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.

Stay tuned to Cute Crochet Chat for more great reviews and giveaways in the month of February! You can JOIN this blog OR SUBSCRIBE to our RSS feed, both shown in the left sidebar of the blog.

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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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cool Weather Fashions Review and Giveaway

Uptown Jacket
COOL WEATHER FASHIONS                          Creative Crochet Designs For Every Wardrobe
by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby for Shibaguyz Designs and Leisure Arts.

I am honored to be reviewing one of Shibaguyz's newest crochet pattern books, Cool Weather Fashions.  Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is one of my favorite crochet wearables designer. His designs are trendy, cutting edge and very well designed. Your won't have any guesswork when you crochet one of Shannon's designs.

Wrap Front Cardi

Cool Weather Fashions is no exception.
The designs in this book look fun to crochet. Each one is perfect for Fall, Winter and even early Spring. They are all classics with a new spin and can be your 'go to' pieces for everyday wear.

Boyfriend Hoodie


This crochet book has wonderful large photographs and easy-to-understand schematics. The shapes of the crochet pieces look easy to do, yet the details of these designs take 'easy' to the next level. Sizes run from X-Small (33" chest measurement) to 3X (53"), a great size range!

Perfect Cardi

I love all five of the crochet fashions in this book, but my favorites are the the Perfect Cardi, with it's pretty pattern stitch

Vintage Opera Jacket

and the Vintage Opera Jacket, with it's trendy bulky weight collar and 'over-the-hand' sleeves!

You can purchase this book at Amazon or on the Leisure Arts website.  If you click on the NAME of each design below it's photgraph, the link will take you to it's Ravelry page for more information!

Would you like to own this book? Leisure Arts has graciously offered to give away a copy of Cool Weather Fashions to ONE lucky winner! To be eligible to win, please COMMENT below. Let us know which sweater from this book is your favorite design. PLEASE, PLEASE do not forget to include your email address, or I will not be able to contact you! One winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Thank you to all who participate!

DISCLOSURE: Leisure Arts provided Cute Crochet Chat with a free review copy of Cool Weather Fashions.
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