I’m always asked which is the best book or magazine for crocheters, but in my honest option, there isn’t one. There are a number of brilliant publications, whether books, bookazines or magazines that every crocheter, beginner or pro, should have on their bookshelf. Having a little (or large) collection of pure inspiration at your very finger tips is an essential for any crafter, designer or maker.
I have copies of my favourite mags dating back years and I wouldn’t dream of parting with them. I still love to relax with a cup of coffee and flick through even the oldest ones in my collection. Each magazine is unique and has so much to offer in terms of original and beautiful patterns, tutorials and features on current trends and new designers. Some magazines are fantastic for beginners, or crocheters that don’t have much interest in moving onto garments and more complicated designs, whereas others have a great mix of the two, or have more intricate/larger projects for experienced crocheters to sink their teeth into.
I am lucky enough to have a design in this month’s issue of Inside Crochet , one of my all time faves, but without being biased, this month is full of gorgeous projects AND an interview with my current favourite designer, Molla Mills. If you haven’t discovered her yet, then you’re missing out. Her brilliant take on crochet design, makes it incredibly contemporary and current – as the title of her book ‘Modern Crochet’ implies.
One of my favourite designs this month, is this gorgeous colour block scarf by Emma Potter. What a beautiful use of colour, perfect for spring – and perfect for beginners wanting to try something new, yet easy to learn. An impressive use of the crosshatch stitch makes it a real statement piece, whilst still being beautifully intricate.
My other obsession is with this super versatile poncho by Salena Baca! It’s insanely cute and quirky on little model, Millie, whilst also looking elegant and stylish on an adult – genius. Green and purple has got to be one of the best colour combos around too. The pattern includes instructions for three sizes, so there’s no excuse not to make one for everybody you know…
My design in this month’s issue, is a pretty and very on-trend little boho top. A really enjoyable little pattern, easily whipped up in a couple of evenings – just in time for the sunshine. Using a cotton/acrylic aran, it works up quick, is super soft, is machine washable AND can be made in so many different colours. Win!
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