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Book Review: Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman

*sigh* Crochet is so alluring. Look at the enticing cover of the book Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman. I could not resist it, so I impulsively added this book to my recent Amazon order.

Inside, are 150 patterns for colorful decorative crochet borders for your crochet, sewing, or knitting projects. Some patterns are elaborate with interesting stitches, other patterns are simple, with layers of single crochet or scallops.

Every pattern shows how to handle corners as well as the straight edge. Stitch counts are given so users can be sure the border they choose will fit their particular project.

I was especially pleased to see that author Edie Eckman included international crochet charts for these patterns. I think that many visual learners who get frustrated reading traditional crochet patterns should give these charts a try. I almost never lose my place in a pattern since I started relying on charts.

Traditional crocheters will still see their familiar complicated written patterns. Each pattern is pictured in clear, full-color photographs with notes and tips.
The book is an odd, short size, but it lays flat and has a pleasing, easy to use layout.

I decided to try out some of the patterns on some pillowcases. First I stitched a uniform blanket stitch all the way around. I used the same cotton yarn I was planning to crochet with. Around the Corner Crochet Borders advises that you can use embroidery floss or thick thread for this step. Advice is also given to put a base single crochet row around a knitting or crochet project.

Look how pretty! I loved these so much, I had to rush out to the yarn store for more combed cotton. My project didn’t actually involve going around a corner, but I am confident that the patterns will work well in that application.

I couldn’t stop. My goal is that every pillowcase in our linen closet will have a decorative edge like these. I also laundered these and they held up! Of course the yarn I used was washable, yours may not.


Pros:

  • Full color throughout
  • Many different fun and inspirational colorways are pictured
  • Patterns are charted!
  • Excellent photography highlights each stitch and motif: no fadeaways, funny angles or blurry styling

Cons:

  • Not spiral bound, although the book does still lay flat and the binding is sturdy thus far
  • Um… maybe you can’t crochet and aren’t interested?

I am so happy that I bought this book on a whim. It is excellent. It now seems that every object in my house needs a pretty decorative crochet border!



Around the Corner Crochet Borders: 150 Colorful, Creative Edging Designs with Charts and Instructions for Turning the Corner Perfectly Every Time is available at Amazon.com, and if you buy it through that link, you’ll be supporting Craft Critique at the same time!

Are you ready to crochet around the corners? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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11 Responses to Book Review: Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman

  1. Rebecca September 23, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    I hadn’t seen this book before, great review! I want to order this book now too!

    I learned to crochet as a young girl, but I have troubles reading patterns so I love that they give step by step and the newer international charts!

  2. Sarah Forhan September 23, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    Thank you for the great review. I am very intrigued by the book. I looked on Amazon and the price is amazing. I am going to absolutely have to order this book!!

  3. Lorelei September 23, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    Ohh I am just finishing a granny square blanket and now wanted to do a crochet edge on a new dress I bought. I might have to get this book now. Thanks for the review.

  4. Edie Eckman September 23, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Thanks so much for the lovely review. As a matter of fact, I’m doing a presentation this weekend on crocheted borders, and I’d love to add your pillowcases to my slideshow. If you are willing to share, please email me (thru my website) so I can get the proper permissions.

    Glad you like the book!
    Edie

  5. Queen Mary September 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    This review is perfect for me — crochet still seems to be to be the stepchild of needlecrafts — but I used it for a senior art project. Anyway, I too must have this book now! The review lets me know it is for all levels and has beautiful projects!

  6. cory - falling star lane September 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    You make me want to crochet!! i learned many years ago, and let it go, i have so many things i do now, but i have a feeling i am going to pick this up – thanks for the great review!

  7. cory - falling star lane September 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    You make me want to crochet!! i learned many years ago, and let it go, i have so many things i do now, but i have a feeling i am going to pick this up – thanks for the great review!

  8. Debra Amon September 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    I do not crochet, but I have recently been using vintage dresser doilies and such to embellish aprons I have been making.

    Just last night, I made an apron with a doily that featured crocheted rick rack around the edge.

    I try to learn about the history of the different elements that I use to make my aprons, and also how they are made. It looks like this book will give me insight into some of my embellishments. I have a wonderful vintage tablecloth from Australia with a very pretty trim in Aboriginal colors. I will be buying this book to learn more about how the trim is made.

    Great review!

  9. IamSusie September 24, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    How fun that the author found my review! This is truly a great pattern book. Everyone should crochet!

  10. IamSusie September 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    Also to Edie Eckman- You may not be aware that your website has no contact information or comment links or anything. I’d ask that you please give Craft Critique credit if you use our images.

  11. pezadoodle September 26, 2010 at 3:55 am #

    *SQUEAL* – i had no idea about this book – i have her other one – beyond the square and it is my absolute MOST fave of all the crochet embellie books i own! i recommend it to everyone! Heading over to buy RIGHT NOW!