A Garden of Shawls Book Review & Giveaway

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.
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Facebook Fan Sale-abration



Yesterday I reached a huge milestone on my Ambassador Crochet Facebook page. There are now 6000 amazing people that have believed in me and helped me accomplish so many things along my journey.

6k sale

As a thank you I am having a huge sale in my Ravelry shop tomorrow 10/17.

Again, thank you for all the support over the years. I’m looking forward to some amazing things coming in 2015.


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Awareness Ribbon Afghan Raffle Deadline


I don’t normally do a duplicate post, but I wanted to remind everyone that the deadline for purchasing raffle tickets for my afghan is Sept. 30th at midnight. That’s less than 24 hours! Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in the right sidebar (at the top of the page). If you are on a a mobile device you may not see that so I can email you an invoice. Shipping is free in the US.

Every awareness ribbon has been included (if you want to check me, feel free to ask and I’ll verify for you).

Awareness Ribbon Afghan

Ribbon CollageHere is a list of ticket numbers that are left. Awareness Ribbon Raffle

Drawing will be Oct. 1st. Winner will have 48 hrs to respond with mailing address. After 48 hrs I may choose to pick a new winner.




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Brown Cluster Hat Pattern Sale

This week’s markdown is for my Cluster Beanie. This is one of my best selling hat patterns. Today only, receive 40% off this pattern that comes with 4 sizes.

If you order from Ravelry – no coupon is needed. Sale price will be applied when you add the item to your cart. (link is below picture)

If you aren’t on Ravelry there is a link to my pattern shop below. Enter coupon code Markdown when you check out and the 40% discount will be applied. (link below picture)

 brown cluster hat

Ravelry download

My pattern shop (pdf will be emailed within 24 hrs)

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Awareness Ribbons Afghan Project

This Awareness Ribbon Project is my newest work of {he}art.

I have been working on this design for months. I wanted to show my life, and just what is important to me. I also wanted to support so many of my friends. Most of us are either in the midst of a struggle and/or trial, or know someone who is. Whether you are in the midst of a trial, have overcome your trial, or have suffered the loss of a loved one, your strength is amazing! My friends, and all of you, who overcome amazing things, are the true inspiration for this project.

There are 64 different squares pictured, but 70 different square combos included, which represent every single awareness ribbon I could find. Everything from blindness, asthma, food allergies, eczema, loss of a child, domestic abuse survivor, every cancer imaginable, diabetes, CHD, POTS, downs syndrome, autism, and so many more. The pattern has 17 pages, including 3 full pages of every color combo I could find, with the meaning of each one, plus photo tutorials to help you make each type of ribbon.

Awareness Ribbon afghan

awareness ribbon project

awareness ribbon colors


I will also be doing a giveaway for a copy of this pattern.  To enter you only need to:

1) Be a follower of this blog.

2) Extra entries for following me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter and/or sharing the giveaway.

Winner will be announced Friday morning. (10/11)

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National Crochet Month Day 29

Today I’m giving away my Bow Pattern Set. I was asked to make this up in many sizes, but the one of the best/funniest requests I ever had was for “The Royal Bow”. Right after the Royal Wedding someone said I should make a royal bow, so I’ve included it in the set. The hat isn’t included, just shows you the size of the bow.

Crocheted BowsCrocheted Bow Set

Crochet Bows

Here are a couple things I’ve made with these bows. If you just want one bow size with the hat I’ve included links to those patterns.

>Crocheted BowsThe Royal Bow & Hat pattern set click here.

Jackie O. hatJackie O. hat pattern is located here.


To enter you only need to:

1) Be a follower of this blog.

2) Extra entries for following me on Facebook and Twitter and/or sharing the giveaway.

Winner will be announced Sunday morning. (04/05)

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