August 4, 2020

Join the End of Summer Mystery CAL 2020

Need a fun crochet project for the end of summer while we are still sheltering in place for the most part? Come join me and the rest of #TeamWhooligan for the End of summer Mystery CAL! All the details are on the site and make sure to register early so you have time to gather your materials!

Just like in years past, you will be able to order at an extreme discount until the first day of the MCAL. Then starting the first day of the MCAL, the price goes up a $1 a week until the final price of the pattern goes live when the last clue is dropped. It pays to join early!

The CAL begins on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

And YES there are prizes! Thanks to Knitting Fever again this year for providing six lovely prizes that will be shown in the blog post. I have two sets of four balls of Ella Rae Rustic Lace in coordinating colors and four Ella Rae Rustic Lace Quads. The quads are no longer available but they are a gradient skein of full-length quantities of four colors! See the photos when you click through!

Pre-order ‘Modern Italian Lace Crochet’

  • A woman models a gold crocheted sweater on the cover of Modern Lace Italian Crochet.

My new book, Modern Italian Lace Crochet, will be released on June 2, 2020. Preorder today to make sure you have your copy on the day it releases!

Bringing Yesterday’s Crochet into the Modern World!

Designer Karen Whooley learned to crochet lace at her Italian grandmother’s knee. But what she learned as a child has now become her number-one strength.

In Modern Italian Lace Crochet, Karen brings to you a little bit of her family history that started in the early 20th century, takes the lace that she learned, and turns it on its head to become more modern, more vibrant and much more approachable for every crocheter.

Includes 10 New Beautiful Designs

From shawls and accessories to beautiful, wearable garments, each of the 10 projects in Modern Italian Lace Crochet is full of memories. Karen uses ideas and stitches she learned from her Italian heritage but puts them together to become classics that modern crocheters are looking for.

The first 100 orders will receive a custom stitch marker that commemorates the launch of the book! Other goodies will be included too!

PLUS every order gets a free digital version of the book as well to be delivered to your inbox on June 2, 2020.

Want a digital copy? Modern Italian Lace Crochet can be found at multiple sites in a digital format. Visit https://books2read.com/modernitalianlacecrochet

March 24, 2020

Meet Whimsy and get 10% off the pattern!

  • A teal crocheted shawl.

Starting as a humble half-circle, Whimsy develops with a pop of color and an explosion of lace. Simple stitches make this easy to crochet, but shhh, that’s our secret! Just imagine all the color-combinations that would make this shawl shine!

This pattern is written in US terminology.

FINISHED SIZE
54 inches (137cm) wide × 26 inches (66cm) deep at center, blocked

YARN
800 yards (732m) fingering-weight yarn (4-ply – UK / AUS)

Sample uses Trilogy Yarns Glamorous (80% SW Merino, 20% Nylon; 3.5 oz = 100g / 400 yards = 366 m) in the colors (A) Bad Boy Blue and (B) Aurora Borealis

HOOK
US Size E/4 (3.5 mm) or size needed for gauge. Be sure to take the time to verify your gauge.

GAUGE
19 dc and 8 dc rows = 4 inches (10cm)

Lace pattern at bottom = 8 inches (20cm) total

Get Whimsy 10% off through the end of March 2020! Use code 10offmarch when checking out!

December 7, 2019

PNW Crocheters – Crochet is coming to Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat!

  • A yellow crocheted shawl with the words Shawls on the side.

The Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat is happening February 13-16, 2020 in Tacoma, Washington, at Hotel Murano. This event is replacing the long-revered Madrona!

As you know, crochet has not been part of Madrona for many years. Ted Alder is changing that up and I’m teaching six crochet classes. I’m thrilled to be an instructor at the inaugural event! The classes I will be teaching are as follows:

Thursday PM: Shawls On the Side
Friday AM: Tunisian Basics
Friday PM: Tunisian Short Rows
Saturday AM: Tunisian Knit Entrelac
Sunday AM: Colorwork Made Easy
Sunday PM: Dragon Scales Bracelet

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have and I hope to see many of you there.