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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 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  * 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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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 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  * 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.

30 review for Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women's Heart Health

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marie Segares

    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 laun 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Fantastic crochet book! All the red yarn is just great and except for a couple of patterns which are a little too coture for me, I really like it - there is a tunic in here that I am going to crochet for myself - got the yarn today! This is a great fund raiser.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ligaya

    Looking purely at the crochet designs, this book is pretty good. There's a lot of variety in skill levels and yarns, types of garments, and garment styles. Most everything is more feminine, though. There are mini-bios of each designer or design team. There could be more photos of each item and I think this book is seriously lacking in that there are no stitch diagrams just written directions. There are, at least, schematics. The boldest designs are a Heart-Shaped Coat by Nicki Epstein and a cowl Looking purely at the crochet designs, this book is pretty good. There's a lot of variety in skill levels and yarns, types of garments, and garment styles. Most everything is more feminine, though. There are mini-bios of each designer or design team. There could be more photos of each item and I think this book is seriously lacking in that there are no stitch diagrams just written directions. There are, at least, schematics. The boldest designs are a Heart-Shaped Coat by Nicki Epstein and a cowl sweater by Marly Bird.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Definitely good if you want to do some good, but while some of these patterns seem interesting, others do not. I would have liked to have more patterns and photos, but still a nice compilation. One thing that this book lacked was the graph diagrams. Some people do great by the instructions solely, others need that graph.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Gorgeous patterns. Good variety. I'd give it 5 stars if there were charts for the patterns instead of just written instructions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carla

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Smith

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Milne-Ware

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vangie Deleon

  11. 4 out of 5

    Judith

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  13. 5 out of 5

    Merry

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol Barrick

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jkboyco

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

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    Christine

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    Susan

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    Zakiya Ahmed

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    Angela

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sonja Loyd

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shar Goolsby

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    Sonja

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    Daniela

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    Chanele Roodt

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    Marylou

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    Cynthia Nobles

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Reagan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim Burruss

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