At the moment there seems to be a definite inclination to pay homage to everything retro. The Midcentury Modern theme is massive in interiors and both the sixties and seventies are trending on the catwalks yet again. I am a sucker for this era and so this issue includes a little nod to these trends. Granny squares were incredibly popular in the middle of the last century, but these days have been given a modern update with all sorts of beautiful designs available in refined colour palettes. I love the use of modern monochrome in the hooded scarf, while Helda Panagaryâ€™s bold and bright gadget cosy has a definite nod to the clashing brights of midcentury crochet, but also uses up-to-the-minute buckle fastenings as an apt addition to a thoroughly 21st century tech accessory.Buy this issue →Go digital →
Also top of my queue this month are San Beeâ€™s blanket paired with Susie Johnâ€™s striking cushion (right), which will definitely both be at home in my living room. The midcentury-inspired patterning of both is beautiful while the palette centred around cool blues is fresh and modern â€“ the perfect way to recreate the retro look in your home without making it feel dated.
This issue Nicki Trench guides us through a mini masterclass on changing colour, which will ensure that your crochet has that sought-after professional finish with very little fuss.
Talking of a flawless finish, our fab free gift this issue is a perfect faux-fur pom-pom. Gorgeously soft and fluffy, it tops off our cover project with a fun flourish. There are three lovely shades to choose from â€“ I canâ€™t wait to see which is the most popular!
Claire Montgomerie, Editor
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