Simply Crochet Magazine – Issue 28

Today’s post is a little catch up of all the exciting things that are happening for Claireabellemakes at the moment. I hope you wont mind if I share!

This month I have an interview in Simply Crochet Magazine (issue 28) alongside some lovely people I admire greatly. Myself, Not So Granny, Patchwork Heart and a few more are talking about tackling your WIPs (works in progress).
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My Crochet Totoro has an appearance and there is a photo of me in the studio alongside my finished Granny Square blanket.Simply-Crochet-Magazine-WIPs-Article

If you fancy picking up a copy of the magazine, you can find it in WH Smiths and supermarkets, or click on the banner below to subscribe. You can also find it as a digital version via the Apple store or Google Newsstand.

This week I’ve also been interviewed on the Blogtacular Blog! I’m sharing my story and what blogging means to me.

For those of you that don’t know, Blogtacular is a big UK blogging conference which takes place yearly. I’ll be heading there in June to learn even more about blogging and to meet some friends for a day out in London. Please let me know if you’re going too.


Image from Blogtacular 2014 Album

Lastly, whilst I’m on the subject of blogging events. I am also helping to organise a Cambridge bloggers meet up! CambMeetUp takes place on 7 March 2015 and tickets can be booked here (it was close to being sold out yesterday!). Give me a shout if you are planning to come along!

Thanks for letting me share my updates today.



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Crochet Jumper

Last summer I started to make this crochet jumper from the cover of Issue 9 of Simply Crochet magazine. My plan was to finish it for autumn.

Simply Crochet Jumper WIP

I did pretty well with pattern reading (it was a seamless garment and crocheted in the round), but I did get a bit stuck when it came to the sleeves. Luckily Joanne from Not So Granny offered her expertise and after a hiatus I finally took it out of the bag and completed it last month.

Simply Crochet Cream Jumper

Before weaving in the ends and blocking.


Here I am this weekend with the completed crochet jumper on. It’s very comfortable and I chose to wear it with some new patterned hareem pants I picked up in Next. Obvs it feels like you are wearing PJs outside but man are they comfy.


It’s the perfect jumper for between seasons and was just right for an evening bike ride with G yesterday.


Are you guys working on any knitted or crocheted garments? I’d love to see your WIPs. You can find me on Ravelry here and please share your links in the comments below!



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Current Crochet Projects

It’s been a while since I shared any completed crochet projects, but I am pleased to say that August has been a month of digging into the WIP basket and finishing them!

I made this Itty Bitty Bunny from issue 2 of Simply Crochet Magazine for my cousin’s new baby, Fletcher. I used Rico Baby Cotton Soft DK which I purchased from the Yarn and Craft Shop.

Itty Bitty Bunny Simply Crochet issue 2

Back in June I hosted the Etsy Craft Party where we began crocheting baby blankets for the intensive care unit at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Debbie Bliss had kindly donated yarn for the project, so I used the Baby Cashmerino and crocheted the bobble stitch.

Crochet Bobble Baby Blanket

Continuing on the baby theme (I hadn’t realised all my makes were for the teeny ones!) our WI group Cambridge Blue Belles decided to enter a competition at the local fair to present a baby basket of handmade items.

I made the mitts. The other makes included a blanket, bunting, bonnet and booties. Super cute! The yarn was James C Brett Cotton On DK. Thanks to Miss Chaelaboo for the basket photo.

Knitted and Crochet Baby Hamper WI Fair

So after all the many makes for little people, I have started my first crocheted garment for an adult. I’m making this Cream Crochet Jumper from Issue 9 of Simply Crochet Magazine for me! It was my holiday project, so I shall be posting an update on the jumper soon!

My yarn choice was the light grey colour of Navi Uno (2ply) purchased from The Island Wool Company.

Simply Crochet Jumper WIP

I hope you enjoyed my crochet update today! If you would like to add me on Ravelry you can find me here. I’d love to see your latest projects and favourite patterns.

Ravelry Projects Claireabellemakes

I feel as though I have really neglected knitting lately, so I soon will be casting on some hat projects in preparation for Christmas presents. Oops I just said the C word, I better go…..

I’ll leave you with a link to my yarn projects board on Pinterest!



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Simply Crochet: Issue One

Simply Crochet Issue One

I am super excited to be sharing with you today an exclusive sneak peek at the cover of issue one of a brand new magazine – Simply Crochet!*

As a fairly new crocheter, I am very excited about yet another craft magazine (a little addiction) and have documented my journey with the hooky hobby here and here. I can’t wait to get stuck into the magazine and feel inspired about some projects for the new year. Mind you, I must finish my granny blanket soon!

Simply Crochet is a brand new monthly craft magazine from the makers of Simply Knitting and Mollie Makes. It is full of creative ideas for anyone who loves – or would love to learn crochet. Inside you will find designs for the home, fashionable accessories, and gift ideas with clear and easy-to-follow instructions to ensure the best possible results every time.

I’d also like to let you know about their fab new launch offer, currently the first three mags are available for:

£5 if you live in the UK (,

and $10 if you live in the US/Canada (

Keep in touch with the magazine via the following links:


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*This is not a sponsored post, but rather an EXCLUSIVE of the front cover which Simply Crochet have asked me to share with my readers.