My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Crochet Red

Last week I received a review copy of this book:



This is Crochet Red by Laura Zander, founder of Jimmy Beans Wool.

This is the third “Stitch Red” book to promote womens’ heart health. It contain 30 crochet designs from a number of well-known crochet designers. In addition to the patterns, there is a section of tips and recipes for promoting a heart-healthy lifestyle.

(There is a whole Stitch Red website here.)

Designers in Crochet Red include:
Nora Bellows, Marly Bird, Debbie Bliss, Robyn Chachula, Edie Eckman, Drew Emborsky, Nicky Epstein, Tanis Galik, Norah Gaughan, Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton, Vickie Howell, Kit Hutchin, Jenny King, Erika Knight, Melissa Leapman, Kathy Merrick, Deborah Newton, Kristin Nicholas, Deborah Norville, Dora Ohrenstein, Kristin Omdahl, Linda Permann, Iris Schreier, Sharon Silverman, Rohn Strong, Mary Beth Temple, The Double Stitch Twins, Charles Voth, Marie Wallin, Vanna White and Jill Wright.

The Heart Truth®, a public-awareness program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book.

I am not a crocheter, but I can appreciate the cute designs in this book. They are some of the nicest crochet patterns I’ve come across. Some of my favorites:


A snuggly cowl designed by Norah Gaughan


Gingham Afghan, by Tanis Galik


A really cute shrug by Kristin Omdahl


Adorable felted purses by Nora Bellows (Noni Designs)


Lace Swing coat by Charles Voth

This is just a sampling of the great patterns in this book!

Sterling Publishing, publisher of Crochet Red has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway for WendyKnits readers. Who’d like a copy of this great book?

To be entered in the drawing for a free copy of Crochet Red by Laura Zander (generously supplied by Sterling Publishing), leave a comment on this post by 11:00am Eastern Time, Sunday, January 19, 2014. At that time the Random Number Generator will select a winner. (And I plan to give my copy to a real-life friend who crochets.)

Knitting Content

After I completed the first mitered strip for the back of my Midnight Waterfall Sweater, I decided to work a narrow edging around the sides and top to even out the edges and give the piece more stability. I pulled out a crochet hook, looked at it, and put it back. Instead I picked up and knit stitches around, binding off as I picked up. Like so — pick up and knit 2 stitches, *slip first stitch worked over the second stitch to bind it off, pick up and knit 1 stitch, repeat from *.


I have finished the second mitered panel for the back, and am now working on the center back, which is worked in one color in a pattern stitch. It’ll be more obvious when I have more done!



Loki Sez:


“Meow, baby.”


  1. Oh boy! I’m liking this a lot. All of the examples are just gorgeous. Add my name to the cauldron please but I think I’ll hint about this for my Valentine’s wish list.

  2. I love red!

  3. What a great book! I knit and crochet so that would be a very good book for me. Really good timing with Valentines Day around the corner.

  4. That book looks great.

  5. Fingers crossed 🙂
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  6. Loki is so beautiful. Thanks for a chance to win the book.

  7. Ooh Ooh Me me me. Scritches to Sir Loki
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  8. What pretty items from the book. I like your mitered panels, very pretty!

  9. The other books in the series are great so I’m sure this one is too.

  10. I would love to give this to a friend too.

  11. Deranda Granade says:

    I would love to give this book to my daughter-in-law. She loves to crochet and this would be a perfect “love” gift to her.

  12. I need to learn to crochet to add to my knitting so this would be terrific!

  13. I love to crochet and it would be awesome to win this book.
    Loki is fab as always.

  14. Judith Phillips says:

    I would love to have this book.

  15. That looks nice. My daughter is a greater crocheter than I am. It would make a nice valentines present for her.
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  16. The book is wonderful. I love the Swing coat. Hopefully I will win the book…

    Meow baby! right back at you Loki!

  17. I love the examples you have selected. The Gingham Afghan looks like it was knitted. I crochet & knit. I would be great to win this book. Keep my fingers crossed! Thank you

  18. I’d love to be in to win that book, I need to work on my crochet skills and there are a couple of things there I’d love to try.
    Rachelle – Warming Crafts´s last blog post ..Make Do and Mend

  19. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a copy of the crochet book! I’m a knitter who just taught herself crochet and am enjoying it! Love your blog Wendy! I also love that I feel confident following your patterns as they ALWAYS work out and look great. I’m a sockaholic and your patterns ROCK!

  20. Looks like a great book!

  21. Susan Picciano says:

    Just in time for Valentine’s day

  22. Kathy Green says:

    I am so glad they came out with a crochet version!
    kathyg on rav

  23. Hmm…I really like your knitting bag…Doctor Who is awesome. Also, the book is neat! 🙂

  24. Nancy (Nonna) Lewis says:

    My stepdaughter loves crochet, making hats, etc. for charity. She is the one to whom I give my extra yarns and extra crochet supplies. This book would be a hit, so please add my name to the list. On today’s post, is Loki trying for the Grumpy Cat look? Tell him he’s too cute for Grumpy Cat. Nonna

  25. Rosemary Johnson says:

    Red is my favorite color, I love to crochet, seems like a match made in heaven! Thanks for the chance. What a great website find too!

  26. Jo Culver says:

    My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was very small–long before I learned to knit. I would love to try the gingham afghan.

  27. Amy Schulze says:

    I have the knitting Stitch Red book and I love it. I learned to both knit and crochet when I was a kid. Be great to win this!

  28. linda broglan says:

    Please enter me in your Crochet Red giveaway…patterns look pretty and easy to do.

    { { Loki}} you’ve really filled out with your handsome fur coat.

  29. I would love to do that peplum jacket pattern. So nice to see stylish and new crochet patterns. Put me in for this draw!

  30. Gail Roach says:

    I normally don’t enter your give-aways but this one is an exception. The gingham blanket is exactly what I’ve been hunting for!
    The jacket you are working on has moved into my queue and now on to spinning the yarn.

  31. Love the TARDIS bag by the way! Please put me in the drawing for the book – it looks like there are some great patterns in it.

  32. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    Oh what a pretty cardy. Beautigful red crochet, wonderful kitty

  33. I say – thank you random generator and the universe for picking me as the winner of Red. 🙂

  34. Nancy Thone says:

    Haven’t picked up a hook except to bead for quite a while. These patterns are very nice – I’d like to try some! Nancy

  35. Would love the book. Meow back attacha, Loki.

  36. Loki is looking very ‘chilled’ (as in relaxed). He has obviously adapted well to his new home and Mum.

  37. Joan from Wisconsin says:

    You are such an amazing knitter. And so kind to your blog followers. Loki has a personality all his own. I forward some of his photos to my daughter who has 2 German shepards. She thinks he is adorable also. Thank you for the chance to win the beautiful book. It would be a great addition to my knitting/crocheting library and such outstanding designers! I look forward to reading your blog every day.

  38. I learn some very interesting things by following your blog!! And Loki gets more beautiful every day, so white, and such a ball of fluff.

  39. linda roller says:

    I love the Red books and that money from the sales helps support heart health. I have crocheted all my life I would live Crochet Red.Yes.
    rinebird on Ravelry

  40. Angela Econ says:

    Just getting back into crochet. I would love this book!!!

  41. A crochet pattern by Norah Gaughan? This I’ve got to see.

  42. I would be thrilled to win a copy of this book. I just love the Gingham Afghan,

  43. Your sweater vest is coming along, love it! I love red too!

  44. I enjoy crochet as much as knitting. It would be a great addition to my library
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  45. I love the idea of Stitch Red/Crochet Red……anything we can do to remind us about heart health works for this nurse!!

  46. Susan Forman says:

    Love red love your blog. Thank you
    For this opportunity!

  47. linda lee says:

    hi this book sounds amazing~!!!

  48. I would love to win this book. I will give it to my friend who crotchets. I have the knit book.

  49. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Is that a Tardis bag next to your knitting? Very cool. Please add me to the drawing, I crochet.

  50. Laurie Heeren says:

    I would love to add this book to my collection.
    Loki – you are quite the handsome guy

  51. Glenda Davis says:

    Have enjoyed your blog for years now. Thank you for continuing. Love to Loki! Appreciate the chance to win the crochet book also. G

  52. I crochet and would love to win this. Thanks.

  53. I’m teaching myself to crochet, the book looks lovely. And Loki is a stunner

  54. I consider myself mainly a knitter, but I do also know how to crochet. Crocheting is faster for me, so I would love a copy of this book to check out that shrug. Looks cozy.
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  55. Savannagal says:

    There are so many lovely projects in this book. I would love to win. Thanks.

  56. I’m multi-craftual, and know some folks that work both knitting & crochet, so yes please! I’m really glad to see crochet getting more fashionable.
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  57. I would LOVE to have a copy of this crochet book. Have been missing my grandma lately and would love some fun new projects to work on.

  58. Just returned to crochet and this book looks fantastic.

  59. This book looks like a winner. I would love to share it with my step-daughter.

  60. And just in time for Valentines Day! I can only hope, LOL.

  61. Kathleen W says:

    Loki’s come-hither look is working on me! I’m going to look for that book – the patterns are very attractive, and crocheting is very fast. Instant gratification!

  62. Oh boy! I learned how to crochet when I was 13, and I never let that skill lapse, although I’ve done mostly knitting for the past 15 years. I love the look of these designs, they would be fun to crochet for gifts!
    P.S. Loki is such a heartbreaker!

  63. Katharine says:

    Love crochet! Please enter me.

  64. Mary Alyce says:

    Red is my favorite colour. And the swing coat looks fabulous!

  65. Oh Baby, Meow right back at you, Loki!!

  66. All of the red looks amazing. So pretty.
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  67. Kathy VanZeeland says:

    Perfectly timed for Valentines Day!

  68. I love those felted bags!

  69. I’ve seen a couple of the designs in this book; I really like them. Would love to add this to my collection.

  70. Would love to try my hand at that cute shrug! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  71. carol walther says:

    Wonderful! Would love that book – thanks!:)

  72. Ooooh, love, love, love red! People who say they’d like to learn crochet may pick up a hook if they see these.

  73. The book sounds interesting. I’ve never crocheted anything but afghans.

  74. Loki is looking so fluffy. Meow Loki.

  75. The book looks lovely. Thanks for the chance to win.

  76. KitKatKnitter says:

    Those purses are positively adorable as all hell! And I know the kitties here would swipe the afghan for themselves, never mind letting it keep their human slaves warm. Mom and I’d probably wind up fighting over the swingy coat til I made her one, too… We usually do that over clothing we both love.

  77. I’m not interested in the book, but thanks for offering the give-a-ways now and then. AND, I can’t wait to see the finished Midnight Waterfall!!

  78. Linda G Howell says:

    I started out as a crocheter, but switched to knitting about 12 years ago. These patterns have me ready to crochet again!

  79. Jill McKibben says:

    Would love to win this book and I love your projects Wendy!

  80. I love the KnitRed book, so I’m eyeing the crochet version with great interest!

  81. I love the patterns and I crochet!

  82. Random number generator pick me!
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  83. Crochet was one of my first crafts, though I seldom indulge in it this day. I’d love to try one of those sweet little bags.

  84. If I was lucky enough to win I’d send the book to my crochet crazy niece, she’d love it.

  85. I am a knitter and crocheter., I bought Knit Red and would love to add Crochet Red. Add me please

  86. Being a person who knits with neutral colors I could really use some color in my life.

  87. Linda from Kansas says:

    Nice Book. Loki is sweet and taking good care of his Momma I see. 🙂

  88. I love to crochet to give my knitting muscles a rest. These designs look really interesting.

  89. Thanks for offering this great book Wendy!

  90. Kaye Reynolds says:

    Love the plans for the Midnight Waterfall sweater!

  91. I really like this whole series so far. I wonder if they’ll venture into other crafts.

  92. BarbaraS. says:

    The book looks like a winner! I’d love to own it.

  93. Linda Litterell says:

    I purchased a set of Waves Crochet hooks for my Christmas present to myself, and would absolutely Rant and Rave Red to acquire this book!!