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Simply Crochet Issue 13

Simply Crochet Issue 13

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Simply Crochet Issue 13
January’s on its way – time to curl up with your crochet. This issue, there’s a collection of toasty treats for winter-proofing – hook a squashy blanket, comfy cushions, a fuzzy rug and a pair of snug slipper boots. 
In winter you've got to pile on the layers. We've figured out the most chic way to do it – with Jennifer Reid’s snowy top. It’s a sleeveless tunic that sits happily over camisoles and long-sleeved tees. 
When you’re ready to venture out, dress in your vintage best with 1920s-inspired star accessories. We've unearthed a vintage treasure, too – celebrate New Year’s Eve in a glittering, handmade gown. Finish your outfit with Kat Goldin’s dreamy cape in silk and alpaca. Party on. Been asked to bring a bottle? Present it proudly in a rainbow cover – it doubles as a vase cover, too. 
The bleak mid-winter is when we all need an injection of colour. Play with graduating shades and stitch a length of ombre bunting. It’ll cheer up any room. Pro crocheter Jane Crowfoot is looking back at the 70s for colour inspiration this issue, and she’s in raptures about orange. Kyoko Nakayoshi provides colour therapy for the dining room with her mid-century-inspired tableware. 
This issue is packed with new techniques to get you excited about your New Year projects. Learn how to make bobbles and clusters so you can craft a crazy bobble monster. Have you tried cross stitch? Find out more about this traditional embroidery technique and how you can use it to embellish your crochet creations. We've also rounded up some of our favourite fur yarns in this month’s review and had a go at hooking with wire. It’s fun to experiment. 
If you've been busy crafting for Christmas, it might be time to indulge in smaller projects just for fun. Luz Mendola has designed the cutest bootees – a pair of sleeping mice. There’s a simple upcycling project, too – transform a jumper with pastel drops. Plus, don’t miss our chat with Nicki Trench, Toft Alpaca’s sweet toy lamb and much more.