Monday, 19 May 2014

Book Review Crochet Red

Photo's from Amazon

Stitchers and knitters have had their chance, now crocheters also get the opportunity to contribute to the fight against women's heart disease! This third book in Laura Zander's successful Stitch Red series offers more than just stunning projects: it's an appeal to women to take charge of their heart health. Crochet Red features the designs of 30 celebrity crochet designers, plus profiles in which they share their experiences with heart disease and tips for staying healthy. Zander has partnered with The Heart Truth®, a public-awareness program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, which will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book. Designers Include: Edie Eckman, Robyn Chachula, Kristin Omdahl, Linda Permann, Melissa Leapman, Nicky Epstein, Deborah Newton and Jenny King. Crochet Red is part of Stitch Red, a campaign started by Jimmy Beans Wool founder Laura Zander and involving key players in the yarn and fabric industries.

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Sixth&Spring (7 Jan 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936096617
ISBN-13: 978-1936096619

About the Author
Laura Zander is the co-founder and co-owner of Jimmy Beans Wool (, which was named by Inc. magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the US for four years (2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012) and is the first official yarn supplier to the US Olympic Snowboarding and Freeskiing teams for the 2014 Olympics. Zander was named one of ten national winners of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurial Winning Women for 2011. She is also the author of Knit Red and Sew Red, which she conceived as part of her Stitch Red initiative to support The Heart Truth® Foundation to raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease.
A Message From the Heart Truth
Foreword by Deborah Norville
Foreword by Vanna White

Projects and Profiles

Heart Healthy Living
Get the Facts
Exercise Your Heart
Cook Red

Crochet Know How
Abbreviations and Helpful Information
Basic Stitches

Bonus Pattern:
 Heart Sachet

Yarn Resources


Crochet Red is a lovely book, Jimmy Beans Wool founder Laura Zander is bringing her Stitch Red campaign to crochet, with Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women’s Heart Health, a collection of 31 patterns. A portion of the proceeds from this book are donated to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to support The Heart Truth campaign.

After an introduction from Deborah Norville and Vanna White the  book is in 3 sections, the first section of the book is about projects and profiles, the second part of the book is about heart healthy living and the final third section is about crochet know how. The first section of this book has 31 projects such as women's tops, women's coats/jackets, cowls, scarves,bags, hats, blankets, wraps, pillow, mitts and sachet.  The patterns are written clearly and are very easy to follow with lovely photo's.  The second section of this book has information about heart health which includes self test, exercise recommendations, tips for staying motivated about a healthy lifestyle change and recipes.  The final and third section of this book has information about glossary of abbreviations, hook sizes, yarn weights and a US and UK abbreviation conversion chart.  This book also has lovely short photo tutorials of the basic crochet stitches.  The book ends with a bonus pattern.

I have posted some photo's of projects from Crochet Red book from Ravelry website.

Textured Jacket

Three–Button Mitts

Tunisian Shrug

Vortex Slouchy Hat

Gingham Afghan

This book is for both beginners and and the more experienced and is a wonderful book to have in your crochet library.

Crochet Red is available from Amazon

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