Knitting on the Edge: Ribs*Ruffles*Lace*Fringes*Flora*Points & Picots - The Essential Collection of 350 Decorative Borders Paperback – Aug 3 2010
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With so many general knitting and pattern books recently available, it's no surprise that the ever-enlarging market would expand to include more specialized guides. But what may be surprising is the fact that a book on a specialty topic like edgings could turn out to be as useful and lush as this one. Knitwear designer Epstein offers a reference book with instructions for 350 different edgings, everything from ruffles to laces and fringes to floras. The instructions are easy to follow, but it is the amazingly crisp photographs of the different edgings executed in colorful yarns and set against pure white backgrounds that will get knitters' hearts pounding. This book is so inviting and so easy to use (simple triangle symbols explain from which direction the patterns are knit) that knitters may find themselves edging projects already in progress. Ilene Cooper
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"[This] embraces a love for detail. You'll turn to these pages time and time again."--"Vogue Knitting."See all Product Description
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I think the weakest section is the one on lace, but maybe that's just the illusion given by the relative fount of newly published book on the topic of lace and the astonishing number of border options in those publications. The other sections are wonderful just because of the number of different ideas. It should give anyone ideas to customize a project or even start one from scratch to suit the border.
Another compliment to give the book is that there are patterns included as inspiration and they help to see how the border elements might be used to enhance a project. There are 3 sweaters, one cardi, two scarves and one ruffled bag. They are fun pieces, but of course, not the focus of the book.
The book's editing is fine, but it would have been interesting to use charts for some of the more complex stitches.
The book is pitched toward beginners or intermediate knitters, making it very acessible. However, more expert knitters, used to charts, will be annoyed by the endless strings of "k5, p2 tog, yo...", and the inability to edit the patterns on the fly.
The chapter on ribs is for the most part uninspired, while the section on ruffles and pleats is worth a look, especially if your taste runs towards things with frilly edges, or you see yourself concocting a garment for a baby girl sometime in the future.
The lace section is deeply dissapointing. The examples are swatches knitted in some kind of raspberry-colored worsted yarn. It's almost impossible to determine where the eyelets are, let alone what kind of pattern they make.
There is a paltry collection of 25 apparently rather uninteresting traditional sideways lace borders, with the majority of the chapter taken up by borders that consist of a few repeats of a lace pattern that are bound off at the final row. Besides neglecting the entire point of a traditional lace border (which, if knitted onto the live stitches of a piece, completely avoids binding off, maintaining the inherent elasticity of lace) it leads the knitter into the difficult prospect of attempting to bind off a lace pattern in such a manner that it dosen't bind up and look a complete wreck.
The chapter on fringe and tassels demonstrates several clever methods, incorporating traditional knotted fringes and fringes made from dropped sitches, some of which are cut.Read more ›
Now I know why I have not been able to start my next bag yet -- I was waiting for the inspiration of this kind of a collection! I'm sure I'll be able to pick out one of the cabled fringe edgings soon and cast on for a new project. How could I not, with so many tempting images before me?
My only gripe -- there's no index, so if you remember that you wanted to use the saxon braid and you didn't write down the page number, you have to scan through a whole chapter to find it. This is a minor concern, but given that some chapters are upwards of 20 pages long, I thought I'd mention it. The entire book is just under 170 pages.
This is probably the perfect companion to Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns.
It DEFINITELY is a good addition to one's knitting reference library. The author has a prior book with some of same edgings but this book is unique enough and full of very useful things to make the purchase well worth it.
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A big book full of creative ideas and coloured photos to accompany them. Helpful for any knitters.Published 18 months ago by Amnouy
Have been using patterns to embellish other projects and thus giving them my own twist.Published 18 months ago by Grams
I had already had this book from the library so knew that it was one I wanted to have permanently!Published 22 months ago by Fast Eddie
There is no end to the posibilities for adding polish and interest to any knitting project. If you like to add special details and make things unique, this is a great place to look... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2011 by Liz. C
This book is a wonderful resource for people wanting to try different edgings, or even just trying to find a new and fancy way to make a scarf. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2011 by rachelleme
Once I got the book, I started to work on the scarf that was shown on the cover. I used pink yarn instead of blue, it looks even better. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2006 by L. Yeung
If you miss this one, you'll be sorry. Packed full of patterns and awesome ideas. Clearly written as per the author's past books, but this is her best so far! Read morePublished on June 11 2004