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150 Knitted Trims: Designs for Beautiful Decorative Edgings, from Beaded Braids to Cables, Bobbles, and Fringes Paperback – September 18, 2007

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About the Author

Lesley Stanfield is the author of several books on knitting and crochet, including our bestselling 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet, 75 Birds, Butterflies & Little Beasts to Knit & Crochet, and 150 Knitted Trims. She is a long-time hand knitting designer and has been the knitting editor of several women's magazines including Woman and Family Circle. She is based in England.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312363257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312363253
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jean Leinhauser VINE VOICE on December 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Any book with Lesley Stanfield's name on it rates a look from me. This English author, designer and editor
always comes up with something special, as she does in this book.

The variety of knitted trims is mind boggling: There's a great variety of borders, bands, and braids, many
trimmed with beads or sequins. Frills, flouces, and lacy edgings expand the mix. But wait -- there's more!
You'll love the loops and fringes, the insertions, and a whole section on unusual and charming knitted
flowers, leaves, and other fun things like a heart, a colorful butterfly, and a wonderful tassel with a knitted skirt. There's even a tiny Christmas stocking.

The photos are close up and clear, and you can see every stitch. Instructions are well layed out and are so short and easy to follow that I don't see the lack of symbol charts as a negative.

The trims are all both unusual and usable. This is a great book to give a knitting friend -- so buy two and
keep one for yourself.

But don't lend out your copy -- chances are you'll never get it back!
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Found this book to be way more helpful than the Nicky Epstein series "Knitting... The Edge" series. Loads of ideas. I don't really care that there are no charts, I find it easy to work with out them and would definitely recommend this book for anyone who feels the same. Plus the designs are way cooler. Not a big fringe and bobble gal.
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Lots of edgings I hadn't seen in other books and many that could be used for bag handles and belts. Good photos. I would love to buy this book (checked it out from the library), but the use of row-by-row instructions alone, without charts, would make it much less fun for me to use.
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By Bookman on December 29, 2007
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The variety of edgings to try from this book will entertain you for hours. I have so many little sticky notes going all the way around the pages of this book---marking oodles of pages of edgings for me to try---that it sort of resembles a porcupine! One thing I do to make double use of my experiments is to use tiny knitting needles and crochet thread to test these edgings, and when I'm done-----I have a bookmark to give as a gift! I just keep making it to the length I like a bookmark to be and I can also see if I like the look of that edging for a future project!
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This is just the book I have longed hoped for. I have several books on knitted edgings. This is the best. Almost every selection is one I might choose. The beaded edgings surprised me. They don't just have beads added; the beads are integral to the design. This is the book I will reach for first. My other books only have a few pages tagged. I won't be tagging this book with Post-its. Almost every page would be marked. Her other books, on Flowers and on Birds & Butterflies, are fabulous as well.

I overlooked this book for some time, in favor of offerings by 'bigger names.' You can't judge a book by its cover! The lavish photographic landscapes of one author's books add little information or inspiration, especially after pages and pages of ribbing panels. This lovely book is beautifully instructive, with clear photographs and thoughtful design. A few trim samples are knitted in fuzzy homespun-type yarn, which makes it a little harder to see the stitches, but plainly illustrates heirloom edgings in heirloom yarn, and how beautifully they work together.

This lovely book will be referenced often, filed near Barbara Walker's treasuries, and Harmony's stitch guides, and next to Stanfield's lovely books on flowers and butterflies (which are brimming with fun).
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I was sure this book was a winner because I have the Stanfield book of stitches which I use often and the reviews here were so positive. I'm not disappointed. Lack of charts doesn't bother me as the patterns are generally just a small number of rows. All the patterns are illustrated first in color together and then arranged with the instructions. Included here is the skill level. 5 projects are pictured at the end for ideas and there is a good index. Recommended.
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I am crawling out on a limb and rating this with a five because of all the excellent reviews. I don't own this book but after reading the 3 star review about the book not being any fun for them because of the lack of charts I said to myself, "Yippy, hooray!:)" and had to admit that for me that in itself would make me want to give it five stars.

I am so sorry if I have offended anyone who likes charts only. My problems are that it takes me forever to read charts and I end up translating the charts into instructions of row by row knitting. This is time consuming for me because I go back over them a second time to make sure I haven't made any mistakes (and I have made a few in my short time of knitting). I am going to order this book this morning and hope that it works out.

I am branching out to creating my own patterns and wanted to get some ideas for edging at necklines, sleeves and bottoms of sweaters. Good luck to all of you who have chosen to take the jump and buy this book. Happy knitting for yourself and your loved ones -- Which we all know is for ourselves too because there are two great feelings after the knitting is done: 1. Knitting for loved ones - You knit a piece for someone you love and they think it is beautiful and want to put it on to wear even though it may not be in season. 2. Knitting for ourselves - You wear your knitted piece and someone says how much they like it.

Ahh, life can be so sweet.

UPDATE: September 20, 2011
I bought and received the book. It is a beautiful book with fantastic photographs for working the patterns by. There aren't exactly 150. There are 129 knitted trims and the rest of the 21 trims (which I don't consider to be trims) are leaves, flowers, hearts, balls, butterflys and a small Christmas stocking.
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