I am so happy to introduce Karen's new book to you: A Garden of Shawls! This is Karen Whooley's first indy-published book under "Occhi Blu Press", and is filled with delightful shawls to crochet.
Like this beautiful shawl named "Breeze," all of these designs are very approachable for all crocheters, even for beginners! Karen also includes very clear stitch diagrams to hellp you through edgings as pictured above, so there is no doubt as to where to crochet your next stitch. I also like the clear and easy to read print of the directions.
The names of these designs, including the above "Enchantment" shawl, were inspired by Karen's love of Italian lace, as well as the simple pleasure of walking in a garden. How fitting for the photography to reflect just that!
Of course you can't have a garden without the sun, hence "Solar" shawl...
As I peruse this book, I am so thankful for the picture style table of contents at the front which makes finding the designs so quick and easy! This shawl is called "Briar," which isn't prickly at all, especially when worked using an elegant lace-weight yarn.
Foliole, crocheted in an early spring green, has a lovely leaf-like texture, and a beautiful edging...
One thing I absolutely LOVE about most of these shawls, is that they can also be worn as scarves! The scarf/shawl above is called "Incipient."
I really love the look of "Ecliptic", and find my self hard-pressed to pick out my favorite design from this book, especially since they all have such unique features.
But since I enjoy adventure with my crochet hook, I think I will start with "Palisade". Just the name alone reminds me of my family travels in Rome, plus I would be learning a new crochet technique with the fence-like edging.
There are 4 more beautiful shawl designs in this book to enjoy. You can purchase a copy of Karen's book from Amazon here. It is available as a book or as an e-book.
I will be giving one e-book copy away (courtesy of Karen Whooley)! To be entered, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and simply say "ENTER ME!" I will post the winner of this e-book tomorrow, April 8th.