Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside! I grew up by the beach, in a Welsh holiday town, and thereâ€™s just something so relaxing about wandering along the sand, enjoying a paddle and collecting seashells in the hot weather.
Whether or not thatâ€™s what youâ€™ve got planned for this summer, we think youâ€™ll love our selection of beach inspired projects this issue, from a stunning chevron top by Jacinta Bowie to the fun striped kidâ€™s tee by Anne Farmer. My personal favourite is Rita Taylorâ€™s lacy skirt, inspired by the colours and shapes of seaweed and just the thing for pairing with a new swimming costume or bikini!
Weâ€™ve also got something extra special starting this issue â€“ a new mystery crochet-along, designed by Sarah Shrimpton. Itâ€™s a fabulous textured shawl in a vintage-look yarn, and youâ€™ll fi nd the pattern over the next three issues.
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Youâ€™ll also see that weâ€™ve got not one, but two free gifts for you this month. Thereâ€™s an adorable rainbow stitch marker, plus a gorgeous colourful design by Kate Eastwood of Just Pootling â€“ a fab summery backpack perfect for your trip to the beach. You can also get 15 per cent off the yarn at LoveCrochet â€“ time to stock up the stash!
Rhian Drinkwater, Editor
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