New Magazine Designs…

Hello… 🥰💙 Welcome to a little blog post about two new designs I have in the latest issue of Simply Crochet magazine which is out now (issue 121)…

It’s a lovely springtime issue and both my new designs made the front cover… yay! 😄

First up we have my colour block cushion crocheted with Scheepjes Cahlista cotton yarn. It’s a fun, simple design with the colour sequencing adding a little something unique… I had fun with this one!

It’s an aran weight cotton which crochets up fast and is great for cushions. I’ve used Scheepjes Cahlista in previois projects… here for my Coastal Crochet Coasters back in 2020…

I’m really looking forward to getting this cushion back from the magazine team… I do love a crocheted cushion to brighten any corner!

And next up we have my tablecloth edging. This turned into quite a design challenge! If I’m ever asked what the most challenging thing I’ve had to crochet is, then this simple tablecloth edging might just be it! 😆

The edging itself is simple and oh so effective but the challenge came because of the size of the tablecloth I had to crochet around… it was huge! 😄

It’s a stunning linen tablecloth from Gudrun Sjödén and measures 140 x 230 cm. So whilst my edging is pretty easy to make as well as being fully adjustable to any length (if you have something small to edge then it’s perfect too), I had a massive 7.4 metres (291in) to crochet around!

And there in lay the challenge. I underestimated how much time time it would take to crochet an edging that long and I also underestimated the amount of yarn I actually needed! I’d viewed it as a small project, which it could have been with a smaller tablecloth, but not this one – it was big!

I also had 24 flowers to crochet…

So with the deadline for submission looming, it became a little stressful… Both time and yarn were running out, it was around Christmas time and I had to source more yarn at the last minute with speedy delivery!

But I did it… phew! And I’m oh so happy with the end result… 😄

In other news, I have a little prom dress crochet update. I had nearly finished the dress, but I’m starting all over again! It’s ok… it’s all part of the design process and fortunately I still have plenty of time!! 😆

We had a little fitting with my daughter and we’re so happy with the dress… but there were a couple of bits that needed a little readjusting. Minor things but certainly worth doing, and rather than take it all out, I decided to simply start again and use the original as a reference to improve take two. No, I’m not even going to think about the hours of crochet I’m having to do again… yes, it’s all part of the design process!! 😄💙

And with some lovely spring weather we’ve been enjoying here in the UK, some alfresco crochet has been enjoyed…

Happy Crocheting Everyone! 🥰💙💙


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