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If, like me, you can’t even set foot outdoors in the summer without burning, or if you just want to channel a hippy vibe, then you too will be wearing the largest, floppiest sun hat you can find this summer. I can’t wait to customise my ’70s inspired straw hat using our new designer Sabina Poonwassie’s patterns [pictured right]. I love how each of the designs is easily interchangeable, as they simply sit on the hat rather than being attached permanently. No  excuses for wearing the same hat two days in a row from now on!

Every issue of our newsletter contains an exclusive competition and free pattern for our loyal readers. This month's free pattern (which can be found at the end of the newsletter) is a gorgeous summer camisole crocheted in Caron's Simply Soft.

Don't forget, for a limited time you can save 10% on all orders from Purplelinda Crafts. Simply enter the code "crochetnews" at the online checkout.

Happy hooking!
Claire Montgomerie, Editor

NEWS | Nicki Trench joins the team!

I’m delighted to have joined the team at Inside Crochet as their new columnist. I’m always busy designing and producing new books and writing for Inside Crochet every month gives me a great opportunity to connect with my readers. Each issue I’ll be writing about what I’ve been up to in my crochet world, telling you any amusing and interesting stories I have and passing on any tips and general advice. Inside Crochet is a fabulous magazine and I’m honoured to be part of it.



Amongst the 26 fabulous patterns in our new issue you'll find the first instalment of our new three-part mystery project by Emma Varnam. We also have a host of lightweight women's wear such as Jennifer Reid's Penelope Top [above right] and Jane Howorth's Rangoon Cardigan [centre right], alongside plenty of cute accessories and homeware that's good enough to eat!

GET INVOLVED | Around the world with Ms Clarice


In issue 54 you'll find Rosella Tinn's gorgeous Ms Clarice chicken design, and we'd love to see how how well travelled Clarice becomes. Once you've had time to hook her, share your pictures with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Ravelry pages!


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Win a copy of Julie Oparka's Crochetopedia (£19.99).
Whether you're new to the craft or a seasoned crocheter, this book is full of handy stitch guides, top tips, information on various yarns and detailed how-tos – a must-have for any crochet lover.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, just email us with the answer to this simple question:

Who designed the Penelope Top in issue 54 of Inside Crochet?

Winners are picked at random from all correct entries. Competition closes midday Friday 27 June 2014


FLORAL CAMI By Lisa Gonzalez

This funky camisole is both stylish and airy – great for a summer night out on the town.
Crocheted in Caron Simply Soft.


  • Caron Simply Soft, 100% acrylic, 170g/288m/315yds
    Shade: White 9701 x 2 balls, available here
  • 5mm hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle
  • 1.8m/2yds ribbon in white or contrast colour, 2.5cm/1in wide


Work 9 sts and 5 rows in Hexagonal Net stitch to measure 10 x 10cm/4 x 4in using 5mm hook, or size required to obtain tension.


Finished bust measures:
  • S – 91cm/36in
  • M – 102cm/40in
  • L – 112cm/44in
Finished length (including straps) measures:
  • S – 55cm/21.5in
  • M – 55cm/21.5in
  • L – 58cm/23in


Picot: 3ch, sl st in top of tr.


The camisole is sized for layering and has a certain amount of flexibility due to the stitch pattern.
Front and Back are joined at underarm; sides are laced together with ribbon.
Stitch pattern looks the same on both sides; indications for RS, when beginning upper edging, is for clarification of what will now be the RS of the piece.


Back and Front (both alike)
82 (94, 106)ch, loosely.
Row 1: Beginning in 10th ch from hook (counts as tr, ch-sp), tr in 10th ch, *4ch, miss 3ch, tr in next ch; repeat from * across, end tr in last ch, turn – 19 (22, 25) 4ch-sps, 20 (23, 26)tr.
Row 2: 8ch (counts as tr, 4ch), *tr in 4ch-sp, 4ch; repeat from * across, end tr in turning ch-sp, turn.
Repeat row 2 for Hexagonal Net stitch until piece measures 23 (23, 25)cm/9 (9, 10)in from beginning.
Upper Edging: (RS) 1ch, dc in first tr, work 3dc in first 4ch-sp, [dc in next tr, work 3dc in next 4ch-sp] 3 (4, 5) times; *2ch, tr in next 4ch-sp, 4ch (strap space), tr in next 4ch-sp, 2ch *; repeat [ to ] 7 (8, 9) times; repeat * to * once for second strap space; repeat [ to ] to last ch-sp, end last repeat, work 3dc in turning ch. Fasten off.
Photography © Yarnspirations


With RS facing, attach yarn with a slip st to corner ch-sp.

Row 1: 6ch (counts as ch-sp), *dc in next ch-sp of base ch, 4ch; repeat from * across, end dc in last corner space, turn – 18 (21, 24) 4ch-sps.
Row 2: 5ch, *dc in 4ch-sp, work 8tr in next 4ch-sp, dc in next 4ch-sp, 4ch; repeat from * across, end dc in last ch-sp, 5ch, dc in same ch-sp, turn – 6 (7, 8) 8tr fans.
Row 3: 4ch, dc in 5ch-sp, *work [tr, picot] in next 7tr, tr in next dc, dc in 4ch-sp; repeat from * across, end dc in last ch-sp, 4ch, dc in same space, turn.
Row 4: 4ch, tr in dc, 4ch, *miss 2 picots, dc in third picot, 4ch, miss 1 picot, dc in next picot, 4ch, miss 2 picots, tr in dc, 4ch; repeat from * across, end dc in last 4ch-sp, turn.
Row 5: 8ch, miss first 4ch-sp, *dc in 4ch-sp, work 8tr in next 4ch-sp, dc in 4ch-sp, 4ch; repeat from * across, end 8ch, dc in last 4ch-sp, turn.
Row 6: 4ch, dc in 8ch-sp, *work [tr, picot] in next 7tr, tr in next tr, dc in 4ch-sp; repeat from * across, end dc in last ch-sp, 4ch, dc in same space, turn.
Rows 7–9: Repeat rows 4–6.
Fasten off.


With WS together, join side seams approximately 5cm/2in from underarms down toward lower edge, leaving remaining seam open.

Row 1:
Join yarn with a sl st to 4ch strap-space on Back; 35 (35, 41)ch, join to 4ch strap-space on Front with a dc; work a second dc in 4ch-sp, turn.
Row 2: Dc in first ch of strap, * miss next ch, 1ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * to end (Back). Fasten off.
Repeat for opposite strap. Weave in ends.

Cut two strands of ribbon, approximately 91cm/36in long. Lace sides together from underarm seam to beginning of lower edging; tie securely. is home to well-known brands Patons, Bernat, Caron, and Lily Sugar 'n Cream. is a one-stop resource for everything that you need to create knit and crochet projects to suit any mood, budget or occasion.

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