The colours in this trendy baby blanket by designer Ashley Kelly were inspired by walks through the woods, with speckled sunlight illuminating the surroundings. Great for babies, it features little fiddle loops for an added comforting effect for little ones, and is made in one of our favourites – Stylecraft Special DK, perfect for blankets!
Download your free pattern for this gorgeous blanket by clicking below!
Check out Ashley over on Instagram and on her website for more patterns and inspiration.
The world is a beautiful, diverse place that we at Crochet Now believe we should celebrated with joy, whether this is through bettering ourselves through learning about as many countries and cultures as we can, or admiring them through our favourite craft, which in itself teaches us more, and is something the designers and I hope to do throughout this issue.
Cities from across the globe serve as the inspiration for a number of projects this month, including the Toulouse Wrap (below), which is made in my favourite shade of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply! The city of Santiago in Chile prompted the striking Santiago Chevron Blanket (above) and we travel across to Mérida in Mexico for the inspiration behind the Mérida Shawl (cover), which only needs one skein of Scheepjes Whirl to complete!
Of course, we mustn’t forget this issues gifts – this month we are bringing you a bumper pattern collection, with a 52-page pattern book from our friends at Rico. The Fairytale Crochet Collection is packed with toys, accessories, blankets and more for little ones, and our favourite has to be the charming helmet and dragon toy!
Your copy of the magazine also comes with an official crochet pattern card! Start our favourite characters from The Magic Roundabout tonight: Ermintrude and Florence are great for kids both young (and old!) and are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.
We’re really excited to have teamed up with the lovely folk at Rowan this month to launch a search for new crochet designers! Read all about how you can submit ideas for consideration to the team in the magazine, and you could be in with a chance of winning money-can’t-buy prizes, as well as the chance to have your work showcased by Rowan itself. You can also make the super bright Harlequin Travel Rucksack in Rowan Summerlite DK using your pattern in this issue.
Plus, don’t miss our huge discountsthis month! Our friends at Wool Warehouse are offering 20% off Sirdar yarn, and SMD Knitting is offering 20% off Stylceraft Special Chunky so be sure to check inside your copy for these exclusive offers.
We’ve got an amazing bundle of Stylecraft yarn for one reader to win this month. We’re giving away all the yarn you need to make easy of the pattern show above, PLUS the patterns themselves. This massive prize includes:
50 balls of Batik DK (one ball in every shade!)
9 balls of Bellissima
2 balls of Life Dk
1 ball of Alpaca Tweed DK
1 ball of Wondersoft DK
12 balls of Moonbeam
3 balls of Bambino DK
As well as this amazing bundle, we’ve also got a £10 gift voucher for one lucky winner to spend at www.woolwarehouse.co.uk. To enter these competitions, simply fill out the form below:
Have you ever tried crocheting by hand? This quickk, fun and super-chunky version of crochet will have you making snuggly blankets in no time! Once you know how, it’s so easy to ‘hook-up’ (by hand!) a blanket, just like we’ve shown you here! We’ve used Woolly Mahoosive’s Mahoosive Chenille (3cm) to make this blanket.
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A Life Inspired CAL Part 2 – Special Instructions duplication
Due to a layout error, the special instructions referring to Star Stitch for Part 2 of our crochet-along have been printed twice, but should differentiate between Beginning Star Stitch, and Star Stitch. See below for the designer’s updated instructions.
Star stitch is made over 2 rounds 1st is right side facing, 2nd is wrong side…but there is a beginning star stitch and the normal star stitch… this is how it goes…. [beginning star stitch] Join with a standing *htr in any ch-2 corner space, ch 1 to form “eye”, insert hook into eye and draw through a loop, repeat in the bottom of htr post, in ch-2 corner space, and in the next 2 sts.
You will now have 6 loops on your hook, yarn over and draw through all 6 loops.
Ch 1 to close the stitch and form the “eye” of the star.
(Insert hook in the “eye” of previous star st and pull up a loop, repeat in the last “spoke” of the star, in the same stitch of R10 that the spoke of the last star is in, and the next 2 sts, [6 loops on hook], yo and draw through all 6 loops, ch 1 to close)
Camellia Wrap Jumper, size clarification
We have written in the magazine that this jumper is shown in size L on Lanna, who wears a UK 8 usually, however we do not mean to imply that the L size is intended for UK size 8, and is more suited for UKL 12/14 – this jumper is a little too big for Lanna but shows the positive ease that could be achieved if you wanted to go up a size! A size 8 would be an S in this pattern. We apologise for any confusion caused – we recommend you measure a jumper you like to wear before you start crocheting any garment patterns and then work to this size.
Watch the interview below with Jenny the Editor of Crochet Now and the fabulous Sarah Jayne of Bella Coco Crochet! In it Sarah-Jayne reveals more about what’s inside the first box, why she chose the name Crochet Society and the reason she felt that it was the perfect time to create a surprise crochet subscription box.
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Sarah-Jayne is taking over the @crochetnowmag instagram for a few days so head over to find some fun behind the scenes stories and for the reveal of a new competition that you can all get involved in! (find out more about the comp here)
We’ve teamed up with our friends from Patons to give one lucky reader a whopping four miles of Fab DK Yarn.
Fab DK is a 100% acrylic yarn and is one of Patons’ most loved and versatile ranges. Great for a variety of project, including garments and toys and with over 30 bright and bold shades to choose from, you’re sure to find something for your next project.
We’ve got 24 balls of yarn in shades Fern 02341, Cherry 02322, Strawberry 02340 and beige 02331 to give away. All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is complete the entry form below!
The sun is finally shining for more than a few days at a time, so it only seems fitting that we celebrate this with a happy and bright collection of crochet projects. An injection of colour into our day never fails to make us smile – and combine that with the therapeutic movement of our hooks and we always feel better!
A touch of nostalgia welcomes in this issue with our official Spot toy – I’m sure many of you will remember reading the adventures of Spot and his friends to your little ones. Make sure you share and tag us in your finished Spot pictures!
And if toys aren’t your thing, we have alternative patterns for your kit, such as the beautiful Camellia Wrap Jumper on our cover. This faux wrapover top made in Patons Merino DK is perfect to throw on instead of a jacket. Accessories wise, we’ve got you covered, from a light summer scarf in tonal shades or the statement-making Sunrise shawl!
Just because it’s spring, doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about bold blankets too. Rock-up that nostalgic vibe with the fabulous Retro Cassette blanket (we can’t be the only ones who remember using these!) and go bold with the striking Campfire Blanket . Plus, don’t miss part 2 of the beautiful A Life Inspired crochet-along.
Finally, be sure to check out all the fabulous yarny discounts we have on offer throughout this issue and save big on your next splurge!