Thursday, January 31, 2013

Crochet Ponchos Book Review and Giveaway

Stylish Looks For Every Wardrobe - Designed by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby - Published by Leisure Arts

In Shannon's latest book from Leisure Arts, he presents six interesting takes on a very classic design. All look simple to crochet, yet they redefine ways to create the once-again fashionable poncho. Let's showcase the details of each design:

I am in LOVE with the cover design, THE CIRCLE PONCHO! Not only is it beautiful and rich looking, it is constructed in a very interesting way. The design begins at the bottom and continues up the poncho in a unique, tailored design, with the cowl added last. Crochet perfection! The skill level is EASY. It uses #4 worsted weight yarn and is a one-size fits all garment. The Circle Poncho uses Foundation Single Crochet, which is fully explained and traditional single crochet.


What makes the IN THE ROUND PONCHO (below) special is the use of a Long Half Double Crochet. This design begins at the neckline and the stitches are gradually increased. The skill level is EASY. This poncho uses #4 worsted weight yarn and is also a one-size garment. All of the stitches are fully explained.


The RECTANGLE PONCHO looks simple, yet incorporates a very pretty and fun-to-do Spike stitch. I love the way this garment looks on the model! This one-size design is constructed in two panels, making it somewhat portable. The skill level is EASY and it uses #4 worsted weight yarn. This poncho begins at the bottom and is worked up to the shoulders.


The TRIANGLES PONCHO has an innovative design construction. Stitches used in this design included Foundation Half Double Crochet, Front Post Double Crochet, Half Double Crochet and Single Crochet. The skill level is EASY, the yarn required is #4 worsted weight and it is also a one-size fits all garment. The design begins at the neck edge with gradual decrease rows and color changes culminating in the point at the bottom. It looks more complicated to construct than it really is, which make it so desirable to crochet! A contrasting color collar and a drawstring complete the look.


Even though the ACCENT PANEL PONCHO is also a one-sized garment, it looks generous enough to be wearable by all, including plus sizes! It's sideways construction is unique and the alternate colored center panel makes this a figure flattering poncho as well. The skill level is EASY and it uses #4 worsted weight yarn. It also uses the Half Double Crochet Stitch including the Foundation Half Double Crochet.


Last but not least, the BORDER PONCHO uses the most diverse amount of crochet stitches than any of the other ponchos. Stitches include Foundation Half Double Crochet, Front Post Half Double Crochet, Back Post Half Double Crochet and a Long Single Crochet. It, too, is generously sized to fit most body types! The panels are constructed sideways and the center panel make it an equally flattering design. The use of special stitches creates a beautifully textured garment! The Skill Level is listed as EASY and it also is crocheted with #4 worsted weight yarn.


All Yarn Information is included in this book and every sample garment is crocheted with readily available yarn! As always, Leisure Arts has provided great stitch explanations and diagrams.
You can view ALL the details of these designs on Crochet Poncho's Ravelry page. Book can be purchased through AMAZON or the LEISURE ARTS WEBSITE.

For those who are quick enough, KNIT PICKS is having a 40% off SALE of all of their knit and crochet books. You can purchase CROCHET PONCHOS here until 2/19/13!

Would you like to win a copy of this beautiful book? If so, leave a comment on this post. Please let us all know what you are crocheting at the moment! I am working on several new designs for my women's accessory shop and also some custom design orders for a beautiful little girl!
As always, PLEASE leave CONTACT information, so I can email you in case you are the winner! A random drawing will be held Thursday, February 7, 2013.

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DISCLOSURE: Leisure Arts provided Cute Crochet Chat with a free review copy of Crochet Ponchos and will also be providing the GIVEAWAY copy. 
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Neicee said...

What a wonderful giveaway...I am working on a wool eater blanket its huge and heavy!

Anonymous said...

Love that first Poncho!

I'm working on a Mollie Flower Scarf. Am planning on making at least two, one for each niece, but just might make two more, one for me and another for my sister. :o) I so love those flowers!

Sowing Stitches said...

I am currently working on cowl/scarves...and hope to start working on some lace trim in a week or two. I love the variety seen in these photos...never really thought of how different ponchos can be...all are delightful! :)

scrape n scrap said...

Love all your ponchos

Poor Girl Couture said...

I'm currently working on a wrap dress for late spring early summer! The design is actually inspired by a skirt in Urban Edge!

jackie-tn said...

I have been making headbands with the genius crochet headband pattern.
kroshey at yahoo dot com

helena frontini said...

I'm doing a cardigan. What a lovely blog you have. I'll came back because i?m folling.
helena frontini

Ms K Hook said...

I would love to win this book. Shannon is an awesome designer ! Im working on a crocodile stitch neck warmer. I hope to be finished by Friday ! Thank you for offering this giveaway !!!, I can be contacted at ms_k_hook@

Carolyn said...

All those ponchos look great. i don't even know which one i'd pick.

ChaoticK said...

Beautiful variety!