Any Crafters Out There? Vampire Knits for Halloween

And now for something completely different . . . a knitting book! We’re thinking some of you RIFers out there might be crafters, and our friends at CrafterNews have generously offered copies of Genevieve Miller’s Vampire Knits, just in time for Halloween! Surrender to the allure of knits inspired by the immortals we all love to fear. If you adore Twilight, True Blood, or The Vampire Diaries, this collection of 28 imaginative and beautiful projects is sure to captivate.

Black capes are so 1897, instead get stylish with the dead sexy Sidhe Shrug. Unleash your inner shapeshifter with the Werewolf Hat. Keep warm while holding hands with your vampire by wearing these Bellisima Mittens. Around humans? Use the Blood Bottle Cozies to disguise your beverage.

Whether you are wandering the Carpathian Mountains or the bayous of Louisiana, these smoldering projects—for knitters of all levels—will keep you well protected, no matter what you attract.

We’re thrilled to share this gorgeous Tourniquet Scarf Project pattern with you. Make yourself a willing vampire victim with this scarf. Knit with red in the middle and embellished with “dripping blood,” this vampy scarf can serve a dual purpose: neck warmer and tourniquet.

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Genevieve-Miller-author-photoGENEVIEVE MILLER was inspired to design her own patterns after reading Twilight. She is the mother of three and luckily married to a guy who doesn’t mind the house being taken over by a giant yarn stash. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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RIFers, another very special book for you! In addition to filling out the form below – as you always do – to enter for the chance to win a copy of VAMPIRE KNITS, you can also enter for the chance to win a copy of Martha Stewart’s new book Martha’s Entertaining. Yes, we’re giving away two fabulous books this week! Just leave a comment below telling us about your favorite craft project or recipe.


Limited quantities, while supplies last. No purchase necessary. Winners chosen at random, notified via email, and announced here on 11/4/11. Limit one entry per person. Open to legal residents of the United States over the age of 18 at time of entry. Complete rules.

marthas-entertaining-coverIn this exquisite and very personal book, Martha Stewart welcomes you into her world, where she entertains in the beautiful style that she has made so famous. Whether a simple blueberry breakfast on a Sunday morning in Maine or a more lavish holiday dinner at Bedford, each of the gatherings is equally memorable, for what Martha cherishes above all is spending time and sharing delicious food with her family and friends.

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  • Sarah

    What a cool idea for a craft book. I can’t wait to become a yarn-vampire!

  • Sarah

    Thank you for the opportunity to update my Martha’s Entertainment book. (won’t reveal how old mine is!) My favorite crafting is felting with alpaca or mohair fleece to make animals or soap cozies.

  • jody

    I hope I win!!! 🙂

  • Andrea Z.

    cool contest! I love to knit, cook, crochet, spin, quilt, sew, & more so this is perfect for me!

  • starr willette

    we paint pumpkins into different scary things!

  • Mary S.

    My favorite craft is crocheting, specifically a pair of really warm slippers I made myself a few years ago.

  • mary malsam

    My favorite project is scrapbooking. I love to create pages that capture the spirit and personality of my children!


    By far, my favourite and most rewarding craft project is making hats for cancer people who have had to undergo chemo therapy. We have a small group of knitters and crocheters and get together and make them and share this time together in friendship and love. We also make lap blankets for the nursing homes. Giving back is such a sense of goodness!

  • Jane Gardner

    This looks highly entertaining as a knitter and a reader! Great combination.

  • Jannine

    so cool!

  • Jodi Brown

    I really enjoy crafting — especially paper crafts and cardmaking. Last week I carved some really fun pumpkins using plastic vampire teeth that I saw in Martha Stewart Magazine. They turned out super-cute!

  • Sandy Kay

    At first I thought this was a novel — sort of like the Friday Night Knitting Club with vampires! Good thing I looked at the details before entering the contest as I don’t know how to knit!

  • Deb

    I am a reader and a knitter and the Vampire Knits book looks like a lot of fun!

  • Kersten

    I have a chili recipe that I absolutely love! It costs an arm and a leg to make, but the taste is well worth it. With 50 ingredients, it’s a pretty complicated chili! 🙂

  • Catherine

    I enjoy making things with mixed media, especially using found objects and recycling them into art.

  • Amy C

    favorite project is definitely knitting the Thorpe hat – I’ve made one for (almost) every member of my family now. Such a great pattern to knit and wear.

  • Holly Robinson

    Craft Project: Retro Patchwork Apron

    • 1 standard pillowcase
    • Scraps of 2 coordinating fabrics for the block pocket, (A) and (B) (refer to the Cutting Key )
    • 2 1/2 yards purchased 2”-wide binding tape
    • 4 1/2” x 3 1/2” piece of pattern paper
    • Thread that matches your pillowcase, binding, and fabric (B)
    • For the Modern version only: 9” x 1 1/2” strip of fabric for binding and 3/4” finished binding-tape maker, if making your own (B)

  • Deborah Rosen

    My favorite craft project is making a swag for under the mantle with things I’ve collected from nature (nuts, seed heads, greenery), ribbons and Christmas balls, all mounted on a chicken wire form that was made for that purpose.

  • Christy K.

    Oh my, I’m a total Twi-hard (Twilight fan) and True Blood fan and I would LOVE this book!

  • Elaine McAnally

    I love decorating the table and rooms for the holidays with seasonal colors and homemade decorations!

  • izzy s

    I love to make a leaf wreath w my kiddos in the fall!

  • tracy

    favorite recipe:
    vegetarian three bean chili
    very easy to assemble out of pantry ingredients
    1 15 oz can: black beans, garbanzo beans and kidney beans.
    28 oz can crushed tomatoes
    1 can corn
    chili seasoning
    just simmer

  • Margaret

    So Excited for a knitting book!

  • Mary Ann Brady

    My favorite craft project is hand embroidery. I’m in the midst of a beautiful pillow top. Wish I had more time to devote to it!!!

  • Margaret

    I love knitting mittens for my boys.

  • Kristi

    Living in Minnesota, I love to knit fingerless gloves for all of my friends!

  • Janet Oberfoell

    My favorite craft project is knitting any type of Christmas stocking. I also love designing knitted ornatments.

  • Amy W

    My favorite recipe is one of Martha’s — a chocolate black pepper espresso cookie. Amazing.

  • Lexi

    I love most crafty projects, but I think my favorite thing to do is make jewelry with beach pebbles. Satisfying and very cost-effective!

  • gina sandoval

    Love all of Martha’s crafts and ideas!

  • Pam

    I love knitting cowls, shawls and toys. I get the fun of knitting and the joy of giving at the same time.

  • Christine Beasley

    my favorite craft project is making Hardanger ornaments which can be for Christmas or any other time. They allow me to share a bit of myself and my heritage with others .

  • Kate

    My favorite craft projects right now are knitting gloves and scarves.

  • Sherry

    Would love a copy!

  • Kelly

    Christmas cake!!!

  • Susan Reimers

    My favorite projects are the mini-afgans for Siamese Rescue that I crochet/knit out of remainder/scrap yarn donations. To keep them from getting caught in the cats’ nails, I keep to single crochet/knit. Not limiting, though, b/c I get very design-y via color combos etc. The cats love them and the new pet parents aren’t ashamed to have them out.

  • Barb

    This giveaway is SO exciting!! I’m an avid knitter and crocheter plus wild about the vampire series. I have several grandkids that would go nuts over these items!

  • Pat

    What A fun give-away.

  • Noreen

    A family favorite is strawberry sponge pudding, a recipe from a years ago in Martha stewart magazine

  • Danielle H

    My favorite craft is making little pom pom birds with my 4 yr old daughter, she loves all sorts of crafts! My favorite recipe for entertaining is my Grams apricot jello salad, its so sentimental for me.

  • Christie

    My favorite recipe is for a peach sangria. It has peach schnapps, a bottle of any sweet white wine, ginger ale, frozen peaches, and fresh mango, but you can really add any fruit you want. I’m not sure on measurements. I usually just “eyeball it” 🙂

  • Connie Inselsberger

    I am an avid knitter and reader. I have been knitting since I was 10 – I am now 59. What a great idea for a book. I am in love with vampires. I hope I win, I would love to jump in and make some of these great items.

  • Kathy Johnson

    I am not much of a crafter, I don’t seem to have alot of the necessary skills but,I have been very succesful applying vinyl stickers to plaques, tiles and decorative plates. They look very professional.

  • Stepahnie Takes-Desbiens

    How to choose from the thousand ideas I have gotten from Martha over the years. The best dish I have entertained with this year was a potato and watercress pancake that my friend were so impressed that I flipped it in the pan. It was memorable!

  • Yan

    What a fun book! I’m not much of a knitter, but I’ve done a couple of hats for donation. I love baking though. My favorite recipes are the dirt-cakes because it’s so messy, but so yummy.

  • Crystal Harmon

    I discovered a recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies!! They are the absolute best cookies and even my daughter who is one of the pickiest eaters ever LOVES them!! I make them every fall and can’t keep them in the house when I do!!

  • kris

    Would love to learn to knit and especially items that resemble stuff from Twilight!!! Love it!

  • Jill A. Collins

    I’ve been a fan of Martha’s Stewart’s crafts for ages, so I will keep my fingers crossed to win this book. My favorite craft would be making holiday decorations, such as Fall & Thanksgiving place settings and table decorations, Christmas ornaments and wreaths ~ heck you name the holiday and I love to create for it!

  • Renae Woolsey

    I love doing all forms of needlework…knitting, crochet, counted cross-stitch, and crewel embroidery.

  • Marianne

    My favorite holiday and my favorite pastime!! Nothing can be better than this book!

  • Nancy Gill

    Beautiful yet scary Halloween-themed projects

  • Terry Martini

    My favorite craft project was the needlepoint Christmas stockings I made for my children. They brought me much joy as I was making them and every Christmas they bring joy to my children.

  • Barbra Lanna

    I a HUGE crafter – scrapbooking, jewelry, trying to teach myself crochet and now terrarium design – I just keep crafting and crafting!

  • Leona Olson

    I like needlework crafts; easy to take with you and they make nice gifts. This book sounds great.

  • colette

    I would love to read this:)

  • krista

    I love Knitting! I also spin and dye my own yarn, this book would be great!

  • kris

    I am always looking to advance my knitting skills. Love knitting books!

  • rebecka

    I paint and make stained glass myself, however my daughter would LOVE this book!

  • Kayla

    this looks like a refreshing change after all the vampire stories out there latley

  • luigi

    I am a creative writer, song, poet type person. I have friends who are very crafty, this book is right up their avenue!

  • Crystal

    I am planning on getting Genevieve Miller’s Vampire Knits as a gift for my stepsister 🙂 My favorite craft right now is personalized jewelry..i love hand stamping and photo jewelry!

  • Terri

    I have the perfect yarns to make many of these projects! Hope I win a copy……Boo

  • Ann Schexnyder

    I enjoy using a small open framework that I wrap with string to create a warp to then use as a loom. I weave small cat figures that I can give to friends and vets! That’s this year’s Christmas project.

  • Deidre P.

    Yay! Finally a book that’s right up my alley! I love to knit and watch Vampire diaries. Thanks RIF!

  • Aimee

    Ooh, I love Martha and reading her magazine each month. My favorite of her recipes is for a penne frittata.

  • kay

    I like knitting and making hand-made cards

  • Michele Casteel

    My favorite craft is scrapbooking and making photo gifts such as mini albums. My next favorite pastime is crocheting. I would really love to learn to knit.

  • Melissa

    I love crafting with my kiddos. We just made gauze ghosts, jack o lantern votives, and pom pom pumpkins for Halloween.

  • Monica

    This is right up my alley, love those vampire movies and with this chilly weather I would love my own knitted sweater in my very own colors.

  • Catherine Lemanski

    This is a new way of publishing knit patterns. I look forward to trying some of them. I enjoy new and different patterns to knit and crochet.

  • Emily

    Last winter I made the most adorable wolf hat from this book. Love it!!!

  • Kathleen Shuford

    Just recently finished knitting a pair of “Bella’s Mittens” from a pattern I found online. This would be the perfect addition to my knitting library!

  • kathy neu

    Oooh I’d like a copy

  • kathy neu

    Oh , I’d like a copy, looks interesting and different.

  • Megan Cohoe

    I knit whenever I have the time, which may not be much! I have looked through this book on Amazon and I LOVE it! The designs are so fresh and new!!!

    Great book!!!

  • Karissa Swanson

    I’m a knitter but I just took a crochet class and made an angora pillow for my Mom. It was ok for my first project but my Mom loved it! Gotta love those Moms : )

  • Shannon

    I AM A CRAFTER AND SO WANT THIS!!!LOL! Good luck everyone!

  • Rachel

    I enjoy knitting and crocheting. My current favorites are wristwarmers and leg warmers.

  • Kara

    Vampire Knits is simply gorgeous.

  • Jolene Felster

    I think that my favorite craft would be making wreaths with my mom for the holidays! 🙂

  • Stephanie Symonds

    My favorite craft is anything with glitter. Glitter makes everything better. You can dress up the simplest craft!

  • Patricia Jankowski

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaways! I love Martha Stewart and enjoy making her recipes and crafts. My favorite recipe of hers is a baked ravioli. Perfect for every day but delicious enough for company too!

  • Amanda L.

    I am so looking forward to a copy of this book. We have a crafters group of a few friends that LOVE to craft and even let our kids do all sorts of crafts! I am crossing fingers a copy comes my way!

  • marilyn

    OMG – what a great book! I am so wanting to win this book! I am a knitter and love love so many of the projects in this book!!

  • Shannon

    I love making my own Christmas cards!

  • Joann Acantilado

    My favorite crafting is knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, and beading.

  • Julie Kroske

    I would love to Win Marthas New Craft Book. I love the simple crafts that the kids can help with. Glitter, Glitter GLITTER!

  • melissa

    my favorite recipe to make is apple pie

  • Cera Christensen

    I Love all of her dessert recipes!!

  • Maddy

    Great story on the Vampire Knits! It was so nice to see space devoted to DIYers. I was just really sorry to see that you did not select Genevieve Miller’s book as the giveaway! :o(

  • carol krajewski

    Knit baby blankets and booties for all the newborns in the family and for friends.

  • Tracy Simons

    My favorite craft would be wreath making. Some of the projects I see are SO gorgeous!

  • Martha Ericson

    I love making Christmas ornaments! I have been making them since I was a little kid! Every ornament on the tree shouldn’t be bought in a store! I love to glitter EVERYTHING! All sparkley and shiny! LOVE IT!

  • Kristi K.

    I would love to win Marthas Book 🙂 I love doing crafts with my two children and we love to cook together too 🙂

  • Judith Loue

    I’ve been knitting since I was 16 (am now 60)…while I don’t care for the TWILIGHT books…i am always on the lookout for unusual knitting patterns….i, too, am sorry it isn’t the Giveaway…i don’t really care for Martha Stewart!

  • Bonnie

    I am an avid knitter and also crochet and do needlepoint and crewel. Would love to win this great book!

  • Brigette

    My favorite Halloween Martha Stewart recipe is her Old Man Toes – they are so nasty looking but really good! I love to knit and my favorite project so far was a knitted chocolate bunny – it was too cute! thank you for the giveaway for crafters!

  • Margaret Rauhut

    When I learned how to knit, I forgot how to cook!

  • Margaret Rauhut

    I’m a knitter, not a cook!

  • April

    My favorite craft project is knitting hats.

  • jane

    Not a specific favorite craft project but I quilt, crochet, sew, and knit. My favorite recipe this time of year is butternut squash soup.

  • Julie

    Knitting is my new passion! I just discovered socks and I LOVE them!!

  • teresa sopher

    Martha has long been my HERO!

  • Debbie

    I am glad to see Read It Forward offering a craft book! When I am not reading, I like to craft – mostly knitting and crocheting. Hats, baby blankets and other useful things are my favorite projects.

  • Patti

    Crosstiching is my favorite craft . I love making end of the year personalized teachers gifts.!!

  • Jennifer

    I LOVE Martha! What a great opportunity to win one of her books!

  • Anna burkett

    My favorite craft is scrapbooking. I have seven kids, number 8 on the way and I Love preserving their memories for them in scrapbooks.

  • Rosemary Sobczak

    What a fun book!

  • Rosemary Sobczak

    Can’t wait to read it.

  • Rosemary Sobczak

    Children’s knits are always fun to make! Currently making things for my soon-to-be great grandson!

  • Tammy Corcoran

    I totally loved the Twilight books as well as J.R.Ward’s books. Second to reading my other passion is knitting. I have done other crafts including crochet, quilting, hardanger, jewelry, cross-stitch as well as other crafts. My favote has always been knitting, especially socks. You can always have a sock started stuck in your purse along with a book to take with you. You never know when you can get a free minute!

  • Charlene

    Martha’s books are always enjoyable and educational. I always look forward to her Christmas shows.

  • michele

    Would LOVE to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

  • Jessica

    My favorite craft is knitting, but I’d love to expand my repertoire to have a more elegant home – a Martha-style home! 🙂

  • Sara

    I am just expanding my knitting skills and this book would be a great addition to pull knew ideas from!

  • Bon

    I love knitting! This book sounds fascinating!

  • Amy

    My favorite craft idea is felting old sweaters and using them to make throw pillows, mittens and more. You can also recycle the yarn from old sweaters just by unraveling it and winding it into a ball. Then you can reuse it on your favorite new project. Some people even purchase sweaters from thrift stores for these projects. 🙂

  • Jodi

    My kids and I love making holiday oraments every year using all different kinds of media. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • wanda flanagan

    Im a kntter Id love to get my handso n Vampire Knits

  • Christine

    I make birth announcements and wedding announcements for friends and family, ususally cross stitch.

  • Jolene

    I love making jewelry, and giving it to my family and friends.

  • Theresa N

    I’m a knitter and would love to use this book.

  • Judy

    I never go anywhere without my knitting.

  • ljr

    My favorite craft project is a lacy scarf – not too hard, not too easy.

  • lena

    I enjoy making crafts with feathers lately, it’s fun!

  • Steph

    I am only just learning to knit. I only know how to crochet. One of my favorite crafts is to take old clothing items and make them into other things. An old dress shirt into a dress for the little one or remake used flowers into hair clips and such.

  • holly

    My favorite crafts involve my 1 year old son. I love making little knit animals for him.

  • PJ Gaumond

    This looks like one of the most interesting knit books.

  • Jordan

    I love making crayon rolls for my kids…so convenient for carrying around their crayons!

  • Diana Quinn

    I wish I had got in on this one. I’m a lifelong knitter/crocheter and this would have been right up my alley. I hope RIF offers more craft books in the future!

  • Stephanie

    I am a big time knitter and reader. I really hope I win a copy. When will the winners be notified?

  • Brianna Beers

    I love home-made lasagna!


    I love to read and I want to learn to knit. This sounds like a wonderful book for all skill levels of knitters with unusual, interesting patterns. I plan on having more free time since I soon hope to retire after 45+ years of working! Wish me luck!

  • sonya

    i love how many different types of vampire books are coming out. this should be fun

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