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


Enchantment

Review

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.

Giveaway

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.
Read More

Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium Book Review & Giveaway

I had the privilege of doing a book review of Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium! Sterling Publishing has also offered to do a giveaway to my readers, so reader below to find out how you can win a copy!

 

Edward's Crochet Imaginarium - Mix & Match to make over 1 million different monsters. Kids will love these! - Book review by Ambassador Crochet
*This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Please note: I will never become an affiliate partner for a product or service that I don’t use and love! Not all links are affiliates.

 

Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium
Book Review

 

Publisher: Sterling Publishing

Author: Kerry Lord

Number of Pages: 96 pages

Number of Projects: Mix & Match to make over 1 million monsters!

Types of Projects: Monsters galore!

Difficulty: There are 3 different levels of difficulty based on stitches as well as technical aspects (decreasing, shaping, etc).

Yarn Used: Anything brand and size yarn you want.

Sizes: Finished sizes are based on the yarn and hook you choose. Kerry’s samples were as follows:

  • Small (fine weight) – approx. 7.8″
  • Standard (DK weight) – approx. 11″
  • Large (Aran weight) – approx. 15.75″
  • Giant (Chunky) – approx. 25.5″

First Impression: You’ll never run out of monster options!!! Plus, lots of details have been thought out and added throughout the book. – Example: Shows how using different weight yarns and hooks to create different size monsters.

 

Edward's Crochet Imaginarium - Mix & Match to make over 1 million different monsters. Kids will love these! - Book review by Ambassador Crochet

Edward's Crochet Imaginarium - Mix & Match to make over 1 million different monsters. Kids will love these! - Book review by Ambassador Crochet

 

Edward's Crochet Imaginarium - Mix & Match to make over 1 million different monsters. Kids will love these! - Book review by Ambassador Crochet

 

Review

 

Kids love monsters! They can be cute, fun, scary, colorful, or anything their imagination can conjure up. That’s why kids will love creating their own monsters from Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium. The book is made in flip form, so all the heads are stacked behind each other, all the bodies are together, and the legs feet are at the bottom. Flip each section to choose the head, body, and feet so you can see what your monster will look like. It’s fun for adults, and kids alike!

The instructions for each monster part are on the back of each photo. It’s up to you to decide what colors to use, and whether you want to add stripes, spots, or scales. You even have the option to sew on extras, like hair, eyes, horns, wings, or tails. Kerry Lord tells you what she mixed and matched to make her monsters, or you can create your own. There are 30 options to add to your creature. You will never run out of ideas!

 

Technical Review 

 

The layout of this book is great! All the body parts (head, body, feet/legs) are in flip book form. In addition to the flip section, it has a section on tails, as well as all kinds of color changes (spots, stripes, speckles, gradient changes). There are instructions on how to change the size of your monster, photo tutorials, and even a section on “stuffing and sewing”.

The section on sizing (using different yarn weights to create different size monsters) only had cm measurements. If you are in the USA you will need to convert those sizes to inches to know how big your monster will be.

Kids and adults will love the versatility of this book. It’s fun to see what kind of monster you want to create and then add your own personal touches to it.

 

Giveaway

 

Thank you to Sterling Publishing for offering a book to give away to my readers! (Winner must live in the US or Canada).

Leave a comment and let us know who you’d make your crochet monster for. Drawing ends March 23rd @ midnight.

Winner will be announced March 24th.

Happy Crocheting!

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

Double Feature Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern

Today is a BIG day! Not only am I releasing my new Double Feature Infinity & Cowl, but it’s also my birthday, and it’s my day on the National Crochet Month blog tour that Crochetville sponsors!

 

Double Feature Infinity scarf is 2 separate stitch combos - combined to add texture and depth to your scarf. There's also the option of separating the 2 and making 2 separate cowls. - Pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $3.50

 

Please Note: My annual birthday sale has ended. 

 

Double Feature Infinity

 

The Double Feature Infinity scarf is now available!  Using 2 different stitch combos you will create this eye catching infinity scarf that has 2 different textured patterns. When wrapped it creates a beautiful visual effect. Separated you can also create 2 different cowls. So many options…..

You can purchase the Double Feature Infinity & Cowl pattern on Ravelry.

 

NatCroMo 2017 blog tour sponsored by Crochetville - March 1st day 1 stop Ambassador Crochet

 

For more info on the NatCroMo blog tour, visit the Crochetville blog for their tour dates, designers, yarn sales, giveaways, and more! Or you can get all the updates on their Facebook page. Today is only the beginning of an amazing month. It’s time to celebrate National Crochet Month!

 

Happy Crocheting!

Read More

Beginner Messy Bun Hat Crochet Pattern

It’s another free messy bun hat pattern. I do realize they’re everywhere, so I wasn’t going to jump on the bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong, they’re cute, and I wear my hair in a messy bun A LOT, but I don’t have time…..or so I told myself. Then I got an order, and another, and another. Before I knew it I had 6 or 7 orders (I stopped counting). Now I’m left to weed through hundreds of messy bun hat patterns because I didn’t fall in love with just one to purchase. There are TONS that I would love to make, but I just wanted something basic to start with. But just because a pattern is basic doesn’t mean it has to look boring. Add some stripes or use ombre yarn and you have a completely different look.

 

this messy bun hat crochet pattern is perfect for a beginner crocheter, and it's free from Ambassador Croche.t

I have made this pattern available for free on my blog. If you would like a downloadable pdf it is available for $1.00 in my Ravelry store.

Free Messy Bun Hat Pattern

 

Finished Size: Fits most adults.

Yarn: 1 skein #4 worsted weight yarn

  • Samples used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek (gray & purple) and I Love This Yarn! (black & teal)

Hook Size: I/9 (5.50 mm) – (I love my Tulip Etimo hooks!)

Notions: Yarn Needle, hair elastic

Gauge: 3.5 hdc = 1 inch

For help with abbreviations – see my List of Abbreviations.

Special Stitches:

  • FPhdc (Front Post half double crochet) – yo, insert hook from right to left behind vertical bar of next st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
  • BPhdc (Back Post half double crochet – yo, working behind next st, insert hook from right to left in front of next st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Messy Bun Hat

 

NOTE: This messy bun hat is made from the crown down to the forehead. I chose to use a hair tie (elastic) so that the opening will stay smaller and not stretch as easily. If you would like to leave out the elastic, you can start with ch 30, sl st in 1st ch to form ring, then continue with round 1 instructions.

 

Round 1: Work 30 hdc around elastic band, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (30 dc)

Round 2: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in each of next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, rep from * around, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (40 hdc)

Round 3: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in each of next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, rep from * around, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (48 hdc)

Round 4: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in each of next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st, rep from * around, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (56 hdc)

Round 5: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in each of next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st, rep from * around, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (64 hdc)

Round 6: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in each of next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st, rep from * around, hdc in last st, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (73 hdc)

Round 7–18: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join, hdc in each st around, sl st in 1st hdc to join.

Round 19: Ch 1, sc in each hdc around. (73 sc)

Round 20: Ch 1, FPhdc around 1st sc, *BPhdc around next sc, FPhdc around next sc, rep from * around, sl st in first hdc to join. (73 hdc)

Round 21: Ch 1, FPhdc around 1st FPhdc, *BPhdc around next BPhdc, FPhdc around next FPhdc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join.

Round 22–23: Rep Rnd 21.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

Don’t forget, there is a downloadable pdf version available for $1.00 in my Ravelry store.

Happy Crocheting!

Read More

18″ Doll Slouchy & Legwarmer Set Crochet Pattern

If you have daughters or granddaughters, chances are  you have 18″ dolls in your house. I have 5 girls….need I say more?!  Crocheting doll clothes can be a quick, fun project for a gift, or just to surprise them with something new for their doll. Here is a doll slouchy & matching leg warmers to keep her dolly warm and stylin’.

 

18" doll slouchy and leg warmers setl. Free crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet. - will fit American Girl, Our Generation, Journey girls, and many more brand dolls.

 

I have made this pattern available for free on my blog, but if you would like a downloadable pdf it is available for $1.00 in my Ravelry shop.

18″ Doll Slouchy & Legwarmer Set

 

Finished Size: Fits all 18″ dolls including American Girl, Journey Girls, Our Generation dolls, and more.

Yarn: 1 skein #4 worsted weight yarn (I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn!)

Hook Size: H/8 (5.00 mm) – (I love my Tulip Etimo hooks!)

Notions: Yarn Needle

Gauge: 4 v-sts = 3 inches

For help with abbreviations – see my List of Abbreviations.

Special Stitches:  V-stitch (v-st) – (dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated st or sp.

 

18" doll slouchy and leg warmers setl. Free crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet. - will fit American Girl, Our Generation, Journey girls, and many more brand dolls.

 

Slouchy

Make a magic ring, ch 1.

Round 1: 12 dc in magic ring, pull ring closed. (12 dc)

Round 2: Ch 1, v-st in each dc around, join with sl st in first dc. (12 v-sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, v-st in same dc, *v-st in each of next 2 ch-1 sps**, v-st in between next 2 dc, rep from * around ending last rep at **, sl st in first dc. (18 v-sts)

Round 4–7: Ch 1, v-st in each ch-1 sp around, sl st in first dc to join.

Round 8: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, sl st in first sc to join. (36 sc)

Round 9–12: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join.

Fasten off.

 

18" doll slouchy and leg warmers setl. Free crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet. - will fit American Girl, Our Generation, Journey girls, and many more brand dolls.

 

Leg Warmers

(Make 2)

Ch 14, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Round 1: Sc in each ch around, sl st in first sc to join. (14 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join.

Round 3: Ch 1, v-st in same sc, sk next sc, *v-st in next sc, sk next sc, rep from * around, sl st in first dc to join. (7 v-sts)

Round 4–7: Ch 1, v-st in each ch-1 sp around, sl st in first dc to join.

Round 8: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, sl st in first sc to join. (14 sc)

Round 9: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join.

Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

 

Happy Crocheting!

Read More

Lapghan of Love Crochet Pattern

The Lapghan of Love crochet pattern was created especially for those going through chemo, or other health related struggles, that could use some extra warmth. When you add some love from the maker it is sure to bring some comfort when they need it most. The lapghan is a small throw size and made with super bulky weight yarn, so it will work up quickly.

 

Lapghan of Love crochet pattern was made for those going through chemo, or other health related struggles, that could use some extra warmth. Crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet.

Lapghan of Love Crochet Pattern

 

Pattern Rating: Beginner – You will need to know basic stitches, but I do offer pattern support for any questions that you may have.

Yarn Used: #6 super bulky (I used Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Cranberry and Fisherman)

Hook Size: S – Speed Hook

The following sizes included with the pattern:
Lapghan – approx. 43″ x 46″

You will receive an email with the pattern link as soon as payment clears.

 

*This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Please note: I will never become an affiliate partner for a product or service that I don’t use and love! Not all links are affiliates.

 

Happy Crocheting!

 

Read More

Snowflake Patterns Roundup

Nothing makes it feel like Christmas more than snow, especially if you live in the Northeast. Here are some snowflake patterns – both finished items, ornaments, and applique to get you in the Christmas spirit. This roundup will hopefully make it feel more like winter, wherever you may live.

 

Snowflake Patterns - crocheted snowflake pattern roundup by Ambassador Crochet.

 

Snowflake Patterns

 

All links below follow the photo above, from left to right beginning in top left corner.

 

Snowflake Hat by Ambassador Crochet

Textured Snowflake by Crochet Memories

Snowflake Throw by Red Heart Yarns

Let It Snow Garland/Scarf by Lyubava Crochet

Crocheted Snowflake by Crochet for You

Snappy Snowflake by Ambassador Crochet

Snowflake Holiday Gift Bag by Yarn Twins

Colorful Snowflake by The Purple Poncho

Victorian Snowflake Ornament by Crochet Memories

 

Also, be sure to check out my roundups of Christmas tree ornaments and Holiday Decor patterns.

 

Happy Crocheting!

Read More