The other night on TV, I saw an advert for ‘The Art of Crochet’ magazine. I was immediately intrigued, as my Mum is currently collecting ‘The Art of Quilting’ series, which comes with the fabric necessary to make a patchwork square every week, so eventually you can make a complete patchwork quilt. ‘The Art of Crochet’ works in a similar way, by providing a ball of yarn per issue, which you can use to make the featured square, until you have completed a throw.
As the first issue was only 99p, I decided to treat myself and see what the magazine has to offer. The magazine itself begins with the tutorial for making the featured square, the first one being a simple textured square, using the redcurrant yarn that is provided. The tutorial features a written pattern for experienced crocheters, or a step-by-step photo guide for complete beginners. After the featured square, the magazine also features three other patterns, which are divided into three categories, including ‘designer style’ (clothing), ‘around the house’ (home accessories) and ‘bits and pieces’ (accessories and small items). These patterns are pretty simple and straight forward, and I particularly like the cushion covers featured in the ‘around the house’ section.
The second half of the magazine covers techniques necessary to learn, once again, by using step-by-step photos. These are also divided into subsections, including ‘crochet techniques’ which looks at turning chains in the first issue, then ‘basic stitches’ so that you can build up an easy stitch reference guide. Finally, there is a question and answer page at the back of the magazine, which aims to tackle the problems that many first-time-crocheters experience. Each of these seven sections of the magazine can be easily pulled apart and stored in the binder that will be provided with issue two, and organised with the dividers in issue three.
As well as the magazine, the first issue also came with some goodies. They provided the necessary basics such as a 4mm hook and 25g of redcurrant yarn necessary to make the square. They also provided a 16g ball of ‘practice yarn’ is a biscuit colour, which saves wasting the yarn that will be needed for the later squares.
As well as the necessary equipment, the magazine also came with a ‘getting started’ DVD and basic stitch booklet, to help absolute beginners to learn the stitches that are needed in the patterns provided. This demonstrates everything from attaching the yarn to the hook, through chain stitches and slip stitches to single crochet and double crochet.
At 99p, this magazine was a worthy investment! Although I am unlikely to make the square, I will keep both balls of yarn in my stash for future projects. I am also strongly considering buying the second issue next week for £1.99, as it features three patterns, a shrug, a bag, and a rag rug that I absolutely adore. As well as coming with the binder, you also receive a ball of clover pink yarn with issue two.
I don’t know if this magazine will become a regular of mine, as I already collect several craft magazines, and this one seems to be aimed at complete beginners, but I would certainly pick it up if it featured several patterns that caught my eye. At £2.99 from issue three onwards, it is good value for anyone who is interested in making the complete throw, but at 120 issues before completion, you will have to be patient!