Ho, ho, ho, Christmas has arrived! Many of you told us that you start festive projects in August, so without further ado, let's begin. Issue 94, on sale 24th August, is the perfect way to ease you into the season – it includes a stunning Candy Cane yarn kit that has been used to make the impressive creations below. But before you get stuck in, make sure to enter our Toymaker of the Year competition, find all the details here. In the latest issue, you'll find out about knitting during the war — did you know that crafters created secret codes in their work? It's a very exciting read, that's for sure. Make sure you grab your copy... and Merry Christmas!
- Christmas Blanket: Part 1
- Snowy The Dachshund
- Cute Macarons
- Amigurumi Hippo
- Handbag Charms
- Stool Cover
- Flower Coin Purses
- Amigurumi Insects
- Lamb Toy
- Pom-pom garland
- Hot Air Balloons
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- ISSUE 94 SNEAK PEEK
- 11 Crochet Truths We Learnt The Hard Way
- Craft Crush: Chunky Knits
- So What Exactly Is A Yarn Cake?
- Your Crafty Wishlist
- 9 Projects for National Watermelon Day
- 9 FREE Patterns To Crochet With Your Kids This Summer!
- 8 Feelings After Completing a Project
- ISSUE 93 SNEAK PEEK
- 13 Things You Didn’t Think Of Making With A Granny Square
- 13 Lifelike Amigurumi Animals
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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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- 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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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
We were warned, but we didn't listen... and we're probably not alone.
They’re quick to make, they look impressive and they’re on trend — just three of the many reasons we’re obsessed with chunky knit and crochet projects. Below you can check out some we’ve been drooling over — there are even a few free patterns hidden amongst the list, so make sure you click away!
Even if you’ve never crafted with one before, you’ve probably heard of a yarn cake. It’s a magical phrase that conjures up delectable images in your mind… a cake made of yarn… a cake made to look like yarn… either sound good to us.
But what is a yarn cake? Really?
It's time to treat yourself! We've rounded up the creative products you need on your radar over the coming months. Why not add a few to your Christmas list and get it circulating amongst friends and family? It's never too early!