Crochet for Christmas

I’m always looking for new ideas for Christmas themed knitting and crochet, so I was thrilled when the team at Practical Publishing asked me to contribute to this Crochet Special. It’s on sale now and is filled with fantastic patterns from some top designers. Inside you’ll find some great ideas for customising your Christmas wrapping, I tried to design quick and simple motifs which you could use in a variety of ways, the holly leaves would make great Christmas cards and the flowers could be used all year round. The little star would look fabulous made up in shimmery or sparkle yarns and I have a plan to make lots of them to hang in the window this year.

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Also included are Ros Badger’s super cute wrist warmers from Hook Yarn and Crochet (some of you might remember my enthusiastic review) and  a colourful chevron scarf by Nicki trench, if your looking for ideas for the man in your life, I think this would be an excellent choice.

Just like Knit Now (which is also produced by Practical Publishing), the styling and attention to detail mean there’s plenty here for the novice and the more experienced crocheter. Priced at £7.99, it’s s little more than you would expect to pay for a magazine, but this really is more than “just a mag”. My particular favourite has to be the Festival Afghan Granny Bag, designed by Sue at the Mercerie, you can buy kits to make this bag from her website – and while you’re there do check out her range of British Aran wool and new designs for Autumn.

Thanks to the Practical Publishing team for including my designs – and for producing great inspiration for a crochet christmas – can we have an easter special too?

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  • A hook and a book! Bought myself this gorgeous hook from  @beyond_measure & met my crochet heroine Marie Wallin - a good Woolfest haul this year!
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