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What Happened to Magic Crochet Magazine?

Crocheters who want to get inspiration, ideas and patterns for their work frequently turn to crochet magazines as a terrific resource for such information. If you go online to search for good crochet magazines you will quickly find that there are a lot of people asking about a magazine called Magic Crochet Magazine. This is one of the most popular crochet magazines ever and yet it’s not around today. What happened to Magic Crochet Magazine?

What is Magic Crochet Magazine?

Magic Crochet Magazine is a UK-based magazine about crochet. It has articles, patterns and loads of different crochet information just like you would expect from any good crochet magazine. It was especially good for crocheters who were focused on thread crochet (as opposed to yarn). It frequently focused on lacy, thread-based crochet designs like doilies and tablecloths.

What many people loved about this crochet magazine was that there was a translation from the European instructions to the North American instructions. (Crochet instructions and yarn weights are slightly different in each of these places so it is a lot easier to follow patterns if a translation is offered. Many crochet magazines don’t offer such a translation, which is a core reason that Magic Crochet Magazine became popular even outside of the UK.

Magic Crochet Up and Disappeared

In 2005, Magic Crochet Magazine suddenly just disappeared from the market. People who regularly purchased this crochet magazine off of the shelves found that it just wasn’t there anymore and they weren’t given an explanation. They looked up the advertisers who were known for selling subscriptions to Magic Crochet Magazine and they found that the magazine had been quietly removed from the listing. No one really knew what had happened.

At the time there were many people who had subscriptions to Magic Crochet Magazine. After April 2005 there subscriptions just stopped showing up. In order to find out what was going on many of these people called the magazine distributor. They were told that Magic Crochet Magazine was being reformatted and combined with some other magazines (not crochet-based). It took about six months before a new issue was released and when it was released it was a thing magazine with few patterns and much more emphasis on sewing than on crochet. That’s not what people want from their crochet magazines so a lot of folks were really disappointed! Ultimately Magic Crochet Magazine just disappeared entirely.

Magic Crochet Magazine Today

Even though it’s been half a dozen years since Magic Crochet Magazine exited the market there are still a lot of people who are interested in this crochet magazine. All around the web you can still find people discussing it. You can also find people selling back issues of Magic Crochet Magazine. People who have entire collections of all of the volumes of the old magazine are considered very lucky crocheters indeed!

Some of the reasons that people today are continuing to buy these old copies of Magic Crochet Magazine include:

o   This is truly a high quality crochet magazine. The patterns, the information, and the translations all combine to make this a crochet magazine that stands out from the pack even though new editions haven’t been produced since 2005.

o   The crochet designs in this magazine are timeless. Because Magic Crochet Magazine focused primarily on doilies, tablecloths and other classic home décor items it doesn’t matter that the patterns are old. In contrast, a magazine that focused primarily on fashions would now be out of date since the trends change so much in that area.

o   Granny chic is super trendy! (What is granny chic? ) In addition to all of the people who were already interested in crocheting doilies and tablecloths there is an entire new generation of folks that have taken up this trend. Granny chic is a popular new style that celebrates doilies and other items that haven’t been around the home for decades. These people are highly interested in the vintage designs for those home items that were featured regularly in Magic Crochet Magazine.

Other Crochet Magazines

Crochet magazines are definitely a niche industry. Magazines themselves are starting to fade from the market since it’s cheaper, more eco-friendly and easier to get digital magazines instead of paper magazines. Crochet is a small portion of the already niche industry of fiber arts. As a result, there aren’t a lot of crochet magazines on the market today and there’s definitely a gap ever since Magic Crochet Magazine disappeared. However, there are a few great crochet magazines that you can get and although they won’t replace Magic Crochet Magazine for former subscribers they do offer a nice alternative.

In the U.S. magazine market the leading crochet magazines are Crochet!, Crochet Today!, Crochet World, Quick & Easy Crochet and Interweave Crochet Magazine. That last one is published quarterly and the others are all published every other month. Magic Crochet Magazine used to be a monthly magazine; the fact that magazines today aren’t published as frequently reflects the need to limit production in the market to keep it affordable to print these magazines and to make sure that they don’t have to disappear off of the market as well!

In terms of UK magazines, the best choice if probably Inside Crochet. This is one that North Americans do purchase although it’s more popular in the UK and it probably isn’t as popular here as Magic Crochet Magazine once was. The Art of Crochet Magazine is another UK magazine that helps to fill in some of the gap left by the disappearance of Magic Crochet Magazine.

Were you a Magic Crochet Magazine lover? Share your stories about this crochet magazine in the comments below!

Comments 65 comments

Jan 4 months ago

I'm looking for a specific pattern which appeared in an issue featuring Christmas doilies. I too, am sad that the magazine stopped publishing.


theMermaiden 5 months ago

Looking for Oval Chrysanthemum runner and placemat patterns from Magic Crochet #23. Can you help me??


Rosalba 9 months ago

I still have lot of this magazine I'm sorry I gave many away I love crochet and have done so many of the patterns ,I enjoy been a crossing guard at a school and crocheting wile at my corner I miss those magazine do


Barbara 9 months ago

I was a subscriber of Magic Crochet and Decorative Crochet. I loved these magazines and have made lots of dollies and tablecloths from them. I still have all my magazines and still crochet from them. It is so easy to follow the diagram pictures.


Joyce 10 months ago

I use to buy this crochet magazine. I didn't know what happened. I'm in my 70's & enjoy crocheting. I'd like to get Magic Crochet magazine #155. email joyce@sullens.org.


Isabel Ibarra 10 months ago

I subscribed to both Decorative Crochet and Magic Crochet for years and guard my collection religiously for reference. I own approximately 200-plus of both of these and recently was given an order for five doilies for a wedding reception and found out the bride could not find any doily crocheters. I too searched high and low for these magazines but was able to find some symbol crochet free patterns on the internet and found them to be from the pages of these magazines. If anyone wants a copy of a pattern found let me know at miibarra56@gmail.com.


Jane 14 months ago

I just loved Magic Crochet , sure glad I keep mine they are all from the 80's and 90's . I still use them. Maybe some day they will be back I sure hope so.


Gloria 16 months ago

I just loved Magic Crochet It was relaxing and enjoying working out of those magazines. Any chance they will ever come back?


Carla 16 months ago

Wow! Thanks for that insight on Magic Crochet. I was a subscriber for many years and still have stacks of Magic and Decorative Crochet. I let my subscription laps for a bit and then tried to subscribe again and it was gone. I am so glad I saved my issues from the late 80s to the mid 90s. I too loved them for their simplicity. Til this day, I have a hard time reading a pattern in words and I loved the way Magic & Decorative had the illustrated patterns.


Claire 17 months ago

I also subscribed to Magic Crochet. So many patterns. I loved this magazine. I do have many of the issues, still, they go back to the 1980's. I still go thru them to find my next project


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Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Kathryn, this was interesting to know. I never heard of those crochet magazines and sorry to hear that it might've went out of business back then. Voted up!


Clarissa 19 months ago

I loved Magic Crochet & it's companion Decorative Crochet. I can never figure instructions out of books, but the wedges of the piece were so easy to follow w/o words!! So thankful I have the couple years of books that I collected I use them all the time.


Jessica 23 months ago

I didn't realize you couldn't get these anymore. I was so blessed to receive all of my mother-in-laws Magic Crochet magazines so whenever I need a pattern I just go through her books. What an invaluable gift! I am going to take better care of them too!


H4ppyf33t 23 months ago

I absolutely loved that magazine and still have a few of the ones with favorite patterns I have yet to make. Other issues I shared with friends or family because of the unique stitch guide/pattern diagrams. I truly miss this magazine and would subscribe in an instant if they brought it back!


Dotty 2 years ago

I was a subscriber for several years. Wish I had continued until they stopped printing. Maybe they are still being published in the UK. Anyone know? Perhaps there is another one out there that we would like as much?


pudd 2 years ago

enjoyed many years of magic crochet, have one book , august 1989, book #61, which is falling apart . Looking for pattern (citronella). Can anyone send pattern to funky0304@comcast.net. Would greatly appreciate it. Thanks


Sylvia Ringnalda 2 years ago

Just loved the Magic Crochet magazine wish it was still around it was sooo nice because some patterns showing diagrams & of stitches & rows were easier to follow than the written instructions . Miss this magazine!


werho2254 2 years ago

I've been wondering what happen to Magic Crochet. I loved it!


Fellow Crocheter 2 years ago

I found a site that offers all of Magic Crochet's Mag's free. Not sure if this is a copyright issue, but wanted to share and let all know. If this is not suppose to happen I am sorry for this post, just wanted to make fellow crocheters aware.

http://get-free-crochet-patterns.blogspot.com/2012...


Wilma Meyer 2 years ago

I too have been searching for more of these magazines. It is like sign language for crocheters, because everyone from all around the world can follow the patterns. Also I have many of the larger ones, then they went to regular size. Decorative Crochet seem to take it's place, which was the same thing, but I only have a few of those. I really made many wonderful projects for family and friends. I too wish someone would pick them up again. Internet is ok, but my sister sent for a pattern, and she had to download it, which took 16 sheets of paper, and cost $10.00. I want the booklets. Not everyone likes the internet, for things like these booklets, except to find others who will sell the ones they have to sell.


connie 2 years ago

I loved Magic Crochet magazine. I crocheted my way through a 7 year long divorce with them. My mother loved and used them more than me. If anyone has the issue about "afghans" (1988 or 1989) I think, please, please, please contact me at csfrancis101@yahoo.com.I've moved about 5 time and lost that issue in my last move. It was my favorite.I've been looking for it for 10 years now.


Vickie h 2 years ago

Cant't believe Magic Crochet is no longer sold on magazine stands! I wish I had my old ones. But they got lost in a fire. Had issues back in the 80's.but ,I do have some from the 90's. Still use them today.I show people what I have they can't believe I made it by hand.They think I bought them.


MLW 3 years ago

I WISH YOU WOULD PLEASE PUT THE MAGAZINE BACK WE ALL LOVE I TO LOSE MY SISTER TO CANCER SHE GAVE ME ONE I STILL HAVE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR MORE PLEASE PUT IT BACK O.K.

THANK YOU

MLW


Janet 3 years ago

Does anyone know of a way to track down a pattern from Magic crochet? I have only the one page from the magazine, don't know what issue it was in. the picture of the doily is on page 49, and the reverse page, 50, has #21, Pebbles by Hiroko Hanai. I'd like to make the doily pictured on pg 49, and would like to find the instructions. Any ideas?


J Jeffords 3 years ago

Greatest magazine there ever was. I have 22 issues of Magic Crochet and there is not an issue I have not use.


CP 3 years ago

The best substitute I've found for Magic Crochet is the Russian magazine Duplet. Might I say it's even better. Big issues and chock full of motifs cover to cover.


Carol 3 years ago

I used this magazine to teach myself to crochet in the 90's. now I have retired and love to make these patterns. I can't follow written Directions. I bought some magazines on eBay but I would love to find new patterns like Magic Crochet


Joyce 3 years ago

I recently came across a 1988 issue of Magic Crochet. there are many beautiful patterns in it that I would like to make, but I don't know how to follow the pattern. I have always had the instructions written out. can anyone direct me in learning to read these patterns?


Rosemary 3 years ago

I love to crochet i would buy every copy i could find. i tried learning in high school, but gave it up because my friends would make fun of me calling me granny. I decided to learn after i got married. the only problem was i am left handed. well my mother-in-law taught me and we would get into it because she would tell me i was going the wrong way, but with all the head aches i learn and it was about a year later. when i am done with my dolily they look the same as a right handed person LOL. It is so relaxing for me i start falling asleep, people ask how so it looks so stressing, not for me. i wish they would bring the magazine back.


Granny 3 years ago

I used to get this in the mail, I loved this magazine it was my favorite crochet magazine. I have not found another that even comes close to this one.


beach_comber_rose 3 years ago

I subscribed to Magic Crochet and also Decorative Crochet magazine. I stopped my subscription before they stopped producing the magazines so I didn't know they were no longer available. Since I retired a year ago I wanted to see if they were still available and found they are not. I have many old copies of both magazines. I'm glad I saved them, although I never throw away any crochet pattern. I wish they were still available.


Pam 3 years ago

I loved the Magic Crochet patterns because the diagrams of the patterns are so much easier to follow. To preserve the patterns that I especially liked, I removed them from the magazines and put them in a 3-ring notebook. Each pattern and its accompanying picture are in a sheet protector. When I want to make that doilie or tablecloth, I remove the pattern, copy it and put the original back in the sheet protector. I like to cross out each row as I complete it and this keeps the original pattern in perfect condition. To the sheet protector, I can add a picture of the completed project in addition to notes on the size of thread, size of hook and length of time to complete the project. And who I gave it to! My notebook is now a 3-inch notebook and it is one of my favorite books to "read". I hope this helps you preserve those patterns that are so difficult to find.


Joy 3 years ago

This is a bummer!! I have maybe a dozen magazines left, and they're getting pretty tattered because I use them all the time. Is there anything out there that is similar (with the stitch illustrations)? I would be very interested in subscribing. I'm recently retired & finally have the time to crochet for as long as I want to.


martha 3 years ago

I like using the magic crochet and have a collection of the older ones it not only gives the instructions but also the visual directions for ladies who does not understand the written directions. found a hard back book published in 1942. had never seen a hard back . it has a lot of the older patterns . love looking at the designs.


irma 3 years ago

i grew up watching my mother and sister crochet to the rithem of magic crochet my sister kind of forced me to learn how to crochet by giving me a hook and some yarn eventually i learned how to crochet and started making basket and my mom would use starch to stiff them and then decorate them with flowers many times she would sell them and it got to the point where it would help put food on the table thanks magic crochet


debra watson 4 years ago

I got hooked on these magazines back in the eighties. My daughter had passed away from cystic fibrosis and crocheting dolies and table cloths took me away from my pain and grieving for a short while. I came to rely on these books for my therapy. Then I got my little sister hooked on them, and unbeknown to me my sister who lived far away was also using these books for therapy. We all get together and see who has which issues and we trade patterns. It is a shame they quit making these magazines, they have been the only magazine I have kept for so many years and will never get rid of them. I wish they would bring them back, my sisters also would pay double the price for a subscription as I would also. We loved how you could learn to look at the picture and read the symbols or abbreviations to a pattern. using thread to make a table cloth is just so grand, and a panio runner so elegant. Please bring back our magazines........ some company out there has to have the power to buy the rights and copy rights to all these patterns and put our books back together again.


Sandi 4 years ago

I've been crocheting since I was a pre-teen. I have a lot of issues of Crochet Magic and have made many, many of the patterns they offered. I sure do miss that magazine. Has anyone found a similar magazine? I do thread crochet and some cotton yarn crochet.


Gwen Struthers 4 years ago

I also loved the magazine and am looking for a tablecloth pattern in Issue May 1996 called fine-art grannies. I made one they are beautiful and I lost my book. My e-mail address ie Nyanza14@hotmail.com I would love to make it again.


TN Senior 4 years ago

Debbies-fine-crochet, above, stated that these magazines were in French, but I have all the magazines from in the 1980's until they ceased in 2005 and they are all in English. They were printed by the French company Les Editions, De Saxe S.A. Decorative Crochet, was another one of their magazines that was published, but that one I did not care for as much.

I called the company to find out why I could not renew my subscription and was told it was to costly to publish the magazines for the US. Postage was just getting to expensive for them to keep doing so. I loved that magazine as it had more professional looking designs in it....beautiful patterns. I have crocheted so many patterns from those books, that I could probably not fit everything in my house. I truly miss that magazine. A LOT!


janice nichols 4 years ago

I started getting Magic Crochet in the mail in jan. of 1989. I have every one published until they stoped in 2005. I love them all!!!!!!!!!!!!


Julie De Fusco 4 years ago

I used to have a huge amout of the old issues of Magic Crochet but lost them in a fire. I have been looking high and low for the issue that has the LORD'S PRAYER or just the pattern. If some one has it I would appreciate a copy of just the chart portion. I don't need all the wording. If you could scan it and email it to me I would appreciate it. And will exchange patterns with anyone that would like to have some. My email is grandmashouse2010@hotmail.com. Thanks Everyone.


Laura Schultz 4 years ago

really sad to loose such a wonderful library of patterns...miss the magazine...guess I will stop loaning out the ones I have collected over the years


marrinb123 4 years ago

I subscribed to many crochet and craft magazines that are no longer published Magic Crochet, Crochet Fantasy, McCalls Needlework as well as two Annies Attic magazines. I have not been able to find any of these available for new subscription purposes. While there is a large resource on the web for both purchase and free distribution patterns, it doesn't come close to the 'wait for the mail' subscription magazines that used to fill my mailbox! I miss them all. Fortunately, I have a four drawer filing cabinet to keep all of my old issues and I refer to them frequently. This absence of magazine inspired crochet has forced me to design many of my own patterns just to keep my crochet hook busy.


Terry Devine 4 years ago

Just wanted to say

Terry Devine aka sunnywolfgar...

I wasn't able to edit my post so just gotta put this in this way.


Terry Devine 4 years ago

I've been crocheting 45 years now and I have been buying Magic Crochet n Decorative crochet since the 80's. I do not have the whole collection cause we moved alot military does that to you. But I am almost there 3/4th of the way getting both sets completed , so 1/4 to go. If they was to bring back Magic Crochet and Decorative Crochet I'd sign the subscription right back up in a heart beat !

I miss them coming to my mailbox. When I got time after getting my magazine that day from the mail box , I'd sit in my rocker, got tea and cake or pie or ice cream ready, paper and pen , I would be making notes, what color,what size thread , if I would change the border, or change the center, or just do certain rows, or do the whole thing etc....oh what afternoon that used to be~~~ I always looked forward to the next month magazine.

please bring both magazines back with the charts.

Terry Devine

sunnywolfgar1999@yahoo.com


irishokie 4 years ago

I have almost complete sets of both Magic and Decorative Crochet and would be lost if anything ever happened to them. I will new issues were still available. Can't someone bring them back??


SHIRLEY 4 years ago

i HAVE A LOT OF THESE BOOKS i USE TO GET THEM IN THE MAIL

AND EVEN I AM OLDER NOW I STILL USE THEM A LOT.EVERYONE LOVES MY DOLLIES.


Kathi 4 years ago

I have many "Magic Crochet" mags. If someone would please send me a copy of the #14 'Net Stitch Table Cloth' from the Number 13 Magazine I would be totally in your dept. I have it but have used the book so much that the middle pages that this is a part of, is folded over and over, some of the graph is hard to read.

kthsprau@gmail.com


Ramona Torres 4 years ago

I love the Magic crochet magazine. I'm a self taught crocheter and I love the magazine its illustration and the easy follow guide in doing the crocheting.My projects came out perfect. I was a subscriber and I used to get so anxious in getting my next issue. I wanted to see the new patterns. I was never a thread crocheter until I had my first magazine couple of years back, and then began loving it so, I made doilies, tablecloths well just about everything. I was so sadden no I no long received the magazine, but thank God I still have my old ones and I still can do my crochet from them. Wish magic crochet magazine come back. I miss them.


Dixie c 4 years ago

I miss the magazine very much. It was the first thing I looked for when it was time for a new one. I have a few of them but wish I had many more. I would love it if it came back, even as a quarterly.


Bambi 4 years ago

I have volumes of the magazine, I go back to them for inspiration and follow the great patterns. Wish my collection was complete.


Diana M. 4 years ago

I have several magazines and would continue to get them if I could. It was much easier for me to learn the symbols they used then to read the directions for the patterns. I have done at least 30 of their patterns and my whole family has at least one of my doilies. I wish they would bring it back, even if it is copies of older books and patterns. There are so many I don't have I would buy subscription again. Diana


Irene Gierza 4 years ago

I made many things from both magazines and now value each issue that I have. I miss their format more than anything.


Jackie Olmstead 4 years ago

I also miss the magazine . I started collecting them in 1985. If the magazine would come back I would get in in a minute.


Beverly Hauck, NY 4 years ago

I also had subscriptions to both magazines until they started putting the junk in them. I didn't want other crochet stuff, just doily stuff or thread stuff. I didn't mind one or two things. The other thing I didn't like towards the end is that they got half the size as they use to be for the same amount of money. Then it just got harder to find because I would look at them before buying them. At least now I know why I can't find them. I have almost two sets of both of them but Magic Crochet from #37 on and all of Decorative Crochet until the last 2-3 years when I didn't like them. You wonder why I have two sets. My mother passed away 5 years ago and my father and siblings would throw her set out and I thought about selling them on the internet. Now I don't know if it's worth it unless its in 10's or the whole bunch.


Marlys 4 years ago

I also subscribed to Magic Crochet over the years. I still have all the copies I was issued and I still use them today. I am just getting back into crocheting doilies, so these patterns give me unending choices. The newest crochet magazine I receive is called "Crochet World". This magazine gives a more diversified group of patterns. This is fun because it allows you to choose from yarn to 4-ply cotton thread to doilie thread patterns. If Magic Crochet came back on the market, I would subscribe in a minute.


Anna Harned 4 years ago

I miss the Magic Crochet Magazine bring them both back Decorative contact at annaharned@ymail.com


Flora R Rivera 4 years ago

Lady in Mass very sad to not find Magic Crochet I write on toPatterson N.Y.Mail came back wrong address. Now I need to know if you are in P.O. Box 1971 Danbury ,Ct. 06813-9848.Because I love Magic Crochet I need new magazine to my collection please tell me that you steal making the magazine steal.My Add, 18 Hartley St, Springfield, Mass. 01104 Thank You


debbies-fine-crochet 5 years ago

Magic Crochet was not published monthly, but every other month. The opposite month was Decorative Crochet. It was not published in the UK either, but by a French company Les Editions, De Saxe S.A. http://www.edisaxe.com. They publish new and some of the same patterns in the following three magazines (in French): 1000 Mailles, Mailles, Crochet Creations as they published in Magic Crochet and Decorative Crochet. The format is the same and the easy-to-read diagrams are the same, using the same symbols as Magic Crochet and Decorative Crochet. Don't be put off that it is in French! The patterns remain easy to follow.


Juanita Rynearson 5 years ago

What I enjoyed about the magazine was the fact that the patterns were illustrated for us visual people. Also there wasn't a lot of other "stuff"in the magazine.


Canary LeBlanc 5 years ago

The newest crochet pattern on A+BabyCrohet.com is a filet doily.

Take care and GOD bless you, and have a marvelous GOD blessed day.

Songbird25@lusfiber.net


LAura i spencer 5 years ago

where can i get an issue of magic crochet that had a snowflake picture of tablecloth to crochet on cover anything you can help would sure be appreciated my email is angel922@npacc.net


Anne, AL 5 years ago

I have many of these wonderful magazines! I was one of the folks who had a subscription that stopped showing up. I loved the diagrams, especially. So easy to follow once you knew the symbol for each stitch. I miss the wonderful designs.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

I am lucky enough to have some of the old copies of Magic Crochet. What made the designs so good was that they used designers from all over the world.

Free online patterns aren't helping the sales of crochet magazines either. I share free patterns myself, so sadly I'm not helping either.

It's a shame so many have gone out of business.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

I DID wonder what happened to this publication! I'm going to have a better look at our Half Price Books Stores. Thanks very much for the Hub. Rated up and several others.

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