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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.

Rounded Hexagon

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!

Pre-order 75 Lace Crochet Motifs at your favorite bookseller (on sale 12/30)!

Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books

New in December & January!



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1 Dec

SMP Craft Sweepstakes: 100 Snowflakes to Crochet and 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

Enter HERE now for the chance to win Caitlin Sainio’s bestselling crochet books: 100 Snowflakes to Crochet and 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet.

…Tis the Season of giving after all!

100 Snowflakes to Crochet includes clear instructions for a wide range of designs–from simple snowflakes requiring only a few stitches to large, intricate ones–and gives you all the techniques you’ll need. It also includes a section on the basics of crochet, explaining all the stitches and patterns needed. Patterns are organized with the easiest first–allowing you to pick a project that matches your skill level, and work through the book improving your techniques as you go.


Hang your snowflakes and flowers as ornaments!


With 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet, you can re-create the beauty of a summer garden with this gorgeous selection of flowers, leaves, and plants to crochet. From lacy blossoms to delicate ferns, you’ll find patterns to suit any color, style or season. Small and quick to crochet, these flowers work wonderfully as accents for larger projects, as a creative use for leftover thread or a colorful introduction to thread crochet. Whether you’re new to thread crochet, or a longtime enthusiast, you’ll find clear instructions, along with all the basics needed.With the color and variety of their outdoor counterparts, these flowers can be used to embellish clothing and housewares, create decorative arrangements or wall hangings, make lovely and original cards, and more!

 Happy December!!!

Can’t wait? Order your copy now at your favorite bookseller:

100 Snowflakes to Crochet:

Barnes & Noble

100 Lace Flowers to Crochet:

Barnes & Noble

New in December & January!



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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:


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.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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:


Barnes & Noble

Check out our newest November title!

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Tagged with: crochet, floral patterns, flowers, goodreads giveaway
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.


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.


Barnes & Noble

Check out our newest November title!

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29 Oct

SMP Crafternoon: Learn it. Make it. Donate it.

Good times for a good cause happening at SMP Craft!

Two weeks ago, we sent an email to our fellow Macmillan employees with a November challenge: Crochet/knit a hat or scarf by December 1st to donate to two local women’s shelters: Women in Need, Inc. and The Salvation Army’s Women’s Residence. The response to our first Crafternoon call to action was off the charts! Group

Lyon Brand Yarn donated a load of supplies — skeins of yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks.


Adriana3Felecia3St. Martin’s Press Production Manager, Adriana Coada, and seasoned knitter and teacher, Felecia O’Connell, lead us through basic crochet and knit techniques using patterns from Erika Knight’s two absolutely essential books if you’re a knitter or crocheter, Simple Knitting and Simple Crocheting.



Erin and Kara




LadiesontheLeft_sittingAnd LOOK! We already have our first finished knit hat from one of the participants! She’s considering taking it back and accessorizing it with a flower. So fancy!!!


Click on the descriptions for instructions and FREE PATTERN DOWNLOADS. As ever, comment here or email us with any questions you may have.



  • Scarf Pattern (the dishcloth pattern makes a scarf by simply adding extra rows)

Stay tuned. We’ll be doing regular updates on our progress!

Check out our October and November titles!

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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 and sells her bags online at angharad handmade.

Helen  Angharad Henley, author of Tote-ally Amazing Bags

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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