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Shibaguyz Designz: Urban Edge [Paperback]

Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
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Book Description

July 1, 2012
Inspired by the lifestyle of the urban dweller, this crochet fashion collection from Shibaguyz Designs is modern, trendy, and exciting. Award-winning designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby presents 16 garments and accessories that are as fun to crochet as they are to wear. Showcasing a variety of yarn weights, the designs include the Seattle Swank Coat, Jade Jacket, Red Carpet Dress, Color Blocks Dress, Wrap Skirt, Barbarian Vest, Cross Over Vest, Downtown Boyfriend Sweater, Sleeveless Hoodie, Aran-Style Cabled Tunic, Butterfly Top (a modern twist on the poncho), boot toppers, and more. The creations fit and flatter a wide range of body types, and most patterns are written for a complete range of sizes from Extra Small to 5X. Novices and more experienced crocheters all will find selections for their skill level.

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About the Author

Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguys Designz is a professional crochet and knitwear designer whose award-winning designs have appeared in publications worldwide. He also is accomplished in art, master gardening, and the culinary arts.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc. (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609006615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609006617
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fashionable Crocheted Garments With Lots of Drape July 18, 2012
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URBAN EDGE, a Leisure Arts Publication, certainly doesn't disappoint! The garment designs--unlike most crocheted garment designs--show a lot of drape, and even show nice shaping in long sleeves. Clearly designer Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby has approached his designing task by first considering the characteristics of crocheted fabric, and then thinking--a lot--about how best to use that type of fabric in each garment.

My favorite designs are (1) Bangkok (the cover design), a tunic using a lovely diagonal triangle pattern for the textured fabric; (2) Milan, a sleeveless top with a drapey bodice and cowl neck; (3) Amsterdam, a simple, tailored, open-front vest; (4) Seattle, a drape-front vest with long panels in front for draping or tying (that can even be worn upside-down!); and (5) NYC, a strapless, body-hugging sheath dress formed from square black-and-white motifs. But I like nearly all of the designs, which are quite in line with current fashion.

Most of the designs have written-out directions for multiple sizes, usually Small to 3X. Many designs have schematic drawings showing the finished measurements, to help you achieve the correct gauge, size, and fit. There are also a few pages of general crocheting instructions included at the end. Each of the designs has multiple full-color photographs that not only show important details in close-up, but also show the garments being worn in more than one pose.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misnomer, but still a must-buy! December 3, 2012
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Fabulous book and will appeal to anyone, even those who pride themselves in not being very "urban".

Pros:

1. almost every pattern is very wearable by the average woman
2. easy to follow instructions
3. interesting stitch patterns
4. great use of textured stitches
5. huge range of sizes
6. good use of color
7. great variety

Cons:

1. the models look too "posed" and unnatural
2. 80's flashback dress (only those who didn't live through it could look at that photo and not flinch - every detail hurts)

For the designs, buy this book right away!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to get started. December 19, 2012
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The patterns are beautiful and imaginative. The instructions are clear and well written. I am looking forward to experimenting with different color combinations. Not for amateurs.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! March 19, 2012
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I want to make everything in this book. Love the color photos and descriptions are clearly written. A definite must have for your crochet pattern library!
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