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The transition between seasons is often a hard time to plan for – who knows if it will be cold or still balmy come late August? There is only one solution for this kind of weather: layers! This stunning cowl by Annelies Baes is an exceptionally pretty design, and can be chucked on over a light top or cardigan or worn long under a jacket to add a summery splash of colour to your outfit. Alternatively, it can be wrapped up more than once around your neck and will feel really warm and cosy on those cooler days. And when little ones start to feel the chill, Rosella Tinn's "Busy Bee" set will help keep them covered.

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Happy hooking!
Claire Montgomerie, Editor


We have squeezed 29 fantastic patterns into this month's issue, with designs from Nicki Trench, Jackie Laing, Sarah Coad and LuLu Loves's Emma Escott.

Versatility is key for transitional pieces and this issue we have plenty of lightweight accessories which, when layered up, will take you right through to the colder months.

Join us as we chat to amigurumi designer Jackie Laing about TV fame and celebrity crochet, while Claire Montgomerie hooks up fun patches for children’s clothes.


Emma Varnam’s stunning mystery scarf has had us all hooked for the past two issues, and this month Emma reveals how to finish and edge the wrap so you can finally begin wearing this gorgeous heirloom piece.

Plus, in issue 56 two lucky readers can win the all the yarn needed to make their own Mystery Wrap – that's 13 balls of Bergère de France Coton Fifty!


By Vendulka Maderska

This simple flower applique is the perfect accessory for any project.Get creative adding buttons, beads and sparkle to your flower, then add it to a little girl's tee, attach it to your bag or use it as a focal point on your handmade cards!


  • Light DK weight cotton yarn (approx 136m total)
  • Hook that suits your yarn
  • Sewing thread to match your circle centre
  • Sewing needle
  • Beads/buttons for decoration (optional)


Work 26 sts to measure 10cm/4in.


Make six petals in your chosen colours and one flower centre.

Row 1: 9ch, insert hook in second stitch from the hook, 8dc.
Rnd 2: With RS still facing, work into the other side of original chain. 1ch, 4dc, 1htr, 1tr, 2tr in one stitch, 5tr in last stitch. Continue around to work into stitches from row 1. 2tr in one stitch, 1tr, 1htr, 4dc. 
Rnd 3: Continue to work around with RS facing. 1ch, 9dc, (2tr in one stitch) five times, 8dc, sl st to finish.
Fasten off.
Photography © Vendulka Maderka
5ch, join with sl st to make a ring.
Rnd 1: 3ch (counts as first tr), 10tr, join to first tr with sl st – 11tr.
Rnd 2: 3ch (counts as first tr), 1tr in next stitch, 2tr in every other stitch from previous round, join first tr with sl st, fasten off – 20tr.
Rnd 3: Change colour and work (2dc in one stitch, 1dc in next stitch) 10 times, join to first dc with sl st – 30dc.
Fasten off.

Weave in ends and sew the petals to the centre of the flower, keeping your stitching on the WS.
Then embellish with beads, spangles and buttons, following your imagination!

About Vendulka

Vendulka Maderska is the talented designer behind Magic with Hook and Needles. Vendulka's designs are cute and friendly and each little character tells its own story.

Vendulka has recently released a range of new patterns (left). Check out some of Vendulka's other designs on her blog at, or browse her Etsy shop at
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