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Knitting Beyond the Edge: Cuffs And Collars, Necklines, Hems, Closures- The Essential Collection of Decorative Finishes Hardcover – November 28, 2006
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- Item Weight : 2.12 pounds
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- Product Dimensions : 11.5 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-1933027012
- ISBN-10 : 1933027010
- Publisher : Sixth&Spring Books; First Edition (November 28, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #996,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is another volume of embellishments for knitting amazing garments. I love the other two volumes, and so was surprised that this one isn't as attractive to me. The collars are just not the type of thing I would ever put on a garment. They are very reminiscent of clown and jester collars and I don't care for that look. The cuffs may be helpful in the future, but at this moment, they remind me of something I've seen in fairy tale books on the princess' dresses. The neckline section strikes me nearly the same. There are several nice designs there, they are not much different than what I've worked with in my mother's old Work Basket magazines.
The corners and edges section is very nice and I appreciate Ms. Epstein taking the time to walk the reader through turning a perfect corner in pattern. The edgings are good as well. Many are adaptations of what you'll find in Barbara Walker's books.
I thought the closures section majored more on using unique buttons than unique techniques. Most of what I saw in this section was covered in some form in the previous two books.
OK, all that being said, I think this is a helpful book and can be inspiring for some knitters. Once again, the photography is amazing and the projects offered are amazing, although slightly intimidating for me--I've been knitting for many years. As I said above, I'm disappointed that it wasn't as fabulous as the first two books, although there is a short, but very good section on altering necklines, fitting a neckline into a pattern and altering patterns.
I am still giving this book four stars because the positive outweighs the negative by far. Because a certain look doesn't appeal to me, doesn't mean it won't prove to be terrific for another knitter. Perhaps I'm just on knitting overload...
If you like Nicky Epstein designs and don't know which book you should pick, try "Knitting on the Edge" or "Knitting over the Edge". They are worth the investment.
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It has arrived and my first skim through it has my head in overload with ideas on how to use them in designs for myself and others. Some of the ideas are going to be challenging, and possibly this is not a book for the absolute beginner. However, for someone who is looking to embellish existing patterns, a shop bought item that you want to turn into something more individual, or design your own garments from the outset, I think this is an absolute must for your collection.
Am I biased - I guess I AM becoming something of a Nicky Epstein book stalker, however I am also very careful with my pennies, so if I'm buying them and keeping them, then they have purpose and value. Now I'm off to see how much I need to gather up to buy The Knit Hat Book
A good book to buy. You won't be disappointed.