Crochet designers of the month: October

There’s a nip in the air, and the promise of fireside crochet - it’s time to curl up with your hooks and yarn and start creating your autumn projects. Our designers for this month are The Queen Stitch and Joy of Motion!

The Queen Stitch - Katie Moore

It’s not often we have the opportunity to get excited about crochet menswear, but The Queen Stitch, aka Katie Moore, has created a fabulous collection for gents for this autumn/winter season. Feast your eyes on her whole range which includes lots of womenswear and accessories too.

A timeless favourite, the cable cardigan is never out of place - and this gorgeous interpretation is crocheted so fast in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky, so it won’t take you long at all!

A speedy gift to hook up, the Gemma Shawl is adorned with fun tassels and will keep you cozy despite the lace treble rows. This triangular shawl is made in Cascade 220, with over 100 shades to choose from - although your favourite aran weight yarn will work beautifully here.

We love this fitted sweater with central design faux seam, from Katie’s latest menswear collection. Crocheted in chunky yarn, it works up so fast, which is just what you need when making a man-size sweater. A perfect gift knit for teenagers and young chaps everywhere.

Joy of Motion - Janne K

Janne’s patterns are all in English but she lives and works in Norway. Her lovely garments are full of design features from cables to colourwork, with a good mix of smaller accessory patterns that make great gifts.

This fabulous sweater is a classic, all weather favourite. Make it up in any 4ply in cotton or linen for summer, and a merino wool or blend for this beautiful October weather. . The lace panel is a great way to learn new stitches!

Cosy mittens are such a wonderful, speedy make, especially in aran weight yarn, like these charming Bellus Mittens. An ideal gift to make ahead for hostess gifts, or early Christmas presents!

If you haven’t tried crochet colourwork before, this is a great project, a boxy cardigan with very little shaping so you can preserve your tension and change colour at the same time. It’s a statement cardi that you can make in a cotton aran, or in warmer fibres for cold weather.