A few more of my favourite things (part one)

Date: 24th February 2014 | Category:


It was lovely to hear your feedback from my last post on some of my favourite fashion items from Inside Crochet. Do keep them coming, did I miss your favourite out? Have you made any of the items on my list and love them as much as I do? Let us know in the comments or via our social media sites. Today, we are talking home, children and accessories and boy, this was tough! This is the bulk of our projects and it was literally impossible to whittle it down to just ten, but I have tried my hardest and some fabulous patterns have been missed off. Let us know which ones you think should have made the cut. One of my all time favourite items is Emma Varnam's Camper Van, but I think that has had enough time in the limelight this month, being our 50th issue cover star, so I am letting some other items shine! Here goes, again in no particular order....


1. Anja Cowl, Nicola Hale, Issue 50
I like this wrap so much, I almost kept it! Everything Nicky sends me is so beautifully thought out that I can't help but be drawn in by it. Her designs are so modern they are almost ahead of the curve, yet are wearable and fun, too. Anja is everything I want in a scarf in winter, it is extra long while also being wide. The yarn is soft and beautiful to wear, as well as having lovely heathered shades to its colour. The embellishment is just the right side of folk-ish, adding a playful, on trend splash of pattern and colour without being twee and ensuring that nobody else will have a scarf quite like it. The clever thing is the colourway - the grey goes with everything, and the red, black and citrus tints suit the functionality of the piece, while still, strangely, remaining really pretty.


2. Saffron Cowl, Sara Sinaguglia, Issue 37

We asked Sara Sinaguglia to be our regular columnist after seeing her fabulous blog and beautiful book, Simple Crochet and her designs did not disappoint. This stunning cowl was designed aside from her regular column and was our cover item for issue 37. It has everything you need in a cold weather accessory - warmth, practicality and good looks. Everything is right; The colour, stitch, gauge, yarn and oversized scale. Saffron is perfect for beginners, quick to hook and just so unbelievably warm!


3. Little Kisses Pinafore Dress, Thomasina Myers, Issue 41

This adorable dress is simple yet so pretty and perfectly practical, even for small babies. I know it is as popular with our readers as well as myself as I have seen so many reader makes since it was published - just check out its Ravelry page to see an extremely cute example!


4. Dhalia Stole, Liz Mouter, Issue 42

This is a stole project but I would love to make it as a throw, and indeed we shot it as such too, as it is so simple to adjust the pattern - just chain extra at the beginning and keep going in pattern until you are finished. I love the colours in this project, we had a job to decide on them and had some troubles with yarn, but it was well worth the eventual choice of a Rowan yarn, as there are so many shades available and they look so darn pretty together! A throw in this pattern would bring in the sunshine to brighten any room.


5. Rainbow Potholders, Tracey Todhunter, Issue 42 

Talking about Issue 42, it was a really fun, colourful issue and there was some fabulous rainbow projects like Rohn Strong's Boyfriend cardigan and these potholders from Tracey Todhunter. You can always rely on Tracey for a brilliantly practical, lovely to look at project and all of her pieces for Inside Crochet are high on my list of favourites. I adore the intensity of colours here. We had some yarn left over from another project and Tracey couldn't resist whipping these up in a quiet moment. A very talented lady.

And just to keep the suspense, you will have to wait for part two, see you then!

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