Friday, September 20, 2019

Giveaway And CAL Details For The Mary Hooded Shawl!

Hello! Fall starts next week and with fall comes cooler temperatures. That means it's time to pull out those cuddly crochet scarves, shawls and beanies or you can make something totally new to wear! I'm so excited to share my newest design, a HUGE giveaway and CAL details! Scroll down to learn more about the HUGE giveaway, CAL and my new pattern, the Mary Hooded Shawl!

The Mary Hooded Shawl is an over-sized rectangle scarf with a comfy hood. This shawl has a lace checkerboard pattern and a fun, whimsical border. It has an easy to remember repeat and since it's made with a size J crochet hook, it works up relatively fast. You'll be snuggled in your Mary Hooded Shawl in no time! 

My friends over at Mary Maxim sent the Woodlands yarn for me to use for this design, hence the name Mary Hooded Shawl. Woodlands yarn is a medium 4 worsted weight yarn that is very soft and fun to crochet with, plus extra cozy to wear! This yarn can easily be substituted with a medium 4 worsted weight yarn and made in any color you would like. I chose this beautiful cranberry color way and I think it would make the perfect Red Riding Hood accessory for Halloween, plus the CAL ends on Halloween, perfect timing!

What is a CAL? CAL stands for crochet a long and it's a fun way to crochet with other crocheters like you and win some awesome prizes along the way! This CAL will be 3 parts and for each part I have some amazing prizes lined up! Plus, to celebrate, I have a giveaway right now and you can win the yarn to make this magnificent hooded shawl, a large tote bag for the yarn and your crochet supplies, the pattern pdf for the Mary Hooded Shawl, my "Nap Often Dream Big" pin and my "Kitty" pin that I designed. AND if you win and want to participate in the CAL, you should receive your prize package before the CAL starts!

CAL Details


October 10, 2019 through October 31, 2019.

Week 1 

The Shawl
Oct 10, 2019 - Oct 17, 2019

Week 2

The Hood 
Oct 17, 2019 -Oct 24, 2019

Week 3
The Borders And Assembly 
Oct 24, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019

To Participate

Join The CALS With Alex Facebook Group where you can upload your works in progress, ask questions, and see others progress. There will also be 3 giveaways during the CAL for participants that finish each part of the crochet-a-long. Each week, I will have a photo for you to comment with your progress to enter in to win prizes! I will be announcing the prizes soon, but I can tell you that they are awesome! For now, you can enter the giveaway below to win the yarn to make a Mary Hooded Shawl and more!

Use the hashtag #maryhoodedshawlwithalex on instagram and facebook to share your progress and see others progress too!

The free version of the pattern will be released in parts. Week 1 will be the shawl, week 2 will be the hood and week 3 will be the borders and assembly. That means that the whole free version of the pattern will not be available until Oct 24, 2019. If you would like the whole version of the pattern before Oct 24, 2019, you can purchase the pdf, which will be available on Oct 10, 2019.


  • 6 skeins of Mary Maxim Woodlands Yarn or a medium 4 worsted weight yarn (1200 yards) If you need help deciding on a substitute yarn, you can email me and I will help you decide. Order Mary Maxim Woodlands Yarn here
  • Size J (6.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Darning needle


9/18/2019 through 9/26/2019 (12pm eastern time)

Open to US only, unless you are willing to pay shipping. I'm sorry I can not afford out of country shipping right now.

Enter in the rafflecopter below!

What You Can Win

6 Skeins of Mary Maxim Woodlands Yarn in either cranberry or blossom
90% acrylic and 10% alpaca
Medium 4 Weight yarn
200 yards (100 grams)

Mary Maxim Tote Bag

This tote bag is large with a beautiful watercolor print on the outside and the inside has a different, pretty pattern. The material is thick and feels almost quilted.

Mary Hooded Shawl Pattern pdf

The Mary Hooded Shawl will be released in 3 parts starting on Oct 10, 2019. Each week I will add on to the pattern until the 3rd week when the whole pattern will be visible for free on my blog. If you would like the whole pattern before the complete free pattern is released, you can purchase a pdf on Oct 10, 2019..

With Alex "Nap Often Dream Big" Pin

With Alex "Kitty" Pin

Good luck and thank you for entering! Will you be participating in the CAL?
Disclaimer: Mary Maxim did send me the yarn for this design. These are my own honest opinions.