Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Reviewing Around The Corner Crochet Borders

My Favorite Book For Crochet Borders


Do you get stuck when it comes to putting a border on your latest crochet blanket? Perhaps my review of this wonderful book Around the Corner Crochet Borders will help solve your dilemma from now on. It certainly has helped me with my projects! My only problem now is to narrow it down to which lovely border I want to try!

crochet borders book


Since I retired from my job, I have taken up the hobby of crocheting again. My husband might say that it is more of an obsession than a hobby but we won't go there today.

What I love About Edie Eckman's book


I don't know about you but I have tried to read many a crochet pattern in my day and some of them just do not make much sense. In Edie Eckman's book Around the Corner Crochet Borders pages are filled with easy to understand directions. She also shows a diagram of each border with the stitches and I love that. Sometimes when the words sound confusing, you can look at the diagram and it suddenly makes sense. At least for me, it does. 

There are over 150 borders to choose from and let me tell you, I want to try about 120 or more of them. They are that unique and lovely! Edie also spends time in the front of the book explaining about the math of choosing and creating a border for your piece. Yes, there is a bit of a science to it all! I'm sure that you have probably tried a border and it either bent forward or began to ruffle and that was not the result you wanted. The book will teach you how to get it right every time. By the way, if that border was bending forward you did not have enough stitches for the multiples you needed and if it ruffled you had too many stitches in your border for the width or length of the piece. 

crochet border

The above picture is a border that I made from the book. It is border #20 on pages 64 and 65. Isn't it cute? In the past, I would have just put the old standby of a shell border and honestly, would have been disappointed in it. I like the shells but they are just so ordinary. Oh, another thing, with each border instruction, Edie shares the multiples that are needed to properly fit the border to the measurements of your piece. That helps to narrow your choices down according to the stitch count that your piece has.

I know that I am reviewing the border book but I thought that I would also like to offer a tip on crochet hooks. I love the ergonomic ones like the one below.

ergonomic crochet hooks
Ergonomic Crochet hooks

They are my hook of choice when doing any project because the soft grips are more comfortable to use especially when I am going to crochet for long spans of time.

If you love to crochet and want some extraordinary ideas for borders, I highly recommend Around The Corners Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman. I am thrilled that I purchased it and I plan to purchase other books by the same author. She has written it all in a way that I can understand but more importantly that I can actually use.

crochet work with border

I created a sample piece for border #20 that I mentioned above just to make sure that I understand the math and the directions. What will I do with my little sample? As a Grandmother to four little girls, it will be a doll blanket for one of them. I hope you have enjoyed my review of this book, if you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments section below. I know you will enjoy this book if you crochet and if you have been looking for something to give as a gift to someone who crochets; this book  Around the Corners Crochet Borders would be treasured by the person you give it to.


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7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful border! I love the border you border you crocheted for your sampler, soon to be doll blanket. It really is lovely. Borders have certainly given me a fair amount of trouble in the past. This sounds like a book I definitely need. Thank you for the awesome review.

    Also, Welcome to Review This, Bev!

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  2. As a fellow crochet crafter, your review of this book about crochet borders is perfect. Always good to find another wonderful reference book for my craft library.

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  3. Excellent book review...makes me want to read it and I don't even crochet:) As a fellow grandmother of 4 little girls I love the idea of making the little doll blanket.

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  4. Love the border! Must be so much fun to be crocheting. I've said it before many times, that if I started up again, I would never get back online again - I've made a few things a long time ago and you are right, it's addictive!! I really love it too - I know I'll pick up that crocheting needle again and the more I read about people crocheting and fun articles like this, the closer I get!

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  5. Oh how lovely! And an awesome book to know about. Thank you for the review. I can crochet but am so terrible at borders that I just leave them off completely. This is going on my "to buy" short list!

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  6. I've never been very good with any kind of needlework and I've never tried to crochet. If I were ever going to learn, it sounds like this would be the author to turn to.

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  7. I've never been very good with any kind of needlework and I've never tried to crochet. If I were ever going to learn, it sounds like this would be the author to turn to.

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