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Crocheting on the Edge: Ribs & Bobbles*Ruffles*Flora*Fringes*Points & Scallops Hardcover – July 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Nicky Epstein Books (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933027355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933027357
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nicky Epstein is one of today's most prolific and versatile knitwear designers, authors, and teachers. She has gained worldwide recognition for her artistic, distinctive, and innovative work, whimsical sense of style, and informative workshops. Her designs continue to be featured in many knitting magazines and publications, on television, and in museums. She lives in New York, NY.
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Nicky Epstein is one of today's most prolific and versatile knitwear designers, authors and teachers. She has gained worldwide recognition for her artistic, distinctive and innovative work, whimsical sense of style and informative workshops. Her designs continue to be featured in many knitting magazines and publications, on television, and in museums.

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The directions are easy to follow.
C Wolff
It is a good book to look at, well photographed, and I'm thinking that maybe it will come in handy for some other project.
Patricia R. Andersen
This book has a beautiful selection of edgings that will make any project look great.
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Jean Leinhauser VINE VOICE on July 20, 2008
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You can be sure that any book by Nicky Epstein is a good one, and this is one is good. Crocheters mostly use borders for trimming afghans, but many of the innovative ones here are perfect for embellishing clothing.

The frontispiece photo is of a gorgeous small afghan that is a true crochet tour de force -- but it is made up of a large variety of spectacular motifs and medallions and has little to do with borders. Once again the publisher has followed its policy of "don't tell the customer what is in the book" because the cover doesn't let you know tht you get not only borders but instructions for some wonderful garments, Many people now buy books on line and don't have an opportunity to see a contents page or glance through to see what's inside.

The book begins with one border which is photographed worked in many different types, textures and weights of yarn, which is a great graphic demonstration of how yarn choice changes the look of a pattern.

I think one of the author's intents is to show knitters how to use crocheted borders on knitted projects, so the next section is four pages of kntted squares, each edged with a different crocheted border. This too is a great idea, except that the borders were mostly worked onto the knitting in such a way that they distort the
shape of the knitted pieces. This might discourage some knitters from even trying to add a crocheted border.
There is a way to avoid distortion, but no help in doing this is provided.

Then the section on borders begins -- and not only are there written instructions, but complete symbol diagrams for each one. Thank you, thank you! The section starts with the most uninteresting borders,
but don't get discouraged: they get better as you go along.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By MidwestMom VINE VOICE on July 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book today at Michael's (with a 40% off coupon of course!), and just had to write a review about it. I just love it......so far. I own at least 4-5 other crochet edging books, but this is certainly the most creative out of the bunch. I especially like the "flora" section where there are numerous edgings with flowers, leaves, etc...that you just do not see anywhere else. There are some typical, or as the author puts it "classic" edgings in here that you will find in other books, but for the most part the edgings are pretty original. This book also features 9 original patterns created for this book, although I cannot say that I will make any of them becuase they are not my personal style (two jackets, a vest, two capelets, a scarf, a "hatband/bracelet", a t-shirt with an edgining, and a "medallion medly" (which looks sort of like a freeform style small lapghan) it was an unexpected surprise to find them at the back of this book.

I would like to mention that there is not a "how to" section in this book. While this is not a problem for me, for those of you out there new to crochet, or for Nicky's knitting fans, who just have to have all of her books, if you do not know how to crochet, make sure you pick up a book on how to crochet along with this book. Because unlike many crochet books which will at the very least contain some illustrations in a "refresher course" type section, to remind you of how to do crochet stitches, this book does not have that. She does however, provide a small explanation of special stitches at the beginning of patterns that use them (i.e. the popcorn stitch, etc.....). There is a photograph of a swatch as well as a chart for each pattern, which I really like. The symbols can be really helpful at times.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Patricia R. Andersen VINE VOICE on October 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I heard a lot about Nicky Epstein and her great knit books. So I really was happy to hear she had come out with a crochet book.
First off, this book is _not_ for beginners. This is a book for experienced crocheters. That's not a big deal to me, but it may be for some people. You might want to look at this book for inspiration, if you're a beginner but you might get frustrated by the directions.
Second thing is there's nothing that really "pops out" to me. Usually I'll look at a crochet book and think "ahh, that's the project I _must_ do next" while I'm trying to figure out what to juggle to move that particular project to the top of my list. While the edgings were pretty and interesting, there was nothing I was dying to make. Technically, they look great, but the patterns just left me cold.
It is a good book to look at, well photographed, and I'm thinking that maybe it will come in handy for some other project. After all, it is about edgings and you would need the proper item to make sure the edgings worked well.
So my advice is if you got the bucks and want to browse, this could be a good book for you. If you're a beginner, you will not want to start with this books - there's a tip section but it doesn't touch on any crochet tips. I'd suggest either The Complete Book of Crochet Border Designs: Hundreds of Classic & Original Patterns or 150 Crochet Trims: Designs for Beautiful Decorative Edgings, from Lacy Borders to Bobbles, Braids, and Fringes as a more satisfying look at crochet edgings.
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