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Contest : Design a Pattern for Our Next Knitting Book

Get crafty. Get published. Get famous.

Well, we can’t guarantee the fame part, but we can get you published. We’re putting the finishing touches on our latest knitting book, Picture Perfect Knits by Laura Birek, and want to see your ideas. The book pulls together more than 50 intarsia grids for adding fun designs into any knit project (think Practical’s Polly’s most excellent Wonder Woman jumper). We have lots of patterns already, but we want yours! This is knitting for the people, by the people.

We’re looking for the five most creative, most dream-worthy intarsia knitting patterns. It could be anything, from a jaunty anchor to a geek-chic argyle pattern to a killer alphabet. Whatever pattern you would want to see in a knitting book. Five winners will have their name and pattern printed in the book and be promoted here on our Handmade Thursdays. Winners will also receive a free copy of the book when it comes out next fall.

Jolly Roger intarsia example by Laura Birek:


THE CHALLENGE: Create a book-worthy intarsia pattern.

THE PRIZE: Bigtime bragging rights, PR fodder, and a free copy of the book to boot.

THE RULES: Submissions must include an electronic file of your original intarsia pattern and how you should be credited if your design is chosen. You can draw your pattern on a piece of graph paper and email us a scan. Or, use Illustrator to create a grid and email us the vector art. Email your submission here. Designs must be your original art work (see fine print below). The deadline is November 29. The winning designs will be showcased here on December 6.

Argyle intarsia example by Laura Birek:


THE FINE PRINT: By submitting a design, you agree you are the sole, original creator of the pattern. If chosen, you assign Chronicle Books rights to publish the pattern in its book Picture Perfect Knits, to be distributed throughout the World in all formats for the term of copyright.

Holiday Softie Awards

One week left to enter!

With loads of great prizes including eternal softie-making fame, what are you waiting for? Therese Laskey, author of Softies, is hosting the second annual Softies awards over at her blog Softies Central. Even if you aren’t interested in entering be sure to check out the Flickr group where you can view all the entries to date. With categories including ‘Let It Snow’, ‘The Worst Gift I Ever Got’ and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ there are some pretty fantastic softies fighting for recognition. For instructions on how to enter click here. And as the judge of the ‘ Holiday Version of a Softie from Softies book’ I can’t promise I’ll vote for you but I can promise I’ll think you’re pretty swell if you enter in my category!!



Adorable Softie entries above from Raggy Rat and Sonjaboo

Homemade Halloween

We take Halloween verrrrrrrrrry seriously around these parts. Every year each department picks a book to dress up us, and it’s sort of an understatement to say we go all out. It’s a full on competition, with many departments planning months in advance. Here are some photos to prove just how ridiculous we really are …

What’s Your Poo Telling You?


I Will Never Forget You: Friday Kahlo and Nickolas Muray


A Is For Astronaut


P.S. Tomorrow is the last day to submit a costume in Etsy’s awesome Costume Contest!

Check out last week’s post.

Christina Loff
Craft Publicist

Kate Prouty
Craft Editor

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