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Harmony Guides: Knit Edgings & Trims (The Harmony Guides) Paperback – November 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: The Harmony Guides
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159668173X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596681736
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The best thing is just to leaf through all the stitches and see what one you may want to practice and possibly use in your designs."  —Knitting News



"This book is the perfect complement when you just feel like knitting stockinette or garter stitch, but you want your finished piece to look anything but ordinary."  —Knitty.com



"No matter where you find your ideas, Knit Edgings and Trims will help you finish them off. Picots, appliques and braids. Fringe, tassels and eyelets . . . they're all here. This is an indispensible resource."  —CraftGossip.com Knitting Editor

About the Author

Kate Haxell is a crafter, an editor, a publisher, and the author of Customizing Cool Clothing, Decorative Knitting, First Knits, Simple Handmade Garden Furniture, Simple Handmade Storage, and The Seed Bead Book.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you are an avid knitter and if you design your own patterns, you probably already have an edging and trim book in your library. This book is somewhat different in that it has some interesting new fringe (including a beaded fringe), some insertions (flat bands that can either edge or be used to link pieces) and also some appliques.

Where this book shines in that each page has ONE edging and very clear, beautiful photos. The instructions are not charted, they are written out. Now, personally, I would have preferred charts and I wish there were a supplement for the book or some way to get these charted as I prefer to knit from charts, but MANY knitters lament the fact that charts seem to dominate knitting these days and they miss the written instructions--which, I can understand as you can kind of recite them to yourself as you repeat a pattern. I suppose there was not room on the page to put a chart--they do take up a lot of space. This was my only beef, being a chart-lover. For most knitters, however, this will be NO problem at all.

The photos are so beautiful; this publisher knows how to show off knitting to the best advantage.

I loved some of the appliques as well as fringe; there is a daisy applique that shows a button in the middle. Doesn't that give you ideas? Why have a simple button band (say, on a toddler's cardigan) when you can have daisies in the middle of plain sewn-on buttons? Cute. Or what about dressing up a cotton cardigan with your own knit applique? (Or cover a regrettable darned hole?)

There are many bands and edges with points or scallops, including an "oyster shell" scallop that could be done in thread or yarn and there are circular ruffles, again, this would dress up a plain toddler's dress or a christening gown, doll clothes, toys, a lady's blouse--the options are endless.

I like this book a lot and I'm already thinking of ways to use some of the edgings.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa M. Crennan on August 18, 2010
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So many interesting new options in this book...I was hunting for a lacy cuff for a pair of toe-up socks and in so many other books most of the edgings start with a cast on and then work into the body of the garment. This book has many trims that are worked lengthwise (side to side) and can be knit and attached to the live stitches at the top of my sock. Perfect for my project, after looking at MANY other books.

On a more general note, I need to agree with another reviewer who applauded the art direction and the choice of yarns. The pages are very clearly laid out, the pictures are big to show lots of detail and the yarns choices show off the various stitches well. I have seen many other contemporary stitch books that have not done these things nearly as well as this book does. Excellent price and well worth adding to your knitting library!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jewels on August 9, 2010
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When you buy this book be prepared for all the oooh's and aaah's that you will say as you browse through the pages. Your biggest challenge will be to figure out what design you want to try first. The pictures and instructions are clear. Just imagine turning a simple garment into something that is uniquely yours. "Knit Edgings & Trims: 150 Stitches" will help you to do just that. At such a reasonably price, this is a book that you will cherish for all your knitting years. I love this book!
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By adrienne on February 17, 2014
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Some interesting edgings in this one. I'm not big on fringe or loopy edgings, so a lot of that is lost on me. None of the designs in this book are charted, another minus for me. But I appreciate the fact that each item has a good photograph, and specifies the direction in which it is worked. Overall a good addition to my stitch library. There are lots of things to draw inspiration from, and there are several items that I plan to incorporate into upcoming designs. I am still far more impressed with the Vogue Stitchionaries. If you can only afford one stitch dictionary today, I'd start with Vogue Volume Six: Edgings, or Volume Five: Lace (which includes many edgings).
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By Julianne Loconsole on February 8, 2014
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I am very happy with this purchase. It's hard to find the right trim or edging and this book has many to choose from.
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By Lisle H on October 23, 2014
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Love this book. Planning my next shawl...
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