On The Bookshelf: Crochet Red !


In association with Vogue Knitting, Jimmy Beans’ Wool founder Laura Zander presents this third installment in her bestselling stitch series to give crocheters a chance to contribute to the fight against women’s heart disease!

Series: Stitch Red
Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books
Published: January 2014
144 pages
ISBN: 1-936096-61-7
ISBN13: 9781936096619

I just received a wonderful book from Sterling Publishers for review called Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women’s Heart Health, which is part of the Stitch Red Campaign started by Jimmy Beans Wool founder Laura Zander to educate women about heart disease.  This particular book is the follow up to Knit Red and Sew Red.

This book features thirty beautiful and stunning creations from the industries finest, including Debbie Bliss,  Robyn Chachula, Edie Eckman,Nicky Epstein, Norah Gaughan, Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton, Vickie Howell, Jenny King, Kristen Nicholas, Deborah Norville, Kristen Omdahl, Linda Perlman,  Marie Wallin and Vanna White.  You can find a complete list of designers online at Stitch Red.

So what’s inside?  Accessory pieces, garments and home decor all knitted in beautiful shades of red.  From simple to complex, from lace to texture, there is something for every level of crocheters.   Each pattern includes written instructions, garment schematics, tips and a story about the designer. There is also a section that talks about heart disease,  a chapter dedicated to heart healthy living, including recipes, and a chapter on crochet how-tos.

Which Designs Are My Favorites? I have to admit I really like the majority of the designs in this book, but I do have a few favorites and you can view a few of these designs online at Raverly.

I LOVE the Peplum Jacket designed by Kathy Merrick.  This classic style is crocheted in Swans Island Natural Colors Merino fingering and is perfect for every day wear.

Courtesy of Sixth&Springs

I also love the Eyelet-Striped Tunic designed by Marie Wallin.  Crocheted in Rowan Kid Classic, this over-sized tunic is cozy, comfy and perfect for layering.

Courtesy of Sixth & Springs

One thing I truly like about this book, a portion of the proceeds form the sale will go to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth, a campaign for women about heart disease that is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

About Jimmy Beans Wools: Jimmy Beans Wool is a yarn and fabric retailer offering knitters, crocheters and sewers worldwide a comprehensive selection of the finest yarns and fabrics along with the latest fashion trends. As a market leader in its multi-billion dollar industry, Jimmy Beans Wool takes an innovative, unparalleled approach to marketing. It is the first-ever official yarn, knitting and crochet supplier to U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing and is responsible for the national industry-wide Stitch Red campaign against heart disease in women. The store has been awarded an excellent rating from StellaService for its outstanding customer service reputation and has been named four times to the Inc. 5000, Inc. Magazine’s List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S and three times to the BizRate Circle of Excellence. It has also been featured on CNN and NPR and in Forbes and the New York Times.

About The Heart Truth® Campaign:   The Heart Truth® is a national awareness  campaign for women about heart disease and is sponsored by the NHLBI, part of the National Institutes of Health,   U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).     Through the campaign, the NHLBI leads the nation in a   landmark heart health awareness movement that is being  embraced by millions who share the common goal of better  heart health for all women.


I am so excited to announce that Sterling Publishing  is generously offering one free copy of Crochet Red to one lucky blog reader!!!

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment, and do be sure to leave a means of contact if your email does not automatically attach to your comment, for example your Ravelry ID.  This giveaway is open to all ~ meaning, it’s open to international blog readers too !

The  Deadline to enter is Sunday, January 25 at 4:00pm Arizona Time.  The winner will be selected by a  random number generator and will be announced on Monday, January 26th .   Please note that the winner will receive their copy directly from the publisher.

So who wouldn’t want to win a free copy of this wonderful book!

Disclaimer:  This copy was provided by Sterling Publishing for review  and the above opinions are my own.

thank you … this giveaway is how closed.

25 thoughts on “On The Bookshelf: Crochet Red !

  1. June

    This looks like it will have some great patterns. I love to knit and crochet. If I don’t win, I’ll just have to buy this book!


  2. Linda Rumsey

    What a great book and for a great cause, too! I adore the tunic, though I have never crocheted a garment before. Now is the time to start!
    lindarumsey on Ravelry


  3. Janet

    I haven’t crocheted garments in quite a while. This book makes it very tempting to start again. I especially like the tunic and the woven cardigan. Thanks for sharing, Tina.


  4. Sandie Knapp

    About 18 months ago, I crocheted a tunic for myself, and it is a perfect fit, in every way. And I really did like the look of that red tunic you featured. So this time I’m going to leave a comment, in hopes of.

    That was a very good review too, by the way.


  5. Carole O'Connor

    WIth Valentine’s Day and Heart Awareness month in Feb. this is the perfect time for the book giveaway. I hope I win a copy of it so I can make the lovely tunic.


  6. amchart

    Swan’s Island Yarn is amazing. Who doesn’t love the color red?! Rav amchart theharts at windstream dot net


  7. Esther

    I love the concept of these books. Although I haven’t seen the rest of the designs, the tunic has grabbed my attention! Thanks for your generosity.
    RavID emrubin


  8. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton

    I’m a bit of a knit snob but these crochet patterns are gorgeous! Time to rethink that. : )
    wahoomerryf on Rav


  9. Andrea

    I love that this book has information on heart disease AND beautiful patterns. So many “support this cause” books don’t give any info on what you can do to prevent disease. alcbrooks on Ravelry if I am so lucky


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