I was given a copy of Every Which Way Crochet Borders for an honest review. All opinions are those of Jessie Rayot.
Every Which Way Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman is on a book tour, and I am the last stop! How fun is that?! You can see the schedule of the whole book tour HERE.
If you’re ready to chart your own crocheted course, Edie Eckman offers plenty of helpful design advice, including how to choose an appropriate border for each project and how to incorporate an element from the main stitch pattern into a new border design. She then explains, with the help of close-up photos, how the same pattern can have dramatically different results depending on the weight of the yarn. With each pattern diagrammed to approach in both rounds and rows, Every Which Way Crochet Borders is an inventive and invaluable resource.
Every Which Way Crochet Borders really is a staple book to have in your library! Edie starts off with plenty of advice and ideas on how to use the book and how to make the borders your own – such as changing color or yarn. There are over 30 pages of awesomeness before the first pattern even shows up!
Then we find 139 crochet border patterns with pictures and charts for each. Each pattern is expertly written as we have come to expect from Edie. The photos are clear and the charts are easy to read. There is a legend for the charts and some instruction on reading crochet patterns at the end of the book. There is also a visual index of the patterns in the book in the back.
The patterns themselves vary from thin to thick, lacy to solid, motifs, tassels, ruffles, a little bit of everything. You will find a border for your project in this book, and weather you need it in rows, rounds, around corners, or flat, you will be able to figure out how to make these borders work!
Storey publishing has been kind enough to allow me to post one of the pattern from this book here. So without further ado, here is the pattern for Border #71.
Base rnd, each side: Multiple of 6 + 3 + corners.
Begin in corner st.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, *ch 5, skip 3 sts, [sc in next 3 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts] to corner st, 3 sc in corner st; rep from * around, omitting last 3 sc, sc in same st as beginning sc, join with slip st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch 3), *sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in next space, ch 3, [skip 1 sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in next space, ch 3] to 1 st before corner st, sc in next sc, ch 3**, dc in corner st, ch 3; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with slip st to third ch of ch-6.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 5, skip 1 space, sc in next (space, sc, space) [ch 5, sc in next (space, sc, space)] to space before corner st, ch 5, skip 1 space, sc in corner dc; rep from * around, omitting last sc, join with slip st to first sc.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 3, sc in next space, ch 3, [skip 1 sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in next space, ch 3] to corner st**, sc in corner sc; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with slip st to first sc.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, sc in next sc, [ch 5, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc] to corner, ch 3**, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner sc; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, sc in same st as first sc, join with sc to first sc.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, 2 sc in space formed by joining sc, sc in each sc, 3 sc in each ch-3 space, 5 sc in each ch-5 space and 2 sc in each ch-1 corner space around, join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off.
Stitches & Notes
Rnds 1–4 are exactly the same as Border #70 (see page 128), but a slight change in the last 2 rounds straightens up the edge.
Reversible, Medium, Straight, Open/Lacy
Excerpted from Every Which Way Crochet Borders © 2017 by Edith L. Eckman. Photography by John Polak. Charts by Karen Manthey.
There you have it, just one of the amazing borders by Edie! Now, for a chance to win a copy of the book!! To enter the Every Which Way Crochet Borders giveaway you must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid USA shipping address. Giveaway ends March 2nd at end of day Eastern time, at which point a winner will be chosen and contacted. Winner will have 1 week to reply with a valid USA shipping address or a new winner will be chosen.
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