Cover Star!

Well, here’s a little surprise blog post… 😄 Because this morning I awoke to some lovely surprise crochet news which I’d love to share!

I have a brand new design – my ‘Sea Breeze Tee’ which has reached the cover of the next Inside Crochet Magazine – Issue 160 which will go on sale this Thursday!!

Oh… My… Goodness!!! A garment of mine is the cover star on Inside Crochet magazine!! I’m absolutely over the moon – this really is a little design dream that I never expected would happen. To have my garment design chosen to be the main focus on the cover of a magazine is simply wonderful!

As always, the styling in the magazine is exquisite… what a brilliant team it is that works behind the scenes to bring us a magazine like this! 💙

Issue 160 of Inside Crochet Magazine has a dreamy ‘ocean’ theme and I was delighted to be asked to contribute designs to this issue. It’s a perfect pairing with ‘Coastal Crochet’ isn’t it?! 💙 🙂

I submitted a few design ideas and two were selected for this issue… yes I have a little driftwood sea creatures wall hanging in there too – also seen on the cover…

Oh it’s a FANTASTICALLY FABULOUS issue!!! A dreamy ocean inspired issue… do go get a copy!

It will be in the shops from this Thursday 3rd August. But you can pre-order a copy to come in the post… remember it will be Issue 160.

Digital copies will also be available from this Thursday so hopefully you will all be able to access it somehow.

My copy popped through the letterbox this morning. To see my top there on the front cover was a simply wonderful golden moment…

The Sea Breeze Tee is a cropped capped sleeve top using a gorgeous super soft, light and airy lace weight yarn in a lacy waves stitch pattern. Using a larger 5.5mm hook with the lace weight yarn creates a lofty, light and airy fabric. It’s like wearing a gentle sea breeze!

I designed it using CaMaRose Midnatssol 2ply/lace yarn which I purchased in my local independent yarn shop YAK in Brighton. The smaller sizes use only 3 balls and the larger sizes 4 balls.

You can order the yarn online from YAK too:

Midnatssol (midnight sun) is the most gorgeous lofty delicate yarn made up of 54% Baby Alpaca, 10% Merino and 36% Tencel. The colour I used was Dueblå. There are lots of other gorgeous colours available. I loved my top so much that I crocheted another in an alternative colour, Koral.

I wore it in Paris a few weeks ago but had to be careful not to share any photos of me wearing it at the time. Now that the top has been revealed on the cover I can share my photos…

There I am yarnbombing in sight of the Eiffel Tower…

Here’s my little stitch sample made at the very start of the design process back in March…

And here I am wearing the original sample on a grey early spring day…

It’s so difficult to convey online just how soft and light this yarn is… it’s soft and sumptuous and an absolute joy to wear this top. I love it!

I’ll share more about my Sea Breeze Tee and Sea Creatures Wall Hanging once the magazine goes on sale.

In the meantime, in other news…

It was my birthday yesterday and look at the CROCHETED card made for me by my daughter!

And…. the chains used for the words were crocheted by Steve my husband (who doesn’t crochet)! She secretly taught him how to make chains!! Really… it’s the simply things and small gestures that mean the most. I was really touched…

It was the first birthday without my dear Dad. Last year my Dad wrote in my birthday card “Dear Eleonora (Colourful Yarn Queen), Wishing you a Happy Birthday. Continue your crochet success‼️ Love from Daddy xxx

Thinking back to his message last year made the cover of Inside Crochet Magazine with my Sea Breeze Tee feel even more special… One year later and I did continue with success in my crochet Daddy… 💙

I’m also very happy to announce that for the first time my Late Summer Sunsets Blanket is available as a pattern on its own. This has previously only been available through The Knitting Network but they’ve discontinued this kit colourway.

I’m often asked about this pattern so I know lots of you will be happy to now be able to get the pattern.

It’s now available over in my Ravelry and Etsy shops:



Here’s a photo of sweet little Salty with the blanket taken back in 2020… I’m glad Salty continues to make an appearance here on Coastal Crochet…

So there you go… an impromtu blog post to share my happy crochet news. I hope lots of you will crochet the Sea Breeze Tee… there’s lots of other gorgeous crochet designs in the magazine too.

Till next time… Happy Crocheting Everyone… 🙂 🙂


  1. Congratulations! I especially love what your dad wrote last year in your birthday card (colourful yarn queen)!

  2. Congratulations on your beautiful design! The yarn looks like it is wonderful to crochet with. What a lovely birthday surprise, and so well deserved! Thank you for your amazing designs. x

  3. Congratulations , both colour ways look great , I’ll be buying one as soon as they come available

  4. Massive congratulations!! What a wonderful late birthday surprise for you this morning! Very well deserved x

  5. Congratulations! So very well done. Lots of us who also follow Janie Crow will be getting the mag for her Spirit of Flora cal so it will be great to have your patterns in there too ❤️

  6. Congratulations – so happy for you! And a belated happy birthday! Always glad to see photos of Salty, too. 💕

  7. Dear Eleonora, Congratulations and “well done” also sending you belated best wishes for your birthday. 🎊✨️

  8. Congratulations Eleanora, what a lovely surprise. I had to go and order a copy of the magazine. Haven’t had that one before, so will be interesting.

  9. Happy birthday for yesterday! First times without a parent are hard. So glad you have what he wrote last year to remind you of how proud he was of you. And congratulations for the front cover spot! I received my copy yesterday as well. Can I just say, I actually think the photo of you wearing the top looks better than the model on the cover.

  10. Belated Happy Birthday, Eleanora! I love your creative designs and this lightweight top is beautiful. A much deserved accolade to have it on the magazine cover.

  11. What a lovely blog post . Congratulations, wishing you continued success in your crochet life.. well done !

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