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3 Mar

Happy Pub Day! SUPER CUTE CROCHET FOR LITTLE FEET

Despite all evidence to the contrary, spring IS on its way, and before you know it you’ll be swapping those big ol’ snow boots for something a little more…presentable. But who says grown-ups are the only ones deserving of stylish footwear? super cute 3If you’ve ever dreamed of uniting your love for crochet with your love for chubby baby feet, you are in luck, my crafty friend. Today we’re proud to publish Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet: 30 Stylish Shoes, Booties, and Sandals to Crochet for Babies by Vita Apala!

In this adorable book you’ll find 30 sweet and gorgeous patterns for crocheted sandals, shoes, and boots to fit babies and toddlers. super cute 2Discover mini versions of your favorite shoe styles, including classic Mary Janes, tiny work boots, basketball high-tops, and even chic peep-toe sandals! Over 160 illustrations guide you toward crocheting the mini shoe closet of your little one’s dreams.

super cute 4Patterns include step-by-step instructions accompanied by numbered photos, and are suitable for crocheters of all skill levels. And helpful tips throughout offer alternative styles so you can customize your project even further. You’ve crocheted your little one about a dozen adorable hats—now it’s time to cover up those toes in style! Be sure to snap a pic and share your projects with us on social media. We love to see your handiwork! (Or toes-iwork, as the case may be.) 

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30 Dec

Happy Pub Day!

I hope you got everything your heart desired this holiday season–and just in case you didn’t, here’s a treat to buy yourself with the balance still left on that gift card! The latest in Caitlin Sainio’s popular Knit & Crochet series, 75 Lace Crochet Motifs: Traditional Designs with a Contemporary Twist, for Clothing, Accessories, and Homeware, goes on sale today.

Inside you’ll find dozens of versatile blocks and medallions, richly textured flowers, and charming figures, all suitable for thread crochet. From traditional configurations to striking new designs, there are patterns here to suit every taste and skill level. 75 lace

Stiffen small motifs and hang them as ornaments, or incorporate them into jewelry. Embellish clothing and housewares with your favorite designs, or join a series of geometric motifs to create a goregous lace scarf or table runner. Discover limitless ideas, including step-by-step instructions for core crochet techniques, plus full patterns and charts for 75 motifs, and creative projects for putting your motifs to work–like these cute lavender bags! 75 lace 2

The book is divided into clever categories, so you can easily find motifs based on flowers (water lilies and chrysanthemums), special occasions (Christmas and Hanukkah), wildlife (hummingbirds and peacocks), and even hobbies (kites and hot air balloons). There’s no end to the fun, colorful pieces you can crochet with the newest book in this popular series. So if you just can’t wait till the book arrives to start a project, revisit our Project of the Month and crochet yourself some fancy drink coasters in time for tomorrow’s big NYE bash! Or get a long head start on next year’s tree decorating by crocheting all of your handmade ornaments now. I mean, you only have 357 days left, you know.

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4 Dec

Project of the Month: Lace Crochet Motifs

Can you believe it’s already time for a brand-new Project of the Month? Seems like just yesterday I was building my Cookie “Jewelry” Box and eating all the candy before I had a chance to store them. I’ve eaten a lot of cookies since then, though–at least a month’s worth. But I could’ve done that in a couple of days.

No sweets this time, but I have a different kind of treat for you: three projects in one! Four, if you count the cool project you can put together by combining them. And I’m aaall about rounding up! (And rounded hexagons.) Especially when it comes to free projects.

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Six-pointed Star

Rounded Blossom

This PROJECT OF THE MONTH comes from 75 Lace Crochet Motifs: Traditional Designs with a Contemporary Twist, for Clothing, Accessories, and Homeware, the latest in the Knit & Crochet series by Caitlin Sainio. You’re getting three unique motif designs in one two-page spread. How holiday spirity is that? Plus, with all the holiday parties coming up, you may find that these cute little motifs make excellent emergency coasters, too. Or, by stitching them together, you can make delightful doilies to please your high-minded guests (and/or impress your in-laws). Behold!

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Now that’s what I call A+ crafting. Happy crocheting!

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23 Nov

Goodreads Giveaway: 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet

On Friday, we offered our free project download, The Sunflower Square Crochet Block, a beginner-friendly project from Betty Barnden’s 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet: Beautiful Patterns to Mix and Match for Afghans, Throws, Baby Blankets, and More. Blocks range from traditional blanket squares with petals and rosebuds to colorful polygons with three-dimensional flowers and leaves. Here are examples of other floral patterns found in her book:

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We’re sure there’s something here to inspire every crochet fan–from beginner to well-seasoned. And, we’re running a Goodreads Giveaway so that you can enter for a chance to win one of 20 copies. See below for giveaway details, and enter before it closes on Thursday!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

75 Floral Blocks to Crochet by Betty Barnden

75 Floral Blocks to Crochet

by Betty Barnden

Giveaway ends November 27, 2014.

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If you don’t want to wait or want to give the gift of crocheting to a beloved crafter in your life, 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet can be ordered now at your favorite bookseller:

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24 Oct

Freebie Friday: Pear Pincushion

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A well-known Italian seamstress once told me that Pincushions are a sewing necessity and that, “è vero, vero” It’s true true that one’s pincushion reflects one’s personality. I don’t think I want to know what it means about my personality that the “pincushion” in my sewing box is an old Whitesnake rock band patch I used to accessorize a Heavy Metal Halloween costume.

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Nonetheless, while combing through 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet by Cat Thomas, I couldn’t help but recall her comment; despite loving the absolutely adorable sushi, bear, and cactus pincushions pictured above, the moment my eyes landed on the Pear Pincushion, I knew I found my (dare I say it) PEAR-fect pincushion match. So for this week’s Free Pattern Download, I offer you Pear Pincushion, which is knitted in the round, uses worsted weight yarn and no seaming so it knits up quickly.

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I’ve decided that this pear pincushion is a Green Anjou, an all-purpose variety valued for its culinary versatility–from slicing fresh into salads to baking into tarts and pies to pureeing for sauces, beverages, and toppings. It’s the most abundant variety in the U.S., is almost always available, and most importantly, has a wonderful flavor profile: refreshing, sweet, juicy, with a hint of citrus!

It’s my friend’s birthday this weekend and I’ve decided to make her a “Pear-themed” present–pear pincushion, a few fresh pears, a pear tart, and pear juice!

If you’re not quite the pear connoisseur but say… have a thing for the circus, or want to make a pincushion for a cat-lover, or maybe love reindeer… and have been learning how to knit or crochet and want a finished handmade something something that you can complete in just a few hours, look no further than  50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet, which is available at your favorite online retailer.

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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