Issue 108 of Let's Get Crafting is here! Featuring a six-ball Artsy yarn kit, tools and all the best knitting and crochet patterns, it's guaranteed to help you get the most out of your creativity. If that wasn't enough, you'll also find a wonderful short story, learn how to use up your yarn scraps, shop the latest skeins for Valentine's Day and perfect your amigurumi skills with our industry experts.
- Mermaid Doll
- Pineapple Earrings
- Mix ‘n’ Match Dolls
- Sun and Moon
- Hot Dog and Chips
- Train Set
- Spike Flower
- Baby Bear
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- Mummy & Baby Otter
- Fairy Garden Crochet-Along: Part One
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- Issue 108 Sneak Peek
- 5 Inspiring (And Hilarious) Winter Crochet Projects
- Be The Change: 7 Ways To Knit & Crochet For Charity
- Crochet Zodiac - Capricorn
- Crochet Club issue 1 – OUT NOW!
- 10 Doctor Who Patterns to Crochet While Watching the New Year Special
- 25 Stockings You Can Finish In Time For Christmas Eve
- Issue 107 Sneak Peek
- Take Part in Christmas Jumper Day
- Craft For Charity And Make A Difference
- 23 Christmas Crochet Projects You Need To Make
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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
- Crochet baby blanket Crochet Patterns
- Crochet Flowers Crochet Patterns
- Crochet Stitches Crochet Patterns
- Crochet Top Crochet Patterns
- Granny Square Crochet Patterns
- How to crochet Crochet Patterns
- Content Image Crochet Patterns
- Make-it-today-pompoms Crochet Patterns
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- Countdown to… Crochet Club!
- Poppy Projects For Remembrance Day
- 9 Frida Projects To Kahlo Your World
- Make Toys To Be Treasured
- Issue 106 Sneak Peek
- 21 Projects To Make Whilst Watching The Great British Bake Off Final
- 20 Patterns You’ll Love To Make This Autumn
- The Ultimate Christmas Crafting Guide
- Why A Crocheter Would Win The Apprentice
- ISSUE 105 SNEAK PEEK
- THESE AMIGURUMIS WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO CROCHET IMMEDIATELY
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Help Change Lives With Knitted Knockers
Breast cancer is the most common form of the disease, with one in eight women from the UK developing it at some point in their lifetime. More than half of breast cancer survivors struggle with anxiety at the end of treatment and nearly a third deal with depression – Knitted Knockers UK is doing their bit to combat this and are helping women recover all over the world. We caught up with their Chair of Trustees, Sharon Simpson.
A HELPING HAND
“Knitted Knockers is a charity that knits and crochets breast prostheses for women who have had mastectomies or lumpectomies due to breast cancer,” explains Sharon Simpson. She explains that knitted breasts are the perfect alternative to standard prosthetics and give women far more choice. “Since 2014 we have fulfilled 11,655 orders,” says Sharon. “It’s not just the sufferers we help though – our volunteers find it so rewarding to do something nice for those going through a tough time. In a perfect world I hope that Knitted Knockers UK would no longer be needed and breast cancer would be a thing of the past, but until then I hope our charity can continue to help women feel like their old self and give them a bit of confidence back following surgery.” Sharon explains that anyone who has had, or is scheduled to have, surgery can order from the charity. “There is no limit to the amount a recipient can have, many women make repeat orders and they will always be supplied free of charge.”
If you want to give a helping hand and craft a pair of knockers, Sharon explains the whole process. “You can apply at our website and our coordinator will then be in touch and add you to our closed Facebook group.” New volunteers are required to knit or crochet two test knockers before they are added to the orders page – this ensures that all newbies are familiar with the patterns and knit or crochet to the charity’s standards. “We have a really supportive group of administrators and mentors who offer advice and direction, as knitting your first knocker can be a little daunting,” says Sharon. Standard breasts are made in 100% cotton yarn as it is soft, durable and breathable against the skin and is less likely to cause irritation to a tender and sensitive area. Knitted Knockers really has thought of everything and can even ensure that sufferers feel their best in swimwear too. “We use acrylic yarn to create our aqua knockers – they are filled with shower scrunchies which can be wrung out after swimming and don’t have the tendency to float out of costumes unlike standard prosthetics.” It’s important for knockers to be made in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours to suit everyone’s needs and there’s no reason why you can’t be inventive with your design. “I think the craziest pair of knitted knockers ever requested was a pair that looked like cherry bakewells!”
If you want to get involved and find out more about the charity, visit kkukciowix.com.
Do you love crafting for a good cause? Check out Woolly Hugs.
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We’ve passed December and the daylight hours are finally starting to get longer, but the bitter cold has yet to take the message and go away. No problem – we’ve rounded up a number of ingenious (and absurd) crochet makes to keep your extremities nice and toasty. Even if they’re not to your taste, the comedy value will be well worth the effort.
In the world we live in today, it’s more important than ever to use our skills in a truly positive way by helping those in need. So many charities are calling out for knitted and crocheted items to be donated and quite often they’re incredibly easy patterns that anyone can create with a little practice. Why don’t you make it your aim to spend a couple of hours every week for one of the charities below?
Welcome to our first Crochet Zodiac, which this month is devoted to Capricorn! Those born under this sign are known for being practical, patient and disciplined – all very useful traits when embarking on a new project. You ensure you've got all the right yarns and tools first, plus you'll read the pattern at least twice before starting, rather than risk any mistakes. What's more, you're always working hard to improve your skills so you can move on to more advanced techniques, and won't give up on a project once it's started. However, you Capricorns can sometimes be your own harshest critics, feeling that you're not doing as much or as well as you should. You can also be quite shy, but crafters are a friendly bunch – why not seek out a local crochet group or join an online community such as Ravelry? Not only will you be able to ask for advice if you get stuck – and share your own tips in return – you'll get to make new friends who share your passion! In the meantime, why not treat yourself to something special from our list below...
Christmas might be just around the corner but we're already looking ahead to our New Year's Resolutions! This year, we want to make even more time for crafting – if that sounds like something you could get on board with too, there's an exciting new magazine out TODAY that's just for you. Crochet Club is your all-in-one magazine and kit for crochet success, allowing you to boost your skills while learning from other crafters. But don't just take our word for it – here are 5 great reasons to add it to your last-minute Christmas shopping!