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


Cast Iron Cast On

I have another fun book to review for you.


This is Cast Iron, Cast On, Cooking and Knitting Through the Seasons by Calley Hastings and Becky Herrick. It is available in both eBook and paperback formats.

As you have probably ascertained from the title, this is a book of both knitting patterns and recipes. As is stated in the introduction, many knitters are not just knitters, but are makers. I know this is true for me: I’ve dabbled in many different crafts and enjoy cooking, as I imagine many of you do as well.

The patterns and recipes are organized by month, starting with December and the holiday season. Both the patterns and the recipes are appropriate for the months they represent. The authors encourage you to source your materials and ingredients locally, if possible. The book uses materials from the authors’ location, New England, but the patterns and recipes of course have a universal appeal.

Some of my favorite patterns:

This is Oleracea:


It is a stranded colorwork hat made from Harrisville Shetland fingering weight wool. I love the circular motifs used in the design and I also love the colors used.

And Lactuca:


This is an adorable skirt knit from sportweight wool. Definitely not something I could even remotely pull off wearing, but that does not keep me from loving it.

And this is Sola:


Sola is a lace-edged blanket/tablecloth knit from dk weight cotton and it has matching napkins.

There is a total of 16 patterns, and you can see them all on Ravelry, here.

I have not tried any of the recipes, but they look interesting and definitely worth a try!

The publisher has authorized me to give away a copy of the eBook to one of my readers. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Cast Iron, Cast Onplease leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, December 6, 2015. The random number generator will select a winner.

Meanwhile, Dottie and Inga are ready for the holidays in their new dresses:


And Loki is doing what he does best:



  1. What great looking patterns in that book! I’d have to lengthen that skirt a bit to wear it comfortably, but I really like it, along with the other patterns they show on Rav. This is one I’d love to win.

  2. This is the perfect book. Cooking is another of my hobbies.

  3. Phyllis G says:

    I would love to make that beautiful hat!

  4. Astroknot says:

    I’d love a copy to gift to a friend. eBook would work just fine 😉

  5. That skirt is adorable, and I know my sister would love to try some of those recipes (she’s the chef in the family)

  6. yolanda v says:

    Book sounds great!
    Patterns are beautiful.
    And recipes?! PERFECT….

  7. I could always use another book 🙂
    Renee Anne´s last blog post ..December Goals!

  8. Love it! Fingers crossed and thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  9. I am so looking forward to seeing this book! I just love any book that incorporates recipes, and from what I have seen so far, the patterns look great too.

  10. The skirt is so cute.

  11. Susan Lapierre-Jones says:

    I keep trying, maybe this will be my lucky day!

  12. Thanks for the book review, Wendy. I would like to win this book. It looks like a fun, different kind of knitting book. I also love to bake and cook. And I love the bunnies’ holiday dresses. They look so festive, and Loki looks adorable as usual!

  13. I love to cook & knit. Hope I win the giveaway

  14. Thank your for the opportunity! Love the bunny girls’ outfits!

  15. Would love to win the ebook, if I do though I’ll be out of communication from the 5th of December (NZ time) till about 5 days later as I’ve got surgery coming up. My rav id is sewsable (I’m being very hopeful here, I know)
    Rachelle Crosbie´s last blog post ..5 Days to Go

  16. Anna Housholder says:

    I like both cooking and knitting. A perfect twosome.

  17. JoBleudeMaine says:

    I have this book and am participating in a knitalong with one of my Ravelry groups for Cervus, one of the November patterns. I’ve also tried the Brussels sprout and cranberry recipe from the November section–both the sweater and the Brussels sprouts are amazing!

  18. How fun and different! I want it. Please random ??

  19. I would love it if you published a pattern book of the dresses for Dottie and Inga (including the pattern for them).

    They look beautiful!!

  20. Knitting and cooking. Great combo.

  21. Those are the best dressed bunnies!

  22. Seems like a fun book, thanks as always for offering the opportunity to win it! I think Santa knows that Dottie and Inga and Loki are looking great for the holiday season!

  23. What a lovely book!

  24. Love Dottie and Inga’s outfits.

  25. Lynda Schwechtje says:

    This looks like a fabulous book! I love the skirt, too! I might even dig up some opaque tights to wear with it (and then give both the tights and skirt to my daughter). 🙂

  26. handmadebysue says:

    Cooking and knitting – what a choice. Guess one just knits until the hunger pains are too great, cooks, eats and resumes knitting.

  27. I cook as much as I knit, so this book would be perfect.

  28. I would love to win the cast iron, cast on book. I love the patterns. Thank you.

  29. Thank you for the chance!

  30. What a fun book! I’d love to win it. Love Dottie and Inga’s dresses.

  31. Robin Pearce says:

    I would love this book just for that hoodie. I too couldn’t wear that skirt but love it.

  32. Ema Koppelman says:

    Thank you for sharing Dottie & Inga’s seasonal outfits. They always make me smile!

  33. alicia grayson says:

    Looks like an interesting book! Have a Happy Holiday!
    alikat2004 on

  34. An ebook would be great! And yes I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes as well as the knitting of course! Thanks for the chance >^..^<

  35. Karen Cunningham says:

    My daughter would LOVE to make that skirt and could pull off wearing it!

  36. I love this book – thanks for the chance to win it!

  37. Wow! cooking and knitting . . . what could be better – except wearing and eating.

  38. Jean Palionis says:

    Yes, I too do many things besides knitting and I do enjoy trying new recipes, making soap and paper crafting boxes and wrappers for the soap.

  39. Recipes are wasted on me, but the knitting looks interesting!

  40. Amy Schulze says:

    What an interesting book!

  41. What nice patterns. I’d like to make several of them!

  42. Yes please!!
    gussek on Ravelry

  43. A very cute skirt…upsidedown cat too!

  44. Nice patterns – interesting book ♥

  45. Love the idea of a combination knitting and cooking book

  46. Would love to get this book. Fingers crossed and nose rubs for Loki.

  47. I love that skirt! Not sure I can pull it off either but maybe 😉

  48. I love to knit and use my cast iron frying pans. I would like this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  49. Mary Beth says:

    Cooking + knitting = count me in!

  50. Love the Puncia stole. I’m also very taken with the styling and photography of the book.

  51. Count me in! Thanks!

  52. Geneva Clark says:

    Ooh put me in the drawing. Food and knitting – my two favorite things!
    I also love that skirt and the tablecloth!!!!

  53. Alexandra Woods says:

    This book sounds fantastic. Two of my favorite things, knitting needles and my grandmother’s cast iron skillet, together. Hope I can win this one. Thanks for the chance. Those girls are the cutest.

  54. Linda G Howell says:

    Great patterns, great recipes! Perfect!!

    Loki, you are the most photogenic cat I’ve seen. Keep up the good work.

  55. What a great book. I’d love to win it!

  56. Cast iron is king at my house!
    Ellen´s last blog post ..My Rhinebeck Weekend

  57. Thank you for previewing all these knitting books. With a one year old at home and working full time, I don’ t have the chance to go looking through the book stores as much as I used to, so this is my main source of new knitting book info. 🙂

    Please include me in the draw, and thanks again.
    Su´s last blog post ..Cast Iron Cast On

  58. Anne Marie B says:

    Cute book. Thanks!

  59. The bunny girls are lookin’ stylish! Loki demonstrates maximum floof with his eyes closed; he’s a master at it. My cook has recently gotten herself gainful employment elsewhere, so the recipes will be welcome! And yeah, I’ll probably make that hat.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Happy Thanksgiving!

  60. Island Handmade says:

    Oooooo, I would love to be entered in the giveaway. I have been looking at this book and would love to try both the recipies and knits!

    Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

  61. Gina Zahra says:

    what a great idea!! I would love this book!!!

  62. Recipes and knitting! What a wonderful idea. Love the colorwork hat.

  63. What a great name for the book. I love the little skirt, too. Maybe it could be turned into an apron.

  64. I’d love to win the book! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  65. Dottie and Inga seem to have so much fun as little playmates. I love their complementing snowflake dresses!

  66. Knitting and cooking – A perfect combination. I’m love your book reviews .

  67. I’d love to win this book! knitting and cooking go together.

  68. Anita Dodds says:

    Heard this book reviewed by the Knitmore Girls and it sounded great Definitely putting it on my wish list. Thank you

  69. This book looks really interesting!

  70. Love the skirt, too. Also could not wear it. However, I could wear many of the others.

  71. I’d love to win this book!

  72. The girls look wonderful in their holiday finery. I’m still making catnip mice and a bit of fair isle would spark up the holiday mice. Never realized how many cat people I knew till I started creating small mice as holiday gifts. Thanks for the review, it always a help since book stores are becoming scarce.

  73. Kristine M. says:

    This looks like a fun book! I would love to take a look at it.

  74. This looks like a very nice book! Dottie and Inga look great and ready for some holiday parties.

  75. Love the dresses! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win the book!

  76. I tagged this book in my Ravelry account 2 months ago when I first saw some of the designs. Looks like a number of very wearable designs.

    Your bunnies are adorable. How big is their wardrobe these days?
    Jamie´s last blog post ..I’ve Been Pinned!

  77. I follow the authors blog and was tempted tog et the book then. I’m excited you’re doing a giveaway! I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

    As always, Loki is incredibly adorable. 🙂
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Serenova Crafts Episode 47: Ink Stains

  78. Pick me! Pick me! My daughters could totally pull off (not literally, I hope! But from a fashion standpoint : ) the skirt pattern, Lactuca!!!
    Do you think Lactuca could be knit in 18-20 hours knitting time in a child’s size?

  79. Knitting patterns and recipes?? I’m in!
    christina´s last blog post ..2015 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 42-49

  80. What a fun concept.

  81. The girl’s holiday outfits are adorable!

  82. Love the hat on your blog. And I love cooking.

  83. I’m right with you on that skirt. I absolutely love it, but it wouldn’t love me!

  84. Knitting & cooking! My favorite things!

  85. I love to knit, I love to cook, I love to read…all three in one place is incredible!

  86. love it

  87. Those bunnies are so adorable!

  88. Sandra Kerr says:

    I’d love the book, and I love Dottie and Inga’s new dresses. Are you going to make more for them next year, or re use the dresses from this year?

  89. This looks like a terrific book to aid in my stash busting… And my daughter could certainly pull off that skirt, and it would use a good deal of yarn!! Hopefully I can win this for Christmas!

  90. What fun! Several of the patterns are ones I’d like to make and I always need more recipes. Thanks for the opportunity.

  91. I love Dottie’s and Inga’s holiday dresses.

  92. Heather K says:

    Dottie and Inga and Loki must be looking forward to the holidays. You really keep the girls well-dressed. And Loki – well, Loki is just SO fluffy! Thanks for another try for a pattern book, the recipes are a nice little bonus – my turn will come someday, LOL.

  93. Lynne in Florida says:

    It IS a cute skirt, and I wish I could wear it, too. You have to be under 20 and skinny as a rail to get away with it, and I, alas, am neither. Dottie and Inga are looking lovely in their pretty new dresses, and the furry prince is obviously in serious training for the Nap Olympics.

  94. Nearly missed this one but I would so like this book! It’s already on my wishlist too.
    Johnston4kids on ravelry