Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Magazine Review: I Like Crochet Magazine, December 2016

I Like Crochet, Dec 2016
Santa came early! The December issue of I Like Crochet Magazine is now available for download or viewing. When the weather outside turns frightful, stay cozy with comfy scarves, sweaters, and hats that will keep you toastier than a mug of hot cocoa! Start creating holiday cheer when you receive this bi-monthly magazine on your iPad or Desktop.
· 26+ warm & wonderful winter projects
· Festive ideas for handmade holiday gifts
· Expert articles & tips to banish cabin fever
· Exclusive patterns for your winter wardrobe

Deck the halls this holiday season with this beautifully curated collection of crochet patterns for the home and everyone in your family. Each I Like Crochet Magazine, December 2016 issue is chock-full of tips and tutorials, in addition to stunning designs. In this issue, Stitch School features a step-by-step photo tutorial on the Star Stitch. Farther in the issue is a tutorial by Marie Segares on How to Finger Crochet. If this is something you have been interested in trying, this is a really good resource.

And now for the main event, the patterns. The thing I like most about this magazine is the complexity of patterns. The patterns ranging from beginner and easy all the way up to advance, so there is something for everyone regardless of your skill level with patterns that are quick to work up and those to aspire to. Also, with a issue so close to the Christmas, I was thrilled to see that there was just a few holiday specific items with the vast majority focused on great designs for the whole winter season. But if you are in the mood to crochet up some projects to give as gifts, there are many here that will fit the bill as a gift-y item.
Overall, this issue is a homerun. The projects are diverse in design and complexity. The photography is clear and really show off the designs. The model look like real people and not overly made-up and in weird poses. The focus is where it belong, on the design.

Up North Star Stitch Cap by Janaya Chouinard
Cute hat. It sits well on the model's head and has a great stitch pattern.

Juniper Hooded Scarf by Kristen TenDyke
Interesting construction and a fun cable.

Lace Gradient Cowl by Tian Connaughton
Good color combination and interesting stitch pattern that looks great as the colors transition.

Need for Tweed Cowl by Jennifer Dickerson
Simple stitches that makes a big impact.

Mulled Wine Tunisian Scarf by Tanya Eberhardt
A great beginner Tunisian project.

Boysenberry Dipped Set by Tanya Eberhardt
Simple stitch pattern that combines color blocking for a stunning effect.

Sugar Plum Hat & Cowl by Amy Gunderson

The cables and textures with the color of this set makes it the perfect addition to any wardrobe this winter.

Cabin Fun Wristers by Janaya Chouinard

Lovely with an interesting thumb shaping.

Toes-ty Slippers by Kristi Simpson

Give crochet socks a try with these. They are worked top down with a heel flap.

Green Tea Poncho by Amy Gunderson

Crochet Cables! Love it.

Chai Tea Latte Poncho by Olivia Kent

Buttons on a poncho? Yes, please! You can wear this a bunch of different ways.

Wondermint Shawl by Kristi Simpson

A delicate piece that is super easy to make.

Morning Glory Sweater by Tian Connaughton

This is different and fresh. The construction will keep you intrigued.

Polar Periwinkle Pullover by Amanda Saladin

This pullover looks so cozy. A must-have!

Midnight Cardigan by Kristen TenDyke 

This cardigan has fun stitch pattern that adds a lot of texture.

Amethyst Lace Cardigan by Amy Gunderson
A fun cardi with lots of details. You won't get bored.

Christmas Tradition Ornament by Amy Gunderson

Just in time for your holiday gatherings. This classic addition can be for the little guys in your life or make and add to your gift.


Polar Bear Kisses Set by Amy Gunderson

How sweet is this duo. Make the bear with scarf and a matching scarf for your little one.

Penguin Pals Hoodie by Amanda Saladin

How about these guys? The pocket is the perfect spot to hide your little buddy.

Winter Wisteria Booties by Olivia Kent
These booties are so cute and a great way to practice crochet cables on a small piece.

Winter Wonderland Ankle Booties by Olivia Kent

Another cute bootie. Can't go wrong.

But First, Coffee Cozy by Janaya Chouinard

Another quick project. You can make a bunch to give to those in your life you wanna give a little something but don't want to spend a lot of money and time on, like your mail person or your kids' school bus driver.

Crochet Never Melts Pillow by Kristi Simpson

This is absolutely adorable.

Happy Hibernation Afghan by Michele Maks

A fun blanket using mandala squares.

Snowplace Like Home Chevron Blanket by Tanya Eberhardt

Chevrons never goes out of style.

There are a few patterns on my short list to make. So, I am curious. What is your favorite design from this issue? Is it one of the sweaters or one of those super adorable kid's project? Leave a comment below and let me know.

All photos used are from I Like Crochet Magazine.
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  1. I fell in love with the "Morning Glory Sweater" when I first saw it a few weeks ago!
    You're right, it IS different and fresh, and I would make it for me :)

    1. Thank you Alex. You should give the Morning Glory Sweater a go, seriously. It is so fun and works up FASTER than you would think.

      What yarn and color would you use?