Saturday, April 7, 2012

Urban Edge Blog Tour & Review/Giveaway





Book Title: Urban Edge
Author: Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
ISBN: 978-1-60900-661-7
Publisher: Leisure Arts
Approximate Retail Price: (USD) $19.95
Category: Crafts/Needle Arts/Crochet
Patterns: 13
Availability: Paperback or Digital Download

Hi fiber friends! Recently I was approached by the amazing Shannon to be a part of the Urban Edge Blog Tour.  I was thrilled to participate!  As you all know, I dabble in crochet and I hope someday to be able to crochet like this talented lad.  His designs are edgy and redefine crochet garments.  You may know Shannon as 1/2 of the wonder-duo that is ShibaGuyz Designz and from a live interview I did with him ages ago (where my daughter streaked in front of the video cam - it was super professional).  I could go on and on about Shannon, but you came here to see the designs, so let's delve right in, shall we?

Dublin (Written instructions with charts included)
Description: A loose-fitting cabled dress or  tunic suitable to wear with leggings, jeans, or even a pair of trousers.
Skill Level: Experienced
Special Stitches Used: 1-Over-1 FPdc-Cable, 2-Over-2 FPtr-Cable, 2-Over-2 FPdtr-Cable, 3-Over-3 FPdtr Cable, FPdc-Cross-St, FPtr-Cross St, Fsc, Fhdc, FPdc, FPtr, FPdtr
Construction Details: Worked in 6 sections & seamed


Rio de Janeiro (Written instructions)
Description: a drapey, hooded vest.
Skill Level: Easy
Special Stitches Used: Fhdc
Construction Details: Body is worked in one piece from bottom up to the underarm. The piece is then divided for armholes, and back and fronts worked separately. This fabric is reversible.


St. Tropez (Written instructions with stitch chart included)
Description: A soft, feminine sweater with butterfly sleeves.
Skill Level: Easy
Special Stitches Used: Fsc, Star St
Construction Details: Worked in pieces and seamed with set-in sleeves.


Buenos Aires (Written instructions with chart included)
Description: A semi-fitted (bust), filet-crochet, sleeveless duster/maxi vest.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Special Stitches Used: Fsc, Y-St, Lace pattern
Construction Details: Body is worked in one piece from lower edge up to the underarm and then divided for armholes and backs and fronts worked separately then seamed. Includes dart shaping.


Amsterdam (Written instructions and stitch chart included)
Description: A short-waisted, textured, open vest.
Skill Level: Easy
Special Stitches Used: Fhdc, Rev sc, Rev sc Ridge
Construction Details: Vest is worked in one piece, from side to side and is designed to hang open in front. Front edges aren't meant to meet.


Helsinki (Written instructions)
Description: A cowl-necked, updated boyfriend sweater.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Special Stitches Used: Fsc, Fsc-Inc, 2-Color Rib Pattern
Construction Details: Front, back, and sleeves are worked side-side. Worked in pieces and seamed.


Seattle (Written instructions)
Description: A versatile, front panel draping vest that can be worn in numerous ways to provide either a contemporary or traditional look.
Skill Level: Easy
Special Stitches Used: Fsc
Construction Details: Body is worked in one piece from lower edge up to armholes.  The piece is then divided for armholes, and back and fronts worked separately then seamed. Stitch pattern is reversible.


Bangkok (Written instructions with stitch pattern chart included)
Description: An asymmetric, edgy, side-button jacket with strong geometric detail.
Skill Level: Experienced
Special Stitches Used: Fhdc, Spike-Wedge St pattern
Construction Details: Body is worked in one piece from lower edge up to armholes.  The piece is then divided for armholes, and back and fronts worked separately then seamed. Stitch pattern is reversible.


Los Angeles (Written instructions with stitch pattern chart included)
Description: A bell-shaped coat with structured pattern, eye clasp closing at the top, and ribbon detail added to the sleeves.
Skill Level: Experienced
Special Stitches Used: Fhdc, Spike St Pattern
Construction Details: Body is worked in one piece from lower edge up to armholes.  The piece is then divided for armholes, and back and fronts worked separately then seamed. Stitch pattern is reversible.


Taos (Written pattern with stitch pattern chart included)
Description: A contemporary take on the classic poncho.
Skill Level: Easy
Special Stitches Used: Fsc, Star St, Rev-Hdc
Construction Details: Worked in two identical panels and joined via the button band at the top of the work.


Milan (Written instructions with stitch pattern chart included)
Description: A sleeveless, cowl top perfect to wear alone or as a layering piece that will take you from office to evening.
Skill Level: Easy
Special Stitches Used: Fsc
Construction Details: Work front and back then seam.


Paris (Written instructions with stitch pattern chart included)
Description: A geometric, multi-directional wrap skirt or cross-front dress/cover-up. Extremely versatile for all body types.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Special Stitches Used: Fsc, Fsc-Inc
Construction Details: Worked as a mitered square with short row shaping to create a rectangle.


NYC (Written and chart instructions)
Description: An edgy, strapeless, geometric designed dress combining traditional granny square styling with  a mod feel.
Skill Level: Easy
Special Stitches Used: FPdc
Construction Details: Square motiffs are worked separately, sewn together, and then the top and lower borders are added.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  There are 2 things that really strike me about these designs: 1.) They are sized Small - 3X, to fit most anyone.  AND  2.) Shannon created a lot of these pieces to work in different ways, with different wardrobe pieces, making them versatile and accessible to nearly any woman's wardrobe. The patterns are very well written and clear.  The special stitches typically have a chart to go one step further in demonstrating the construction of the stitches. The font is nice, large, and CLEAN looking, making it super simple to follow along in the pattern.  It's an all-around great book of patterns.

GUESS WHAT?!!  Leisure Arts is going to give away 2 copies of this fab book to 2 lucky KPG readers!!!!!!  Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions to enter!!!



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Disclosure: Leisure Arts sent KnitPurlGurl a FREE copy of Urban Edge to review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for this review.  All opinions expressed in the review are those of the blog author and do not necessarily reflect those of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby or Leisure Arts.  


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42 comments:

  1. I really like Bangkok, but I'm not sure my crochet skills are up to it. I'd need coaching.

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  2. These look like interesting patterns. I am going to take a look and see what I think.

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  3. I saw this when the blog tour was announced and I'm in love with the uniqueness of patterns in it!

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  4. I can't choose between Dublin and Buenos Aires so I guess I'd have to work them at the same time!

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  5. Thanks so much for the chance to win. I have been eying up that sweater on the front cover and can't wait to see what other goodies are inside!

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  6. I thought the Helsinki pattern was neat :)

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  7. I love all the designs in this book. I want to start with St. Tropez.

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  8. The Dublin is my favorite. I'd do it in that color too! Fun book

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  9. I love the look of Seattle :)

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  10. I think the Seattle vest would be a great gift for my daughter!

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  11. ooh those are some awesome patterns.

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  12. This is an excellent post. Love that you showcase each item in the book and that it has a picture and written details. VERY helpful and makes the book even more desirable now that I know what's in it! Thanks!

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  13. I haven't seen the book yet, but I definitely like the pattern on the cover!

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  14. Bangkok looks fab, wish my crochet was up to it!

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  15. I like the Seattle sweater and the Milan shirt the best!

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  16. I love both of the vest patterns in this book (Seattle and Amsterdam).

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  17. I'd make the green jacket on the cover!!!

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  18. I'd start with NYC for my daughter!

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  19. I love the NYC dress. Just wish I could still wear something like that.

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  20. I love the NYC dress. Granny squares taken to another level!

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  21. I love Bangkock
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  22. I love Bangkock and Dublin!

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  23. I'd love to try Buenos Aires for a friend of mine. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. I would love to crochet the Buenos Aires

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  25. I would love to crochet Seattle.

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  26. I'm torn between Seattle and Bangkok. In reality, I'm thrilled that there are a number of garments in this book I'd love to make!

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  27. the Milan looks nice.

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  28. If my daughter saw Buenos Aires, she would ask me to make it right now.

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  29. The Bankok is so cool, I would love to try making it.

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  30. The Buenos Aires is lovely :D want to make it right now!

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  31. I think Milan would be great to make!

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  32. I love both the St. Tropez & the Seattle pattern!

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  33. I love this book so much. I really want to make the Bangkok Jacket.

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