Every Which Way Crochet Borders
139 Patterns for Customized Edgings
by Edie Eckman
Crochet Borders Book Review and Giveaway, plus one free bonus pattern, from the book.
Picture this: You’ve worked really hard on that beautiful afghan or shawl… you’ve put countless hours into make the best gift for a family member or friend. Now what? It’s finished but there’s something missing, giving it a final touch of elegance. This is where the pattern book Every Which Way Crochet Borders, 139 Patterns for Customized Edgings will come in handy for you.
Every Which Way Crochet Borders is chock full of information giving you the knowledge necessary to choose the right border for your project.
The author, Edie Eckman, is thorough when explaining which types of borders is best to use with which project, or even color choices that will set your project apart.
One of the great things about crochet borders, as explained in the book, is that borders can be used to enhance the overall and finished look of a project, or it can serve as a way to finish off a project. Your border can be the star of your project, or it can be a supporting “character” to your finished project leaving the main piece as the shining star.
Edie also gives you a wonderful explanation on mechanics of choosing the right border to make your finished project shine. From choosing the right color and yarn, to the actual crocheting of your border and how and why to set it up properly. A powerful takeaway from this book, as quoted, is “The base round should serve as a happy transition between the main project and the border.”
Every Which Way Crochet Border is a book that every crocheter should have in her/his crochet library. It’s one that you can go back to several times to brush up on your crochet border knowledge, and to discover new and gorgeous borders.
Crochet Border #32 Free Pattern Excerpt
Excerpted from Every Which Way Crochet Borders © 2017 by Edith L. Eckman. Photography by John Polak. Charts by Karen Manthey.
Base rnd, each side: Multiple of 6 + 3 + corners.
Begin 5 sts to left of corner st.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, skip 2 sts, *V-st in next st, [ch 3, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, skip 2 sts, V-st in next st] to 1 st before corner, ch 3, skip 1 st, sc in corner st, ch 3, skip 1 st; rep from * around, ending last rep V-st in next st, ch 3, skip 2 sts, join with slip st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, (dc, ch 3, dc) in center of next V-st, ch 3, sc in next sc; rep from * around, omitting last sc, join with slip st to first sc.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, skip ch-3 space, (3 dc, picot-3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 space, ch 3, sc in next sc; rep from * around, omitting last sc, join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off.
Stitches & Notes
The first two rounds of Border #32 are the same as Border #31 (facing page), but the third round is more solid and substantial.
Picot-3: Ch 3, slip st in third chain from hook.
V-st (V-stitch): (Dc, ch 1, dc) in st or space indicated.
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