Designed by Stylecraft Blogstar Helen Shrimpton of Crystals and Crochet, A Life Inspired is a beautiful new blanket design using Helen's signature style of complementary colours, pops of colour, and textured stitches and motifs to create a sumptuous throw for your home.  

Part 1 can be found in Issue 40 of Crochet Now which will be in shops on Thursday 28th March or will be available to buy online at and read digitally at from this date.

A Life Inspired is an original design from Helen Shrimpton, who has designed a whole host of blankets and more for her blog Crystals & Crochet, as well as designs for Stylecraft Yarns - she is also one of their Stylecraft Blogstars!  

Created in Stylecraft Batik DK and Stylecraft Life DK, the pleasing, soothing blues and creams are interspersed with pops of pretty coral that lift the textured designs of Helen's motifs and highlight the beautiful crochet stitches.

If you like something a little more colourful in your crochet, you can also choose to create this blanket in a whole host of beautiful shades from the 'Happiness' colour pack, put together in Stylecraft Special DK. Orange, green, purple, red, pink - all the colours of the rainbow can be found in this spectacular collection, giving Helen's design a dramatic make-over that will fit right into any colourful crochet collection!  

Launching in issue 40, the crochet-along will take place over 13 issues of Crochet Now with added interest and support from Helen added over on her blog - check back to her blog post about the CAL to stay informed!

What you need to get started

Check back here where we will be updating this post with information about all the materials you will need to join in with the CAL, as well as where you can buy your special crochet-along packs online.