The world is quite a different place compared to the last time I sat down to write to you love readers. I hope, like myself and the team here, you are all safe, well and finding some comfort and calm in crochet. It's been so uplifting to see how society has come together during this strange time, from amazing healthcare volunteers to strangers helping one another out with errands and simply saying hello. We as crafters are lucky to have our yarn and hooks to help distract us from the world, and I hope this issue goes some way to helping you do just that.

Celestia CAL in Scheepje Metropolis
Celestia CAL in Scheepjes Colour Crafter

The big news this month has to be the highly anticipated launch of the Celestia CAL! It was a pleasure working with Tatsiana of Lilla Bjorn's Crochet World on this design, and I hope you will agree this is a truly striking blanket!

You can find part 1 inside your copy of issue 55, including where to buy your yarn packs from and if you want to make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe today to receive all the yarn you need to crochet the Scheepjes Colour Crafter version!

Cahore Cardigan
Eivor Shawl
Bobble Filet Wrap

As with every issue I am so pleased to bring you the pick of the best new crochet patterns out there! The Cahore Cardigan and Eivor Shawl will stretch your skills and are beautiful, light layering pieces to add to your crochet collection. Welcome in a touch of airy feel into your home as well with the gorgeous Lacey Spring Blanket made in my absolute favourite King Cole yarn, Cottonsoft! There are also plenty of fun toys, fabulous home makes, and plenty to read too. Be sure to check out Alyson Chu's behind the scenes look at Knitting LIVE! By Vogue Knitting inside the magazine.

Lacey Spring Blanket
Frances Cardigan
David Teng Photography and Knitting LIVE! by Vogue Knitting

Of course, it wouldn't be a new issue of Crochet Now without an exclusive pattern featuring one of our favourite characters and this month we're welcoming back Sooty along with some friends! Crochet Sooty, Sweep and Soo with these fabulous patterns by Alison Holloway - Sooty was one of my all-time favourite shows to watch with my younger brother growing up and I am sure you have fond memories of this charming bear too!

Sooty and friends
Southwestern Wrap
Learn to make a leopard print pompom

Finally, I hope you will enjoy learning something new with your new tassel and pompom makers. I had so much fun making leopard print pompoms and tassel bunting for my home and I am sure you will too - along with your two brand-new yarn tools we're also providing you with an extra 20 page project book filled with all the step-by-steps and inspiration you need to get crafting at home with a little difference! Have a go at some fabulous home decor, or why not finish your crochet projects with a difference?  

Complete step-by-step guides
Pompom Meadow Blanket
Mia the Doll

Make sure to keep in touch on Instagram and Facebook and keep sharing your amazing crocheted projects, and be sure to reach out to friends, loved ones, and fellow crafters to ensure they, and you, are doing ok.  

Stay safe,

Issue 55 is available to buy from your local supermarket and newsagent from Thursday 23rd April but if you can't wait, order your copy online, grab yours from Craftstash, or why not treat yourself to a subscription and never miss an issue again!