From garden birds to Norwegian vikings, we find out what inspires our favourite crafty duo. Highly successful designers, artists and authors Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison sat down with us to talk all things woolly. Known for their inspiring craft books and colourful makes, they allow their Scandinavian livelihood to inspire them in so many ways. Since their first book in 2010, they’ve created great titles, but we wanted to chat to them about their latest release, Field Guide to Knitted Birds. Read on to find out what encourages them and even bag yourself a free book!
- Koala Bears
- Happy Pennant
- Lost In Space: Alfie The Alien & His UFO
- Cactus Pincushions
- Circular Shoulder Bag
- Apple Coasters
- Colourful Lampshade Cover
- Hatching Dragons
- Flower Coasters
- Bobble Cushion
- Camping Set
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- A Catch Up With Arne and Carlos
- These Manchester Appeal Crochet Celebs Are Taking The World By Storm
- ISSUE 92 SNEAK PEEK
- Knitting And Crochet World Records
- Craft Your Way To Mindfulness
- ISSUE 91 SNEAK PEEK
- Bonus Project: Bunglebees
- Recreate Princess Charlotte’s Style
- Free Knitted and Crocheted Storage Patterns
- Free Summer Projects
- 13 FREE Crochet Easter Projects
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- Accessories Crochet Patterns
- Amigurumi Crochet Patterns
- Baby Crochet Patterns
- Christmas Crochet Patterns
- Granny squares Crochet Patterns
- Homewares Crochet Patterns
- Toy Crochet Patterns
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- Exclusive: Andy Murray Quits Tennis To Pursue Knitting Passion
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- 13 Easter Crochet Projects
- Wear A Hat Day!
- St Patrick’s Day Projects
- 9 Times Crocheted Food Looked So Tasty We Wanted To Eat It
- Yarn Shop Day Cheat Sheet
- 9 Crochet Projects For Mother’s Day
- Jane Doll: Her Beret & Bag
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- Ponies Presented with Fair Isle Jumpers
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Knitting And Crochet World Records
Us crafters like to push our creativity to the limit and sometimes there are those who love to go to new extremes and attempt a world record. Here's a few of our favourites...
A bizarre one to start with:
Fastest time to knit a scarf and wrap it around an iguana in a prius! This strange record was set in Los Angeles, California on the 30th and 31st March 2011.
Longest finger knitting:
This measures an impressive 19,369.5m long, and was achieved by Ida Sofie Myking Veseth. What makes this even more incredible is that Ida has lost her sight.
Longest French knitting:
Can you believe this measures 16.36 miles? It was created by Edward Hannaford in Sittingbourne, UK, as verified on 12th April 2016. Mr Hannaford first developed his passion for French knitting in 1989.
Suresh Gaur balanced a knitting needle on his thumb for 14 minutes, 16.92 seconds – we wonder how long he practised for!
The largest crochet blanket is 17,188.57m² and was created with 67 blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, the Department of Correctional Services and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. It was measured in Western Cape, South Africa, on 22nd April 2016.
Longest crochet chain:
The longest crochet chain measures an astonishing 80.78 miles and was made by Anne Vanier-Drüssel. It was presented and measured in France, on 14th October 2009. Where does she keep it all?!
In 2005, Lisa Gentry landed the world record as fastest crocheter when her number of stitches per minute was measured as 170 and she achieved 5,113 stitches in half an hour.
Longest knitted scarf:
The longest knitted scarf measures 4,565.46m long and was made by Helge Johansen from Norway, on 12th November 2013.
Longest scarf knitted whilst running a marathon:
David Babcock knitted a scarf that was 3.7m long (that’s a little over 12 foot!). David knitted it while running in the Kansas City Marathon. He ran in support of Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter.
Largest knitting needles:
These measure in at over 13ft long and have a diameter of 3.25 inches. In order to make the record official, Jeanette Huisinga from Illinois, had to knit a swatch that was ten stitches by ten rows.
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More from Top Crochet Patterns blog
Meet the lady who is raising money for victims of terror through the wonderful world of crochet. Following the recent attacks in London and Manchester, Caroline Reid, from Exeter, has decided to do her bit to help the appeal. She is attempting to crochet 20 mini celebrities in just 20 days. She then plans to auction off the finished dolls to try and raise funds for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. You can find her JustGiving charity fundraising page here. Her deadline is the 24th June 2017, so get donating quick and do your bit!
Issue 92 arrives in stores on the 15th June and we can't wait for you to get your hands on it. We've packed it full of knitting and crochet treats, plus there are fabulous giveaways for you to enter. Before you get crafty, take a look at the launch of our annual Short Story Competition! You simply need to choose a sentence and write your 1000 word story for the chance to win incredible prizes worth over £500 from Search Press (searchpress.com) and Cygnet Yarns (cygnetyarns.com). Here's a preview of the fantastic patterns you'll find in issue 92...
Crafting really can change your life! You will have heard the term 'mindfulness' everywhere, but how can you get involved in this new-found practise? Crafting is always the answer. With fast-paced jobs and busy schedules, it's important we take time for ourselves and make sure that we properly de-stress. In our opinion, the only way to truly do this is to get creative. You may sit down in front of the TV, or dive into a book, but if you're anything like us, you'll find that your mind is still wandering. When we're crafting we are completely invested in what we're doing – whether that be concentrating on tricky stitches or choosing which coloured pencil to pick up next. The point is, our mind is calm, and our mind is mindful. Watching yarn turn into a beautiful garment is one of the greatest feelings and is certainly classed as mindfulness – if this sounds familiar then you're already a master. Below you'll find 15 – yes 15! – FREE projects that you can download right away. Take 10 minutes of me-time on us. Go on, you deserve it. Simply click on the picture to find the project!
We've got so many exciting projects for you this issue that we can't wait to share. Issue 91 hits the shops on the 11th May, so make sure you pick up your copy and tell us your favourite pattern. There's not just exclusive makes for you to try, but great reads too! This month is a TV special as we delve into the world of Call the Midwife and interview a family from the popular show Gogglebox. Make sure you scroll all the way to the end of this post for some real treats!