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Around the Corner Crochet Borders: 150 Colorful, Creative Edging Designs with Charts and Instructions for Turning the Corner Perfectly Every Time [Paperback]

Edie Eckman
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May 13 2010

When it comes time to put the finishing touches on the edges of a fiber project, a crochet border is the perfect solution. Edgings are essential adornments to the most popular knit and crochet pieces blankets, scarves, and afghans. But borders can do so much more; they give handmade goods a delightful finishing touch, serve as focal points, tidy uneven edges, and add handcrafted flair to store-bought apparel.

Borders often require turning a corner shaping the edgings around a 90-degree angle without breaking the pattern. This is rarely simple; add too few stitches at a corner and the work rounds inward; too many stitches, and the piece begins to ruffle awkwardly.  Unfortunately, most published edging patterns fail to include specific instructions for turning the corner, leaving crafters to fend for themselves.

Edie Eckman comes to the rescue in Around the Corner Crochet Borders, a collection of 150 colorful crochet frames, each with detailed instructions for working around a corner. Instructions are offered both as text and as charts for working in-the-round; back-and-forth charts are also included for when that method is more appropriate. Photographs of finished borders, each turning a 90-degree corner, allow readers to see the details up close. Borders range from the delicate to the flamboyant and are sure to appeal to a new generation of trend-setting crafters.

Offering practical solutions to one of needlecrafts most vexing challenges, Around the Corner Crochet Borders is an essential addition to every crocheters reference library. With this book, marvelous crochet borders are just around the corner.


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About the Author

Edie Eckman is the author of the best-selling books Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, Around the Corner Crochet Motifs, Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, and The Crochet Answer Book, as well as the co-author of the newly released Crochet One-Skein Wonders. She is a nationally known teacher, designer, writer, and editor in both the crochet and knitting worlds. She lives in Waynesboro, Virginia.



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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By brrejy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Since no one has left a review yet, I`ll give my opinion and hope it helps your decision.
First, I am not a crocheter (well, I did crochet an afghan in the 70`s, using only one color and one stitch (treble crochet), and that afghan was well used and is long gone).
I knit and enjoy knitting.
But some things are just meant for crocheting, and I think borders is just one of many that fit that category. And, I found it`s very helpful to have 150 illustrations of how to crochet borders that go around corners.

Most of the borders are shown on 2 pages, facing each other.
There are a few that are continued onto a 3rd page, and then a few that use just one page: i.e. p. 116, 117 & 118 are for border #51; p.119 is for border #52.
Each border is beautifully photographed and the instructions are both written and charted.
And the text and charts are easy to read (well printed and good sized).

And while I prefer spiral binding, the paper stock is quality and the binding is sound enough (so far) to allow me to lay the book out flat... which is probably the reason for the odd size...
It is short and wide. At first glance it makes one wonder why... then when actually using the book and reading a 2-page border, it becomes obvious: it stays open to those 2 pages - well done.

The first 26 pages contain information on "Maintaining a Flat Edge"; "Calculating the Number of Stitches"; "Adjusting the number of stitches"; "Crocheting Borders on Woven Fabric" (also on Felted Fabric); "Reading Crochet Patterns" (as well as crochet charts), and more.

There are tips, one being a "Note to UK Crocheters" about the difference in US vs UK terms.

#1 border starts on p.28; #150 border ends on p.303.
"Crochet Punctuation" is p. 304-305.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review March 7 2011
By ABC
Format:Paperback
This book has an excellent layout, graphs,instructions,and photos. It will inspire me to personalize my work. It has really clear directions for novices. My only issue is with the binding. The book will not lay flat and will close itself if you are following a pattern near the ends, making it harder to work from. You would have to make a copy of the page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best border book May 12 2011
Format:Paperback
I had originally borrowed this book from the library and once I went through the different patterns, I realized that I NEEDED this book! It is perfect to finish off any piece (crochet, knit or fabric) with a variety of options based on how many stitches across you are working with. This would be the best book to bless the crocheter in your life with, or treat yourself to an excellent addition to your library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! Feb. 22 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The ideas in this book are amazing! The incredible talent of Edie Eckman should be honoured. A true fibre artist!
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153 of 154 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HUGE collection of borders that INCLUDE corners June 2 2010
By Suzanne R. Arnholt - Published on Amazon.com
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First, this book is a pleasure to browse. It has nice colors, good type, and great schematics. There are truly 150 borders, and if you see one on the cover you like, it will be in the book (I checked four of my favorites, and they were all there). Unfortunately, the border you like may not be easy to find. This book would have been improved with a picture index of the borders available collected on a few pages at the beginning OR a numerical index of which borders are found where on the covers (as some doily books are known to do). Before you buy, you should note that the book is oddly dimensioned. The picture Amazon shows is the entire cover...not the top half of a full-sized cover, which makes the number of pages in the book twice what an ordinary sized pattern book would have with the same number of patterns. The book itself might also have benefited from a spiral rather than a standard paperback-type binding.

Next, the borders are different from what I have seen in other books. I have at least 10 border and edging books, and the ones here were different. These edgings used front and back loop construction to get ridges in creative locations. They had clusters, chains, lacy, and solid. There was a great deal of variability in style from border to border, yet virtually all were worthwhile. Even if I made an afghan a month, it would take more than 10 years to use all the designs I really liked. Most of the borders were not more than 4 rounds, though many had suggestions of how to make them wider. The colors were varied more than the author's previous motif book, and I thought they were prettier.

Then, there are a few things I would have changed. At least half of the borders have what I would call a "good" corner--a special treatment of the corner to make it stand out or a true right angle corner. The other half of the borders do say what to do at the corner, but the corner treatments are basically to work the border along the entire edge, add a few very boring stitches to keep the corner from cupping, and then start the next edge. (Basically, the corner would be "flat." Think of a 5dc, skip 2 stitches, sc in the center of a 3sc corner group, then continues with skip 2 stitches and 5dc group again.) Several of the borders with arches did this instead of having some "design" or short arch at the corner. (With the border described, I might put 9dc in the center of the 3sc group and have the skip 2 stitches before and after the border preceded by a sc, then 5dc). I would have added a few stitches to the pattern and created a true design for the corner...every time. Then, an option could have existed to have a pointed or flat corner depending on how many stitches were worked along the edge. Thankfully, with even 75 good corners, I am not likely to use up the design ideas any time soon.

Finally, I do highly recommend this book. Despite the suggestions for improvement given in this review, this set of patterns is one I can see using for years to come. The vast majority of the borders are lovely, well-written, and well-diagrammed. The charts are helpful for seeing structure, and they are given for both a corner and for a straight edge. The colors are pretty; the tips for working and introduction are well-done and helpful; and the overall presentation is top-notch. This book would be a great addition to any crochet border library.
55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good addition to my collection June 10 2010
By M. Poller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The first reviewer gave a fantastic view of this book with which I can only agree. I also have several border books but nothing that also gives the corners which is always a problem. Each pattern is written out as well as with a big schematic and also an insert showing what the repeat is alongside a full color picture of the stitches. Also, each pattern has a chart showing the colors for each row. The first section of the book explains everything needed in order to work the edging patterns. There are also several sections at the back covering crochet punctuation, the symbols with actual photos illustrating them, glossary and abbreviations, index and chart stitch key to the symbols. The index does not give the stitches as each one only has a number. The stitches have been crochet tested by a panel of 10 and the book looks to have been thoroughly checked for mistakes. The book lies flat, is very attractive and well printed and must have been a work of love. It really fills a gap in crochet books and recommended to all crocheters.
58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased with this Purchase for Crochet Borders that go around corners June 15 2010
By brrejy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First, I am not a crocheter (well, I should say "novice" and/or "wanna be").
I knit and enjoy knitting.
But some things are just meant for crocheting, and I think borders is just one of many that fit that category. And, I found it`s very helpful to have 150 illustrations of how to crochet borders that go around corners.

Most of the borders are shown on 2 pages, facing each other.
There are a few that are continued onto a 3rd page, and then a few that use just one page: i.e. p. 116, 117 & 118 are for border #51; p.119 is for border #52.
Each border is beautifully photographed and the instructions are both written and charted.
And the text and charts are easy to read (well printed and good sized).

And while I prefer spiral binding, the paper stock is quality and the binding is sound enough (so far) to allow me to lay the book out flat... which is probably the reason for the odd size...
It is short and wide. At first glance it makes one wonder why... then when actually using the book and reading a 2-page border, it becomes obvious: it stays open to those 2 pages - well done.

The first 26 pages contain information on "Maintaining a Flat Edge"; "Calculating the Number of Stitches"; "Adjusting the number of stitches"; "Crocheting Borders on Woven Fabric" (also on Felted Fabric); "Reading Crochet Patterns" (as well as crochet charts), and more.

There are tips, one being a "Note to UK Crocheters" about the difference in US vs UK terms.

#1 border starts on p.28; #150 border ends on p.303.
"Crochet Punctuation" is p. 304-305.
"Crochet Symbols" are p. 306-307.
"Glossary and Abbreviations" are p. 308-311.
"Index" is p. 312-313.
"Chart Stitch Key" is p. 314-315.

This was just what I was looking for; yes, very pleased.
And, I`m looking to put my crochet needles to work - on some of these borders... and some other items as well... some things are meant to be crocheted.

Good luck.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good July 15 2010
By Kate Hetu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The pros: Colorful, creative borders (including corners and stitch counts!) - complete with written instructions and charts. There are a lot of options, from simple to complex, from chunky to lacy, which offers a large amount of good options for all your projects. They instruct you how to add these borders to knit/crochet projects, and even fabric and felt!

The cons: The physical book is oddly shaped, and isn't spiral bound like Beyond the Square. The book won't lay flat, keeps closing on me, and is difficult in that manner.

Sum up - good patterns, bad physical book.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book July 16 2010
By Lindsey Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is my review for this book. I also posted this review on my blog at [...]

Why is this edging book different from all other edging books? Corners! The majority, if not all, edging books out on the market show how to work a long and flat crocheted edging. That's fine if you just want to trim the bottom of a towel, but what if you want to edge an afghan? or a scarf? or the whole towel? That's where this book comes in. It has patterns for 150 different crocheted borders, each one showing you how to turn the corner. The book essentially has two main parts: section 1 talks about the logistics of crocheting borders and section 2 is filled with patterns for 150 different borders

Section 1 - Edgings and More

Many people will buy this book just for the edging patterns, but this first section makes the purchase price worth it all by itself. It has information every crocheter should know. It discusses how to evenly crochet around a piece as well as methods of joining and changing colors. I especially love the fact that this section is full of color photos showing you exactly what Edie is talking about. It's one thing to read about how to create an even, flat border, but it's quite another to see bright, clear photographs illustrating what to do and not do. When I was reading through this section, I was a bit confused by the explanation of a single crochet and double crochet join, but with the aide of the photos I was able to figure it out.

Since most borders can only be worked over a certain multiple of stitches, this section walks you through determining how many stitches you have and which borders will work. If you are math phobic, don't worry. Edie explains what to do step by step and even includes an example that you can look over.

I have to say that I love the method she gives for working edges on a piece of regular (i.e. not crocheted) fabric. If you have ever spent hours, like me, punching holes in the hem of a fabric in order to crochet an edging, then you will absolutely LOVE the method in this book.

Section 2 - The Edgings - 150 crocheted designs, instructions, and charts

Ah...the patterns :-) There are a stunning variety of edgings to choose from, and you can find one to suit any project. Some are dainty while others are bold and showy. Some use simple stitches, some use more advanced stitches, some use beads or buttons, and some use innovative techniques to create a fabulous edge. Oh, and some are fabulously 3 dimensional. Clear sample photos show you sections of the edging, including a corner, of course. The samples are worked in the beautiful array of colors that I've come to expect from Edie's work in her previous book, Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs.

Some of my favorites: #123 is perfect for edging a Breast Cancer Awareness project. #142 has a fantastic variation of the single crochet, #27 looks regal while using mostly basic stitches, and #65 if my daughter saw this one she'd make me crochet her a blanket just so it could have this edge.

Each pattern is written for a border crocheted in the round. Accompanying each written pattern are two stitch diagrams. The first is simply the symbol "translation" of the written directions. The second chart shows modifications that may be necessary if you need to work the pattern back and forth (flat) instead of in the round. This would come in handy if you wanted to make tied headbands or bracelets using the edging patterns. There is a stitch symbol key located in the back of the book to help you decipher the charts. In addition to that, there is also a spread showing some of the basic symbols and explaining some of the logic behind symbol diagrams.

Overall, I'd say this book is a great addition to any crocheter's library, and a must have for anyone who wants to really learn how to make fantastic edgings.
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