The Evolution Of A Concept
Several years ago when we were first talking about jumping into this new phase of our lives, Shannon started working on a few designs and began experimenting with some concepts that he had banging around in his brain. Some of those early designs became our first published magazine and book designs, but one in particular seemed to take hold of him and wouldn't let go.
By the time we started planning the designs for Crochet Geometry, Shannon had been working with this stitch pattern for a few years exploring all the different ways it could be adapted and expanded. In Crochet Geometry, he knew he wanted a statement piece made out of a split circle for the book, but could not find a sitch pattern that made him completely happy. That is, until Jason reminded him of "Hinterland." The organic feel of the branching leaves was perfect for the shape of the wrap they had been draping! The only real challenge would be sizing: it would require a lot of patterning to make sure of a proper fit in ALL sizes Small – 5X. Even before he wrote and sized the pattern, Shannon, himself, stitched every size by hand to double check his calculations and the branching to make sure it happened evenly and could be written so it didn't take 100+ pages (didn't want to see our editor pass out)! All the extra planning and work was more than worth it… the resulting garment was a showstopper!
While one can clearly see the evolutionary similarities between the original Hinterland afghan stitch pattern and the Split Circle Wrap stitch pattern, the two are distinctly different due to the way the "branches" had to multiply and expand to fit the two split halves of the circle. Still, the Split Circle Wrap grows organically and appears to wrap around the wearer with a leafy pattern. To ensure a more customizable fit, the columns were added to the back as a separate panel… what goes better with vines and branches than columns??
A little more about the Split Circle Wrap…
One of Shannon's first published pieces was a leaf pattern afghan entitled Hinterland. Inspired by that stitch pattern, Shannon took the vines and leaves look from Hinterland and developed it into a stunning wrap for our book, Crochet Geometry. Comprised of just three (3) pieces, two half circles and one rectangle, the Split Circle Wrap is a garment that looks great on many body types. Rated for Experienced stitchers because of the complex stitch pattern, intermediate crocheters who take the time to read the pattern and follow instructions will also enjoy making and wearing this showstopping garment.
As we said above, to ensure a more customizable fit, the maker should look at the schematic for the back panel of columns that splits the two halves of the circle. Crocheters have found they can make the narrower or wider version of that back panel to better fit their shoulders and that measurement should be considered rather than the finished bust when choosing your size to make.
We used Longwood Sport Yarn by Cascade Yarns to create this airy wrap. The lightweight yarn is comprised of 100% Superwash Merino Wool Yarn and comes in over 35 colors... the hard part will be deciding what color to make the NEXT one out of.
The Split Circle Cardi can be worn right side up OR for a cowled look upside down. It can also be worn open or closed... we suggest a closure like the Dayak Shawl Pin or Wild Grape Tendril Shawl Pin, both by Jul Designs.
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We're Going To Camp Again! This Time In Our Neck Of The Woods
The reviews and comments keep coming in... our Design It class at Camp STITCHES is a big hit!
We keep hearing from students from all over the globe about the new skills they took away from Camp STITCHES and how much they loved learning about crochet and knit garment design in such an immersive setting.
Class was awesome! I attended to get some pointers on fit and designing garments for myself and left with dreams of "designer" in my head!
Click on the link below to get full details on our class, the venue, and cost (tip: book early and take advantage of Early Bird pricing and their great payment plan). Bring your significant other for a weekend getaway you both can share. They can enjoy amenities like the spa or world class golf course while you are in class with us during the day; you can explore and shop downtown Coeur d'Alene together during the evenings and the free afternoon on Saturday! (Just a thought).
We're looking forward to seeing you in Idaho this October. It's going to be EPIC!
Crochet & Knit Garment Design Online Class!
Check out this introduction video for more details about this exciting class!
We Are Giving Away Free Yarn, An Ottlite Desk Lamp, and Eucalan Wash!
Designing crochet and knit garments takes an in-depth knowledge of yarn content and construction, textile design, stitching techniques, and garment construction. There is a certain level of "design eye" that a person must have as well in order to create garments that people want to make and wear.
While we can't fit all of this into a three or even a six hour class, we do have a unique opportunity to present a big chunk of the skills it takes to design crochet and knit garments at the upcoming New York State Sheep and Wool Festival.
On Thursday and Friday at the 2015 New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, we are presenting two classes, Fashion, Fit, Form & Function and Design It! These classes can be taken separately or, as some folks are doing, as a two day course to give them the tools they need to start designing crochet and knit garments.
We'll kick off things on Thursday, October 15, 2015 with Fashion, Fit, Form & Function. This all-day class is designed to help you alter existing crochet and knit patterns to fit your body and your style. Whether the pattern needs a little better fit or you like the silhouette of the garment but want to use a different yarn and a different stitch pattern, we'll give you the tools you need to make good choices and then alter patterns to better fit YOU… in every way. Proper body measurements, stitch patterns, yarn choices, and garment functionality are all covered in this six-hour class.
Then, on Friday, October 16, 2015, we'll dive into our Design It! class. This all-day class covers everything from body measurements through fabric design and making a pattern schematic. You will leave with a working knowledge of crochet and knit garment design and will have the tools you need to delve into your own design work. Whether you are designing just for yourself and your friends and family or if you have always thought you had some of that "design eye" it takes to be a professional designer, this class is the place to start.
Again, these are two very strong stand-alone classes with very distinct goals. So you will take away a ton of great information and skills whether you take one or both. Fashion, Fit, Form & Function focuses on fitting existing patterns to your body and your life. Design It! is focused on starting from scratch and creating your own designs. Both good classes to take on their own and are very appropriate for the hobby stitcher or professional design students.
However, if you have ever had ambitions of being a full-on crochet and knit garment pattern designer, you should consider taking the two classes together. Between the two classes, you will have a very strong foundation for developing your design skills and even becoming a professional designer… if that's what you want.
Either way, together or separate, you will leave these classes with a clearer view of how crochet and knit garment patterns are created and how to make them work for you.
For more information and our fun intro video about our classes at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, jump on over to our page by clicking this link:
Classes with the Shibaguyz at New York State Sheep and Wool Festival 2015
And make sure you get registered today to reserve your seat. Space is limited!
And we'll see YOU in the classroom!
In The Classroom With The Shibaguyz
Join us for an exciting full-day workshop at
So Much Yarn in Seattle!
Join us for what is sure to be a FAB fun-filled Saturday on September 26th from 10am – 6pm.
This one is for crocheters AND knitters and will apply to men's AND women's styles… so EVERYONE is welcome!
Check out the details below about this one-of-a-kind workshop. Space for this workshop is limited so call today to reserve your seat!
If this is your first time visiting these FAB folks, So Much Yarn is located right in the Pike Place Market shops on 1st Avenue in Seattle. We've included a map below just in case.
Call 206-443-0727 today to reserve your seat and we'll see you in the classroom!!
Crochet and Knit
Men and Women
Advanced Newbie through Advanced Not-So-Newbie
Must know how to read a written pattern and should have a basic understanding of how a garment is put together (i.e. A garment is made up of separate parts that are put together to make one finished wearable.)
Who should take this class?
Men, women, crocheters, and knitters… this class covers you all. If you have ever wanted to make your very own custom garment, you should be in this class. If you have every wanted to understand the basics of how a garment is designed and patterned and try it for yourself, you should be in this class.
What's it all about?
The thought of making your first custom garment is a task so daunting and, seemingly, insurmountable that it can send the sturdiest stitcher into a vortex of fear and self-doubt. But fear not intrepid ones! We will stand by you and take the fear and doubt out of garment making so all you are left with is the knowledge to create a FAB finished project that will have you hooked on making your own fashionable wearables.
This class applies equally to crocheters AND knitters as well as men's AND women's styles. We use the versatile silhouette of the classic cardi to build your knowledge base for making your very own custom garment. We’ll start from scratch and design a custom made cardi just for you! Pick the stitch, the fit and the drape, apply your own measurements and… Voila! You’ll go home with the perfect pattern for the perfect multi-functional garment that will remain a classic in your wardrobe longer than those parachute pants from 1985. What?? Just me??
We will set you on the track to create your perfect cardi… whatever that might mean to you! Do you favor the luxe and stylish look of the waterfall or drape front cardi or prefer a more tailored, sharp look? Do you like long and luxurious or short and sassy? Do you see yourself in a lightweight cardi for layering or big and snuggly for getting cozy on those chilly winter days? Maybe all of the above! YOU decide and we'll help you get there!
- Basic understanding of the design of a cardigan pattern and how to adapt that base cardigan pattern to fit YOUR needs and YOUR body
- How to take correct measurements
- Making a schematic based on your body measurements
- Matching the swatch to your schematic and filling in the numbers
- Leave with the ability to finish your custom pattern
10x10” BLOCKED crochet or knit swatch in the stitch pattern and yarn you want to make your cardi in (if you can’t decide, bring two… or three…).
Supplies To Bring To Class
• Crochet or Knit kit with yarn needle and scissors
• Writing utensil
• Small amount of scrap yarn (a few yards should be fine)… nothing fancy here. We're going to be using it as a measuring tool.
• Tailor’s measuring tape (soft, non-metalic measuring tape)
Materials Fees: $5.00 – Includes pattern template with measurement and sizing charts; calculation worksheet.
Crochet and Design Workshops by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby at Annie's Craft Festival - October 30 – November 1, 2015
Shannon will be teaching six classes focused on crochet skills, stitches, and design that range from beginning to intermediate levels. Whether you are looking for new crochet stitching skills, FAB finishing techniques for a professional looking project, or you want to start digging in to altering and designing garments yourself, you'll find it in this set of six classes.
"Some of my first published designs were for Crochet!, Crochet World, and Creative Knitting magazines and I've been honored with five covers for Crochet! magazine. Teaching at this first Annie's Craft Festival is an honor for me and I can't wait to meet all the folks in person who I've been able to share my designs with over the years through Annie's publications."
If you have any questions about classes, don't hesitate to get ahold of us through our contact form and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible! See you at Annie's Craft Festival!
Class Details and Registration Information for Shibaguyz Designz Classes at Knit Fit 2014
As a designer, I spend most of my time in the studio, sketching, writing, and… well… doing designy things (yes… I made up another word…). When Jason isn't in his studio, he is always running off to shoot photos of some event or someone marking a momentous occasion with a photo session.
As teachers, we get to interact with crocheters and knitters who look to us to help them build their skills. Whether they are hobby stitchers or looking to become designers, it is always a thrill for us to take a classroom full of students on a journey during a class session.
Fortunately, we have the opportunity to teach at some great events and Knit Fit right here in Seattle is one of our favorites. This year we are honored to be teaching for the third year at Knit Fit and we have two FAB classes to share with y'all.
Motif Madness! (Crochet)
Teachers: Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (Saturday AM)
From hexes to circles to granny squares… motifs make us happy with all of their colors and textures and versatility. They can be anything from couture garments to a cozy afghan to a funky vest or skirt or a car cover for your sedan, or rugs or hats or jackets or sweaters or… There’s hardly anything the enduring and endearing motif can’t do.
We will start with a basic chain circle and work our way outward to granny glory, beginning with basic color changes then get a little funky with in-line color changes and maybe even delve into the mysterious spiral! We will also learn three ways of starting your motifs for ultimate versatility, and three ways to join your motifs together.
Skill level: All
Materials Fee: None
• Crochet kit with various hook sizes
• Light-colored, non-variegated, smooth, worsted weight yarn (no kitchen cottons or similar types of cotton yarns)
Fashion, Fit, Form & Function: Designing Garments for Everyone (Crochet & Knitting)
Teachers: Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (Sunday PM)
There are a million patterns in the naked city… and wouldn’t it be nice if just ONE of them fit?!
We will teach you the basics of fit, form and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a garment and make it for yourself or someone else. You will create a template that you will be able to use for every garment you ever want to make… EVER. No matter whom you are making for, no matter what the body type, you will be able to create a garment that anyone would be thrilled to wear.
We will start with measurements and form – what measurements do I take from where and how do I apply them to my template? Then we’ll talk about fit – how do I make a garment that fits a certain style or body type? Then we’ll move to function – whom am I making this for and where will they wear it? Finally… fabrics – how to take your swatch and convert that into a pattern.
Skill level: All
Materials Fee: $5 for Master Pattern template, sizing chart, and calculation formulas.
• Soft (non-metal) measuring tape
We do love teaching and we always have a lot of fun in class. We hope you can come be a part of the learning process with us!
See you at Knit Fit!
Each year Martha Stewart Living honors a group of makers, craftspeople, small-business owners, and innovators from across the country in four key categories, crafts, design, food, and style. They are recognized for their dedication to creative entrepreneurship and to building successful businesses and communities. These individuals earn the title of American Made Award Winner.
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.
English Paper Piecing
International Crochet Month
National Craft Month
National Crochet Month
Shibaguyz Designz Indie Maker Pattern
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