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March 2011

Free Pattern – Springtime in Paris Sweater from Runway Knits

Brimming with stylish, high-fashion knit designs to fit a woman’s every mood, Runway Knits will inspire, challenge, and reward both new knitters and experts alike. Fashion veteran Berta Karapetyan has been creating high-end knitwear for more than 15 years, consulting on designs for the likes of Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein. From pleated skirts to fur-trimmed jackets to playful scarves, there is something for everyone in this collection of 30 designs.

• Download the Springtime in Paris Sweater pattern at Scribd.com

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Free Pattern – Felty Dinosaur from Toys to Sew by Claire Garland

Recreate your own jurassic park with this free pattern from the Potter Craft archive. Download the Felty Dinosaur pattern from Scribd.com.

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Lilacs and Roses Baby Afghan from Crochet Master Class by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss

To give you just one taste of the incredible range of crochet’s creative possibilities, this month CrafterNews is offering readers a free pattern for an adorable baby afghan from Crochet Master Class.

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Crochet Master Class Authors Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss on What's New in Crochet

We asked Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss, two of the most well-respected experts in crochet, to offer up their observations on what’s new in this age-old craft.

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Enter to Win This Gorgeous Kumihimo Necklace by Giovanna Imperia, Author of Kumihimo Wire Jewelry!

This month, we have a new contest, this time to win yet another stunning piece of jewelry. This neckpiece, which was designed and made by internationally renowned kumihimo artist and workshop instructor Giovanna Imperia, is a project in her soon-to-be-released book, Kumihimo Wire Jewelry.

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Guest Post: Why I Love Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal, Author of Modern Log Cabin Quilting

The multitalented Susan Beal (sewist, jewelry maker, screen printer, craft author) once found quilting intimidating. But after attempting a log cabin quilt block for a pillow during a craft night, she quickly discovered that log cabin quilting was simple, incredibly adaptable, and the perfect place to start for a new quilter or anyone interested in using quilt techniques in other crafts.

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Meet Potter Craft: Good Book Hunting by Joy Aquilino

As the executive editor of Potter Craft, my main focus is acquisitions, which means I look for and work with authors to develop new book projects. When I tell people about what I do they often say, “That sounds fun,” and they’re right. I love connecting and working with artists and designers to realize ideas for books that will inspire and inform our readers. The question that usually comes next—“How do you find new ideas?”—actually has several answers.

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Look What YOU Made: Playing With Kumihimo by Alyn Evans

Making jewelry is one of my favorite ways to craft, so I’m often tempted to check out our jewelry making books first, but the unusual approach of Kumihimo Wire Jewelry—a modern look at a traditional technique—along with beautiful photos and detailed instructions, are what inspired me to try this ancient braiding technique.

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