It's autumn time, and what better way to embrace the cosier season than with a bit of crochet? These patterns will prove super easy and fun, ensuring that you're able to spruce up your home, or give a gift to a dear friend or little one in no time.
- Penguin Pals
- Brussels Sprouts Garland
- Amigurumi Elves
- Pom-pom Mittens
- Christmas Donkey
- Advent Calendar Crochet-Along: Part Two
- Christmas Lights
- Christmas Doily
- Nativity Scene
- Bauble Coasters
- Yarn Christmas Trees
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- 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
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- SUE STRATFORD: WHY YOU SHOULD SWAP GARMENTS FOR TOYS
- 19 Crochet Projects For Your Summer Holiday
- Stuart Hillard: The Blitzen Yarn Kit
- ISSUE 104 SNEAK PEEK
- 9 Sexy Men In Knitwear To Brighten Your Day
- Look At These Incredible Crochet Dogs
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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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- 17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet
- The Best Blanket Crochet-Along EVER!
- Pretty Posy Technical Guides
- Woolly Writer Winner Revealed
- Woolly Writer 2nd Place Runner-Up Revealed
- Woolly Writer 3rd Place Runner-Up Revealed
- Issue 103 Sneak Peek
- Support England With #WaistcoatWednesday
- Help Change Lives With Knitted Knockers
- The Ultimate Guide To Dyeing And Spinning Your Own Yarn
- 19 Baby Toys That Will Stop Them Crying
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There’s been a lot of publicity in recent years about the mental health benefits of crafting and I would have to agree with it. When life is stressful – which it can be too much of the time – concentrating on a simple pattern and watching your stitches turn into rows is very therapeutic. Not only are you creating something beautiful, your mind clears and you can focus on the positivity of what you are doing – this is partly why I always have multiple projects on the go. Although I love complex designs which challenge me, I also enjoy making something that is straightforward and that I can do without thinking too much, I find a sense of calm just letting my hands work on the repetitive, meditative stitches. Although I’m talking about knitting, this is true of most crafts. Especially of those where you can sit in a comfy chair with a cup of tea and a biscuit (or three) within reach. When life feels a bit too much and you’re losing that positive mojo, starting a new project can really make you feel better. The promise of what it will become and the pleasure of making lift the gloom and allow you to get on with your day, knowing that when the work is done, you can return to your crafting.
You’ve probably realised by now that crafting makes a huge difference to my state of mind. I work for myself and my daily team are two cats and two dogs who, although are great company, are not the best at holding conversations. Joking aside, I’m part of the ‘sandwich generation’ meaning I care for both my children and my mum. Meeting people at craft shows has made me realise just how many of us are in this situation and just how stressful it can be to satisfy everyone’s needs. This is why it’s so important to have time to sit, reflect and come to terms with your daily life. I think crafting gives me this. I have also started yoga which has made a big difference to my life already. After years of hating exercise, I’ve finally found my thing! My balance has improved and I’m learning how to switch off, stop thinking about the outside world and concentrate on myself for five minutes. If we don’t look after ourselves we can’t look after everyone else, so get that project out, take ten minutes and think about yourself for a change.
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