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25 Aug

Happy Pub Day!

We’ve got two new books today that will charm and exhilarate any knit & crochet fan! 500 Crochet Stitches and 750 Knitting Stitches are both a stitch guide and a how-to primer, all in one volume. 750 Knitting StitchesYou get all the information you need to get started, including how to choose yarn and needles, read patterns, work basic stitches, how to check gauge, increase and decrease, and how to join pieces and finish projects and care for your knitted or crocheted items.

The comprehensive pattern libraries include basic stitches and some new techniques to get the fabric you want for that special sweater or hat. Each project is fully explained with instructions and accompanied by a full-color photo of a sample swatch. 500 Crochet StitchesAll swatches are worked in updated yarns, beautifully photographed and accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions, to provide a one-stop resource for knitters and crocheters.

Use one of the many motifs to create an heirloom blanket, or mix and match motifs to create a truly unique piece. Based on The Harmony Guides, these editions are updated with eye-catching photography and innovative new stitches. This is the first time in over five years that The Harmony Guides have released new material, so you can be among the first to get your hands on it!

Order your copies now!

500 Crochet cover


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Knitting cover


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21 Jun

Men Who Knit and Crochet

Most of us, if asked to assign a majority sex to a particular hobby or activity would probably have a few if not all of these on their list for men–football, hunting, golf, fishing, chess, poker, model making, car tinkering, and smoking cigars.

But knitting and crocheting? Unlikely.

This Father’s Day, we’ve decided to shine light on the community of men and boys who knit and crochet–a community of over two million in the US alone, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the Craft and Yarn Council.

Let’s be clear. No, we don’t think Men’s Knitting is the New Yoga. Or that men’s knitting and crocheting will overtake Football as America’s favorite national pastime–in the near future.

But “thriving” and “vibrant”? Indeed. However way you choose to see it, in this century, women aren’t the only ones who knit and crochet as a leisure activity, men are returning to the craft, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Numerous online articles feature this trend:

Men who knit can join the very active online community of the same name that was formed to “promote and inspire knitting amongst men” and includes blog links, instructions, features finished and ongoing projects by members, and information on Men Knitting and Crocheting Retreats and Clubs, of which there are more than a handful in the US and UK.

On Facebook, there are a few Community pages for Men’s Knitting Retreats groups. Below is an image of the Men’s Mid-West Knitting Retreat attendees from last November.


Scanning through the comments section of Real Men Crochet! a youtube video on Action Wipes’ channel, which has garnered nearly 23,000 views, we find men of all ages, young boys, and teenagers excited about crocheting and knitting.

Cheskydivision shared a story about his teenage son “who gets teased a lot for crocheting as much as he receives praise from friends but never comes home with his creations as they end up being gifted.”

Joetherocku2ube: Dude, I really enjoy working with my hands too. I make tons of beanies as well as survival bracelets. Male, married, 44 years old.

TheRommannEmpire: I’m 12 now and I’ve been crocheting since I was 7. I learned to crochet from a book with no help from anyone.

Explore Pinterest, like Carrie Carpenter’s channel, to see images of movie stars, musicians, and sports celebrities knitting and crocheting, including David Arquette, Ryan Gosling, George Lucas, Laurence Fishburne, Ewan McGregor, Russell Crowe, Kurt Cobain, Paul Rudd.

Hollywood Knit for Breast Cancer Research featured David Arquette on their mission statement cover, as he’s known to be an avid knitter.

51TM0PABN5L._SL1500_ includes Ryan Gosling in a post titled Sexy Men Who Knit.

ryan-gosseling-knitting-640Several online articles and a podcast pop up about Gregory Patrick, formerly homeless, and now has a book out about his story. Here’s his blog, where he also sells his book: Mad Man Knitting.


We’ll end here with Moral Courage Project’s recent youtube video featuring Alvin Irby: I Crochet in the Subway and I Don’t Care What People Think. 



If you’re interested in reading more about the history of knitting,’s History 101 by Julie Theaker is an excellent place to start.

Happy Father’s Day!

Tagged with: celebrity knitters, Crafts, crochet, crocheting, Father's day, knitting, madmanknitting, men who crochet, men who knit, smpcraft, summer
13 Jun

10 Beer Bottle Crafts

Are you throwing or going to a barbecue this weekend? For 4th of July or before the end of the summer? Will there be beer?

Before you or your host toss those empty beer bottles and caps into the recycling bin, visualize making one or all of these 10 DIY projects that turn your empties (caps, too) into something really cool and useful. Remember Father’s Day is just around the corner… CHEERS!

1. SIX PACK OF SOLAR-POWERED “LIGHT” BEER: Popular Science’s Dave Prochnow




3. CANDLE HOLDER: Threadsence



BeercapCandles5. CLOCK: Apartment Therapy


6. BOTTLE CAP HOT PAD | TRIVET: My Amphetamines and My Purls


7. MODULAR SHELVING: Instructables Ten Green


8. BRACELET HOLDER: Gliter, Wits & Grits 




10. BOTTLE HERB GARDEN: Design Sponge


Tagged with: beer bottle crafts, candles, how to, how to make a clock, interior design, recycle, salt and pepper shakers, shelving, smpcraft, solar power, trivets, upcycle
3 Mar

Happy Pub Day!

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.)


Order your copy now!

Super Cute Crochet front cover Amazon
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Tagged with: babies, books, booties, crochet, kids, shoes
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.

Order your copy today!

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New in December & January!


Tagged with: caitlin sainio, crochet, crocheting, how to books, knit & crochet series, lace crochet, motifs, smpcraft

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Commuters Crafting

#CAUGHTCRAFTING: Friday, Manhattan, NYC F-Line Subway Knitter

doilies and coasters

Your little monster will be the envy of the bus stop with this Project of the Month: a little lamb hat and neck ruff with matching legwarmers and mittens from More Monster Knits for Little Monsters 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat and Mitten Sets to Knit.In a stylish cream color (not as white as snow) people will be asking, Mary who?

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