Karen Whooley
Craftsy Instructor

Everett, WA

Karen Ratto Whooley is a Washington State-based knitwear designer. Her work has been published in various print and online publications including Interweave Crochet, Crochet Magazine and Inside Crochet. She is the author of 8 books: Learn to Fair Isle Crochet (2012 – Annie’s), Crochet Rocks Socks (2012 – KRW Knitwear Studio) I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks (2011 – Leisure Arts). Her other books include: Learn to Delta Lace Crochet ... Read Full Bio »

Karen's Craftsy Classes


Mix & Match Crochet Bag Techniques

Need a sturdy bag that's perfect for your style and your day-to-day? Look no further, because crochet is the perfect technique to achieve both! Join designer and instructor Karen Whooley in this online Craftsy class and learn how to crochet a bag with the features you love. You'll work from two simple but desirable patterns, using techniques you can mix and match for beautiful custom results. During class, Karen will share three eye-catching stitches you can substitute in and out with one another for variety. You'll also discover how to customize your bags with pockets, different handle styles and lovely embellishments. And all along the way, you'll find out how to use the magic ring technique, work a long chain cast-on and seam skillfully for a strong, stable bag.


$19.99 $29.99


Fair Isle Crochet: Demystifying Colorwork

Crochet Fair Isle patterns that look just as smooth and sharp as knitting! Join expert instructor and published author Karen Whooley as she demystifies Fair Isle charts and provides tips for creating your own colorful patterns. Learn how to cleanly change colors and carry your yarn with floats on the back as you crochet the cozy Poet's Shawl. Work over your second color to avoid floats that snag and banish bulk by carefully encasing your ends as you crochet the beautiful and functional Tapestry Trivet. Finally, conquer the Fair Isle hat by seamlessly adding rounds - and colors - without noticeable jogs interrupting the graphic motif. After this class, you'll have the skills you need to confidently create complex-looking color patterns that are continuous and utterly beautiful.

$19.99 $39.99

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Karen's Patterns

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