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21 Nov

Freebie Friday: Sunflower Square Crochet Block

This morning, I watched this bird walk back and forth on my kitchen window sill. Walk a few steps. Stop for a few seconds. Walk back to the original spot. Then finally take off.

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That’s how I’m feeling right about now: Almost free. I’m headed to southern California this weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving and my mother’s 75th birthday with my family–fleeing the biting New York City cold to bask in glorious warmth and sunshine for a week. But I still have to get through the pre-flight dance, which is essentially getting through a daunting to do list before I can take off. I wish I could say I could get through everything and catch up on sleep during the flight. But I don’t sleep well on planes. So I’ll be doing one of my to-dos on the plane. Now that TSA removed crochet hooks from its prohibited list of carry-on items, I’m going to crochet Sunflower Squares to accessorize the Thanksgiving table.

The Sunflower Square pattern is from 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet: Beautiful patterns to mix and match for afghans, throws, baby blankets, and more by Betty Barnden, a collection of 75 triangular, square, diamond-shaped, hexagonal, and circular blocks, all with a floral theme. The book also includes written patterns and color charts, useful techniques, and creative projects.

Crochet 1-2-3 remarks: “You will quickly be creating a beautiful project, whether a basic afghan or a fabulous scarf…This is a book that any crocheter will want.” And for the daily commute or long flight like I’m about to take, the blocks are perfect for crafters “on-the-go.”

Want to try this pattern out, too? It’s Level: EASY. CLICK the image below or here to DOWNLOAD it for FREE. Start crocheting now!

SunflowerimageSunflowers not your cup o’ tea? How about Daffodils? Buttercups? Roses? These and many other varieties are in 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet, which is available at your favorite bookseller.

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15 Jul

Happy Pub Day!

Hooray! If you’ve been patiently waiting for the next great book by our featured author of the month, Leonie Morgan, then consider your wait worthwhile. We’re so excited to show off 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet: 50 Original Stitches and 50 Fabulous Colorways for Blankets and Throws, on sale now!

ripple 2This is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring colorways, perfect for blankets, throws, and accessories. With 100 original stitch designs to choose from, using color and texture to create stunning zig-zags, ripples, and waves, there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter.
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Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes six great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

Pick up this fun, fabulous book and keep some color in your life for as long as you can. After all, winter is coming!

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23 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: Loom Knitting Afghans

If you loved Friday’s free project from Isela Phelps’s Loom Knitting Afghans, we’ve got another treat for you: A chance to win the whole book!

Popular loom knitting maven Isela Phelps is back with a new book containing patterns for afghans, blankets, and throws. Whether you’re new to loom knitting or a serial afghan knitter looking for some new exciting projects, this book has lots to delve into, from blankets featuring graphic chevron patterns or a variety of stitches and textures, to easy patchwork throws or blankets showcasing intricate cables and lace patterns. As the projects are arranged from beginner to advanced, new loom knitters can progress through the designs while learning and mastering techniques along the way.

Isela provides the clear, easy-to-follow instructions her books are known for, and shares hints and tips for how to choose the right loom and yarn for a project. An illustrated introductory chapter explains and demonstrates everything you need to know about loom knitting and serves as a great refresher course. A finishing section helps you achieve expert results and provides instructions for how to personalize your designs with a range of embellishments.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Loom Knitting Afghans, Blankets & Cushions by Isela Phelps

Loom Knitting Afghans, Blankets & Cushions

by Isela Phelps

Giveaway ends June 26, 2014.

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20 Jun

Freebie Friday: Chevron Throw from Loom Knitting Afghans

chevron throw Have you tossed that toasty-warm comforter into storage yet? It’s getting pretty hot and humid for us here at SMP Craft, so all we really need on our beds now is a light, colorful afghan–one just like this gorgeous chevron throw! Which is great, because it’s this week’s Freebie Friday project from the newest book in Isela Phelps’s loom-knitting series: Loom Knitting Afghans.

Whether you’re new to loom knitting or a serial afghan knitter looking for some new exciting projects, this book has lots to delve into, from blankets featuring graphic chevron patterns (like this one!) or a variety of stitches and textures, to easy patchwork throws or blankets showcasing intricate cables and lace patterns. As the projects are arranged from beginner to advanced, new loom knitters can progress through the designs while learning and mastering techniques along the way. guitar throw

Isela provides the clear, easy-to-follow instructions her books are known for, and shares hints and tips for how to choose the right loom and yarn for a project. An illustrated introductory chapter explains and demonstrates everything you need to know about loom knitting and serves as a great refresher course. A finishing section helps you achieve expert results and provides instructions for how to personalize your designs with a range of embellishments.

Eager for more? Buy the book today!
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10 Jun

Happy Pub Day!

It’s that time again! We couldn’t be more excited to introduce another fantastic loom knitting book from Isela Phelps, this time with twenty great new patterns for those colorful accessories you curl up with while reading a good book. Introducing: Loom Knitting Afghans.

Whether you’re new to loom knitting or a serial afghan knitter looking for some new exciting projects, this book has lots to delve into, from blankets featuring graphic chevron patterns or a variety of stitches and textures, to easy patchwork throws or blankets showcasing intricate cables and lace patterns.

Isela provides the clear, easy-to-follow instructions her books are known for, and shares hints and tips for how to choose the right loom and yarn for a project. An illustrated introductory chapter explains and demonstrates everything you need to know about loom knitting and serves as a great refresher course. And a finishing section helps you achieve expert results and provides instructions for how to personalize your designs with a range of embellishments.

Inside this gorgeously photographed book, you’ll find everything you need to loom knit a cozy gift for your loved ones–or yourself! So warm up that link-clickin’ finger and…

Buy the book today!
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Author of the Month

This month we sit down with Helen Angharad Henley, mother of three, handbag designer, self-proclaimed “compulsive maker,” and author of newly published Tote-ally Amazing Bags: 30 quick and easy bags to make for all occasions. Helen lives and works in Wales where she designs, makes, and sells her sewing patterns and handbags. She blogs her stitching endeavours at angharadhandmade.blogspot.com and sells her bags online at angharad handmade.

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Cookie Jewelry Box


They say there are two types of women in the world: those who love jewelry, and those who love cookies. What? You say you're both types of woman? Well then I sure have a treat for you, with this free pattern from our new book 50 Deliciously Decorative Cookies: Easy-t0-Make Cookie Creations by Fiona Pearce, you can have your jewelry box and eat it, too!

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