Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Urban Edge Crochet

Have I got a treat for you! I am tickled pink to be able to review a brand new crochet book, "Urban Edge" with designs by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz and published by Leisure Arts. The book is chock full of some really beautiful silhouettes in crochet, not seen anywhere else. Rarely have I seen a crochet wearables book that delivers so many wonderful  contemporary designs. Shannon has outdone himself! The silhouettes all have clean lines and are beautifully fitted garments that are sized from Small to 3X. The book has thirteen (13) consistently good contemporary designs. The title "Urban Edge" says it all. Designs are contemporary, edgy and look oh-so-fun to crochet and wear! The schematics and stitch symbol charts are large and easy to read. I love the variety of yarns, especially because all of them are readily available.
 All the designs are named for great international cities. I am in love with NYC dress, a gorgeous black and white fitted dress that any trendy woman would want!
Included in the book are some of Shannon's own personal tutorials for foundation  and finishing techniques. What a bonus! These tutorials are from Shannon's own crochet class, "Fab Foundation and Finishing Class".

 Besides the NYC dress, some of my favorites include Rio de Janeiro Sleeveless Hoodie made with Malabrigo Silky Merino.

St. Tropez Butterfly Sleeve Top, stitched in the Star Stitch in Naturally Caron SPA,

Bangkok Jacket, crocheted in the Spike Wedge Stitch in Naturally Caron Country (left); AND
Los Angeles, crocheted in Spike Stitch pattern in Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo. (center).

Want to learn more about this fabulous book? Hop on over to the Shibaguyz blog to read all about how this book came about! And don't forget to visit all the other fine folks on this Blog Tour. The schedule is posted below.
"Urban Edge" is available in softcover through Leisure Arts and also available for digital download. Photos of all the designs can be seen there as well! Leisure Arts has graciously provided a review copy AND a giveaway copy to one our  LUCKY readers! Anyone who crochets would want a copy of this great book! In order to be eligible for our random drawing, you MUST be a MEMBER or FOLLOWER of this blog. You can join in the left sidebar if you are not already a member. Then comment below and let us all know what was your first wearable item that you crocheted. Please don't forget to include an EMAIL address or a link to where you can be reached in case you are the winner! Drawing will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

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