It’s National Crochet Month…Rejoice!
Whether you like the quick work of a Q hook or enjoy the subtlety of a US-14 steel hook, it’s time to pull them out and put them to work making your own crocheted flag you can proudly fly! It’s National Crochet Month…Rejoice! WOOHOO!
It’s March, and that means it’s National Crochet Month; it’s time to expound upon all things crochet, pass along our favorite tips and tricks, and, of course, give away some great goodies from our sponsors. This year we get to do everything on TWO blogs… right here on Shibaguyz Designz AND on our publisher's site, the Lark Craft blog. To say we are excited about it is a bit of an understatement; [pulls out the thesaurus] enraptured, jubilant, agog, or maybe ebullient… yeah, those are the words we’re looking for.
In the coming weeks you can expect to see posts all about our favorite patterns from our latest books, Crochet Geometry and Designer Crochet
We'll have history and backgrounds on our favorites designs including never before seen photos of some of our favorite crocheted garments from our books.
And of course there will be some really FAB giveaways! Our studio sponsors are joining in the fun and have provided some really FAB prizes that we will be giving away to lucky visitors to our blog. Lark Crafts, Cascade Yarn, Ottlite, Furls Crochet, Eucalan, and Lion Brand Yarn are all on board, but we can't tell you what they are giving us... YET
You'll have to come back each week to see what the prize is for that week and how to enter, then check back for post updates and of course to see if you are the winner.
Winners will be announced each week this month. Are you excited yet?
Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns with Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby - A NEW Craftsy Crochet Class and Giveaway
You've got your yarn, your hooks, and are ready to sit down and start creating that beautiful piece from the pattern you just purchased. You turn to page 44 and start looking at the pattern... what the heck is HDC? What direction am I supposed to be working? There's something that looks like Egyptian hieroglyphics on the next page... what have I done? GAH!!
Fear not intrepid crocheter! Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and Craftsy are here to give you all the answers to finding, reading, and understanding crochet patterns.
Yep, Shannon and the folks at Craftsy have been working on another FAB crochet class and this one is all about Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns. In fact that's what its called, "Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns" (direct and to the point!).
This course was created to teach new crocheters all the skills you need to read and successfully navigate crochet patterns. This will also be a FAB reference tool for the "I've been reading crochet patterns for fourty years" experienced stitchers. Regardless of your skill level you'll be learning tons about the in's and out's of crochet pattern reading and you'll be able to keep the class as an instant reference tool anytime you need it!
You will learn by watching Shannon complete each stitch, while at the same time seeing the stitch's name, abbreviation, and chart symbols on your screen, so you'll recognize them in multiple formats... That's just the start!
You get to apply what you are learning right away by making the "Modern Sampler Scarf" pattern that comes with the course. Shannon helps you with reading the written pattern AND the chart and how it all translates into actual stitches and rows. Before you know it you'll be piecing together your own sampler scarf with stitches so true they must have been blessed by a Pink Fairy Armadillo (which incidentally is a real animal… GAH!). I'll be there with you every step of the way!
When you’ve completed the entire course, you'll be shocked by how easily you can read through crochet patterns and get to stitching more and more advanced pieces. Don’t worry about forgetting any of the tips and techniques because the BEST part of all Craftsy classes is you can watch them whenever, and wherever you like and you can watch them as often as you like since your purchase never expires! Have a few minutes to watch a segment? Need to go back and see one of our tips & tricks again? Want to watch that technique one more time to get it juuuuust right? You can do ALL that with a Craftsy class because you own it forever!
GIVEAWAY OF MY CRAFTSY CLASS!
To celebrate the release of this new class the FAB folks at Craftsy are giving away a free enrollment to Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns with Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby to one lucky person. To enter, click on the special link below and be whisked away to register for a chance to win my new class on Craftsy for free!
Yes I said FREE!
The winner will be chosen at random the morning of April 18, 2016 so You need to register to win before it launches April 18th! What are you waiting for? You did read that we're giving this away right? Enter Now! Yes, now… stop reading and enter… We'll wait right here while you enter to win.
ADDED BONUS: As a Craftsy student you have exclusive access to me personally in our virtual Craftsy classroom. If you have questions or want to show off your FAB stitches, you will always know where to find me. I'll be right there to help out and celebrate with you!
We also have a lot of fun in my classes... I mean a LOT of fun… So click that button and get your entries in today!
See you in the Craftsy classroom!
Yup… that's right. I made something just for ME!
If you follow along with us on Twitter or Facebook, you know I gained a serious obsession for blanket scarves this past fall and winter.
For me, a blanket scarf is more than just an opportunity to wrap up against the elements. Although, let me just say that, on our trip to New York City this past February, we were VERY happy we had them. We were in the FAB city on the day of the coldest temperatures since the 1970s and our blanket scarves were VERY useful. But I digress…
For a crochet or knitting devotee, blanket scarves are the perfect way to showcase a stunning yarn or a dramatic stitch pattern. Also, they are great projects for just sitting and stitching when you don't want to think too much about shaping.
So… yeah… I'm a little obsessed. And I don't see this obsession ending any time soon because I have only begun to dive into the endless combination of fabrics, stitches, yarns, colors… MAKE ALL THE BLANKET SCARVES!!
Looking back, I'm realzing this post could have been subtitled:
Why A Blanket Scarf Is A Many Splendored Thing
The story of this scarf is kind of funny. You see, I have this Craftsy class called Quick and Easy Crochet Cables and the project for the class is a FAB little envelope clutch made from a simple rectangle of crochet cables. When I was on my way to Denver, Colorado to film the class, I realized I didn't have anything particularly warm to wear in my coat closet. You know… Seattle winters just aren't that harsh and the only time we get into temps that cold is when we go hiking in the mountains and I didn't want to wear my beat up hiking jacket for my trip.
Then it hit me… DING!
In my studio is a large wall of shelves full of yarn that inspires me. On one of those shelves, was a bunch of yarn that we purchased on a particularly snowy trip to Wyoming around ten years ago. The yarn was a bulky, single-spun, slight felted wool we found in this little shop in Dubois, Wyoming (pronounced Dew-boys for those not from Wyoming). Like many of you, we sometimes buy yarn and fabric without any idea of what we are going to make with it. These purchases are made because the yarn or fabric is inspirational and I make no apologies for buying inspirational product. This wonderful, wooly, Wyoming yarn was one of those inspirational purchases. The natural colors, the soft hand, the fact that the wool came from the shop owner's own flock… it was the perfect storm for us and we bought as much of it as she had on the rack in her shop: nine big ol' gorgeous hanks in total.
This is where the DING! happened…
I know… long story… but a good one, yes? This project is the perfect example of inspiration meeting opportunity. That's what makes the resulting blanket scarf even more special for me.
Here are some shots Jason took of the finished scarf while were in the Shibaguyz Photography studio one day. Yes, it's good to be married to a professional photographer.
The pattern is the exact pattern stitch for stitch from my Craftsy crochet class. Upon seeing this blanket scarf, some folks have taken the class just so they could learn cables and make a scarf like this for themselves. Heck… while we were in New York City, we were walking along the shops on Madison Avenue and folks came out of the shops on two different occasions to ask where I purchased my scarf. Of course, they left with our card in hand.
So many things I love about this scarf. Even though the weather is warmer here now, I'm looking forward to our trip to New York this October when we teach at Rhinebeck then spend a few days in the city. Yes, I've already started on new blanket scarves. More photos and patterns later…
Details about our classes at Rhinebeck here:
Workshops with the Shibaguyz at the 2015 New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY
For now, enjoy the eye candy! Oh… if you do decide to get your crochet cables groove on with my Craftsy class, be sure to share your finished project photos with us. Clutches, blanket scarves, however you decide to use the pattern from the class… we want to see how YOU are inspired too!
Here's a special link for you to use for my Craftsy crochet class:
Quick and Easy Crochet Cables Class on Craftsy by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
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Forgive my Golden Girls moment there, all kidding aside, y'all know we love a clean, elegant design, and patterns that fit the body perfectly. When we went into collaboration with Mango Moon Yarns we knew that someday we’d have the pleasure of selling these exquisite patterns on our own site as individual downloads. I’m thrilled to announce that that day is TODAY!
This year, at Shibaguyz Designz, we have double the reason to celebrate. Just in case you have not heard let me fill you in… our newest book, Designer Crochet: 32 patterns to elevate your style, from Lark Publishing will be released next month!
To say we are excited about it is a bit of an understatement; [pulls out the thesaurus] enraptured, jubilant, agog, or maybe ebullient… yeah those are the words we’re looking for. This is the book we've wanted to create since we started designing. We packed Designer Crochet with everything I wish I had when I was starting to make crochet garments way back in antiquity. Plus it has 32 patterns sized Small through 5X… 32 patterns!! With charts, tutorials, illustrations, and the FAB photography of Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, Designer Crochet is our DREAM project! And, now, we can share it with YOU! (happydancehappydancehappydance)
Read on for how y'all can join in!
Designer Crochet is available for pre-order RIGHT NOW! Although the book will not be shipped until around April 20th, everyone who pre-orders a copy is eligible to enter a drawing for a full pattern’s worth of yarn for free! Yes I said it, FREE YARN. Not just one, but TWO chances. Here’s the scoop:
Designer Crochet: 32 patterns to elevate your style will be available in bookstores this April. But don’t wait until then! Pre-order, your copy of Designer Crochet right now and send an email to Designer.Crochet@Yahoo.com with proof of purchase before April 1st . By sending the email with your proof of purchase, you will be entered into a lottery for 2 chances to win an entire project’s worth of yarn!
You can pre-order your copy of Designer Crochet today by clicking on this link:
Pre-order your copy of Designer Crochet: 32 patterns to elevate your style today!
(Pssst… that link goes to a site where the pre-order of Designer Crochet is on SALE!)
Yup… we will be sending 2 people enough yarn to create either the Beginner Cardi or the Lace Tank projects in your chosen size. That's a lot of FAB yarn!
Also, not only do you get a full garment’s worth of yarn, you will also receive the pattern for that garment before the book is released. YES! You get to be the first one to have that pattern!
Finally, each of the winners will receive a signed bookplate to put in your copy of Designer Crochet when it arrives.
1. Designer Crochet: 32 patterns to elevate your style is the NEW crochet book by Shibaguyz Designz with a LOT of FAB patterns, charts, and tutorials.
2. Pre-order Designer Crochet here: CLICK ME! (and it's on sale right now!)
3. Send in your proof of purchase to Designer.Crochet@Yahoo.com
4. Win a signed bookplate for your copy of Designer Crochet.
5. WIN an advance copy of one of the patterns in Designer Crochet.
6. Win FREE YARN to make one of the patterns in Designer Crochet.
(Admit it… all y'all saw was the "Win FREE YARN" part… hehehe…)
So hey… don’t wait until April to order your very own copy! NOTE: If you have already ordered your copy of Designer Crochet, be sure to email your proof of purchase to be entered into the drawing. It doesn't matter when you pre-ordered… as long as you do it BEFORE APRIL 1st!
And remember: You can pre-order your copy of Designer Crochet today by clicking on this link:
Pre-order your copy of Designer Crochet: 32 patterns to elevate your style today!
We'll have more fun info about Designer Crochet all during National Crochet Month including sneak peeks into some of the designs and the creation of this new book from Shibaguyz Designz.
This is no GAME! Don't let your spring be STARK because you were DRAGON and didn't start your crochet and knitting project early enough!
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(Here's some mood music to listen to while you read on. Peter Hollens is an AMAZING talent. Worth checking out.)
Introducing the first pattern in the Shibaguyz Designz Indie Maker pattern line.
Ever since we have started creating crochet and knit patterns, folks have been asking us:
"Can I sell the finished item from your patterns?"
Generally, the answer is pretty simple. Since most of our published patterns have been sold to other publishers, we don't own the rights to those patterns and it is up to the individual publisher. In most cases, publishers indicate that patterns printed in their publications or online sites are for personal use only and not for manufacture or production of the finished product.
Trying to think of something special to make for THAT guy? We have a few suggestions for you.
Technique Tuesday Moved For This Week Only
Fear not! We're only moving Technique Tuesday this one time this one week. We'll be back on Tuesday next week like usual and all will be right with the world.
As a consolation prize, here is a sneak peak of Designer Crochet (that new book of crochet patterns we have been editing) from our publisher's website. Our editor, Connie Santisteban, gives you a brief description of the crochet patterns in Designer Crochet and shares exclusive sneak peek photos AND there is a preorder link with a FAB preorder price for y'all. WOOHOO!! Click the link below to be whisked away to the Lark Publishing blog and see this FAB sneak peek and preorder link.
Sneak Peek of Designer Crochet by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz
Oh yeah… you can still get your Technique Tuesday fix by clicking on the Tutorials category over there in the right-hand column of our page. To make it even easier, here's a direct link:
Shibaguyz Designz Tutorials Category
Thanks for stopping by! See y'all back here on Thursday for Technique Tuesday… ummm… Technique Thursday? How about Temporary Technique Thursday?? Anyway… see you on Thursday. And enjoy the exclusive sneak peek of Designer Crochet!
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Women's Ribbed Edge Knit Vest knitting pattern by Shibaguyz Designz
It's been a while since we've released a new knitting pattern into the wild so we thought we'd send this little beauty along to y'all.
We love the striking looks and cozy feel of this vest and we designed it with YOU, the wearer, in mind.
Here are a few details about what went on in the making of this design and the pattern.
We originally designed this vest in Plymouth Yarn Grande Glow which has a subtle hint of Stelina in it… that means there's a little SPARKLE to it or, as the name implies, a little GLOW.
Also as the name implies, Plymouth Yarn Grande Glow is a GRANDE yarn… meaning it is a bulky weight yarn weighing in at a healthy CYCA 5.
And, yes, Plymouth Yarn Grande Glow is 97% Baby Alpaca. Folks… that means this yarn feels oh so soft next to your skin. Seriously… just get a case of it and dive into it. You're welcome.
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I wrote this post because of the overwhelming number of messages we receive that say something like:
"I would love to make (insert Shibaguyz Designz pattern name here) but I just wouldn't look good in (insert color in pattern photo here)."
"I would love to make (insert Shibaguyz Designz pattern name here) but I can't afford/can't find the yarn you made it in."
This post is our official Permission to go on with your own FAB creative self, pick a color or yarn you like, and CREATE!
How To Make The Double Treble Right Cross Crochet Cable for the Woven Cables Pattern Stitch
Double Treble Right Cross Cable (Dtr R Cross)
NOTE: This is the second in a series of Technique Tuesday tutorials for the Woven Cables block from our booklet Crochet Gives Back – 8 Free Afghan Blocks for Warm up America by Shibaguyz Designz.
(Info on how to download the free booklet at the end of this post.)
To catch up on last week's post for the Double Treble Left Cross Cable stitch used in the first part of this pattern, CLICK HERE.
The Double Treble Right Cross Cable is a crochet cable stitch worked over seven stitches.
How To Make the Double Treble Left Cross Crochet Cable for the Woven Crochet Cables Pattern Stitch
Double Treble Left Cross Cable (Dtr L Cross)
Here's a gratuitous beauty shot of the finished afghan block from the booklet.
OOOOOOO… pretty crochet cables!
We LOVE crochet cables and this block was so much fun to design. We have since worked out several variations on this woven stitch pattern that y'all will see in future designs… including one in our book in Spring 2015!
The Double Treble Left Cross Cable is a crochet cable stitch worked over seven stitches.
This week new from the studio is the Ribbed Waist Knit Top pattern. Y'all know we love a clean, elegant design and this cute t-top fits that bill perfectly.
I designed this piece with the thought of creating a garment that folks would reach for whenever they wanted something a little special to wear for work, running errands, or a weekend excursion… a true wardrobe staple that fits a variety of fashion functions.
Chic, classic, elegant… and REALLY cute too! We think this one has the whole package going on referring to our mantra of Fashion, Fit, Form, and Function.
Designing Menswear men will wear
Other than giving you your ear worm for the day (thank you, ZZ Top)… we're going to chat today about creating crochet and knit patterns for men. Specifically, the factors we take into consideration when we are putting together a mens garment.
You might recognize this design from the first life it lived in a UK magazine back in 2011. Since then, the publishing rights to the pattern have reverted to us, we've made some spiffy patterning changes, added a chart, sized the pattern for Small–5X, and now we're re-releasing this beauty into the wilds of the internet for you all to download and enjoy for yourselves!
The Filigree Leaf Tunic has been a favorite of ours for years. The easy fit and versatility of this tunic makes it a FAB piece for any body type and just about any occasion.
We've made versions of this design for clients who wore them as wedding dresses, holiday party cocktail dresses, and even beach cover-ups. However, the most popular use for this light and lacy piece is just as a comfortable top to throw over jeans and a tee or tank. Add a belt for a little flattering shaping and you're all set!
Worked from the top down, you can customize the length to meet your wardrobe desires. After making the two panels, you simply sew up the sides and top seams. Easy peasy!
Check out the gallery below then CLICK HERE to head on over to our shopping site and purchase your own digital copy today! Light and breezy for warmer temps or layered to keep off the chill… you'll look stunning and have TONS of bragging rights when you wear this piece and tell folks: Yup… I made this!
The Infinity Squared Throw is worked in the round in easy double crochet stitches using four luscious shades of red that start lighter in the center and change to darker shades as you work outward. Each round of double crochet stitches is alternated with a round of back post single crochet stitches in a deep chocolate tone to give depth to the finished throw.
Our Infinity Squared Throw is shown here in Plymouth Yarn, Galway Worsted 100% Pure Wool. Red tones not your cup of tea? You can easily customize your own version of the Infinity Squared Throw with any color palette you like. Just pick four shades for the gradient color changes and one shade of dark yarn as a back ground for the post stitches. The possibilities for stunning color combinations are endless!
This project is oh so easy but the results are a luxurious throw you will be proud to display in your home as a warm throw or as a piece of wall art.
Click HERE to go to the Shibaguyz Designz online pattern store to download your digital copy of the Infinity Squared Throw today!
Over the past few years, we used some of our FAB fav crochet stitches to create afghan blocks for the Warm Up America charity. Each of these blocks have gone viral at one time or another and most have been translated into different languages from all over the globe.
Now, in honor of International Crochet Month, we have created this digital booklet of our 8 most popular afghan blocks so you can have all 8 block patterns in one convenient digital download.
To download your copy, click on any of the photos on this page and you'll be whisked away to our shopping site where you will find our booklet "Crochet Give Back - 8 Free Afghan Blocks for Warm Up America" in the Free Stuff section. Click on the download link, and you can be stitching your own afghan blocks right away!
For more information on the important work of Warm Up America, visit their website at: http://www.warmupamerica.org Do your part and donate some blocks today!
And don't forget to join us for more FAB fun all March long as we continue to celebrate International Crochet Month 2014 with new patterns, giveaways, and general crochet mayhem. WOOHOO!!
If our website statistic are correct, you have come here because you saw this crochet block either on Pinterest or on another website. The woven cables crochet block you are looking for is part of a booklet we published for the Warm Up America charity called Crochet Gives Back - 8 Crochet Blocks for Warm Up America. The booklet includes this block and 7 others and is available as a FREE download from our pattern store by CLICKING HERE.
Need help with the stitch pattern for the Woven Cables block? Our Technique Tuesday tutorial starts HERE.
Thanks for visiting and enjoy your free download!
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