Karen Whooley


When I learned to crochet, my Nonna told me that “she had taught me a skill, and she expected me to do something with that skill.” My mother always tells me that Nonna meant doing things like baby items for family or charity work. But I took it a bit farther.

My mission is to share my love of crochet with the world.

For me, that means serving all of you FIRST! I want to encourage and inspire you. I want to help you strengthen your crochet skills so that you can grow and be confident in your own making progress. And I love having a network of like-minded crocheters who can cheer you on too!

Need education? Check out my calendar to see where I will be LIVE or VIRTUAL!

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I am a big believer in supporting local and small independent businesses. I shop locally as much as possible for my family, for gifts, food, and just about anything else.

That spills out into my business as well. My goal is to support small businesses and indie dyers with my patterns. In doing this, I support my local yarn shops, local yarn companies, and indie dyers worldwide. If you are an indie business who would like to work on a collaboration – contact me using the icon at the bottom of the screen.


I learned to crochet at my Nonna’s knee when I was 7 years old. I was HOOKED from the start and never put the yarn and hooks down for very long since then. If I’m not crocheting, I am reading, cooking, or gardening. I can never just sit and do nothing.

Karen Whooley Designs started way back when as a nod to my Nonna. I started with home décor patterns. Now Karen Whooley Designs has grown into a space that supports crocheters through well-written patterns, books, and education.

I love any yarn with silk and/or alpaca, lace weight yarn, cooking Italian food just like my Nonna and mother taught me, and, believe it or not, my favorite season is winter. Give me a hot mug of coffee and a roaring fire along with my hook and yarn and I am good for the day.


You will find a wide range of high-quality crochet patterns here at Karen Whooley Designs – shawls, garments, accessories, and more. I focus on lighter-weight yarns (Lace-DK, but my sweet spot is Fingering) and classic styles that you will love to make – and wear.

Along with independently published patterns, I am the author of 23 books/booklets, 6 of which are self-published. You can buy the books here on my website and wherever else books are sold.