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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26 comments :

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

My first wearable crochet item was a hat. This looks like a wonderful book and I have just the spot for it on the book shelf! :o) I'm a follower and you can reach me through my blog link. Thanks!

Mindy said...

That's a fantastic looking book! Some really great patterns. =)
My first wearable item was probably slippers for a friend of mine. Crazy to try to think back 'that far' to what wasn't just another dishcloth project. ;-)
justforthis917 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Katelyn said...

I LOVE the sweater on the front cover! I love green and the fabric looks amazing, I can't figure out how it is crochet from the picture! Thanks for the chance to win!
kateyhbf@gmail.com

Brandi Schoch said...

The crochet patterns look lovely. I need to do some crochet.

SimchasJewels said...

What a great book! The first wearable item I made was a hooded sweater for my granddaughter.

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DP said...

My first wearable item would be the Bangkok if I win this.

Sharon GARDNER said...

My first wearable item I made was a hot pink shawl I made back in my teenage days in the 70s! I'm a follower of your blog so I hope I'm eligible for the drawing. Thanks!

Unknown said...

This would be a great book to start my crochet book collection with.

BoricuaCrochet said...

I love all the designs in the Urban Edge. Would like to start with the St. Tropez Butterfly Sleeve Top.

Dvora Geller said...

My first crochet project was a granny square pillow. The first wearable was probably a scarf... long long ago in a place far far away. I am a follower so you can reach me through my blog link as well. Also dvorag on ravelry.

Wendy said...

The first wearable crochet item I made was a floppy hat circa the 1960's in a variegated red/pink/white yarn! It makes me smile/chuckle every time I think of it!
wendyweb111@gmail.com

Dilly Tante said...

I've only made fingerless gloves - haven't been that brave so far! The book looks fab. Am in the uk though, not sure if you will post that far.

I can be reached via my blog.

Ruth Ann Levinson said...

My first wearable was a crochet chemo hat that I made for a friend. I'm not sure she actually has worn it, though! LOL

Ruth Ann Levinson said...

I forgot to leave my email!
levinson at hughes dot net

jackie-tn said...

I love the Seattle Vest!

jackie-tn said...

My first wearable item was a scarf!

kroshey at yahoo dot com

Lexi Suby said...

my first item was a hat. I am just starting to get into clothing.

Lilly said...

My first crocheted garment was a long yellow scarf. And I just can't stop. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great book. My email is. Vlgimmelli@gmail.com
Thank you.

SpringSplndr said...

I can't remember the first wearable that I crocheted since I've been crocheting over 40 years. The first wearable that is memorable to me was my second son's christening outfit, pants, sweater, cap and booties in that white yarn with the shimmery thread through it. Thanks for your review and hosting the giveaway.

Mary/May said...

First wearable crocheted.. hmm I think it was a scarf.. then came a hat...repeated a few times then a shawl.. and that was where blankets came in. XD (Dooown the rabbit hole)

MarieAnge said...

My first wearable crochet piece was a hat for my preemie son.
The book looks absolutely awesome!
Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

Yarn Twins said...

When I first learned to crochet (back in the 80's) I thought the only thing you could make was an afghan! So it was some time before I made my first wearable item!

My first wearable...like so many others...was a hat.

Great review. Enjoying the blog tour.

Nicole said...

My first wearable crochet item (outside of scarves and hats) was a mesh raglan pullover that was part of a CAL. Somehow I got lucky that I made the correct size being that I was pregnant while I crocheted it so I wasn't able to try it on for a true fit as I went...yikes! I still love it though :) My e-mail is on my blogger profile :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Unknown said...

These urban edge designs are sooo chic..crochet in the 21st century Wow! Thanks Jocelyn for keeping us current & cutting edge! <3 from
Jacalyn!

Carmen Nuland said...

I suppose my first wearable item was a pair of mittens for my sister. Then I skipped over scarves and hats and went straight to making a single crochet cardigan.

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