I recently quoted the introduction to a crochet book by Edie Eckman and promised that a full book review was on the way. Here it is! The book is called Around the Corner Crochet Borders: 150 Colorful, Creative Edging Designs with Charts and Instructions for Turning the Corner Perfectly Every Time. I think the name gives a full idea of what this book is all about!
Who this Crochet Book is For
This crochet book is all about crocheting borders so if that’s something that you want to learn more about then this book is for you. The one caveat I’d say here is that this isn’t a book for true crochet beginners. You need to learn some other stuff first and get a little practice so that you can choose your own hooks and yarns and do the stitches in the patterns. But other than that, it’s a great crochet book to add to almost any crochet library.
Crochet Book Format
Edie Eckman’s crochet book begins with a short introduction about why borders and edgings are great. The gist here is that you can use them to dress up an item that you already have (like a towel) or to give a polished and finished look to another knit or crochet project (like a blanket you’re working on).
The book’s introduction does more than just try to sell you on edgings, though. It fully explains what they’re about and how they work including:
- an explanation of the math behind crochet border corners
- tips for working into your crocheted fabric, including the difference between your vertical and horizontal edges
- options for joining new yarn in creating your border
- tips for reading crochet patterns
- ideas for designing your own crochet borders instead of only using the ones in the book
- The border number. There are no pattern names here.
- Notions used. Note that specific hook and yarn information is not included here because it’s going to depend on your individual project.
- Special stitches used. And how to work them.
- The base round information. Because you’re not working on full projects, the pattern can’t tell you how many stitches to start with. But what it can do is tell you the multiple number (so a border may have a multiple of 8 stitches plus 4, for example. For your specific project, that may mean 44 (8*5+4). How this works is all clearly explained in the book’s intro.
- Round by round instructions. Very detailed.
- Photo of finished border showing two sides (a horizontal, a corner and a vertical). It shows the yarn colors and says what rounds they are so that you can refer back and forth between the written instructions and photo if you get confused. Very helpful feature.
- Stitch diagram. Also detailed.
Favorite Patterns from this Crochet Book
It is really difficult for me to select just a few favorite borders from this book since there are so many of them. What I really like is that they are truly unique from one another despite the fact that there are so many of them. I’ll share a few here that I especially like. But first a note – the full photos in the book show more of the border than what I’ve shown here. I’ve cut it off because if I showed more of it then it would also show some of the stitch diagrams and I want to respect the copyright and work of the author.
Special Notes about this Crochet Book
One of the interesting things that I like about this crochet book is its unusual size. It’s a thick book but only about 6″ x 8″ in size. This makes it easy to stuff in a bag to carry around with you. It makes it easy to flip through. The patterns cover one to two pages only so you don’t have to flip a bunch of pages to get your work done. It’s well-formatted and I appreciate that! Another thing that I really like is that there are some truly unique stitches in this crochet book that I hadn’t seen before.
CONCLUSION: Edie Eckman’s Crochet Borders book would be a great addition to a personal crochet library and is a good book to check out if you’re looking for some new crochet inspiration.