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Crochet Red (Stitch Red) [Paperback]

Foreword by Deborah Norville Laura Zander
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7 Jan 2014 Stitch Red
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.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring (7 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936096617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936096619
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 21.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Zander is the cofounder and co-owner of Jimmy Beans Wool (jimmybeanswool.com), 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Little Book 26 May 2014
By 'Pinky'
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If you love anything to do with crochet, this is another book to add to your library collections.I am always on the look out for something a little different, so this fitted the bill.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars SweetHeart 22 Feb 2014
By Minervanilla - Published on Amazon.com
I choose the star rating I love it because this book is caring heart love. What I like about this book is that there's many designer's all in one book and their patterns are lovely with a true meaning of caring. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to crochet true inspiration of life.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super book 9 Jan 2014
By Leila E. Marcial - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has very nice projects, useful information. I know I won't be doing all of them, but they are all pretty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patterns well written 28 Mar 2014
By Cathy Milne - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book to add to my collection of crochet books. I have made several of the patterns. They are written clearly and if you have some basic knowledge you will have no problems following them through to completion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty patterns for a good cause 9 Feb 2014
By Underground Crafter - Published on Amazon.com
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.

The book opens with a stunning image of a stack of red crocheted items, and then shares a thumbnail of each of the designs in the table of contents. Not surprisingly, the book then launches into a series of notes, forewords, and prefaces (by the director of the Heart Truth, Deborah Norville, Vanna White, and Laura Zander), each of which discusses women’s heart health.

The next section of the book, Projects and Profiles, includes 30 patterns. Each pattern includes a designer profile. In many of these, the designer shares their own story related to heart health. Most patterns also include a health tip from the designer, such as their favorite heart healthy foods or exercise. Most patterns, especially the wearables, include multiple views of the project. The exceptions are the two wraps, neither of which is shown on a model, and the smaller projects, like the mitts, which just include one picture. The garment patterns also include schematics (in red, naturally). All patterns are written in U.S. crochet abbreviations, and five patterns also include international stitch symbols.

The next section, Heart-Healthy Living, includes a variety of information about heart health, such as self test, exercise recommendations, tips for staying motivated about healthy lifestyle changes, and nine recipes.

The Crochet Know-How section shares the standard “back of book” information like a glossary of abbreviations, hook sizes, yarn weights, and a US to UK abbreviation conversion chart. It also includes short photo tutorials of the basic crochet stitches (chain, single, slip stitch, half double, and double crochet) and the adjustable ring for crocheting in the round. The book ends with a bonus pattern, a list of yarn suppliers, and an index.

Throughout the book, images of mountains of red yarn, piles of red crocheted fabric, and models in red garments are presented against mostly white backgrounds. The contrast creates a really beautiful effect and you just want to keep flipping through the book. The layout is particularly helpful in the Heart-Healthy Living section because it contains a lot of text. The contrasting colors and the images break up the wall of text and keep the book visually interesting.

Overall, the book includes 31 patterns.
Pattern Type
Women’s top (cardigans, tunics, shrugs, pullover, etc.): 9
Women’s coat or jacket: 4
3 each: cowls, scarves, bags
2 each: hats, blankets, wraps
1 each: pillow, mitts, sachet

Difficulty Rating
13 easy,
13 intermediate, and
4 experienced.

Three of the designs – the Tunisian Chevron Scarf by Sharon Silverman, the Tunisian Shrug by Kristin Omdahl, and the Vintage Tunisian Shell by Rohn Strong – are Tunisian crochet patterns.

My favorite designs are the Flower Garland Cowl by Robyn Chachula, the Gingham Afghan by Tanis Galik, the Heart Shaped Coat by Nicky Epstein, the Petal Cabled Hat by Linda Permann, the Slouchy Cowl by Edie Eckman, and the Sweater with Cowl by Marly Bird. Ravelry members can see the 30 main patterns on the book’s source page. (The bonus pattern, Kristin Nicholas‘ Heart Sachet, is visible on the book’s front cover.)

Although this book has a stunning layout and a great collection of patterns by many of today’s most popular designers, there are a few things I wish were done differently. I would have liked to see the wraps on models, particularly since they can be challenging to style. I think many crocheters would want to see more patterns with international stitch symbols. Most of the garment patterns are in 3-4 sizes and some crocheters will be looking for more. The Heart-Healthy Living chapter is a bit lost at the end – putting it up front would have made everyone look through it and would probably have a greater impact on awareness. I wish there was more information about how much of the proceeds were going to The Heart Truth. (Is it a percentage? A fixed amount per book? Is there a maximum donation? etc.)

This is a surprisingly affordable collection of patterns, particularly since there are so many garments. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars for a crocheter who likes themed pattern collections and who enjoys crocheting projects for women.

Full disclosure: A free review copy of Crochet Red was provided by Sixth & Spring Books. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crochet Red 13 April 2014
By duane koppelman - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is nice, but I did not find a pattern that I wanted to try now. The cover red heart is a good one I think I will try.
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