Monday, November 12, 2018

Coastal Crochet Book Review

I am a diehard beach lover. I was born on the coast of California and grew up by the beautiful San Francisco Bay. So when I read an Editorial Note on Ravelry regarding Karen Whooley's new book Coastal Crochet, I knew I needed to have it!
The note on Ravelry spoke about walking along the beach and warming your feet in the sand or feeling the cool water gently lapping against your toes -- MY HAPPY PLACE!

When I flipped through the pages of Coastal Crochet and saw the beautiful designs, I knew that Karen had captured this wonderful feeling exactly!


You can see that Karen put a lot of time and attention to detail in Coastal Crochet. Every aspect of the book has been carefully thought out and meticulously constructed, from the lovely crochet designs to the thorough instructions to the beautiful photography.

It has twelve wonderful crochet wearables, designed for sizes S through 2X. If you LOVE timeless designs that are well written, then you won't be disappointed with this book. These designs contain detailed schematics and charts and they are very clearly written. As always with her



style, fashion-wise, the book is filled with lovely wearables that have become Karen's signature. She put a lot of thought into choosing a variety of beautiful styles and colors that would appeal to many different tastes, yet still remain with the cool beachy theme of the Northwest Coastal area.

One of my favorites is the beautiful Mist Open-Work Cardigan,


 as well as the lovely Depths Side-to-Side Shawl.




But there are so many pretty crochet projects in Coastal Crochet!





Each design is created with beautiful fingering OR lace weight yarns in a variety of colors.

You can purchase this beautiful book through AMAZON at THIS LINK.

You can visit Karen anytime at her BLOG,  .

You can see ALL of Karen's designs from Coastal Crochet on Ravelry HERE.

You can also see Karen's extensive design portfolio on RAVELRY.



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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Crochetville National Crochet Month #natcromo

Have you been following along with all the designer BLOG POSTS hosted by Crochetville, in honor of National Crochet Month? #NATCROMO

If you haven't been able to follow along up to this point, you can view all the wonderful past posts HERE:

You will want to see all the great designer posts on the tour which will include FREE PATTERNS, great crochet pattern deals, and charity opportunities.

Each day there have been several crochet designers doing special blog posts and there has also been DAILY GIVEAWAYS!  

If you have missed any, you still have time, as there are five more days left in National Crochet Month. And Amy and Donna of Crochetville will continue to be doing   

DAILY GIVEAWAYS 

In honor of National Crochet Month (natcromo), Cute Crochet Chat is offering 50% off all our crochet patterns listed in our three ETSY shops!  

In order to receive the 50% on all patterns, please use the 

PROMO CODE crochetville 

at checkout! 

 Click the links below to be taken to the individual shops. 


Cute Crochet Shop

 

Too Cute Crochet

 

Jocelyn Designs


 

 

If you prefer to order your crochet patterns through your Ravelry Library, ALL of our patterns are 50% off at our  Too Cute Crochet  RAVELRY STORE

The coupon code is the same at the Ravelry Store as it is at our Etsy shops!  

coupon code:  crochetville 

These sales will run through to the end of March and there is NO LIMIT as to the amount of patterns you can purchase!

Enjoy the remainder of  National Crochet Month! #natcromo

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway Crochet Geometry



Do you have difficulty with Math or did you struggle with Geometry in high school, but LOVE to crochet garments? Then don't let the title of this new crochet wearables book fool you!
OR 
Are you a crochet Math geek who would learning more about manipulating fundamental shapes into intriguing designs and patterns that were born from a collaboration of geometry and art? Then you, too, will love this new crochet wearables book Crochet Geometry by


Once again, I am honored to be reviewing one of Shibaguyz's newest crochet pattern books
Crochet Geometry  published by Lark Crafts.  
Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby continues to be one of my favorite crochet wearables designer.


Shannon's designs are trendy, cutting edge, very well designed and flatter most figures. He always takes the guesswork out of your project by providing all you need to master any of these sophisticated patterns, whether you are a beginner to crochet garment making or a seasoned veteran!


How does Geometry play into these designs? The silhouettes start with basic shapes: circles, rectangles and triangles. The shapes are then sewn together to create some "fashionable garments with minimal shaping and maximum drape."



As always, Shannon has included a generous amount of sizes up to 5X and most have very easy shaping.


This book is chock full of some really beautiful designs in crochet. Shannon continues to out-do himself!

 
There are 15 designs including shrugs, cardigans and wraps and as always are BEAUTIFULLY photographed and illustrated by Jason Mullett-Bowlsby.


From Shannon's own Introduction:
"The bottom line is this: whether this is your first or your hundredth garment, you will appreciate the use of simple shapes that create powerful visual impact through texture and lace. Finally, there's the bonus benefit--brag-worthy results when you show off your finished work".


 If you would like to read more about Crochet Geometry, you can do so HERE.

Would you like to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book? 
Just send your email address with Crochet Geometry in the subject line to cutecrochetATgmailDOTcom 
for a chance to win! 
Giveaway ends Monday April 25, 2016!  



  Lark Crafts contributed a copy of this book for my review.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TT Tutorial Tuesday How To Crochet A Sweater Without a Pattern

The TT today brings you a different kind of tutorial.

http://planetpenny.co.uk/2015/09/26/crochet-sweater-crib-sheet/

Planet Penny has a great TUTORIAL on how to crochet a sweater without using a pattern.

Remember, though, that Planet Penny is a blog from the UK, so the crochet stitches used in the sweater PATTERN will be different than American crochet stitches.

They are really easy to substitute, though. Have a look at the CHART at the link below:





Photo courtesy of Planet Penny.
Chart courtesy of Knot Sew Cute.
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