Thursday, 28 April 2016

Bookazine review: Simply Haekeln - Fantastische Haekelmode Sonderheft April 2016 plus get a free Crochet eBook

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Fantastische Haekelmode

Today I want to give you a little review about one of my recent book and magazine purchases.

Disclaimer: I bought this bookazine myself whilst in Germany, nobody is sponsoring me to write this review! (I wish!)

I realise that not all of you are German speaking, so I have researched the patterns and found you relevant links. (Also I might be interested to know whether there is an equivalent English edition of the Simply crochet bookazines, you might find some of the identical patterns perhaps. Can you help?)

I have taken some photos of the summary pages and also a few of the patterns that I like best and might want to make!

The cover shows a woman wearing a triangle shawl (more later), plus 6 further photos of different patterns. They are all patterns suitable for Spring.

In total there are 33 patterns inside this bookazine, which is very good value for money. The price of the magazine is Euro 9.95 (approx. £7-8). I noticed on the Ravelry site that some of the individual patterns cost around $5 or so, which makes me happy that I followed my impulse to get this magazine!

Inside the magazine are sections for each type of pattern. The First one is Fashion for both children/babies and Women.

The next section is callers Accessories and shows a number of shawls, bags, hats, socks and ear rings.

There is another section for Home accessories, such as a table cloth, a motif for applique, a pretty granny square, hacky sacks and a bike basket.

Here I will share with you some of my absolute favourites from this magazine. There are plenty to choose from!

I have added the designers' names under each picture, you might recognise some of them, they are pretty well known.

Take Robyn Chachula, for example. Check out her amazing designs here on her Ravelry page.

Likewise, Kristin Ohmdahl, Ravelry link here!

And here is Kathy Merrick.

Warning: Once you look at these Ravelry links of each designer, you will start to swoon and want to add practically everything to your making wish list!!! They are brilliant!

I recently bought a book by Robyn Chachula, I must share that with you another time.....

So you see, buying such a bookazine might be a great idea to find out about designers you didn't know before and Ravelry can help you find further designs by them.

Also a magazine is pretty portable to carry around with your project.

The funkycrochet Round-up of favourite patterns!

 This first jacket is called Ventura Vest.
Robyn Chachula

This sleeveless cardigan is named Winkle Vest
Tracy St John

The next one is called Petal pullover, Ravelry link here.
Robyn Chachula

This beautiful shawl is Corona Borealis
Kathy Merrick

Here is the Honeycomb shawl
Kathy Merrick

A beautiful and colourful granny square: Ripples on a Coral Reef. Read more about it below!!!
Victoria Hewerdine Thornton

This lovely shawl is called Foxglove Wrap.
Robyn Chachula

And this Cover star is called Wisteria Shawl
Kristin Ohmdahl

How to get a free eBook of 20 granny square patterns for FREE!

As for the Granny Square above, I have just found out (good job I was looking up each link for you!) that this motif is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD! How is that for you?

Not only that, but if you follow the link (which leads you to the Crochet Me website where you need to register for free, but trust me, this is a great website for discovering lots of fantastic pattern, I was already subscribed to them before this) - you will find that not only can you download this lovely granny square pattern, no, you will get a fantastic eBook (32 pages) with a total of 20 granny square patterns which can be made into a blanket called the Chain Reaction Afghan. I just downloaded my copy!

This is the free eBook and all the 20 different crochet squares shown on the cover are included
(Photo copyright Interweave Crochet and Crochet Me website)

A special Thank you to my friend Jodie from Lupey Loops who urged me to write something about the books and magazines I showed you recently! I'm so happy to do this and I finally found the time to share this with you!

So, what would be your favourite pattern of the ones shown above and why? Please leave your comments, I would be very interested to hear which ones you like best.

And the second question to you all is this: which one do you think I have already started to make last Friday??? (it was love at first sight! I was hooked, hahaha!!!)


  1. I love the Wisteria shawl, although there certainly was a lot to look at.

    1. Hello Lorraine! I think that is a very special pattern indeed. Thanks for taking the time to check out this post! :) xx

  2. Some really lovely things! I hope that you enjoy choosing which ones to make and having a go at them. I couldn't choose which I liked best!

    1. Thank you, Amy! Yes, there are quite a lot of lovely patterns, I only showed a selection here... xx

  3. Ziet er goed uit allemaal! Het lijkt of er in Duitsland en Nederland véél meer leuke haakboekjes te koop zijn dan in ons Belgenlandje... :-(
    Maar goed dat we ze toch kunnen bestellen!
    Fijn weekend,

    1. Dankje, Sigrid! En een Fijn weekend ook! :) xx

  4. Always nice to be happy with what you bought! :) I like the winkle vest and the foxglove wrap. But I think you began with the first item you showed us: the ventura vest. (Am I right?) :)

    1. Good choices, Lizette! I am not going to say just yet.... ;) xx

  5. That magazine looks amazing, I love that shawl pattern on the cover.

    1. Thank you, Meredith! It is really pretty, I think so too! xx

  6. Thanks for your review.
    All the patterns are gorgeous i wouldn't know where to start.
    I think the Germans bookerzin has the better patterns.
    Thanks for for taking the trouble to look.


    1. Hello Jacky,

      Yes, it can be hard to decide when there are so many patterns! I was pleased to have found this bookazine and I know I will make more from it...xx

  7. So hard to guess! I know you love shawls but it has been a while since you have done a garment for yourself. I made the Petal Pullover and love it to bits. Ì wear it all the time and receive frequent compliments. I can also see you making the Winkle cardigan because it looks light, quick and airy to make.
    It is amusing to see these American designs in a German setting bit it is great that they are more accessible to our German friends. I have a number of these patterns in my collection as I am a big fan of Interweave/Crochet Me.

    Have fun. Can't wait to see your finished item(s) :-)
    Cheers! xxx

    1. Hello Jodie,

      Good to see you back! :) I also think that Interweave has got some great designers on hand and I got a number of their books in my 'wish list'.

      Check out my following posts to see what I have been making... xx

    2. Indeed! There is a large market for crafting in the USA and the large population fosters investment in crochet designs and publications. I wish it were the same in Australia although it is great to crocheters from Australia and New Zealand getting their names out known overseas.
      If I had all the crochet books on my wish list, it would take up an entire bookshelf or three!
      I do enjoy looking at European publications as well though. They have a different aesthetic yet again although European publications are few and far between in Australia. There is a definite difference in attitudes and styles between Australia, UK, USA and Europe. I love the innovation of the American designers but I like the European styles.
      Thank goodness for blogs and sharing with each other across the miles.