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Winter has finally breathed its last, frigid gasp and spring is really here! Crocuses are in bloom, trees are budding, and it’s time to shed those winter coats for some lighter layers.

 

The patterns in Designer Crochetby Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby, are constructed with lightweight yarns, so if you’re looking for fashion forward crochet projects using lace, superfine, fine, and lightweight yarns, look no further.

 

The Beginner Cardi is a staple for every wardrobe and can really be worn in any season as a layering piece.

 

Beginner Cardi

 

The Motif Maxi Skirt is a showstopper piece that will take you from spring to summer in style.

 

Maxi Skirt

 

The Sleeveless Hoodie is great as a jacket, a vest, a light layer, you name it.

 

Sleeveless Hoodie

 

Wear it as a tank on a hot day or dress it up as a shell under a blazer or cardigan, the Solid Tank is another staple for every wardrobe.

 

Solid Tank

 

Every pattern contains instructions for sizes small to 5X and with 32 patterns to choose from there is plenty to choose from for most shapes, sizes, and styles. Designer Crochet is out now, so pick up your copy today!

 
 
 
 
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Designer CrochetIt’s no secret that I love crochet cables. I’ve peppered cables throughout my patterns for years, taking joy in their twisting and vine-like winding. They can add visual intrigue to the most simple stitches and heck, they are fun to work with! Some of my favorite cables are in my new book, Designer Crochet: 32 Patterns to Elevate Your Style, coming out in April from Lark Crafts. Just take a peek at the cover and right there you’ll see a gigantic crochet cable on the cowl of a tunic dress, one of the many sophisticated and figure-flattering garments included in the book.

 

“But wait,” you say. “I’ve never learned how to crochet cables. Can you teach me?” Yes, yes I can, because I’m a Craftsy Instructor! WOOHOO!!

 

I have been a long-time fan of Craftsy and have taken classes from such greats as Shirley Paden, Gwen Bortner, Carol Feller, and Faina Goberstein. And now I am proud to be counted amongst those world-class Craftsy instructors. Dang… still blows me away to say that!

 

So, without further delay, here is the official announcement that my very first Craftsy Crochet Class is LIVE!  You can have unlimited access to me teaching my Quick & Easy Crochet Cables class on Craftsy for only $14.99! WOOHOO!! No kidding! This is an exciting new compact class format Craftsy is introducing with more convenient class sections designed to fit into a busy maker’s schedule. Y’all are gonna LOVE it!

 

Crochet Cables

 

So what is Quick & Easy Crochet Cables all about?

 

Quick & Easy Crochet Cables focuses on crochet cables taught through applying a technique to an accompanying class project. In this class I take you step-by-step through the process of how to make basic crossed crochet post stitches all the way through those glorious sweeping, turning, dramatic cables we all love. Along the way, I share all of my tips and tricks to make crochet cables fun and easy!

 

The exciting part is I teach you all of this using a FAB class project! You get to apply what you are learning right away without wondering how you are going to use these stitches in real life. You will learn by doing, and I’ll be there with you every step of the way!

 

The class project includes a written pattern, a chart, and finishing instructions. And you know what? Because this is a Craftsy class, I’ll be right there with you to walk you through how to make the cable stitches AND how to easily read a cable chart AND how to finish the project. You have me personally taking you through step-by-step from the very first stitch through weaving in that last end (there’s a special trick about that I share too).

 

By the time we are finished, you’ll have a FAB finished project. Here’s a sneak peek at that project pattern. In class we turn it into a FAB envelope clutch! Oh… and don’t worry if a clutch isn’t your thing… I’ll be sharing in the class forums how I used this pattern to make a special project just for myself!

 

Oh yeah… some of you have probably noticed one of the small photos is of our WILDLY popular Woven Cables crochet pattern stitch. Yes, there’s even a segment of this class where we walk you through the Woven Cables pattern stitch step-by-step! When you are finished, you’ll be shocked by how nimble your crochet hook is around cables!

 

The BEST part of these Craftsy classes is you can watch them whenever, and wherever you like, and you can watch them as often as you like too, 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!

 

PLUS 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!

 

So click on my special link below to be whisked away to Quick & Easy Crochet Cables on Craftsy and get started! You could be learning all my tips and tricks and showing off your own crochet cables skills today!!

 

CLICK HERE: www.craftsy.com/ext/ShannonMullett-Bowlsby_4975_F

 

Once you have completed the project in my Craftsy class, you will be totally ready for any of the crochet cables found in Designer Crochet. And now, a little more on that:

 

Designer Crochet is your source for sophisticated and figure-flattering garments with great drape and shape. Using lightweight yarns and a beautiful variety of stitch patterns and motifs, you’ll create jackets and cardigans, a layering tank and a floor-sweeping skirt, a convertible vest/wrap and matching winter accessory set, and more, with every design built to flatter most body types. Beginner crocheters can learn the basics using easy-to-follow tutorials while advanced crocheters will enjoy mastering special techniques. This is a complete wardrobe in a single book for sizes small through 5X.

 

Designer Crochet will be available in bookstores this April. But don’t wait until then! The book is now available for pre-order, and if you send an email to Designer.Crochet@Yahoo.com with proof of purchase before April 1st, you will be entered into a lottery for 2 chances to win an entire project’s worth of yarn! That’s right, folks. I will be sending 2 people enough yarn to create either the Beginner Cardi or the Lace Tank projects (both pictures below). Big thanks to our yarn sponsors for providing the Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (Beginner Cardi) and Crystal Palace Panda Silk (Lace Tank)! I’ll also throw in a signed book plate for you to add into your copy of Designer Crochet when it arrives. So don’t wait until April to order your very own copy (which you can do by clicking here). And while you’re waiting for the book to arrive, I hope to see you in class!

 

Stitch on!

Shannon

 

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Beginner Cardi

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Sport

 

Crochet This Final (42 of 149) T2CT Tank 2 (2)

Lace Tank

Yarn: Crystal Palace Panda Silk

 

 

Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is the co-founder of Shibaguyz Designz, a versatile design company that uses unique flair to combine fashion design, knitting, crochet, photography, and graphic design into a cohesive whole. He takes his instruction all over the country, selling out classes along the way and building a following of happy students. You can find Shannon’s designs in countless magazines such as Crochet! and Knitting Today, or in one of his many books, including, Designer Crochet: 32 Patterns to Elevate Your Style, now available for pre-order through Barnes and Noble.

 
 
 
 
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Spring Preview Saturday: Designer Crochet

October 25, 2014, 14:00 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

The key to building a hand crocheted wardrobe is lots of planning and I’m here to give you as much advance notice as possible so you can clear your queue, wind your yarn, and prepare for some fantastic new patterns coming your way this spring! I’m delighted to announce Designer Crochet: 32 Patterns to Elevate Your Style (April 2015) by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby with gorgeous photography by Jason Mullett-Bowlsby. This dynamic duo is the pair behind Shibaguyz Designz.

 

Whether you’re a size XS or a 5X, these patterns are made for you. Crochet fans can expect an array of stunning designs from an elegant knee length duster to a curve hugging off-the-shoulder dress to a floor sweeping lace skirt. Wardrobe essential pieces like a basic open front cardigan and pullover to matching winter accessory trios make this the perfect single book to build your hand stitched closet from scratch.

 

Every pattern is chock full of notes and schematics to ensure a proper and flattering fit for sizes XS through 5X and the book includes detailed step-by-step photos to teach you important skills like how to set in a sleeve or sew in a zipper.

 

Marvel at some of our favorite designs below and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

Cloaked Hoodie

 

 

Drape Front Cardigan

 

 

Hooded Wrap Vest

 

 

Maxi Skirt

 

 

Off the Shoulder Dress

 
 
 
 
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Happy Pub Day to Crochet Geometry!

March 01, 2016, 10:00 am  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

crochet geometryToday is the official release of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s newest book, Crochet Geometry.  We’re thrilled with his latest collection of 15 new crochet patterns inspired by geometric shapes. There are cardigans, pullovers, shrugs, and wraps to fit and flatter every body type from sizes small to 5X.

We tip our crocheted hats to Shannon not only for a stellar new design collection, but for his ALA Booklist starred review! An excerpt of the full review that will appear on March 15th:

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“Mullett-Bowlsby (Designer Crochet, 2015) more than proves his chops in crochet design in his latest book that is sure to appeal to the fibercraft audience…The only issue? That there are just 15 designs. More, please.” –Booklist

Please be sure to check out Shannon’s previous book, Designer Crochet, featuring 32 crochet patterns for a complete new wardrobe, again in sizes small to 5X.

Shannon is a master at the flattering fit and the Publishers Weekly starred review agrees with us:

“Contemporary crocheters will be delighted and grateful to have Mullett-Bowlsby’s guide to creating drapey, stylish garments without any of the bulk so often associated with their medium.” –Publishers Weekly

It’s never too early to begin stitching for a stylish spring wardrobe. Pick up your copy of Crochet Geometry today at any of the following retailers!

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

IndieBound

 
 
 
 
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Introducing Crochet Geometry!

February 26, 2016, 16:40 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

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“…the designs in this book are a beautiful collaboration between geometry and art.”

–Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

 

These first few words from the Introduction of Crochet Geometry perfectly capture the essence of this collection. From the author of Designer Crochet, I am thrilled to present a brand new collection of 15 fashion forward crochet garment patterns each brilliantly inspired by a geometric shape. The results are accessible garments and accessories with minimal or no shaping, maximum drape, and that are all immediately wearable. All patterns are available in sizes S to 5X!

 

The patterns are divided into four sections: Shrugs, Cardigans, Pullovers, and Wraps. Here’s a sneak peak within each section.

The Sleeve Shrug transforms the simple rectangle into a perfect layering piece to adorn a sleeveless dress for a formal occasion or even a tank top and jeans for a casual night. The feather and fan lace elevates this shrug to a whole new level.

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The Half Circle Cardigan combines the best of circles and triangles to create a showstopping layering piece with dramatic radiating lines to capture any eye. This piece can be worn at least two ways, but your imagination is the limit!

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The T-Top is one of my personal favorite garments in this collection and features a beautiful basket weave design in a figure flattering design. Here we show this pullover modeled in a size Small and in a 3X.

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Finally, the Mainsail Wrap is a wearable and trendy take on the quadrilateral. You can wear this piece right side up or upside down—each way creates a dramatic neckline that you can pin closed or wear open and relaxed.

mainsail

 

Patterns include charted and written-out instructions, schematics with detailed measurements, and a section of special techniques with photo tutorials for the common techniques used throughout the book including the knotless starting chain, locking mattress stitch, duplicate stitch, and end cap finishing stitch.

 

Crochet Geometry officially publishes on March 1st, but some stores have copies available to purchase immediately! To purchase or pre-order, check out the links below.

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

IndieBound

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Crochet Boutique Hats

August 01, 2014, 14:31 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

How does that saying go? “You can never have too many [fill in the blank].” Friends? Shoes? I daresay that accessory loving stitchers everywhere would say HATS. Hats are the perfect instant gratification project to use up those single/double skeins in your stash and to practice a new-to-you technique.

Coming in September, Crochet Boutique: Hats will give you 25 more reasons to say “you can never have enough hats!” From berets and beanies to caps and hoods, designer Rachael Oglesby has created something for everyone. There are patterns for women and men, for beginner and adventurous stitchers, and for those who are new to crochet there’s a handy guide that illustrates basic stitches.

 

I love the look (and the name!) of the pineapple stitch and am already planning out my outfits for the Pineapple Beret.

 

 

Granny squares are a classic and the Granny Square Beanie is the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary with its slouchy shape.

 

 

I think the Bear Cub Beanie speaks for itself. Cute overload?

 


Want more? Pre-order Crochet Boutique: Hats today!

 

Rachael Oglesby is the bestselling author of Crochet Boutique (Lark) and the talented designer and crocheter behind softspoken, the blog and popular Etsy shop (where she’s a recurring featured seller and has sold over 2,000 items). Rachael’s work has also been sold through Modcloth and boutiques both nationwide and globally. She lives in Columbia, SC. Learn more about Rachael at rachaeloglesby.com

 
 
 
 
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Craft Challenge Scarves: Designer Profiles

April 27, 2011, 14:00 pm  Posted by needlearts
 

They May Call Me a Sinner...Halter Top from Vintage Marmalade on Etsy

As our celebration of Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves continues, we wanted to feature some of the fantastic, creative folks who contributed to the book. Below, enjoy hearing a little bit about some of the designers…and if you like what you see, click on over to their Etsy stores or websites!

Alice Pino-Marina (Vintage Marmalade on Etsy): I am a busy wife and mother.  My store features handmade items from vintage textiles as well as vintage items from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. In my spare time I enjoy being with the family and going to the gym.

Rachel Le Grand (Nest Full of Eggs): I am a wife, stay-at-home mumma of 3, sewist, knitter, paper crafter, girl behind a camera, gluten-free, and a craft book contributor. I enjoy sewing (mostly clothing for my young daughter), knitting (I recently knitted & wet felted my new purse), paper crafting (mostly cards), photography, trying gluten-free recipes (my oldest son & I are gluten-free), and vintage shopping.

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Timeline: Crochet in Fashion

August 12, 2010, 15:09 pm  Posted by Craft Your Life Team
 

vickiehowellA few years back when I began writing a book that I thought would be titled, Catwalk Crochet (until my editor, Valerie pointed out the obvious popular-culture slant the manuscript had taken on, and suggested we re-work what became, Pop Goes Crochet), I did a little research on what place the craft has had in fashion over the past century. It’s a topic I still really enjoy, so I thought I’d dig up a timeline I’d created and share it with you here. Enjoy!

Filet Crochet in the 1900's


1900’s

Abandoning the deep colors of the Victorian period before it, intricate white laces mostly created using filet crochet and tiny hooks crept gracefully into turn-of-the-century fashion.  Most often found in undergarments, nightgowns, yokes and wedding gowns, crocheted pieces were tasteful and delicate; perhaps reminiscent of the ideal female of that time.

1920’s
Oh glorious days of flapper excess! Crochet’s place during the flamboyant 20’s took center stage in the form of ornately beaded handbags constructed by women at home as toppers to deliciously flashy ensembles.

1930’s
The depression made luxury a thing of the fashion past for most, so old outfits became new again with the addition of simple, removable crocheted collars and cuffs. Gloves, hats and delicate wraps were also seen as sensible accessories during that time because they constituted necessity rather than frivolity.

1940’s
As in the decade before, the economy directly effected every aspect of fashion including crochet’s role init. World War II took women out of the home and into the factories, leaving much less time for

Crochet in the 50's (Coats & Clark)

needlework. Yarn was also harder to come by during the 40’s so women conserved and savored their wool, often producing scarves or lace kerchiefs. The major fashion statement of the time however was the hat, which thanks to the bulkiness of the crocheted stitch structure could be both stiff and sculptural enough for even the most amateur of milliners to created masterpieces with!

1950’s

Thicker yarns were introduced during the 50’s, often replacing their thread counterparts. Much of what we see in modern crochet fashion can be credited to inspiration from mid-century clothing design, for this was the era of the capelet, bolero and cardigan.

1960’s
Complete crocheted outfits made their way into fashion in the 60’s in the form of tunics, short skirts and matching pantsuits. Brighter colors and alternative fibers such as hemp, twine and rafia emerged as worthy supplements to the thicker yarns of the 50’s.

1970’s
The 70’s were by far the glory days for crochet in fashion in fact, there was nary a garment in existence

Crochet in the 70's

that was safe from crocheted reproduction. Shawls, ponchos, hobo-bags, ties, bikinis, you name it–if it could be worn, then it could also be crocheted. This period seemed to lend itself to complete self expression as far as garments went and with acrylic yarns available nearly everywhere, crocheted fashion was available to anyone willing to pick up a hook!

1980’s-90’s
Likely do to the absolute crochet saturation in fashion from the decades before them (as well as the social movement to abandon stereotypical “women’s work”), the 80’s and 90’s were largely dry periods for the craft. Pastel sweaters incorporating shoulder pads and belted waists made an appearance during the 80’s but seemed to have disappeared for the most part in the 90’s.

2000’s
The first decade of this century brought a resurgence of crochet in fashion, as seen often on the runways. Hippie-chic, bohemian influenced patchwork, free-formed sweaters and wraps, ornate bikinis and delicate lace shells have all made appearances in fashion magazine

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s over the past 10 years. Designers have finally embraced the convergence of knitting with crochet to broaden the possibilities of silhouette and structure. As the knit and crochet industry continue to flourish, hobbyists are creating their own couture pieces influenced by everything from the catwalk to magazines to modern cinema!

2010
As we’ve entered into the 2nd decade of the 00′s, the resurgance crochet is becoming more and more apparent on the runways. Fashion as a whole has taken more of a “wear whatever style works for you” attitude than ever before. This allows for free-form crochet pieces to be worn and appreciated by the funkier set, and simpler layering pieces to be donned by all.

Even though its popularity has ebbed and flowed over the past 100+ years make no mistake about it, crochet has never disappeared from fashion completely. So pick up those hooks, because crochet appears to be here to stay!

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Month of Hope: Designer Spotlight

August 04, 2010, 16:37 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Part of what is so great about the Craft Hope movement (and the book) is the breadth of people involved, the community that it has inspired, and the lives (and causes) it has touched. Each Wednesday throughout the month of August, we’ll be profiling the designers who contributed projects… and made this book so darn great. Without further ado…

Stefani Austin
Stefani rarely follows project instructions and can’t read a pattern to save her life. She leaves the tops off markers, finds the remnants of her craft projects in odd places, constructs castles out of fabric, and—almost daily—finds new and improved ways to use a glue gun. Stefani spends her days trailing after her three imaginative sons. She calls this “homeschooling” and gets away with it. Her nights are spent writing, drawing, sewing, and listening to the tall tales told by her fisherman husband. Stefani writes about her messy, sweet, glitter-speckled life on her blog.

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Hello Lark Blog Readers,

Shibaguyz Headshot for promos 2017We’ve been asked by the FAB folks at Lark Crafts to introduce ourselves and our new monthly column, In Stitches, and now seems to be the perfect time. We are The Shibaguyz… Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby. We’re the author and photographer of Designer Crochet, and Crochet Geometry; two of the hottest Lark Craft books on the shelves (okay… so we might be slightly prejudiced in that assessment).

We present the story of who we are; a story that might be filled with mystery, mayhem, and possibly murder… or perhaps a touch of melodrama and metaphor. It was eight years ago we began our journey from everyday work-about gentlemen to this dynamic craft duo. It all began when Shannon left his 9-5 job to follow his dream of working as his own boss; an aspiration many of you can understand. Although terrifying, it was an exhilarating experience watching him starting this adventure by knitting and crocheting hats, scarves, and garments for craft fairs and private clients. That small-scale side-business quickly morphed into one where he was creating fashion patterns for worldwide magazines and teaching classes, live and online, to hundreds of excited students. Shannon, known for his hearty laugh, no nonsense business savvy, refined attention to detail, and thick head of hair worked long and hard to find success in the crochet and knitting scene. Eight years after founding Shibaguyz Designz he proudly boasts to having over 300 published patterns and nine books – including the Lark Crafts books Designer Crochet, and Crochet Geometry.

Designer Crochet Cover RGB colorCrochet Geometry CoverJason, similarly found his career path altered from regular day-to-day business associate to fashion photographer and graphic designer shortly after Shannon was contracted to produce his first book of garments. With no life experience in fashion photography Jason took it upon himself to learn everything he could about the business. In a few short years he’d became a face to recognize within the crochet and knit crowd, showing an impeccable eye for light, shadow, and movement along with an uncanny ability to understand how fiber responds to the camera. It was only two years after he submitted the photos for their first book that designers and publishers all over the world were asking him to photograph projects for them. Today, Jason works with Sterling/Lark Publishing photographing all of the Shibaguyz’s books while also keeping a handful of portrait clients (two and four legged; he has a soft spot for photographing the animals that share our hearts and homes) around their hometown of Seattle.

Bryce and Kristen Engen WeddingYou might be wondering where the name Shibaguyz came from. Before they became the power couple of the crochet and knitting world they were just Shannon and Jason, a couple of guys from Seattle who shopped at the local farmer’s markets… bringing their dogs with them: Apollo, Atlas, and Dallas—all three Shiba Inu. Considering how cute this breed of dog is, it’s not surprising that the vendors in the markets got to know the dogs better than the guys, “Hey! You’re those guys with the Shibas”. The name stuck; now they are the guyz from Shibaguyz Designz, Shibaguyz Photography, and Life With The Shibaguyz.

That’s where we came from. Where we’re headed is even more exciting! Stay tuned here because there’s a lot of really cool stuff coming down the pipeline from us, including a big reveal from Lark Crafts in the months to come. We’re so excited to have our books published by Lark Crafts and look forward to sharing some behind the scenes look into our studio and how we created our books as well as some tutorials to help sharped up your hook skills. Stay tuned… you’ll be hearing more from us in the very near future. Until then…

Stitch On!
Shannon and Jason