Thursday 7 April 2016

Crochet Now

In my previous post I mentioned the brand new crochet magazine coming out - Crochet Now- well the first issue is in shops now!!

In it you will find pages of treasures. It contains patterns for everything from garments to toys, and of course my gorgeous Chevron cushion cover, 100 pages of pure delight.

I'm really taken with the Boho Chic mosaic scarf by Jennifer Pionk and big top blanket by Ashley Cramp AKA lazydaisyjones. There are also few adorable baby projects such as booties, little dress, bunny toy and even a rattle, which is just perfect as two of my friends are expecting babies and I seriously need to get making.

Image credit: Practical Publishing
 Image credit: Practical Publishing
 Image credit: Practical Publishing 

There are also few good articles in the mag and a fantastic column on the last page by the super lovely Lynne Rowe from The Wool Nest. Lynne is going to encourage you every month to get creative with your yarn left overs by providing a lovely pattern to use up your yarn oddments, this month the pattern is for very useful nesting bowls.

Lynne, along with Fay Dashper-Hughes of Ma Dashper, have just started a new podcast called The Crochet Circle, the first episode is out now and it is a really enjoyable listen, actually it has encouraged me to take a closer look at my, ever expanding, yarn stash and actually tackle reducing it, I know! The horror!! But more on that in next post.

And if all of that wasn't enough there are also very useful news bites, yarn and yarn shop reviews, crochet workshop lists and tutorial on crochet cables and how to ready crochet charts and so much more, oh and included with the issue are three crochet hooks as a free gift. Honestly, this is truly a great mag and I'm not just saying that because of my pattern is featured in it, in fact it is a great honour to have one of my designs in such a great publication. Oh and if you turn to page 97 there's a little preview of what will be in next issue and one of those designs is mine, but I won't tell you which one yet :D

But let's talk about my chevron cushion......
It is a beauty! Made using tapestry crochet, a technique I absolutely adore, it produces beautifully firm fabric. I have again chosen Rowan Kid Classic in gentle colours, I love this yarn and just can't help crocheting or knitting with it, but of course any worsted yarn will be great to use for this cushion. If you haven't ever attempted tapestry crochet, don't worry, a full tutorial is included with the pattern, perfect for beginners.
Give tapestry crochet a go, it is such a fantastic technique I'm sure you will love it!

                                                             Image credit: Practical Publishing 

Happy crocheting,

Anna x