As I'm sure you all know by now, I love to crochet. It's an unusual hobby for an eighteen year old student but I love it. There's something very comforting about it that I just find really addictive. Plus knowing that you've made something from scratch that someone really enjoys is a great feeling. Like kinda warm and squishy on the inside. Like I made a blanket for a woman I used to work with and I know that she uses it all the time and that just makes me so happy. If anyone is considering taking it up I would definitely recommend it. I'm going to be talking today about The Art of Crochet* which is a new crocheting magazine that's been started recently. I've so far read the first three issues and I'm really impressed. The magazines are so bright and colourful and have really nice, clear instructions.
There are some really great looking patterns in the magazines. Every week it shows you how to make a new square for a blanket but there are also some patterns for other things. The kitty pocket jumper pattern looks great! I have the perfect wool for it in my collection so I'm itching to start it. I've never attempted anything like a jumper before as I've always considered them to be really hard/time consuming but this one looks quite easy and is super cute. Plus when you consider the size of the jumper to the size of a full sized blanket there's actually not much difference and I've made a ton of blankets before! I will let you guys all know how I get on but the best way to keep up with what I'm making is by following me on Instagram here.
But if you don't know how to crochet then don't worry. The first few magazines cover a lot of techniques. Personally I didn't find the first copy helpful as it contained mostly 'how to's for stitches that I already knew but as a beginner these would be really helpful. If you're an experienced crocheter I would maybe give the first magazine a miss and skip straight onto the second. But if you're a beginner then I would definitely recommend getting the first copy as this would contain all the tips and tricks you need to get started. The second copy came with a big folder which is so handy. All the magazines are hole punched so you can keep everything together. And the third copy also contains some dividers so you can separate everything into categories like 'stitch directory', 'for you' and 'to gift' etc.
If you'd like to know more about the magazine then check out their website or Facebook page. At the moment they're doing an offer where if you subscribe you get 6 free gifts which I think is a great offer!