A Garden of Shawls Book Review & Giveaway

Posted by on March 20, 2017 in Books, Current Giveaway, Reviews | 21 comments

I was so excited to be asked to do a book review of Karen Whooley’s new book called A Garden of Shawls by Karen Whooley. Check out my review below to find out how you can win a copy, plus have a chance at other giveaways!


A Garden of Shawls by Karen Whooley - Crochet pattern book review & giveaway by Ambassador Crochet.Photography by Anne Podlesak. Photos used with permission.


A Garden of Shawls by Karen Whooley - Crochet pattern book review & giveaway by Ambassador Crochet.A Garden of Shawls by Karen Whooley

Picture an elegant ornamental garden. Can you see it? It’s full of lovely flowers peeking through the picket fences, swaying in the breeze, turning skyward to the warmth of the sun.  It’s a haven from a busy work day.  A place to wander on a cool evening with a lacy shawl draped around your shoulders. A place to daydream…

A Garden of Shawls includes 12 beautiful lace shawls that evoke that feeling of being in a beautiful garden.  Made with either fingering or lace weight yarns each shawl will inspire you to create your own slice of heaven. Find out more at https://www.karenwhooley.com/AGardenOfShawls

A Garden of Shawls
Book Review


Publisher: Occhi Blu Press

Author: Karen Whooley

Number of Pages: 92 pages

Number of Projects: 12 shawls

Types of Projects: Beautiful lacy shawls

Difficulty: The majority of the patterns are rated intermediate with a few rated easy.

Yarn Used: #0 (lace weight), #1 fingering (instructions on how to use other weight yarns).

First Impression: Gorgeous, airy, and lightweight! Perfect for spring & summer.

Favorite Design: Palisade (shown below) & Enchantment


Palisade Shawl from A Garden of Shawls by Karen Whooley - Crochet pattern book review & giveaway by Ambassador Crochet.Palisade



Karen combined her love of Italian lace with interesting construction and the result is 12 gorgeous shawls. Each shawl has a different shape or contour, different stitch combos, as well as different fibers. The result is a garden of shawls that are stunning! Wear them for a special night on the town, or even just with your favorite pair of jeans. There is passion in every single design that Karen has put in this book.

Technical Review 

I absolutely love the fact that Karen tells you how you can use a heavier weight yarn (if you don’t want to use the finer yarns) and then gives instructions on how to make sure you can achieve the same size so you don’t end up with a ginormous shawl.

Karen has included notes on blocking your gauge swatches and shawls as well as thorough notes in each pattern. If you’re a more visual crocheter, there are charts for every pattern.


Thank you to Karen Whooley for offering to do a giveaway to my readers! One winner will receive a digital copy of A Garden of Shawls.

For a chance to win, head over to preview A Garden of Shawls and leave a comment telling me which shawl is your favorite. Drawing ends March 27th @ midnight.

Winner will be announced March 28th.

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.


  1. Thank you for both review and giveaway–the shawls look beautiful!!!

  2. Violaceous!! The color and the stitch pattern are so pretty!!! <3 Thank you for the opportunity!

  3. Violaceous is my favorite lacey shawl. It is elegant and delicate!

  4. Solar really caught my eye because of the lines and points
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  5. If you have ever made a Karen Shipley pattern, you know how the Vatican unfolds! I just love the Breeze pattern – that edging is classic and the shawl is so versatile!

  6. The Solar Shawl is my favorite

  7. The Enchantment shawl is the one for me.

  8. My favorite shawl is the Ecliptic one but the others are also very beautiful too.

  9. Briar is gorgeous. Perfect for spring.

  10. Violaceous, definitely!

    They are all lovely but THAT COLOR and that gorgeous, delicate, spring-y design – it’s got to be Violaceous!

    Thank you for this.

  11. My favorite is the Ecliptic shawl. It’s so me and fabulous.

  12. They’re all lovely, but I think Enchantment might get my vote for fave!

  13. I thin that Enchantment shawl is gorgeous! It’s my favorite by far!

    • Rosangela Robinson, you’re the winner!

  14. I had to choose between two that I really liked. The Aslant and the Ecliptic. In the end I chose the Ecliptic as being my favorite. :)

  15. I can’t choose between Solar and Palisade. Beautiful work. Thanks for this opportunity.

  16. I think I like the Ecliptic best! Very feminine!

  17. My favorite shawl is Breeze.

  18. Palisade Took my breath away !

  19. It was hard to choose just one, but I love the look of Briar the most.

  20. Thank You for the great book review and the chance to win this fabulous book 😊
    My favourite Shawl is Drift.

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