Issue 5 of Simply Crochet hits the UK shops tomorrow (1st May 2013) and is priced at £4.99. Each issue will contain a free gift, this months offering is a free flower brooch kit containg, yarn (cotton), a plastic hook and a brooch pin, which I completed immediatley, the free yarn was of decent quality and didnt split on me.
There are quite a lot of mixed feelings about this magazine, if you prefer detailed challenging projects then I dont think this is the magazine for you as the majority of patterns are small, quickish projects. Inside Crochet magazine fills my need for tricky projects so this magazine is like a breath of fresh air for me and I made my first ever magazine subscription (its tricky to get your hands on in some places).
Not all the patterns featured are original, some have been published in other books, magazines or are even available on the net for free, I dont feel shortchanged by this as I have discovered patterns that I may not have otherwise. As well as an impressive 31 patterns, issue five has plenty of reading material to go with your cuppa and cake, Issue 5 has an interesting article on broomstick lace and other techniques will be highlighted in future issues. As well as patterns and articles there is a informative “how to crochet” guide. I love everything about this magazine from its layout to the colour on every page and regard the subscription fee as money well spent. I have all 5 issues and not a week goes by that I dont flick through each and every one which I have never done with my many many other magazines, each issue has contained at least two projects that I plan to make, which brings me round to this adorable design from Lei Me Li, who is pictured in the corner of the cover above. I fell in love with little Chiyo Chan straight away and had to get started that very evening. Here she is.
Cute right? I took lots of photos and made lots of notes which are veiwable to the public on my Ravelry project page here