Freebie Friday: Wise Owl Knit

29 Aug

Happy Labor Day weekend, Crafters!

Monday is the start of September which means Halloween decorations will already be moving into stores (if they haven’t already). That means it’s time to start thinking about our Halloween costumes. Luckily we have got you and your little one covered! Today’s Knit Owl CostumeFREE PATTERN is the wise owl knit from Monster Knits for Little Monsters. In Monster Knits for Little Monsters, Nuriya Khega provides step-by-step instructions for knitting adorable costumes ranging from a fluffy bunny to an alien elf (yup, you read that correctly).  So don’t delay and get started on your first today. This pattern consists of a knit owl hat and a tree scarf to keep your little monster warm on those cool nights.

Monster Knits for Little Monsters is an adorable collection of animal-themed hat and mitten sets for babies and toddlers from ages six months to three years, that kids will love and adults can’t help but fawn over. These cute coverall hats kMonster Knits for Little Monsterseep your child’s head, ears, and neck warm and toasty, and have a practical pullover design so that they can’t tug it off easily. Also included are knitting patterns for matching mitten “paws,” socks, and scarves. Featuring bears, owls, frogs, foxes, sharks, robots, dinosaurs, bunnies, and even Shrek-like ears, there are loads of delightful ways to dress up your child in charming creations that are quick and easy to knit. The book is organized by the different kinds of creatures like Cuddly Critters, Feathered Friends, Huggable Horrors, Adorable Aliens, and Festive Friends, inspiring you to make hats for your children to dress up in all-year round.   Each project contains step-by-step instructions, plus information for finishing touches to make your projects stand out. A knitting refresher course is given in the back of the book for complete beginners, covering tools, yarns, and all the techniques and stitches you’ll need to create the projects. And a Create Your Own Design section will inspire knitters to let their imagination run wild to create personalized accessories that their little monsters are sure to love and cherish.

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Goodreads Giveaway: 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza

3 Aug

On Friday, SMP Craft showcased our newest star: Melvin the Musical Monster and offered him as a free pattern download.

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We discovered Melvin in 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn, and Life by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza. He was hanging out with gorgeous scarves, beautiful sweaters, a purse, socks, elegant shawls… and urged us to check out his colorful world.

And so we did.

10 Secrets includes a bevy of exciting patterns aimed at knitters from beginners to experienced, and encourages us to relax and have fun, to see that knitting can be as much about process as about the finished product.

It didn’t take much time to convince us that every knitter needs to relax and have more fun and so we’ve decided to spread the good word with a Goodreads Giveaway of 10 Secrets. But, as we all know, all things, even good ones, eventually come to an end. This giveaway ends August 7, so if you don’t want to miss out on the chance to win a free copy of 10 Secrets, enter now!

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10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters by Vicki Stiefel

10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters

by Vicki Stiefel

Giveaway ends August 07, 2014.

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Patience not one of your virtues? Don’t fret. Purchase it this instant.

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Freebie Friday: Melvin the Musical Monster

1 Aug

The moment I laid eyes on Melvin the Musical Monster, I knew he had me. MAKE ME! he pleaded. OKAY! I agreed. Which is why this Friday’s Free Pattern is Melvin the Musical Monster. Knitter Level: Recliner, a.k.a., Beginner.

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I found Melvin in 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza. He was designed by Rebecca Danger.  I was reading each of these three women’s blogs (click on their names so you can, too!). When Vicki’s not busily knitting, she’s a mystery novelist with a slew of published works on murder and mayhem under her belt. Lisa founded Lisa Souza Knitwear and offers hand-dyed fibers to others through her website, lisaknit.com. And Rebecca has been writing patterns for her original toy designs (like Melvin!) since 2009.

I particularly love the tip you get with this Melvin pattern, which appeals to my crafting sensibility–enjoy the process as much as the product–and reflects the humorous tone of this book: “Any mistakes while knitting your Melvin will just give him more character!”

10 Secrets is peppered with these insightful witty gems alongside 27 patterns–complete with instructions and charts on how to make not only Melvin, but elegant shawls, chic sweaters, and colorful scarves, all beautifully photographed in full-color. In addition, it contains a wealth of other valuable and fun information including designer profiles, websites and other resources, information on fibers, spinning, and crochet, and much more.

Linda Cortright, publisher and editor of Wild Fibers magazine is spot on when she writes, “This is a book that will make every knitter feel more like a Zen master the next time they drop a stitch.”

Want more? Buy 10 Secrets at your favorite retailer.

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I’m already imagining Melvin charming the pants off of everyone—big and little alike—hanging out at their homes, chillin’ on the sofa, lounging on the bed, sitting in the crib, bobbing up and down in a backpack headed to school for Show and Tell. He’s the kind of monster that brings color and fun into any environment.
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So let’s do this! Let’s all bring Melvin to life and give him a happy home—be it yours or a loved one’s.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Goodreads Giveaway: Loom Knitting Afghans

23 Jun

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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at Goodreads.

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Freebie Friday: Chevron Throw from Loom Knitting Afghans

20 Jun

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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