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Join us next month at STITCHES East!

October is right around the corner, which means STITCHES East is coming up! We are making it easier for you to join the Craftsy team in Hartford, Conn. October 12-14 by offering you TWO special offers for the event! Print the coupon below to receive 50% off admission to the Market (simply bring the coupon to the ticket counter when you get there), or get 20% off all events and classes at STITCHES East by using the code CRAE12 when checking out at the STITCHES website.

Craftsy Stitches East Coupon

While we are talking about STITCHES East, we’d like to announce the winners of our Design Competition! Craftsy teamed up with STITCHES and Fiesta Yarns to offer our community of knit and crochet designers the chance to have one of their designs featured in the STITCHES East fashion show and displayed at the Craftsy booth, in addition to winning a $1,000 grand prize.

Representatives from Craftsy, STITCHES, and Fiesta looked over all the entries and chose their favorite. It was a hard decision, but we would like to announce our grand prize winner...Carla P. and her winning design, the Isabella Shawlette! Congratulations, Carla!

Craftsy Stitches East Winner: Carla P.'s Isabella Shawlette

According to Carla, this is truly a Craftsy inspired garment. Drawn to the beautiful colors, Carla purchased a single skein of Fiesta Yarns Linnette in Caribbean from Craftsy. She decided the summery linen/cotton blend would make a lovely shawl to ward off the chill of the afternoon sea breezes where she lives. Carla explained that she didn’t have a clear vision when she started, but used what she learned in Lace Shawl Design to create the body, then added the lace edging using skills she learned through Mastering Lace Shawls. Finally, she added a third stitch pattern to the neckline, creating a beautiful finish.

Carla has been knitting most of her life, but only began writing and selling patterns within the past year. She also spins, crochets, and pursues a range of fiber arts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, whom she has unapologetically infected with the fiber bug.

Other winners are:

  • First Runner Up: Mother and daughter knitting team from Kalamazoo, MI, Marjan and Jamie M. for their Mama Bear sweater
  • Second Runner Up: Rebecca W. of Westford, MA for her Diamond Sweater
  • Third Runner Up: Kathy C. of Connecticut, for her Moonbright Shawl

Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to everyone who entered!

If you’re going to be at STITCHES East, don’t forget to stop by Craftsy booth 710 to see Carla’s winning design and to get a special offer from Fiesta. We will also have some of our wonderful Craftsy instructors in the booth on Friday and Saturday, and will be giving away free patterns, classes, and prizes. We can’t wait to see you at STITCHES East!


Rosalie Wright

I wish craftsy would come to Buffalo NY for a convention….


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