On Friday I touted that I was expecting my copy of Kristin Omdahl's The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs & Borders on Friday...well the UPS happened to be very disappointing and didn't get it to me. It's supposed to get here today now...so my book review is going to be delayed. But, never fear! I went to the library and saw that the copy I had requested of Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman was awaiting me!
Despite the fact that this book has been out for 2 years, this was my first time getting my hands on it! I don't have the biggest arsenal of newer crochet books (or the money to spend on them!), so I generally rely on the public library to peruse books that rouse my interest!
I was very impressed by this book! Edie goes into very great detail right away in the book, making it very clear the best way to crochet an edging on knit or crochet fabric! Have you ever had the issue of your initial rows getting all ruffly, when you just want it flat? There is a troubleshooting guide for you! I know we've all had problems counting out how many stitches to work into the ends of rows too...Clear pictures speak so much more than words ever could!
There are 150 unique and creative edgings for anything you could imagine in this book! I decided to whip up a few of my favorites to share with you.
My first edging is #17 from the book. It is a relatively simple pattern with treble crochets and chains to make a star-like pattern. I think it would be a great pattern to use for an infinite amount of projects that would be flattered by a lace edging that isn't scalloped or need extra hang-age (Yes, I just made that word up. I can't think of a real word for it!) to it.
Border #55 really spoke to me from the first time I saw it! I think this edging is deceptively simple, and I was really surprised to find out it was only one row wide! The interlocking puff stitches could really add an element of whimsy to a relatively simple pattern, especially if they are a different color from the main body of work! I might just be putting this idea to good use in a baby pattern sometime soon... :)
To sum up Around the Corner Crochet Borders, I have to say that I think this book is a really great addition to any crocheters library, whether you are a designer or crochet enthusiast! Edie lays out the ropes of adding a border to any project and makes it simple enough for even a beginner.
So, now I go and await the UPS and my brand new book! If they disappoint me again today I don't know what I'll do...but I've gotten about 3 confirmations from them in the last 24 hours so it's gotta happen!