of each corner of the base round, so after working your base round you will have four corner sts (1 st at each corner). The curvy edging pattern requires a multiple of 4 + 2 + 4 corner sts, so you should have a multiple of 4 sts with 3 sts remaining along each edge, plus 4 corner sts. Count the sts along each edge between the corner sts to check you have the correct number. If you do not, you can work another base round, decreasing or adding sts evenly as needed.


knits&crochet Curvy edging Calculate how many sts the edging pattern needs, including corners. When working the base round, increase or decrease the number of sts along each edge of the blanket to match the curvy edging pattern. Make sure increase or decrease sts are evenly spaced to avoid puckering. Using markers to indicate where pattern repeats will lie will help you to visualise it. Base Round With A, work 1 round of dc, working 1dc into each stitch around the edge of the blanket and 3dc in each corner.

Round 1 Join B in 2nd dc of any corner 3dc of base round, 3ch (counts as 1tr), 6tr in same place, miss 1 st, 1dc in next st, * [miss 1 st, 5tr in next st, miss 1 st, 1dc in next st] to 1 st before next corner st, miss 1 st **, 7tr in corner st; rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once, ss in top of beg 3ch. Break B. Round 2 Join C in next st, 1ch and 1dc in same place, 1dc in next st, * 3dc in next st, 1dc in next 2 sts, dc3tog in next 3 sts, [dc in next st, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in next st, dc3tog in next 3 sts] to 2nd tr of next corner **, 1dc in next 2 sts; rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once, ss in first dc made. Break C.

Taken from Beautiful Blankets, Afghans and Throws by Leonie Morgan (ÂŁ10.99, Search Press). See page 124 for details.

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ALL ABOARD Stash all your beach kit in a nautical-style duffel bag with a chunky cord drawstring

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080cm wide-striped

fabric 0Matching thread 0Lining fabric 0I ron-on interfacing, 20cm square 0Sewing machine with button-hole attachment 02m chunky cord 0Stencil (stencil-library.co.uk) 0Stencil brush 0Fabric paint 0Sewing needle 0Small sharp scissors 0Fabric scissors

Cut out a 20cm-diameter circle from the fabric, one circle from the iron-on interfacing and one from lining fabric. Iron the interfacing to the reverse of the lining fabric and allow to cool. Cut one rectangle from the main fabric measuring 65cm wide and 45cm long and a further rectangle from the lining fabric measuring 65cm wide by 40cm long. Fold the top edge of the longer side of the fabric to the inside by 5cm and press at with an iron, then open out the fold again. If liked, now is the time to stencil an initial in the centre of the rectangle, using fabric paint. Leave to dry. (If preferred, you could add an appliquÊ letter instead using the alphabet on page 160.) Using the sewing machine, work two buttonholes big enough to take the chunky cord, one at each end of the fabric in the centre of the 5cm fold (through just the one layer of fabric), a couple of centimetres in from the ends. Cut the buttonholes open using small sharp scissors. With right sides facing, stitch the seam of the fabric along the 45cm sides (remember to keep the pressed fold open). Stitch the 40cm seam of the lining fabric, right sides facing. Cut a square of the main fabric measuring 10cm x 10cm. Fold the edges to the inside to make a 4cm x 10cm rectangle. Topstitch along both sides. Fold in half and pin to the right side of the circular base of the bag, raw edges aligned with the raw edge of the base. This will form a loop for the cord (see A). Pin the circular fabric bag base to the bottom of the main fabric, right sides facing, and repeat with the lining. Machine stitch in place about 1cm from the fabric edge. Trim and notch the curved edges of the fabric.

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Turn the main fabric right side out and place the lining bag inside, so the seams are all hidden. Fold the 5cm edge of the main fabric over the lining and turn in 1cm to the inside to hide the raw edge. Topstitch along this edge and then make a row of topstitching about 3mm from the top of the bag, so you have two rows of stitching with the buttonholes between them (see B). Thread the cord through the buttonholes and draw the cord through the bag until you have an even length of cord on each side. Thread one end of the cord through the base loop and tie a knot. Thread the other end through the opposite side and tie a knot (see A). Cut another rectangle of fabric measuring 10cm x 10cm and fold two edges to the inside so that the fabric measures 4cm x 10cm. Topstitch along the long edges. Fold the fabric around the two cords and stitch the seam by hand. Make a few small stitches at the top and bottom of the fabric in the centre to hold the cords (see B).

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MOUSE STYLE Knit a cuddly little friend to help get children off to bed 

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Mouse: 20 sts to 10cm over st-st using 3.75mm needles Dressing gown: 7 sts to 2.5cm in st-st on 3mm needles A B B R E V I AT I O N S

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60m of aran weight yarn in grey tweed (A) Small amount of 4-ply yarn in pale pink (B) 1 15m of 4-ply yarn in deep pink (C) Pair each of 2.75mm, 3mm and 3.75mm knitting needles Toy stuffing Two 6mm beads for eyes Black sewing thread Embroidery thread in pink, yellow and green Sewing needle

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beg beginning cm centimetres cont continue dec decrease foll following inc increase k knit m1 make one st by picking up and working into back of loop lying between st just worked and next st p purl patt pattern psso pass slipped st over rem remaining rep repeat RS right side skpo sl 1, k1, pass slipped st over sl slip ssk [slip 1] twice, insert tip of left hand needle from left to right through the fronts of both slipped sts and work 2 tog st(s) stitch(es) st-st stocking stitch tbl through back loop tog together WS wrong side NOTES

The mouse is worked in st-st on 3.75mm needles and A; ear linings and nose are worked on 2.75mm needles and B. The dressing gown is worked in moss st on 3mm needles and C.


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Body Cast on 18 sts and purl 1 row. Next row K5, m1, k8, m1, k5. 20 sts. Next row P5, m1, p10, m1, p5. 22 sts. Next row K6, m1, k10, m1, k6. 24 sts. Next row P6, m1, p12, m1, p6. 26 sts. Next row K7, m1, k12, m1, k7. 28 sts. Next row P7, m1, p14, m1, p7. 30 sts. Next row K8, m1, k14, m1, k8. 32 sts. Next row P8, m1, p16, m1, p8. 34 sts. Beg with a k row, work 12 sts in st-st. Next row K8, ssk, k14, k2tog, k8. 32 sts. P 1 row. Next row K7, ssk, k14, k2tog, k7. 30 sts. P 1 row. Next row K5, [ssk] twice, k12, [k2tog] twice, k5. 26 sts. Next row P4, [p2tog] twice, p10, [p2tog tbl] twice, p4. 22 sts. Next row K3, [ssk] twice, k8, [k2tog] twice, k3. 18 sts. P 1 row. Cast off. Join the row-ends to form the centre back seam. With the seam in the centre, sew the cast-off edges together from side to side to form the base of the mouse. Fill with toy stuffing

Head Worked from nose to back of head

Cast on 6 sts and purl 1 row. Next row [K1, m1] twice, k2, [m1, k1] twice. 10 sts. P 1 row. Next row K1, m1, k3, m1, k2, m1, k3, m1, k1. 14 sts. P 1 row. Next row K6, m1, k2, m1, k6. 16 sts. P 1 row. Next row K1, m1, k6, m1, k2, m1, k6, m1, k1. 20 sts. P 1 row. Next row K9, m1, k2, m1, k9. 22 sts. P 1 row. Next row K1, m1, k9, m1, k2, m1, k9,

m1, k1. 26 sts. P 1 row. Next row K12, m1, k2, m1, k12. 28 sts. Beg with a p row, work 5 rows in st-st. Next row [K2, k2tog] 7 times. 21 sts. P 1 row. Next row [K1, k2tog] 7 times. 14 sts. P 1 row. Cut the yarn, leaving a length for sewing up. Thread yarn through rem sts, pull up and secure. Join the seam, which will be underneath the head. Fill with toy stuffing. Gather the sts along the cast on edge and secure.

Arms

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Cast on 9 sts and beg with a k row, work 10 rows in st-st. Next row K1, [m1, k1] 8 times. 17 sts. Beg with a p row, work 7 rows in st-st. Next row [K1, k2tog] 5 times, k2. 12 sts. Next row [P2tog] 6 times. 6 sts. Cut the yarn, leaving a length for sewing up. Thread yarn through rem sts, pull up and secure, then join the seam, filling gently with toy stuffing as you go. The seam will be underneath the arm. Sew the cast-on edge together.

Legs

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Cast on 10 sts and beg with a k row, work 12 rows in st-st. Next row K4, m1, k2, m1, k4. 12 sts. Next row P5, m1, p2, m1, p5. 14 sts. Next row K6, m1, k2, m1, p6. 16 sts. Next row P7, m1, p2, m1, p7. 18 sts. Next row K8, m1, k2, m1, k8. 20 sts. Beg with a p row, work 2 rows in st-st. Next row P8, p2tog, p2tog, p8. 18 sts. Cast off, using the 3-needle cast off: divide the sts between 2 needles with the points towards each other, fold so that the right sides of each set of 9 sts are facing each other, then with a 3rd needle,

taking one st from each needle together, cast off all sts in this way. Turn the knitting though to the right side and join the long leg seam, filling gently with toy stuffing as you go, this seam will be at the back of the leg. With the seam in the centre, sew the cast-on edges together from side to side.

Ears

(MAKE 2)

Cast on 3 sts and purl 1 row. Next row [K1, m1] twice, k1. 5 sts. P 1 row. Next row K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. 7 sts. Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st. Next row Ssk, k3, k2tog. 5 sts. P 1 row. Next row Ssk, k1, k2tog. 3 sts. Next row Sl 1, p2tog, psso. 1 st. Thread yarn through rem sts and fasten, leaving a length of yarn for sewing up.

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With 2.75mm needles and B, cast on 5 sts and purl 1 row. Next row K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. 7 sts. P 1 row. Rep the last 2 rows twice more. 11 sts. Beg with a k row, work 4 rows in st-st. Next row Ssk, k7, k2tog. 9 sts. P 1 row. Next row Ssk, k5, k2tog. 7 sts. Next row P2tog, p3, p2tog tbl. 5 sts. Next row Ssk, k1, k2tog. 3 sts. Cast off purlwise, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

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If you do not want to use the i-cord technique the edgings can be knitted flat and the side seam sewn together before sewing to the ear edge. Work the i-cord as follows: Cast on 3 sts and k 1 row.

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** Do not turn the work, but slip the sts back onto the left hand needle, then pulling the yarn tightly behind the sts, k the sts again (by pulling the yarn behind the sts on the needle, you close the ‘gap’ and give the fabric the appearance of French knitting). Rep from ** until the i-cord, when slightly stretched, fits around the outside edge of the ear (about 10cm). Do not cast off and leave a length of yarn in case you need to adjust the length once sewn around the edge of the ear.

Tail Cast on 4 sts and work an i-cord in st-st until tail measures 12cm. Thread yarn through the sts, leaving a length of yarn for joining to body.

Nose With 2.75mm needles and B, cast on 5 sts, beg with a k row, work 2 rows in st-st. Next row K1, m1, k3, m1, k1. 7 sts. Beg with a p row work 3 rows in st-st. Next row Ssk, k3, k2tog. 5 sts. P 1 row. Cast off. Thread the yarn through the sts around the outside edge to gather, then placing a small amount of toy stuffing inside, pull up and secure. Sew to front of head, using the photo as a guide.

To make up Using the photo as a guide, sew the eyes in place with sewing needle and black thread, run the thread from the back of the eye down to the base of the head, pull slightly, and secure. Repeat for the second eye. Sew the nose in place. Pin and sew the head to the body. Taking one ear and one i-cord ear

edging, sew the ear edging in place using the photograph as a guide and sewing to the stitches around the outside edge of the ear. The cast-on edge forms the bottom of the ear. The WS will form the inside of the ear. Adjust the length of the i-cord if necessary. Thread the yarn through the sts, gather and fasten off. With RS facing outwards and B, sew the ear lining to the inside (WS) of the ear, just below the edging. Rep for the second ear. Pin the cast-off edge of the ears in place on the top of the head. When you are happy with their placement, sew in place. Pin and sew the cast on edge of the ears in place on the top of the head. Sew the arms and legs to the body (see page 161), the legs are placed a stitch or two apart. Sew the ends of yarn of the tail in and sew to the back of the body, placing it about 2.5cm from the bottom seam.

Dressing Gown ★ B AC K Cast on 36 sts. 1st moss st row [K1, p1] to end. 2nd moss st row [P1, k1] to end. These 2 rows form moss st and are repeated, but after working dec rows, remember to always work a p st over a k st and a k st over a p st. Cont in moss st until work measures 3cm. Dec row Work 2tog, patt to last 2 sts, work 2tog. 34 sts. Cont in moss st and rep the dec row when work measures 5cm, 7cm and 8cm. 28 sts. Cont in moss st and when work measures 9cm, cast off 2 sts at beg of the next 2 rows. 24 sts. Dec 1 st at each end of next 2 rows. 20 sts. Cont in moss st until armhole measures 5cm. Cast off.

★ FRONT (MAKE 2) Cast on 18 sts and work in moss st until front measures 3cm. Dec row Work 2tog, moss st to end of row. 17 sts. Cont in moss st and rep the dec row when work measures 5cm, 7cm and 8cm. 14 sts. Cont in moss st and when work measures 9cm, work as follows: Next row Cast off 2 sts, moss st to last st, m1, k1. 13 sts. Next row Patt to last 2 sts, work 2tog. 12 sts. Next row Work 2tog, patt to end of row. 11 sts. Cont in moss st until armhole measures 5cm, ending at armhole edge. Next row Cast off 5 sts, patt to end of row. 6 sts. Work 7 rows to form the collar. Cast off.

★ SLEEVES (MAKE 2) Join the shoulder seams; the two collar pieces will be at the neck edge. With RS facing, pick up and k26 sts around the armhole edge. Work 18 rows in moss st. Cast off. ★ POCKET (MAKE 2) Cast on 10 sts and work 16 rows in moss st. Cast off. ★ B E LT Cast on 72 sts and k 2 rows. Cast off. ★ B E LT L O O P ( M A K E 2 ) Cast on 5 sts and k 1 row. Cast off.

To make up Join the side and sleeve seams. Sew the belt loops in place to the side seams. Embroider a flower on one pocket using embroidery thread and lazy daisy stitch (see page 161). Sew the pockets in place. Sew each end of the collar together at the neck and ease to fit the back neck, then sew in place.

Taken from Knit Me, Dress Me, Love Me by Sue Stratford, £12.99 See page 124 for details.

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DIGGING IT Stitch a smart gardener’s apron in next to no time You will need

Turn in, press and pin a 2cm hem around the edges of both fabrics. Place the fabrics wrong sides together and pin. Topstitch along one 60cm side about 5mm in from the edge (this is the bottom edge). Fold up the bottom edge to create a deep patterned

pocket and pin. Sew up both sides of the apron close to the edge, fixing the pocket in place. Stitch vertical lines on the pocket to make a variety of separate pockets. Place the middle of the strap at the waist of the apron and topstitch in place twice.

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Heavyweight linen, 74cm x 60cm Patterned fabric, 74cm x 60cm Matching thread 2 .5-3m cotton webbing/tape Sewing machine

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ALL CHANGE Turn a plain white tee into a pretty vest with cap sleeves and lacy trim

You will need Plain T-shirt Coloured thread Crochet trim (or lace edging) Vintage doily (or piece of patterned light fabric) Sewing machine Fabric scissors

First remove the sleeves from the T-shirt. Use a close zig zag stitch setting and brightly coloured thread to finish the edges of the armholes. Cut the doily in half and sew it into the upper armholes, fixing it mostly on the front section, to make cap sleeves. If you can’t get hold of a trimmed doily (try jumble sales, charity shops and eBay), cut out a circle of decorative fabric and add a small double hem. Add crochet trim across the shoulders and use the same zig zag coloured stitch to finish the neckline.

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I N BU S I N E S S

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Meet three women who create beautiful designs from felt and yarn

Laura Howard

CRAFTS DESIGNER

aura works mainly with felt, creating intricate designs for her blog, magazines and books. ‘I enjoy the challenge of taking an idea and turning it into a real, physical object,’ she says. Laura, who lives just outside Bristol, rediscovered a childhood love of using felt 10 years ago when she was making Christmas decorations – and found a whole world of people doing the same. She then opened a successful Etsy shop, but now works solely on her designs. The felt needlecase featured on page 60 is from her one of her books, Super-Cute Felt. ‘Designing means I get to work on new things each week, which is great, and gives a better work/life balance as well,’ she says. Laura finds felt so appealing because it is cheap, comes in a range of colours and is easy to work with, factors that give it huge potential for putting her ideas into practice. She does a lot of doodling before she produces something just right. But the more she makes, the more ideas she has. ‘I love using the colours as building blocks to piece together a design and often get inspired by specific colours in my craft stash,’ she adds. Next in her plans is to work on a range of printable tutorials. ‘I’m really looking forward to giving some of my favourite designs a new life as patterns and I’ve got lots of ideas for new things waiting in my sketchbooks.’

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Sue Stratford

KNITTING DESIGNER ue, who created the sweet mouse on page 116, fell by chance into knitwear design. She had started knitting as a child while recovering from glandular fever, but the hobby developed into a career 11 years ago when she saw an empty shop in her local high street in Buckinghamshire. Within a month she’d taken over the space and opened a wool shop. ‘It all came together really quickly,’ she says. When some of the wools weren’t selling as well as she’d hoped, she began designing kits using the yarns, starting with a pair of mice in a fluffy bouclé. These soon sold out, so she added a chicken, and before long decided to exhibit her stock at shows. At a London show, she was commissioned for her first book, Mini Christmas Knits. Her knitted animals and kits now feature in many books as well as on her website. Sue is inspired by Instagram and by the beautiful things her fellow knitters make and she credits the knitting community with giving her the confidence to try new techniques, such as lace knitting. Next, she’s teaming up with fellow knitter and yarn seller Rachel Coopey to create a range of adults’ and children’s clothing patterns, which will be released later this summer, as well as ten more animals. ‘I've always got ideas for things I want to do,’ she says. ‘It’s just finding the time.’

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‘There is no feeling like snuggling up in a blanket you’ve made yourself, however wonky the edges may be.

Megan Hocking

CROCHET DESIGNER

egan is only 17 and already making waves in the crochet world with her beautiful designs. She turns her colourful and bright patterns into home decorations such as garlands (see page 32), coasters and wall hangings to sell in her Etsy shop. She first started to crochet only last year when she left school due to an illness. Having always been creative, she picked crochet as a new challenge because her Mum was also learning it at the time, and quickly fell in love with the craft. ‘I just seemed to click with crochet,’ she says. ‘I was able to do it sitting in a chair when I didn’t have much energy. I’m not sure a single day has passed since then when I haven’t had a hook in my hands!’ Her friends and family loved her designs and encouraged her to sell them. She named her business Doodledog Crochet after her pet dog, Winnie, which she got when she first became ill. Living in Dorset, Megan’s patterns come from the nature that surrounds her, which can inspire different colour palettes or give her ideas for which flowers to feature in her garlands. ‘Just a simple walk in the fresh air is enough to bring a flood of new ideas to me,’ she says. And she has plenty of plans for the future – she’d love to see her designs in a book and she’d also like to open a shop to sell her work, run workshops and spread her love of crochet to others.

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CRAFT LIBRARY Learn all the skills you need to make scores of beautiful things

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9 MONTHS TO CROCHET by Maaike van Koert (£9.99, Apple Press)

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SUMMER BERRIES & AUTUMN FRUITS by Annie Rigg (£16.99, Kyle Books)

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SUPER-CUTE FELT by Laura Howard (£12.99, CICO Books)

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KNIT ME, DRESS ME, LOVE ME by Sue Stratford (£12.99, Search Press)

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SEWING FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN by Laura Strutt (£12.99, CICO Books)

Mums-to-be will find plenty to help pregnancy fly by with the beautiful designs included in this book. Starting with basic skills and small projects, such as a ball rattle, the patterns progress to more technical makes as the months pass. You can kit your baby out from head to toe, make treats for yourself and a range of pretty baby blankets.

Be inspired to make your own delicious, seasonal recipes using local produce, such as strawberries and pears, and more exotic fruits like coconut, lime and mango. Try your hand at the cakes and bakes, salads, preserves, pickles and drinks to make your summer party stand out.

Felt is so versatile and comes in such a range of great colours, there is little you can’t do with it. Here there are 35 step-bystep makes to try, from felt puppets and mug cosies to cushion covers and a peacock mask.

Knitted animals make the sweetest gifts and this book is filled with so many ideas to knit your own, plus the clothes to dress them in. Try one of the seven animal patterns including a rabbit, kitten or teddy, each of which has a mini-me lookalike, and then dress them in the many garments and accessories included in the book.

Make unique and stylish clothes and accessories for your children with just basic sewing skills. From pinafore dresses to kimono pyjamas and classic dungarees, the designs are simple but beautiful, while the fabrics featured are really inspiring. The patterns tucked in the back are full-size so you don’t even need to enlarge them.

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HOOKED by Claire Montgomerie (£7.99, Parragon Books)

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DOT-TO-DOODLE: ANIMAL MANDALAS by Suzy Taylor (£7.99, Pavilion Books)

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BOHO BABY CROCHET by Dedri Uys (£12.99, Apple Press)

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BEAUTIFUL BLANKETS, AFGHANS AND THROWS by Leonie Morgan (£10.99, Search Press)

Learn all the basics of crochet and then get started on the simple projects in this book. These then lead to more complex work once you are well and truly hooked. Makes include a cute coin purse, beautiful blankets and a stylish shopping bag.

Create beautiful and intricate mandalas using the guides in this book, which combine dot-to-dot and colouring techniques for a relaxing experience. Use the mandala shape with the various animal patterns as a guide, or create your own intricate artworks using the circle templates.

You’ll love the rainbow designs in this book if you’re a fan of bold colours. Use the step-by-step techniques section to learn the stitches and you’re set to brighten up the nursery with crocheted blankets, decorations and clothing.

You’ll be surprised at the number of different styles of blanket you can make with crochet. Each one of the 40 designs in this book is colourful and fun, and comes with an easy-to-follow chart as well as a written pattern. Personalise your make with one of the 12 edgings featured, so your blanket will be completely tailored to you.

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EASY STUFF TO MAKE WITH FLUFF! by Gillian Harris (£9.99, Pavilion)

Wool tops are lengths of unspun yarn used for spinning and, because of their light and fluffy nature, they can be used to make pompoms, brooches and even cushions. Use the wool top as it is or transform it by wet felting, needle felting or by weaving it into something new.



MY FIRST CARD-MAKING BOOK (£9.99, CICO Kidz)

Card-making is a sure-fire way to get children involved in crafting. With designs for every occasion, the projects are all lovely and easy to make. Kids will enjoy them all, from the button cards to the coat hanger cards, plus the designs are so enticing you may even want to make some for yourself!

HYGGE KNITS by Nicki Trench (£12.99, CICO Books)

COM PILE D BY: A N E I R A DAV I E S

Wrap up warm and make your home more hygge with these gorgeous Scandi-inspired knits in fabulous bright colours. Projects include scarves, cardigans and socks for you, plus cushions, blankets and a cute knitted mouse with its own Fair Isle cardigan.

KNITTING FOR CHILDREN by Claire Montgomerie (£12.99, CICO Books) Aimed at teaching children to knit, the projects in this book are fun, contemporary and stylish. Kids can learn the basics of knitting as well as how to finger knit, make tassels and pompoms, then work up to the more challenging projects which include making their own teddy bear.

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A WEEKEND AWAY A short break exploring beautiful towns in the UK can be a voyage of discovery

Hay-on-Wye

Craft and culture on the Welsh borders This wonderful town is worth a visit at any time of year, not just when the world-famous literary festival is on. Hay-on-Wye is known as the ‘book town’ because of the huge number of book shops (second-hand, specialist and new) dotted around the town. In recent years, however, many have been replaced with shops selling vintage clothes, antiques and crafts – and lots of cafés. Don’t miss Hay Makers on St John’s Place, a craft cooperative featuring high quality work such as Catriona Cartwright’s beautiful stone carvings. There is a noticeable absence of chains in the centre which adds to Hay’s quirky look. The small town is dominated by the castle, which is soon to be a creative centre, and the grounds and the view are worth a visit. Every Thursday, a market in the high street offers local produce, clothing and locally made gifts. Being situated in a picturesque spot at the foot of the Black Mountains, Hay is a popular spot for walkers of all abilities, while just a short walk from the town is a peaceful stretch of the River Wye, where canoes can be hired.

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Catriona Cartwright’s work (right) at the Hay Makers

Where TO STAY

The Swan at Hay

The newly refurbished Swan hotel is situated minutes from the main street. The beautiful dining room of this listed Georgian building leads on to a lush garden perfect for outdoor eating and drinking. The amazing cooking is a stand-out feature of the hotel, and the menu has an eclectic mix of recipes using unusual and delicious flavour combinations. Double rooms from £85 per night; swanathay.com, 01497 821 188.


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Gracious buildings line Harrogate’s streets

Suffolk sheep at the Great Yorkshire Show

Chill out at the Turkish Baths & Spa

Harrogate

The best of town and country in Yorkshire

Where TO STAY

The Old Swan Hotel

The Old Swan is one of the most famous hotels in Harrogate and has been an inn since 1777. A Grade II listed building, it has the most stunning stained glass ceiling in the dining room. The hotel was in the news in the 1920s when the author Agatha Christie disappeared from home for 11 days and, after a huge countrywide search, was found staying there safe and well. Double rooms from £77; classiclodges.co.uk, 01423 500 055.

Mineral-rich water that was believed to have health benefits was discovered here in the 16th century, and visitors have been flocking here since the discovery of more springs in Georgian times. The stunning Victorian Turkish Baths & Spa have been beautifully restored and are still in use (tours are available on Wednesdays). Harrogate is a very elegant town with its majestic buildings centred on quite a small area which makes strolling around a pleasure. The Montpellier district is full of galleries, antique shops and the famous Betty’s Teashop, overlooking the town’s pretty park, The Stray. Harrogate is also home to the Great Yorkshire Show, which attracts thousands of visitors every year to enjoy country pursuits such as sheep dog trials and gazing at livestock. Its situation on the edge of The Dales makes it easy to explore lovely countryside and visit historic ruins, such as Fountains Abbey, one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in the country. Just two miles away is the RHS Garden Harlow Carr, set in a valley with 68 acres of varying landscapes to explore, from woodland to wildflower meadows.

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Lewes

A vibrant and trendy craft hub in Sussex Historic Lewes has a bustling high street with independent shops housed in the most beautiful buildings. Unique home stores, vintage shops and antique emporiums are all worth a browse. In recent years it has become a popular place for keen makers to visit, as many craft shops have sprung up in the town, such as The Stitchery. Housed in the attic of the Riverside Shops it is packed with everything you will need for knitting and sewing, with a huge selection of beautiful fabrics to choose from. Visible from the high street is Lewes Castle. Here you will find the Barbican House Museum telling the history of the town and, if you climb to the top, the views of Sussex are amazing. A short drive away is Charleston, once the home of the Bloomsbury Group artists, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. This incredible house, with its stunning walled garden, is a homage to their work – every surface is decorated with colourful pattern. Inspired by Italian fresco paintings, their decorative style extended to ceramics, furniture and fabrics to coordinate with the painted walls (guided tours Wednesday to Saturday only).

Lewes castle is one of the oldest in England

Where

Pattern covers every surface at Charleston

TO STAY

Pelham House

Behind the high street is Pelham House, a 16thcentury town house that is now a boutique hotel. It has lots of original features, comfortable contemporary rooms, and a grand staircase in the entrance. The cosy dining room overlooks a terrace with great views and a pretty garden. Double rooms around £150, special offers available; pelhamhouse.com, 01273 488600.

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FE ATURE: SU E M cN E I LL . PHOTOS: G E T T Y, A L A M Y, PEN ELO PE FE WS TER @ C H A RLES TO N TRUS T

The Stitchery is a mecca for crafters


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The Windrush watermeadows

Burford

A peaceful medieval gem in the Cotswolds The medieval bridge and the honey-coloured stone of the Cotswolds makes this town one of the most picturesque in the country. It is totally unspoilt and walking down the gentle hill of the high street is like going back in time. Shops such as the 75-year-old Oxford Brush Company, which sells over 900 brushes for every use imaginable, make the street interesting for browsing and shopping. The church of St John the Baptist by the river Windrush is well worth a visit for its history, having been first built in the 12th century and then remodelled in the 15th, during the heyday of the wealthy Burford wool traders. The floor tiles were relaid in the Victorian era, much to the dismay of designer craftsman William Morris, who lived locally at Kelmscott Manor. Just a ten minute drive away, the manor is open to the public on Wednesday and Saturday. Also nearby is Burford Garden Company, which is a greenfingered shopper’s paradise, with an amazing selection of plants, plus chic buys for the home, a food hall, art gallery and café.

Kelmscott Manor, William Morris’s retreat

Bristles for everything at the Oxford Brush Shop

Where TO STAY

The Lamb Inn

This historic building has been a place to stay for over 300 years. Situated in a lovely quiet street, it has a beautiful secret garden perfect for afternoon tea on the lawn. Inside there are cosy rooms, open fires, welcoming armchairs to sink back in, and 17 bedrooms with thoughtful touches such as lavender beside the pillow. Doubles from £120; cotswold-inns-hotels. co.uk, 01993 823155.

Browse all day at Burford Garden Company

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BeFRUITFUL Create irresistible cakes and tarts with summer berries and zesty citrus flavours

MIX it BEAT it BAKE it EAT IT

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Raspberry These elegant little tartlets have a double hit of raspberry, with a rich raspberry custard filling, and a layer of seedless raspberry jelly                     

YOU wILL NEED

• Fine-mesh nylon sieve

• 12 tartlet tins • Plain pastry cutter

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE PASTRY 0200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 040g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting 0A pinch of salt 01 25g unsalted butter, chilled and diced 01 medium egg yolk 02tbsp iced water 02tsp lemon juice FOR THE FILLING 0350g raspberries, plus extra to serve 0100-125g caster sugar, plus 2tbsp 0Squeeze of lemon juice 01 medium egg 03 medium egg yolks 01 25ml double cream or crème fraîche TO SERVE 06tbsp seedless raspberry jelly (or jam) 0Crème fraîche 0Edible flowers

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TO MAKE THE PASTRY

n Tip the flour into the bowl of a food

processor, add the icing sugar and salt and pulse briefly to combine. Then add the butter and pulse briefly again until just incorporated. Tip the mixture into a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. o Add the egg yolk, iced water and lemon juice and, using a round-bladed breadand-butter knife, cut through the mixture to combine the ingredients and bring the dough together. Use your hands to very lightly knead the dough and to form it into a neat ball, but try not to overwork the dough or the resulting pastry will be tough rather than light and crumbly. Flatten the dough into a disc, cover with clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 2hr.

TO MAKE THE FILLING

n Place the raspberries in a small saucepan

with the 2tbsp caster sugar and a splash of water. Cook over a low heat for about 6min until the fruit is very soft and the purée just starts to thicken. o Push through a fine-mesh nylon sieve into a bowl. Add the remaining sugar, the quantity depending on how naturally sweet the purée is, and leave to cool for 10min. e Beat the whole egg and egg yolks together and add to the purée with the cream or crème fraîche and whisk to combine. Strain through the sieve into a bowl and set aside.


TO COOK

n Lightly dust the work surface with flour and roll the

pastry out to a thickness of no more than 2mm. Stamp out discs from the pastry with the cutter and use to line the tartlet tins, pressing the pastry into the corners. Prick the bases and chill in the fridge for 15min while you preheat the oven to gas mark 3/170ºC (150˚C fan). o Line each tart case with foil and fill with baking beans or uncooked rice, arrange on a baking tray and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 10-12min until pale golden. Remove the foil and baking beans or rice and divide the filling between the tart cases. Return to the oven for a further 12-13min until the filling has set. Leave until completely cold and then chill in the fridge until firm. p Warm the raspberry jelly in a small saucepan and brush over the top of each tart. Decorate the tarts with a small dollop of crème fraîche, extra raspberries, edible flowers and a light dusting of icing sugar.

MAKES 12


Summer Berry Make this showstopper when you have plenty of time and berries and currants are plentiful                     

SERVES 8-10




YOU wILL NEED

• 3 x 20cm sandwich

cake tins, greased, base lined and floured

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CAKE LAYERS 050g unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled 06 large eggs 0150g caster sugar 01tsp vanilla extract 0150g plain flour 050g ground almonds 01tsp baking powder 0A pinch of salt FOR THE FILLING 04 large egg yolks 050g caster sugar 02tbsp Marsala 0A pinch of salt 0Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 0500g mascarpone, beaten until smooth 0100g white chocolate, chopped and melted FOR THE BERRIES 0750g mixed summer berries and white and red currants, plus extra to serve 01tbsp lemon juice 01tbsp caster sugar 0½tsp vanilla extract 03tbsp Marsala 0Icing sugar, for dusting

The filling is a twist on zabaglione, and would be delicious on its own served warm over macerated berries or sliced peaches

TO MAKE THE CAKE LAYERS

n Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180ºC (160˚C fan). o Using a free-standing mixer fitted with a whisk

attachment, whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla together on medium-high speed until very thick and pale, trebled in volume and the mixture leaves a ribbon trail when the whisk is lifted from the bowl. Sift in the dry ingredients and, using a large metal spoon, gently fold in. Pour the melted butter around the edge of the bowl and gently fold in. p Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tins – I weigh the mixture to ensure that my cakes are 100% even – spread level and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 18-20min or until golden, well risen and a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for a couple of minutes, then lift out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

TO MAKE THE FILLING

n Whisk the egg yolks, sugar, Marsala and salt in

a heatproof glass or ceramic bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Continue whisking for 5min or until the mixture is hot to the touch, very thick, tripled in volume and the consistency of softly whipped cream. Remove from the heat and plunge the base of the bowl into cold water to cool, add the lemon zest and whisk until cold. Fold in the mascarpone and melted chocolate. o Place the berries, lemon juice, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and stir to coat. Leave to macerate for 10min.

TO FINISH

n Using a bread knife, slice each cake in half

horizontally. Choose the best-looking top slice and set aside. Lay the remaining slices on the work surface and drizzle with the Marsala. o Divide the filling between the slices, spreading it almost to the edge. Place one of the bottom layers on a serving plate and scatter with one-fifth of the berries. Top with a second layer and more berries. e Continue layering in this manner, finishing with the reserved layer. Gently press the layers together, cover loosely with clingfilm and chill for 1 hour. Serve with a pile of extra berries on top and a light dusting of icing sugar.

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Portuguese These pasteis de nata aren’t quite classic as they are laced with lemon but they are even more delicious                     

YOU wILL NEED

• 2 x 12-hole muffin tins or similar-sized individual pie tins

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE PASTRY 0275g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 0A good pinch of sea salt 0175g unsalted butter, softened FOR THE FILLING 0325ml whole milk 0Juice of 2 lemons 0Finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon 0250g caster sugar 04 level tbsp cornflour 06 large egg yolks

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TO MAKE THE PASTRY

n Tip the flour into a mixing bowl,

add the salt and 175ml cold water and mix until you have an almost smooth dough. Very lightly dust the work surface with flour, tip out the dough and knead very briefly until smooth. Pat into a square, cover with an upturned bowl and leave to rest for 15min. o Lightly dust the work surface with flour and roll the dough into a neat rectangle three times as long as it is wide (about 45cm x 15cm) and with one of the shorter sides nearest to you. Mentally divide the rectangle of dough into thirds – each third a rough square shape – and spread 120g of the butter evenly over the middle third. Fold the bottom third up to cover the butter and the top third down to make a neat square shape. Turn the dough 90 degrees clockwise so that the open flap side is now on the left. Roll into a rectangle again and fold the bottom third up into the middle and the top third down again. Carefully wrap with clingfilm and chill for 1 hour. p Lightly dust the work surface with flour and again roll out the dough into a rectangle (about 45cm x 15cm). Fold and roll the

dough as before, then chill again for 1 hour. f Lightly dust the work surface once again and roll out the dough into a neat rectangle about 40cm x 50cm. Spread the remaining butter over the surface, being careful not to tear the dough. Starting at the edge closest to you, roll up the dough tightly, trim the ends and cut the log in half to make handling easier. Wrap each log in clingfilm and chill for about 4hr or overnight until firm.

TO MAKE THE FILLING

n Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring

the milk, 150ml cold water and the lemon juice slowly to just below boiling point. o In a bowl, whisk the lemon zest with the sugar, cornflour and egg yolks. Pour over half the milk mixture, whisk until smooth, then return to the pan and cook over a low heat, whisking constantly, until it has thickened and no longer tastes of cornflour. p Remove from the heat, pour into a clean bowl and cover the surface with clingfilm to prevent a skin forming. Leave to cool, then chill until needed.


MAKES 20-24

TO COOK

n Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200ºC

(180˚C fan). Lightly dust the work surface with flour and cut the dough logs into 1cmthick slices. Roll out each one to a thin disc about 11cm across. Press the pastry into the tins so that it comes up the sides. Don’t worry about trimming off the edges. o Scoop a rounded dessertspoonful of the custard into each case. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 25min until the filling is tinged with brown and the pastry is crisp and golden. Leave in the tins for 5-10min, then transfer to a wire rack until cold. They are best eaten on the day of making.

The pastrY needs to be started the daY before You plan to bake, but all-butter puff pastrY is an acceptable substitute


SERVES 6

If You aren’t keen on rosewater, leave it out. the frangipane would work equallY well with a mixture of half almonds and half pistachios




Rhubarb & Almond I love this tart with its contrast of sharp yet sweet vanilla and rose-scented rhubarb, nutty frangipane and flaky, buttery pastry                     

YOU wILL NEED

• Large parchment-

lined baking tray

INGREDIENTS

0400g slim-stemmed forced rhubarb

0200g caster sugar 01-2tsp rosewater 0½ vanilla pod, split in half lengthways, or 1tsp vanilla bean paste 0Plain flour, for dusting 0375g all-butter puff pastry 02tbsp milk 01 medium egg yolk, lightly beaten 01 rounded tbsp flaked almonds FOR THE FRANGIPANE 075g ground almonds 050g unsalted butter, softened 050g caster sugar 01 medium egg 01tsp vanilla extract 01tsp finely grated lemon zest 0A pinch of salt

TO MAKE

n Rinse the rhubarb under cold running water and

trim the ends. Cut each stem into lengths of about 5cm. Tip the sugar, rosewater and vanilla into a sauté pan and add 200ml cold water. Bring slowly to the boil to dissolve the sugar and then remove from the heat. Add the rhubarb, cover and leave to soften in the hot syrup. o Lightly dust the work surface with flour and roll out the pastry into a rough oval or round shape about 2-3mm thick and about 35cm x 25cm. Use a large knife to trim and neaten the edges. Carefully slide the pastry on to the baking tray, brush the milk around the edge of the pastry and crimp and fold over to create a border. Chill in the fridge for 20min. p While the pastry chills, preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200ºC (180˚C fan) and make the frangipane. Tip all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat well until smooth. q Spread the frangipane over the pastry, leaving a 1-2cm border all the way around as it will spread slightly during cooking. Drain the cooled rhubarb from the syrup and scatter all over the frangipane. Brush the edges of the pastry with the beaten egg yolk and scatter the tart with the flaked almonds. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 10min and then reduce the temperature to gas mark 4/180ºC (160˚C fan) and cook for a further 20-25min until the frangipane is golden, the pastry crisp and the rhubarb tender. Best served warm, with a light dusting of icing sugar, on the day of making. Serve with plenty of cold crème fraîche or clotted cream, or with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Pistachio,Coconut & Lime This has just enough coconut for you to know it’s there, but not so much that it overpowers the tangy lime and nutty pistachio                     

YOU wILL NEED

• 23cm springform

cake tin, greased and lined with baking parchment

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CAKE 075g unsalted butter, softened 075ml olive or pistachio oil 0175g shelled unsalted pistachios (preferably nibbed) 050g unsweetened desiccated coconut 01 25g plain flour 02tsp baking powder 0A pinch of salt 04 medium eggs 0225g caster sugar 0Finely grated zest of 2 unwaxed limes 03 rounded tbsp soured cream FOR THE SYRUP 0Freshly squeezed juice of 3 limes 05tbsp agave syrup or mild-tasting clear honey 03tbsp caster sugar 0200g blueberries 0200g blackberries TO SERVE 0Natural fromage frais, crème fraîche or greek yogurt

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TO MAKE

n Preheat the oven to gas mark 3/170Cº (150˚C fan).

Melt the butter with the olive or pistachio oil in a small saucepan over a low heat. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. o Whizz the pistachios in a food processor until they are very finely chopped. Add the coconut, flour, baking powder and salt and whizz for no more than 10sec, just to combine. p Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed until they are very thick and pale, trebled in volume and leave a ribbon trail when the whisk is lifted from the bowl. Gently fold in the lime zest and pistachio mixture using a large metal spoon, then fold in the butter mixture and soured cream. Pour into the tin, spread level and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 40-50min or until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. q Meanwhile, prepare the syrup. In a small saucepan, bring the lime juice, agave syrup or honey, sugar and 200ml of cold water to the boil. Continue to bubble steadily until reduced by half and syrupy. r Leave the cake to cool in the tin on a wire rack for 5min, then carefully run an off-set palette knife around the edge of the cake to release the sides from the tin. Using the wooden skewer, make holes all over the top of the cake while it is still in the tin, then either slowly drizzle or carefully brush half the syrup all over the warm cake. Set aside until completely cold. s Tip the berries into the remaining syrup and return to a low heat for a couple of minutes to slightly soften them. Remove from the heat, spoon into a bowl and leave to cool. t Serve the cake in slices with fromage frais, crème fraîche or Greek yogurt and the berry compote spooned over. Serve it on the day of baking or make it the day ahead;


SERVES 8-10


Chocolate Orange This recipe takes a little time and requires some skill, but it gives back in terms of impact – think grown-up, fancy pants Jaa Cakes                     




YOU wILL NEED

• 20cm square cake

tin, greased and lined

• Clingfilm • Sugar thermometer

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CAKE 075g unsalted butter, softened 040g caster sugar 025g icing sugar 01 medium egg, beaten 0¼tsp almond extract 040g plain flour 0¼tsp baking powder 030g ground almonds 0A pinch of salt 01dsp milk 075g dark chocolate (68-70% cocoa solids), melted FOR THE PÂTE DE FRUIT LAYER 03 oranges 04 mandarins 0300g caster sugar 060g apple-based liquid pectin 02tsp lemon juice FOR THE GANACHE 0250ml whipping cream 040g light muscovado sugar 0A pinch of salt 0225g dark chocolate, finely chopped 050g unsalted butter at room temperature, diced FOR THE GLAZE 0100g dark chocolate, finely chopped 045g unsalted butter 040g full-fat milk 015g clear honey 02tbsp cocoa powder

TO MAKE THE CAKE

n Preheat the oven to gas mark

3/170ºC (150˚C fan). Cream the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten egg, a little at a time, beating well between additions and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the almond extract and mix again. o Sift the dry ingredients into the bowl, add the milk and mix again until smooth. Spoon into the prepared tin, level and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 9-10min, or until pale golden and a wooden skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. Leave to cool in the tin for 2-3min, then, using the baking parchment, carefully lift out on to a wire rack and leave until completely cold. Wash the tin, then line the base and sides with a sheet of clingfilm. p Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the top of the cake and leave to set. Carefully flip the cake back into the lined tin so that the chocolate is now on the underside.

TO MAKE THE PÂTE DE FRUIT n Scrub one orange and two

mandarins in hot, soapy water to remove any wax or dirt. Place in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 15min until the skins are softened. Drain and leave to cool for a few minutes. o Cut a thin slice off the top of the softened fruit to remove the stalk end and discard. Cut the fruit into quarters and cut out any seeds and the central pithy core. Roughly chop the quartered fruit, tip into a food processor and whizz until nearly smooth. Push the pulp through a sieve and weigh the resulting purée – you will need about 200g. Squeeze the juice from the remaining two oranges and two mandarins – you will need 350ml.

p Tip half the sugar into a medium

saucepan and add 2-3tbsp of water. Set over a low heat and dissolve the sugar without stirring. Bring the syrup to the boil and cook until it becomes a deep amber-coloured caramel. Take off the heat. q Off the heat, slowly and carefully add the juice, purée and remaining sugar. Stir until smooth, then return to a low heat to dissolve any hardened caramel. Pop a sugar thermometer into the pan, bring to a steady gentle simmer and cook until the mixture reaches 107ºC. r Add the pectin and lemon juice, whisk to combine, then cook until the mixture again reaches 107ºC, stirring from time to time. Simmer at 107ºC for 2min, stirring frequently. Drop ½tsp of the mixture on to a chilled saucer and leave for about 30sec – it should wrinkle when pushed with the tip of your finger. If not, cook for a minute and test again. Slide the pan off the heat and remove the thermometer. Wait for the bubbling to subside, then pour on top of the cake. Leave for at least 2hr until cold and set firm.

TO MAKE GANACHE

n In a small saucepan, bring the

cream to the boil with the sugar and salt. Immediately remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate in a bowl. Mix until shiny before adding the butter, and beat. Pour over the set pâte de fruit, spread level with a palette knife and leave somewhere cool until set firm.

TO MAKE THE GLAZE

n Melt the chocolate and butter

with the milk and honey in a small saucepan over a low heat, stirring until smooth. Cool for 3min or so before pouring over the ganache. Tap the tin on the work surface to spread level and leave until set before dusting with the cocoa. o To serve, cut into thin slices using a warmed, long-bladed knife.

Recipes taken from Summer Berries & Autumn Fruits by Annie Riggs (£19.99, Kyle Books). See page 124 for detail S .

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DOT-TO-DOODLE Two beautiful designs to copy using the dotted grid, and then colour in!

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How to complete

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S  tudy the mandala design on the left-hand page to see how the pattern connects using the dots and circular template as guides. S  tarting with a pencil at the centre of the template, begin to copy out the design using the dots and circles to gauge the shapes and their dimensions. Use the intersecting lines in the mandala as guides, too. Begin with the main shapes, leaving the detail for later. W  orking from the centre outwards, complete the main outlines. Once the basic pattern is in place, start adding the detail within. W  hen you are happy with the design, go over it with ink and rub out any pencil marks for a cleaner look. N  ow your mandala is ready to colour in.

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Taken from Dot-to-Doodle: Animal Mandalas to Draw and Colour by Suzy Taylor (£7.99, Pavilion Books). See page 124 for details. Prima

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T E M P L AT E S

TOP OF THE POTS p26 Resize as required

ALL DRESSED UP p30 Use actual size

TYING THE KNOT p34 Enlarge x 2 (and then adapt

Place on fold

straight section as page 34)

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CHART 1

CHART 2

CHART 3 11 stitch repeat

IT’S FOR KEEPS p54 Charts are read from right to left on odd-numbered (RS)

CHART 4 & 6

rows and left to right on evennumbered (WS) rows.

CHART 5 6 stitch repeat

CHART 7

18 stitch repeat

10 stitch repeat

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T E M P L AT E S CHART 9

CHART 8

12 stitch repeat

CHART 10 CHART 12

18 stitch repeat

Silver (pale grey) Baby Blue (pale blue) Lipstick (deep pink) Primrose (yellow) Blush (pale peach) Apple (green) Candy Pink (bright pink) Mallard (dark blue) Red Ecru (off-white)

CHART 11

6 stitch repeat

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PRICKLY PEAR p60 Use actual size

TREASURE CHEST p62 Resize as required, then trace on to acetate with a suitable pen. Cut out shaded areas using a craft knife and cutting board.

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T E M P L AT E S TOTALLY TROPICAL p102 Resize as required

SAIL AWAY p110 Resize as required

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ALL ABOARD p114 Resize as required

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T E M P L AT E S

MOUSE STYLE p116 Use as reference for making up

STITCH GUIDE SATIN STITCH

BLANKET STITCH

2 1

1

3 2

Satin stitch

Pull the needle through to the front at 1. Make neat single straight stitches, inserting the needle at 2 and out again at 3. Keep the stitches very close together and continue to fill the area or shape.

FRENCH KNOT

Blanket stitch

Insert the needle at 1 and come out again at 2 holding the thread under the needle as you pull the stitch tight. (To anchor the thread, the first stitch is made twice in the same spot with the thread finishing around the needle.)

LAZY DAISY STITCH

1

French knots

Pull needle through to front at 1. Holding thread taut with left hand, use right hand to wind the needle around the thread twice. Insert needle back into fabric next to 1, holding thread firmly so the knot is flush to the fabric.

Lazy daisy stitch

Bring the needle up in the centre of the flower and insert it close to the same place, leaving a loop of thread on the surface. Bring the needle up at the edge of the petal, inside the loop, and down just outside the loop, making a tiny stitch to hold the petal loop in place. Repeat to finish the daisy. Prima

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