Crochet Ponchos Book Review and Giveaway

CROCHET PONCHOS
Stylish Looks For Every Wardrobe – Designed by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby – Published by Leisure Arts

In Shannon’s latest book from Leisure Arts, he presents six interesting takes on a very classic design. All look simple to crochet, yet they redefine ways to create the once-again fashionable poncho. Let’s showcase the details of each design:

I am in LOVE with the cover design, THE CIRCLE PONCHO! Not only is it beautiful and rich looking, it is constructed in a very interesting way. The design begins at the bottom and continues up the poncho in a unique, tailored design, with the cowl added last. Crochet perfection! The skill level is EASY. It uses #4 worsted weight yarn and is a one-size fits all garment. The Circle Poncho uses Foundation Single Crochet, which is fully explained and traditional single crochet.

THE CIRCLE PONCHO

What makes the IN THE ROUND PONCHO (below) special is the use of a Long Half Double Crochet. This design begins at the neckline and the stitches are gradually increased. The skill level is EASY. This poncho uses #4 worsted weight yarn and is also a one-size garment. All of the stitches are fully explained.

IN THE ROUND PONCHO

The RECTANGLE PONCHO looks simple, yet incorporates a very pretty and fun-to-do Spike stitch. I love the way this garment looks on the model! This one-size design is constructed in two panels, making it somewhat portable. The skill level is EASY and it uses #4 worsted weight yarn. This poncho begins at the bottom and is worked up to the shoulders.

RECTANGLE PONCHO

The TRIANGLES PONCHO has an innovative design construction. Stitches used in this design included Foundation Half Double Crochet, Front Post Double Crochet, Half Double Crochet and Single Crochet. The skill level is EASY, the yarn required is #4 worsted weight and it is also a one-size fits all garment. The design begins at the neck edge with gradual decrease rows and color changes culminating in the point at the bottom. It looks more complicated to construct than it really is, which make it so desirable to crochet! A contrasting color collar and a drawstring complete the look.

TRIANGLES PONCHO

Even though the ACCENT PANEL PONCHO is also a one-sized garment, it looks generous enough to be wearable by all, including plus sizes! It’s sideways construction is unique and the alternate colored center panel makes this a figure flattering poncho as well. The skill level is EASY and it uses #4 worsted weight yarn. It also uses the Half Double Crochet Stitch including the Foundation Half Double Crochet.

ACCENT PANEL PONCHO

Last but not least, the BORDER PONCHO uses the most diverse amount of crochet stitches than any of the other ponchos. Stitches include Foundation Half Double Crochet, Front Post Half Double Crochet, Back Post Half Double Crochet and a Long Single Crochet. It, too, is generously sized to fit most body types! The panels are constructed sideways and the center panel make it an equally flattering design. The use of special stitches creates a beautifully textured garment! The Skill Level is listed as EASY and it also is crocheted with #4 worsted weight yarn.

BORDER PONCHO

All Yarn Information is included in this book and every sample garment is crocheted with readily available yarn! As always, Leisure Arts has provided great stitch explanations and diagrams.
You can view ALL the details of these designs on Crochet Poncho’s Ravelry page. Book can be purchased through AMAZON or the LEISURE ARTS WEBSITE.

For those who are quick enough, KNIT PICKS is having a 40% off SALE of all of their knit and crochet books. You can purchase CROCHET PONCHOS here until 2/19/13!

Would you like to win a copy of this beautiful book? If so, leave a comment on this post. Please let us all know what you are crocheting at the moment! I am working on several new designs for my women’s accessory shop and also some custom design orders for a beautiful little girl!
As always, PLEASE leave CONTACT information, so I can email you in case you are the winner! A random drawing will be held Thursday, February 7, 2013.

Stay tuned to Cute Crochet Chat for more great reviews and giveaways in the month of February! You can JOIN this blog OR SUBSCRIBE to our RSS feed, both shown in the left sidebar of the blog.

DISCLOSURE: Leisure Arts provided Cute Crochet Chat with a free review copy of Crochet Ponchos and will also be providing the GIVEAWAY copy. 

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Crochet Ponchos Book Review and Giveaway

CROCHET PONCHOS
Stylish Looks For Every Wardrobe – Designed by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby – Published by Leisure Arts

In Shannon’s latest book from Leisure Arts, he presents six interesting takes on a very classic design. All look simple to crochet, yet they redefine ways to create the once-again fashionable poncho. Let’s showcase the details of each design:

I am in LOVE with the cover design, THE CIRCLE PONCHO! Not only is it beautiful and rich looking, it is constructed in a very interesting way. The design begins at the bottom and continues up the poncho in a unique, tailored design, with the cowl added last. Crochet perfection! The skill level is EASY. It uses #4 worsted weight yarn and is a one-size fits all garment. The Circle Poncho uses Foundation Single Crochet, which is fully explained and traditional single crochet.

THE CIRCLE PONCHO

What makes the IN THE ROUND PONCHO (below) special is the use of a Long Half Double Crochet. This design begins at the neckline and the stitches are gradually increased. The skill level is EASY. This poncho uses #4 worsted weight yarn and is also a one-size garment. All of the stitches are fully explained.

IN THE ROUND PONCHO

The RECTANGLE PONCHO looks simple, yet incorporates a very pretty and fun-to-do Spike stitch. I love the way this garment looks on the model! This one-size design is constructed in two panels, making it somewhat portable. The skill level is EASY and it uses #4 worsted weight yarn. This poncho begins at the bottom and is worked up to the shoulders.

RECTANGLE PONCHO

The TRIANGLES PONCHO has an innovative design construction. Stitches used in this design included Foundation Half Double Crochet, Front Post Double Crochet, Half Double Crochet and Single Crochet. The skill level is EASY, the yarn required is #4 worsted weight and it is also a one-size fits all garment. The design begins at the neck edge with gradual decrease rows and color changes culminating in the point at the bottom. It looks more complicated to construct than it really is, which make it so desirable to crochet! A contrasting color collar and a drawstring complete the look.

TRIANGLES PONCHO

Even though the ACCENT PANEL PONCHO is also a one-sized garment, it looks generous enough to be wearable by all, including plus sizes! It’s sideways construction is unique and the alternate colored center panel makes this a figure flattering poncho as well. The skill level is EASY and it uses #4 worsted weight yarn. It also uses the Half Double Crochet Stitch including the Foundation Half Double Crochet.

ACCENT PANEL PONCHO

Last but not least, the BORDER PONCHO uses the most diverse amount of crochet stitches than any of the other ponchos. Stitches include Foundation Half Double Crochet, Front Post Half Double Crochet, Back Post Half Double Crochet and a Long Single Crochet. It, too, is generously sized to fit most body types! The panels are constructed sideways and the center panel make it an equally flattering design. The use of special stitches creates a beautifully textured garment! The Skill Level is listed as EASY and it also is crocheted with #4 worsted weight yarn.

BORDER PONCHO

All Yarn Information is included in this book and every sample garment is crocheted with readily available yarn! As always, Leisure Arts has provided great stitch explanations and diagrams.
You can view ALL the details of these designs on Crochet Poncho’s Ravelry page. Book can be purchased through AMAZON or the LEISURE ARTS WEBSITE.

For those who are quick enough, KNIT PICKS is having a 40% off SALE of all of their knit and crochet books. You can purchase CROCHET PONCHOS here until 2/19/13!

Would you like to win a copy of this beautiful book? If so, leave a comment on this post. Please let us all know what you are crocheting at the moment! I am working on several new designs for my women’s accessory shop and also some custom design orders for a beautiful little girl!
As always, PLEASE leave CONTACT information, so I can email you in case you are the winner! A random drawing will be held Thursday, February 7, 2013.

Stay tuned to Cute Crochet Chat for more great reviews and giveaways in the month of February! You can JOIN this blog OR SUBSCRIBE to our RSS feed, both shown in the left sidebar of the blog.

DISCLOSURE: Leisure Arts provided Cute Crochet Chat with a free review copy of Crochet Ponchos and will also be providing the GIVEAWAY copy. 

Crochet Boutique Book Review and Giveaway

 Crochet Boutique by Rachel Oglesby
Recently, I was lucky enough to receive a review copy from Sterling Publishing of CROCHET BOUTIQUE “30 Simple, stylish hats, bags and accessories” by Rachel Oglesby, published by Lark Crafts.  
Are you looking for crochet designs that are quick to crochet yet trendy? If you like crochet accessory patterns that are simple yet fashionable, then this book is for you. Some of my favorite items to crochet are accessories and Crochet Boutique has plenty of them. There are a total of 30 crochet patterns including 7 hat patterns, 10 scarf and cowl patterns and 9 bag and accessory patterns. Each one is stylish and trendy for today’s crocheter.
Crochet Boutique has a little of everything. Rachel describes the crochet items herself in the Introduction: “Stylish items to adorn yourself. Cherished gifts to make for your loved ones and fashionable accents for your home”. 
There is a full techniques section in the back of the book that describes all you will need to know to crochet the items in this book. Since most of the designs are accessory items, they all appear to be quick to stitch. Except for the Bamboo Handle Bag (which is intermediate) they are ALL rated beginner and easy and use mostly #4 worsted or #5 bulky weight yarns.
Need a quick gift for a trendy relative? This book has many crochet items that fit the bill. I can see several items that I will be making for my daughters this Christmas!
If you are on Ravelry, you can see all 30 projects HERE!
Would you like to own this book? Lark Crafts has graciously offered to give away a copy of Crochet Boutique to ONE lucky winner! To be eligible to win, please COMMENT below. Let us know at least one gift you will be making for the upcoming holiday season! One winner will be chosen at random on November 1, 2012. Thanks to all who participate!

Crochet Boutique Book Review and Giveaway

 Crochet Boutique by Rachel Oglesby
Recently, I was lucky enough to receive a review copy from Sterling Publishing of CROCHET BOUTIQUE “30 Simple, stylish hats, bags and accessories” by Rachel Oglesby, published by Lark Crafts.  
Are you looking for crochet designs that are quick to crochet yet trendy? If you like crochet accessory patterns that are simple yet fashionable, then this book is for you. Some of my favorite items to crochet are accessories and Crochet Boutique has plenty of them. There are a total of 30 crochet patterns including 7 hat patterns, 10 scarf and cowl patterns and 9 bag and accessory patterns. Each one is stylish and trendy for today’s crocheter.
Crochet Boutique has a little of everything. Rachel describes the crochet items herself in the Introduction: “Stylish items to adorn yourself. Cherished gifts to make for your loved ones and fashionable accents for your home”. 
There is a full techniques section in the back of the book that describes all you will need to know to crochet the items in this book. Since most of the designs are accessory items, they all appear to be quick to stitch. Except for the Bamboo Handle Bag (which is intermediate) they are ALL rated beginner and easy and use mostly #4 worsted or #5 bulky weight yarns.
Need a quick gift for a trendy relative? This book has many crochet items that fit the bill. I can see several items that I will be making for my daughters this Christmas!
If you are on Ravelry, you can see all 30 projects HERE!
Would you like to own this book? Lark Crafts has graciously offered to give away a copy of Crochet Boutique to ONE lucky winner! To be eligible to win, please COMMENT below. Let us know at least one gift you will be making for the upcoming holiday season! One winner will be chosen at random on November 1, 2012. Thanks to all who participate!

"Use Up That Yarn" Review and Giveaway!

What crocheter doesn’t have lots and lots of yarn leftover from their other projects in their stash? I know that I certainly do!

Well, there is a new book “Use Up That Yarn, 13 Designs to Crochet from your Stash, that will help us deplete some of the leftover yarn in our stash!

Designed by Drew Emborsky (The Crochet Dude ®) and published by Leisure Arts, this new book showcases thirteen never-before-published designs that are ‘fantastically fast at shrinking” your yarn stash.

From worsted weight to bulky weight, almost every category of crochet projects are included in this book. There is something for every crocheter, from quick coasters to intermediate outer wear. Most of the projects in this book use less than 250 yards of yarn and are rated either Beginner or Easy+.
This would be a great book to add to your crochet pattern library!
My favorite designs include Fingerless Gloves, Snow Scarf and Hat Set and the Coasters.

One lucky reader will win a copy of this book, compliments of Leisure Arts. To be eligible to win, comment on this post telling us what you usually prefer to crochet: home decor, thread crochet, wearables, accessories, afghans or toys and dolls.
Please don’t forget to LEAVE your EMAIL ADDRESS  or a way that you can be reached if you are the winner. One winner will be drawn at random next Wednesday, February 15, 2012.