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Welcome to the first issue of Potter Craft News! This is a monthly e-newsletter devoted to new books, sample patterns, author tour information, and projects made by our readers, as well as opportunities to win free stuff.

Potter Craft is a new book publisher completely devoted to all the wonderful things we can make with our hands. In the beginning our books will focus primarily on knitting, crocheting, sewing, and other needle arts, but as our list grows, so too will our categories.

This month we kick off with highlights from Potter Craft's inaugural season. Vintage knitting patterns, beading projects, and appliqué ideas will inspire you to experiment with new techniques and styles.

In future issues, we'll introduce even more Potter Craft authors—experts who will share new ideas, fresh inspiration, and design secrets (and shortcuts) with you.

So stay with us, tell a friend, and start something new—this is going to be fun!

Shawna Mullen, Editorial Director, Potter Craft


Lion Brand Yarn: Vintage Styles for Today
More Than 50 Patterns to Knit and Crochet

Edited by Nancy J. Thomas and Charlotte Quiggle

After more than a century of helping shape the landscape of contemporary knitting and crocheting, Lion Brand is turning back the clock. Each of these fifty classic patterns is reinterpreted to suit today’s language, sizing, yarns, and body types.

WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK! To enter, send an e-mail to crownmarketing@randomhouse.com with "Lion Brand Yarn Vintage Styles for Today" in the subject line. (Official contest rules)

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Lion Brand Yarn Vintage Styles for Today

Visit the websites of
some of our current & upcoming authors:

Lion Brand Yarn

Fiona Ellis


Kay Gardiner &
Ann Meador Shayne

Jillian Moreno &
Amy R. Singer

Margrit Lohrer

Ashley Paige

Julie Carles &
Jordana Jacobs


The Potter Needlework Library: Appliqué
By Lucinda Ganderton
This fresh, up-to-date, inspiring guide offers step-by-step instructions for traditional appliqué and new low-sew (and no-sew) techniques, plus 25 projects for making delightful gifts and home accessories—including an alphabet quilt, floral tablecloth, and herb sachets.


The Potter Needlework Library: Beading
by Diana Vernon
Patterns and clear, illustrated, step-by-step instructions for creating 25 projects—including a beaded-fringe lamp shade, bead-wrapped curtain tiebacks, and beaded evening bags—plus a range of beautiful beaded trims, edgings, and other applications for transforming plain items into irresistible gifts.


Sew Stylish
by Katie Ebben
Make it quick; make it your own. Sew Stylish offers simple makeovers for everything from jeans to sweaters to off-the-rack basics.


Toys to Knit
by Tracy Chapman
Create lovable, handmade dolls and animals to treasure for a lifetime. These adorable projects will delight knitters of every level and charm children and adults alike.

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The best thing about knitting is the community. If you don't want to meet at your home or need a more public location to help attract members, getting together at a local store is a great option.

Here's a handy list of reasons why every store should consider hosting a knitting group. Bring a printout with you as you scout locations and talk to store managers.

Tell us about the knitting-friendly stores in your area! We’ll contact the manager with news about our books and author tours.