Designer Crochet Book Review

Posted by on September 11, 2015 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments


Designer CrochetDesigner Crochet

Publisher: Lark Crafts

Number of Pages: 200+ pages

Number of Projects: 32 projects

Types of Projects: Categories include: Outerwear, Cardigans & Pullovers, Dresses & Skirts, Vests & Tanks, and Accessories.

Sizes: Small to 5X

Difficulty: Projects range from beginner to advanced. (I saw 2 advanced. The rest were beginner or intermediate.)

Yarn Used: #0, #1, #2, & #3

First Impression: The more times I look through this book, the more thoroughly impressed I am with the use of stitches. Shibaguyz has come up with some great stitch combos that work well together. Match them with the right design and these projects just stand out.

Favorite Project: It was hard to narrow it down to one…. I would say probably be the Cabled Trio (shown below), but I also love the Duster and the Two-Way Top.

cabled trioCabled Trio

Review: I like the concept of this book. It’s not just sweaters, or just scarves, or just vests, etc.  Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby paired lots of different stitch combos with lots of different kinds of items. The result is designer projects that will appeal to a wide range audience. Not everything will be for everyone, but you will find style and class inside this book. In addition to the variety of stitches and projects, Mullett-Bowlsby uses broomstick lace and cables (my personal favorite) in quite a few of the projects.

On top of all the design work that went into this book, I think just about everything has been thought of. There are charts for all the patterns and schematics for many of them. The general information section includes info on choosing a pattern based on difficulty rating, substituting yarn, gauge, terms, abbreviations, as well as US to UK conversion chart.

DusterDuster

two way topTwo-Way Top

cardi with scarfCardi with attached Scarf

Off-the-Shoulder Dress Off-the-Shoulder

Cables & Lace TunicCables & Lace Tunic

three quarter sleeve cardiganThree-Quarter Sleeve Cardi

turtleneck ponchoTurtleneck Poncho

threesomeThreesome

These photos are just a select few. Please check out Shibaguyz Designz at any of the following links. (These are not affiliate links and I get no commission from sending you there.)

Shibaguyz website (general website on all Shibaguyz businesses)

Shibaguyz Designz (crochet & knitting designs)

Lark Publishing (more photos from the book)

Barnes & Noble (Designer Crochet on sale 42% off as of this blog post)

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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