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Crocheting on the Edge: Ribs & Bobbles*Ruffles*Flora*Fringes*Points & Scallops Hardcover – July 1, 2008
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- Item Weight : 2.22 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 9781933027357
- ISBN-13 : 978-1933027357
- Hardcover : 184 pages
- Product Dimensions : 11.25 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches
- Publisher : Nicky Epstein Books (July 1, 2008)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1933027355
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. THe designs range from frilly to fun to elaborate to simple-but-lovely.
The garment patterns are near the end of the book. They are all crocheted, but the patterns are written in the typical knitting pattern style (tell them as little as possible) instead of the more expansive and detailed style crocheters are accustomed to. But with symbol diagrams also provided, most crocheters will
Unless the knitter or crocheter who uses this book is very experienced, they may run into trouble. Little help is given for how to work stitches such as reverse single crochet, a technique which gives many crocheters a lot of trouble. When this is called for in a pattern, there is just a cryptic note saying "see page TK". This page was referenced for technical help a couple of times,but I could find no page TK. Maybe it's just my bad eyesight!
On page 195 is a section headed TECHNIQUES where I assumed to find crochet technique help, but all that was there was how to make lazy daisy and French knot embroidery stitches. At least one border is done in Tunisian crochet, so you better already know how to do it if you want to make that border.
If you are not an experienced crocheter, better brush up on your skills before you add this beautiful book to
your library. And don't give it to your favorite knitter for Christmas unless you know she crochets!
From the large, lovely photos, to the user friendly layout, to the patterns themselves, this book is a knock-out! It can easily serve as a coffee-table book!
One of the first things that I found new and helpful was a spread at the beginning of the book that used one pattern in about 10 different yarn weights (all of the same color.) In addition to the various edging patterns, there are a few for wearable items too, including a breath-taking motif poncho.
This is now my favorite crochet book, and I've only looked through it once! In fact, for the first time, I have a book that makes me want to try every single pattern in a it!
The quality of the book was great. Better than I anticipated
The price was so reasonable.
Delivery was expedient.
A terrific book for both Knitters & Crocheters!!
Top reviews from other countries
I have been a knittier and crocheter for over 70 years but am very dissapointed with these patterns. I have ALL her books but onbly have success with the knitting patterns. The patterns should be offered online, when requested, in English or any othet country.
I will be selling this book - with warnings!