Friday, May 15, 2015

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day CROCHET STYLE!

http://www.happilyhooked.com/hooked-on-cookies/

Today (May 15, 2015) is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY! And who doesn't LOVE cookies? Marie of the Underground Crafter has put together a CUTE roundup of CROCHET patterns that you are going love! Marie is being featured as a guest blogger on The Happily Hooked Crochet Magazine blog. Thanks, Marie!



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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Book Review - Designer Crochet - by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby



I was delighted when Shannon from the Shibaguyz asked me to look over a copy of his new book, Designer Crochet: 32 Patterns to Elevate Your Style 

This book is a collaboration of both designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and photographer Jason Mullett-Bowlsby.

http://www.designz.shibaguyz.com/
As I first flipped through the pages, I knew that this was a book most crocheters would want in their library!

Have you longed for CONTEMPORARY crochet fashions that you could make for yourself? Then read on to see how this book is for you, whether you are making your first crochet garment or you are a seasoned veteran of crochet clothing!

You will be able to crochet a wide variety of sophisticated garments, that use lovely stitch patterns and motifs and because Shannon uses only lightweight yarns for these designs, the items will have a beautiful drape, not always seen in crochet garments!

Shannon includes great how-to's that are easy to follow, especially for beginner crocheters. But his tutorials do not stop there. Advanced crocheters will love the special techniques that are included as well.
  
All the garments in the book are sized from size Small to 5X, and he also gives detailed instructions to guide you through changing sizes. 

The photography is beautiful and Jason made sure to take some very detailed close up shots that enhance the already stunning stitch patterns in some of these designs.

Some of the chapters in this book include:
  • A great Introduction where Shannon outlines what you can expect in this book;
  • Getting Started, which outlines most of what you need to know to begin a project;
  • Special Techniques, which gives "written instructions and photo tutorials for stitches and techniques used most commonly throughout this book";
  • A Materials List for each project in the book.
You can read more about this new book in Shannon's own words here:

http://www.designz.shibaguyz.com/blog/new-book-release-designer-crochet-by-shibaguyz-designz

The GALLERY photos alone from the page above will make you want a copy of this book!

Some of my favorite designs include:

Cloaked Hood Hoodie

Off-The-Shoulder Dress
Cross Front Vest

Turtleneck Poncho
 
Cables and Lace Tunic
The Shibaguyz Bio:
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the co-founders of Shibaguyz Designz, a versatile design company that uses their unique flair to combine fashion design, knitting, crochet, photography and graphic design into a cohesive whole.

Shannon has been teaching adults for 20+ years and is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor. His quirky sense of humor and a teaching style that all can relate to, have made him a sought after teacher in both local and national venues.

You can find Shannon’s designs in countless magazines such as Crochet! and Noro Knitting, or in one of his many books including Urban Edge, Cool Weather Fashions, Crochet Ponchos, That's A Wrap and Heady Affairs.


Cute Crochet Chat was provided a copy of Designer Crochet: 32 Patterns to Elevate Your Style
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Creative Crochet Cheats

Are they REALLY crochet cheats if you are just using them to learn and keep track of your work? I don't think so! BUT UCreate has come up with a great variety of 'crochet cheats' (9 in all) to help you with your crochet work Click on the pic to see them all!

http://www.u-createcrafts.com/cheat-sheets-for-crocheter/



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