Let’s all throw our confetti in the air and give a big ol’ WOOHOO!! to the winner of our Grand Prize Pinterest Contest *drumrooooooooll*
Congratulations Diana L! You are the winner of a prize pack of all five crochet books by Shibaguyz Designz from Leisure Arts. WOOHOO!!
All you have to do is drop us an email and we will get your prize pack sent out to you so you can start crocheting from one (or more) of these five pattern packed books! Let’s see… with five books with 6, 7, 10, 13… heck… it’s a LOT of patterns! We can’t wait to see what you make first!
If you didn’t win but still want to get your hands on one or more of our titles, you can buy them right on our very own shopping site on Shibaguyz.com/shopping. You’ll also find our free tutorials there for downloading as well as our yarn stash and sample sales. All things Shibaguyz in one convenient spot. :)
Thank you all for participating in our 2013 National Crochet Month with Shibaguyz Designz party. Be sure to check back often for new tutorials, patterns, and big news that juuuuust might be coming soon… very, very soon… hehehehe…
talk to you soon…
Jean S. is the winner of our National Crochet Month with Shibaguyz Designz Week #4 Giveaway… WOOHOO!! Congratulations, Jean S! You have won a compilation cd of ALL of the 2012 issues of Interweave Crochet magazine. We have sent you an email… just respond to that email and we’ll get you all set up!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s giveaway! This officially concludes our National Crochet Month with Shibaguyz Designz 2013 celebration. *whew* That month just FLEW by! We will continue to put up new tutorials at least monthly and we still have the winner of our Grand Prize Pinterest Contest to announce… all coming up soon!
Congratulations again to Jean S!
talk to you soon…
Here is the next in our new “Do This” tutorials series: How to make the Foundation Half Double Crochet.
As always, feel free to pass this along… pin it, Tweet it, Facebook it, Tumbl it, reblog and generally share it. If you like, you can go to our shopping page on Shibaguyz.com, click on the link for “Books, Patterns, and Downloads” and download a FREE PDF of this infographic for your own personal use. WOOHOO!!
Have other tutorials you’d like to see? Drop a line or leave a comment and we’ll see what we can do!
If you have read a Shibaguyz Designz crochet pattern, you have probably noticed we like to use the Foundation stitches as starters for our projects rather than a chain that is then worked back into. We like the clean, decorative look of a Foundation stitch and the added elasticity this method of starting fabrics gives to garments.
For those who haven’t tried one of the Foundation stitches before, you are, basically, making the “chain” AND the first row of stitches simultaneously. Pretty cool! The basic Foundation stitches include: Foundation Single Crochet (Fsc); Foundation Half Double Crochet (Fhdc); Foundation Double Crochet (Fdc); and Foundation Treble Crochet (Ftr). Since you are working the “chain” and the first row of single, half double, double, treble, etc…, you are creating a flat and even border. If your pattern calls for a textured stitch, this Foundation Row will look very different from your textured stitch so that must be taken into consideration. That said… After mastering the basic Foundation stitches, there are also combination Foundation stitches that actually start your textured stitches right away while still giving you a flatter bottom edge to your work. We’ll get into all of that later…
This infographic tutorial on the Foundation Single Crochet is our gift to you. Share the infographic directly from this blog post, click on the infographic and it will open in a new browser window, or you can download a PDF for free from our website at Shibaguyz.com/shopping. Share it, Tweet it, Pin it, Facebook it… we just ask that not sell it as part of a class or pattern… keep it wild and free! And look for more of these to come. Right away, we will be giving you the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch then we’ll get into some finishing techniques and other fun stitch patterns.
talk to you soon…
It is hard to believe how quickly this month has flown by! Seems like we just got started with the fun stuff and BAM!! here we are at the end of the month already. Well… that just means we’re going to have to go out with a bang! Be sure to check back here all week. We have some treats lined up for you all with some very cool tutorials and, of course, the week #4 giveaway! Yeah… we know that’s why y’all are here right now so… on to the giveaway!
This week, our friends at Interweave Crochet have provided us with a very cool prize. When you enter this week, you will be entered for a chance to win a compilation CD of all the Interweave Crochet magazine 2012 issues including the accessories issue AND the recent Winter issue that featured the Lady Edith Jacket (pictured below) by… yup… Shibaguyz Designz! How cool is that prize? You will get all of the 2012 issues on one CD to peruse and use anytime you want. This is a must-have item for your crochet library so get on it and start racking up those entries right now!
Lady Edith Jacket by Shibaguyz Designz for Interweave Crochet Winter 2012
As with previous weeks, click on the link at the top of this post to be taken to our Rafflecopter site, answer a crochet question, like our pages, Tweet some tweets… ya know… get some entries! By the way, did you realize you can earn an entry DAILY with the Twitter option? Just go back to the link daily and click on the Tweet about the Giveaway” option and you will earn another entry for that day! WOOHOO!! More chances to win!
Also, remember you have until the end of the month to enter our Grand Prize Pinterest contest. The winner will win a set of all five Shibaguyz Designz crochet books from Leisure Arts! Think of all the new excuses that many books will give you to shop for yarn!! Details HERE… get those pins up!
Have fun with your entries this week and good luck!!
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And we have a winner!! Davina D. is the winner of our National Crochet Month with Shibaguyz Designz Week #3 Giveaway… WOOHOO!! Congratulations, Davina D! You have won a 1 year print subscription to Crochet World Magazine. We have sent you an email… just respond to that email and we’ll get you all set up!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s giveaway. If you didn’t win and would like to subscribe to Crochet World magazine, you can go to their subscription page here and sign up.
Also remember to enter our Grand Prize Pinterest contest for your chance to win an entire set of Shibaguyz Designz crochet pattern books from Leisure Arts. Details on that FAB contest are here.
Congratulations again to Davina D!
The April 2013 issue marks the 35th Anniversary of Crochet World magazine and we are thrilled to be a part of this landmark issue with our Cross Front Vest pattern. The Cross Front Vest is crocheted in Tahki yarns Cotton Classic Lite and is a very easy pattern to make. The side closure is a simple frog closure you can purchase at your local craft and hobby store.
Click on the photo below to go to the Ravelery project page for the Cross Front Vest and be sure to stop by the Crochet World magazine website and check out their preview video for the April 2013 issue. Executive Editor, Carol Alexander narrates the preview and gives a brief intro to the history of Crochet World Magazine.
While you’re cruising around… be sure to check out our National Crochet Month with Shibaguyz Designz Week #3 Giveaway where you can enter for a chance to win a 1 year print subscription to Crochet World Magazine. We also have a FAB Grand Prize Pinterest Contest for National Crochet Month so don’t miss out on that.
Congratulations to Michelle N! She is the winner of our National Crochet Month with Shibaguyz Designz Week #2 Giveaway! Michelle N. has won a 1 year subscription to Crochet! magazine… WOOHOO!!
Thanks to everyone who entered! If you didn’t win and would like to subscribe to Crochet! magazine, go to their Subscription Page sign up.
Also, be sure to check out our Week #3 Giveaway and enter our Grand Prize Pinterest Contest!
talk to you soon…
It’s hard to believe but here we are at week #3 of National Crochet Month with Shibaguyz Designz. It has been fun seeing the answers to your questions in the giveaway entries and this week is another doozy… can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!
This week, our prize is a 1 year print subscription to Crochet World magazine. To be entered to win a whole year of Crochet World articles, stitch guides, and patterns, click on the link at the top of this page to go to our FAB little Rafflecopter site. And remember… you can enter once a day with the “Tweet this” option. That means that between now and the end of the giveaway, you could enter 7 extra times!
Did you all know Crochet World magazine just celebrated their 35th anniversary with their April 2013 issue? Serious business here folks… that’s a long and healthy run for a magazine that started as a digest size publication in April of 1978 with 25 patterns printed in black and white. Looking at the stylized format and brilliant photos of the April 2013 issue… they’ve come a long way, baby! (sorry… couldn’t resist that) Make sure you go to the Crochet World website to see the video preview of this very special issue narrated by Executive Director, Carol Alexander.
Congratulations to the FAB folks at Crochet World magazine on your 35th anniversary!
And, as luck would have it, we just HAPPEN to have a new design in the current issue of Crochet World magazine! WOOHOO!! We are proud to be included in this landmark 35th anniversary issue of Crochet World magazine. Here’s a sneak peek… more to come later this week.
So… click on the link above to enter for your chance to win the 1 year print subscription to Crochet World magazine and also remember our Grand Prize Pinterest contest… you could win a collection of all five Shibaguyz Designz crochet books from Leisure Arts! Details on that contest by clicking HERE.
Good luck and have fun with this week’s question!
talk to you soon…
Our fourth and final design by Shibaguyz Designz featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Crochet! Magazine is the Ribbons & Lace Top made in Classic Elite Yarns Provence mercerized Egyptian cotton. A solid stitched upper body with lace stitch arms and hip panels make this piece just light and pretty enough for the warmer Spring and Summer days ahead. The scoop neck and vented side panels make the Ribbons & Lace Top an easy fit on a variety of sizes and body types. The ribbon lace-up detailing on the sleeves add a customizable touch to this feminine, pretty top.
Make sure you check out the Crochet! magazine website for a video preview of the Spring 2013 issue narrated by Executive Editor, Carol Alexander. Also, you can click on the photos below to be taken to the Ravelry pattern page where you will find more info on the Ribbons & Lace Top pattern.
This also just HAPPENS to be the week we are giving away a 1 year print subscription to Crochet! magazine as part of our National Crochet Month with Shibaguyz Designz celebration! WOOHOO!! Be sure to check out our post about how to enter this giveaway and you certainly don’t want to miss out on our Grand Prize Pinterest contest! Details on the Grand Prize Pinterest contest are in the link to this post.
And now… without further delay… here are the pretty pictures!