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Simply Crochet is a dedicated crochet magazine featuring over 20 crochet patterns every month and technical advice, clear instructions and crochet inspiration, Simply Crochet will get you hooked on handmade!

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Issue 87

Summer’s up with issue 87 of Simply Crochet! The sun has well and truly got his hat on now, and as a result this issue’s stuffed to the seams with sun-kissed crochet makes. Get ready for al fresco dining by making our beautiful motif blanket, update your summer look with our fringed accessories, and go ‘au naturel’ with our Bias shawl (made using an exclusive hand-dyed yarn pack made especially for us by plant-based indie dyer Skein Heroine!)

Plus with the print edition of Simply Crochet you also get our amazing foam blocking board which is perfect for getting your motifs looking nice and precise (it works with multiple shapes too!). We’ve made a handy video to show you how to use your blocking board which you can find here. You also get an extra Crochet Home booklet (that is included with both the print and digital editions, brought to you in association with Yarn and Colors). It includes our step-by-step guide on how to use your blocking board, as well as beautiful picnic blanket pattern by Vicky Gorry… which just so happens to use a range of motifs that you can use your blocking board with!

Issue 86

Are you a sun soaker or a shade seeker? Whatever your holiday preference, in Simply Crochet issue 86 we’re uniting the two camps with our sun and shade collection, a set of cool geometric homewares picked out in warm tones. There’s also plenty of summer projects for you to hook up too, from our beautiful cover star daisy top, to our fun and fabulous festival jumper! And if you’re an animal lover, well you’re in luck – there’s the most amazing pet blanket (modelled by own lovely pooch Mabel), bear pompoms (yes you read that correctly – you will be amazed), and if it’s fantasy animals you’re after, then you’ll love this issues hook to hook challenge!

But as if that’s not enough, issue 86 also comes with not one, but two amazing extra booklets!!! There’s our fabulous summer homewares booklet in association with West Yorkshire Spinners, with 5 colourful patterns made in their brilliant ColourLab dk yarn. Plus, you also get our UK Yarn Shop Guide, our list of the best yarn shops across the United Kingdom (there’s some fantastic offers included too) – it’s the perfect companion for any staycation hols this summer!

Issue 85

In issue 85 we’re getting in full swing with our summer crochet projects! Our poncho cover star and sun dress, together with the garden rug, will make you feel like summer’s here even if the weather doesn’t agree! Our main collection this month features a host of fab spots and stripes accessories, plus there’s amazing dragon hand puppets, a beautiful confetti shawl, a delightful little amigurumi schnazer and much more.

Fancy trying something new? Have a go at crocheting hairpin lace with your brand new lace loom that is included with the print edition – start with a bracelet and move on to make a scarf. You’ll find all the help you need in our in-depth crochet workshop feature, and if you need a little extra help we’ve also got a tutorial video available here. Enjoy!

Issue 84

Fans of rich shades and woolly wildlife will be in heaven with issue 84. Take a yarn safari through our electric jungle collection and craft giant flowers, or perhaps a cute Orangutan. Colour yourself beautiful with our cover star multi-hued arrowhead shawl, bright sunshiny makes and a stripy sun top. Keen-eyed readers will also spot Hester the hedgehog, cruising along to her picnic.

This issue we’ve gone over and above to show the versatility of our craft. Proving you can do just about anything in crochet, our raffia hat is a perfect warm-weather make, and how about hooking up your own jewelled watch strap? We show you how to get to grips with crocheting with wire in our crochet workshop feature.

Included with both the print and digital edition of issue 84 is our crochet edits booklet, which includes an EXCLUSIVE summer wrap pattern by ByPollevie. It includes 17 mix and match motif patterns so you can really add your own style to this amazing shawl! The print edition also comes with our little project and notions case, perfect for a bit of crochet on-the-go!

Issue 83

Issue 83 of Simply Crochet is out now! Inside you’ll find our filet crochet feature which  is one of our favourite collections to date! Our colourful garments give an old technique an on-trend update, with modern shapes and stylish patterns.

We’re not-so-low-key obsessed with this issue’s exclusive amigurumi Moomin make too! Our adorable Moomintroll is a great project to hook up in front of the new Moominvalley series.

There’s also a stunning swan cushion, a beautiful tasselled blanket, our hook to hook challenge, and much more!

It’s Stylecraft’s 30th anniversary this year! To celebrate we’ve teamed up with them to bring you a brilliant pattern book which is included with the print and digital editions of issue 83. It’s filled with some of their most popular wardrobe and homeware projects. From a crown-topped frog prince to practical craft cases, don’t miss these gorgeous must-makes!

Issue 82

We’re putting a spring in our step with issue 82 of Simply Crochet. We’re getting you all ready for Easter with our Hook to Hook challenge, pompom egg hunt basket, and our special Amigurumi Easter Egg Cosies booklet featuring 6 fab designs by Erinna Lee (which is included with both the print and digital editions). There’s also tons of designs to hook up for your new spring wardrobe, like our beautiful lacy top, stylish embellishment project and out cover star coral ombre jumper. Plus, the print edition als0 comes with our adorable Easter mini wreath kit!

Issue 81

Simply Crochet issue 81 is packed full of the best of the cosy and cute crochet patterns. Get your yarn party started with our fun-loving amigurumi pug, surround yourself with friendly cakey faces, then crash out after-hours on our characterful avocado cushion. We’re riding the retro vibe this issue with fun baking-themed makes. From apron to oven mitt, it’s a timeless collection. You’re sorted for Mother’s Day gifts too, from a speedy hat to a star-bobble jumper and a soft cowl.

Issue 81 also comes with our amazing Amigurumi booklet – 18 fabulously cute patterns, including a rather dapper fox, a rocking robot, and the sweetest pair of otters you have ever seen!

Issue 80

We know you’ve been eyeing up all the super-sized crochet on Instagram but have been too shy to give it a go. Well, now you can, with our on-trend but practical collection of chunky makes with jumbo yarn in issue 80. You’ll transform your living space in just one weekend!

Prefer something lighter weight? Our super bright makes will cheer you on into spring, including our amazing cover-star kimono. We’ve also got plenty of projects that even beginners can whip up as quick gifts for mums, babies and home this issue. Spoil yourself with a sweet bag in peppermint pastels, dare to hook delightful dreamcatchers, and adore making a hexie puff quilt full of smiling teddys for little ones.

And if you’ve never heard of an axolotl, let us introduce you to cutest amphibian ever (our crochet one might even be cuter than the real thing!)

Issue 79

We’re all about the animal print in issue 79, drawing on nature’s inspiration for cushions, throws, a sweet cardi and a show-stopping tiger-skin rug – designed by the one and only Vanessa Mooncie. Animal print is totally on-trend right now, and the best part is – as it’s crochet, it’s cruelty free!

Plus there’s loads of other fab projects to hook up as we enter the new year, like our stylish shawl, adorable baby booties, gorgeous clutch bag and super-cute amigurumi mouse!

This issue also comes with a 28-page mini-mag: we’ve worked with Scheepjes and our brilliant designers to use warm and cool colour palettes to make four gorgeous blankets. There are patterns for beginners and experts, and what’s more, with the print edition you also get our swatch card and pen, so you can get creative and plan your own blanket colour scheme!

Issue 78

There’s a whole year of crochet up ahead, and we couldn’t be more excited. The 2019 calendar includes patterns for four stunning, seasonal wreaths. If you’re feeling speedy, your winter festive masterpiece could even be ready for this Christmas! Of course, there’s plenty more to enjoy – a cute reindeer doll, gorgeous jumper, sweet slippers and a fab poncho.

We’re also keeping those winter blues at bay with our rainbow collection. Snuggle into blankets, cushions, mitts and more with our super-colourful patterns (they’re great for beginners, too).

Issue 77

Whatever you’re up to during the festive season, we’ve got you covered with issue 77 of Simply Crochet! Be the star of your office party with our collection of photo booth props, party accessories and jumpers. Katie Jones’ neon yoked jumper is just the thing for the chilly weather. And if you can’t bear digging around for last year’s Christmas decorations, check out our Hook to Hook challenge for classic decorating ideas.

We’re also celebrating 40 years of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Our superstar designer Ilaria Caliri has created an exclusive amigurumi pattern of this iconic and loveable character. Plus we’ve got bags, blankets, bunting and much more!

Also comes with our little elf kit (which includes all the yarn you need and safety eyes).

That’s all the ingredients for a very happy, hooky Christmas!

Issue 76

The bikinis and flip-flops might be going back into storage, but it can’t be all bad – we’re heading into seasonal territory, where crocheted pumpkins, spiders and Christmas puds are the norm! We’re helping you to get your Christmas crochet under control with this issue. Start by fluffing up our rather dashing reindeer and his unique polar bear friend  – they’ll make perfect gifts for the little ones! Plus we go all Nordic with our main collection. Make a snug jumper and stunning accessories for friends who deserve spoiling – there’s a scarf and a half everyone will love.

The print edition of issue 76 also comes with our little monster kit (which includes all the yarn you need and safety eyes) AND a 2.5mm amigurumi crochet hook! Please note – Overseas subscribers will receive a different gift with issue 76.


Issue 74

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside. This issue we have a lot of love for sun, sea and sand, as well as cool tops and a handy light shawl, not to mention banana earrings (oh, we just did). The summer heat has also got us all spaced out. Our collection this month is dedicated to stars, galaxies and our very own solar system – take your pick of a rug, blanket, bookmark and more, all hooked up in gorgeous purple shades. Ultraviolet is the Pantone colour of the year so we’re making the most of it. And after all of that you can put your feet up and read about our designers’ breakthrough moments – we’re hoping to pick up some tips. (And don’t forget about Darcy, our delightful little dachshund key ring!)


We’re feeling the summer vibes in issue 73! The sunlight and fresh air are certainly good for the soul and we have plenty of summery patterns for you this issue – our main collection takes you out for a picnic, complete with rug and parasol. Just add jam sandwiches and lemonade! We hope you enjoy our beautiful shawl booklet, too – and don’t forget to browse through our UK Yarn Shop Guide, especially if you’re staycationing in the UK this summer. And if you are going down to the beach today, our adorable Johnny Bear is certainly ready to come with, toting his bag and his little fishy friend. There’s also the most beautiful lacy tops, cardigans and shawls – everything to get your summer wardrobe looking hot–hot–hot! So much to inspire your crochet – enjoy!


We’ve headed east for our collection inspiration for issue 72. Choose from easy, quick lotus blossoms and bunting or take on a challenge with Emma Leith’s fabulous curtain. On a smaller scale, we’re very excited to include an exclusive pattern for an Irish Terrier from TOFT – oh yes, we are spoiling you! We get some inside advice from top crochet designers on what it takes to go pro, plus we chat to the amazing crochet artist Katika. Take a dip with our beautiful mermaid, designed by Ilaria Caliri, and prepare for summer with the freshest makes in pristine whites and blues with our stunning shawl and lacy top. Plus, there’s some hot, hot, hot colour trends you’ll love for your home.


Wimbledon is just around the corner, and we’re feeling the sporty vibe this month. Check out Simone Francis’ stylish sporty tee – it’s an easy top to make and a grand first garment to have a go at. If raising a glass of Pimms at the same time as juggling your strawberries and cream is more your workout style, however, we have plenty of other makes to get you in the mood for summer. Eleonora’s Tunisian trims are über-cool, and Heather Gibbs’ diamond blanket is perfect for summer picnics.

Mind you, if all this sport and sunshine is a bit much, there’s nothing quite like sitting down with a cup of tea with your magazine and a bit of crochet. And every good cup of tea needs a good biscuit too, just like our adorable Jammy Dodger tape measure – it comes as a free kit with the print edition (the pattern is included in the digital edition too) – just be careful not to dunk it!


Love is in the air this month as, with Harry and Meghan’s big day on 19 May, we have the perfect excuse to get unashamedly romantic. Emma Leith’s royal cushion is a splendid way to mark the occasion. And if you’re planning a wedding or other special occasion, take inspiration from our cool blue ideas which include place cards, favour bags, cake toppers and more. We’re also getting ready for warmer weather with plenty of cool knits this issue. We love Fran Morgan’s stripy chevron cardi and Matthew Spiers’ colourful hat; we might even make them essential Simply Crochet attire – total squad goals!

Issue 68

In issue 68 we’re fully embracing our love of ruffles – they’re everywhere this year and we’ve given them a chic makeover with stylish crochet garments and accessories. If amigurumi is more your thing (or you’re looking for a project to delight a small person), get your hooks into the monstrous, glorious Mr Blue. We’ve also got a selection of projects perfect for Easter, like our cute little egg cosies, spring-time wreaths and an adorable bunny blanket!

We’re also really excited about the start of our very first Hook ’n’ Learn crochet along – the end result being this show-stopper of a blanket. Lucy Croft will take you through 12 beautiful stitches this year, with each issue dedicated to a different stitch. Get hooking your first square in issue 68, and if you’re new to CAL’s we’ve also got an article where you can find out more about them and how they help us design, focus… and socialise!


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