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Review: Every Which Way Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman @edieeckman @StoreyPub

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Step-by-step instructions and symbol charts put these 100 creative new border designs within reach for beginning and advanced crocheters alike. 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 diagramed to approach in both rounds and rows, Every Which Way Crochet Borders is an inventive and invaluable resource.

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Author: Edie Eckman

Title: Every Which Way Crochet Borders: 138 Patterns for Customized Edgings

Genre: Nonfiction, Crafts & Hobbies

Publication Date: January 24, 2017 by Storey Publishing

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Storey Publishing.

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Crocheting is something I love to do… there’s nothing like the feeling of taking a hook and a few skeins of yarn and transforming it into something beautiful. And what it is that enhances the beauty of crocheted creations? You guessed it… a pretty border!

I’m not creative (or knowledgeable enough) to dream up my own patterns, so books like this one are extremely useful to me. I have a small collection of crochet pattern books that I look to for inspiration for my next afghan, etc. but none of them had a dedicated section on borders, so I was excited to see what this book had to offer. It’s so much more than merely a book of patterns, however. The chapter about design concepts gives tons of useful information, from choosing borders that will either complement or contrast the main body of your project (and what that means) to the importance of border size, the colors you choose, and even the type of yarn you use. You’ll also find instruction on how to add a crocheted border onto a fleece blanket, for example—something I never even thought about doing!

With 138 patterns to choose from, shown in beautifully colorful photographs, you’re sure to find a border you’ll fall in love with. Each one is precisely detailed and illustrated, with notes on how to do specific stitches. The appendix includes information on how to read crochet patterns—which is useful for people like me who can’t always remember all the stitch symbols—as well as an illustrated glossary… which is perfect for deciphering things like “Dc2tog over 3 sts” for those of us who often forget the meaning of certain abbreviations.

This is definitely a book any crochet enthusiast would find beneficial, and would be a lovely addition in your crochet book collection.

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