One of my very favorite crochet books of all time is Edie Eckman’s Around the Corner Crochet Borders so of course I was thrilled to see that she has a new book: Every Which Way Crochet Borders. Today I’m honored to join her blog tour by offering a free crochet pattern from the book along with a giveaway copy (entry info below).
About Every Which Way Crochet Borders
If there is one type of book that is truly helpful to have in your own personal craft library, it’s a book of crochet borders. Borders can be added to every single crochet project to make the item more unique, personal, detailed and interesting. Borders can also be added to readymade fabric items such as towels, pillow cases and flannel fabric to quickly create one-of-a-kind handmade items. Every Which Way Crochet Borders provides detailed instructions (including photos and symbol charts) for more than 130 different original designs. That’s right; these are all original designs; none of these are repeats of the borders already showcased in Edie’s amazing book Around the Corner Crochet Borders.
There is a lot of helpful information throughout this book. For example, you’ll find tips on how different borders look when worked in different yarn weights. You’ll get a great education in complementary vs. contesting borders, color and scale choices for borders, and how to work into different types of fabrics (such as knit). Edie shares how to get the right stitch count, even if you have to fudge it a little, for your borders. The borders in the book are enough to get you to buy it but the extra info is a nice bonus.
Free Crochet Pattern
A huge thanks to the author and publisher for allowing me to share one of the free crochet border patterns from this book with you today. Each pattern in the book is labeled to highlight its features; this one (#71) is reversible, medium, straight and open / lacy.
Base rnd, each side: Multiple of 6 + 3 + corners. Begin in corner st.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, *ch 5, skip 3 sts, [sc in next 3 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts] to corner st, 3 sc in corner st; rep from * around, omitting last 3 sc, sc in same st as beginning sc, join with slip st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch 3), *sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in next space, ch 3, [skip 1 sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in next space, ch 3] to 1 st before corner st, sc in next sc, ch 3**, dc in corner st, ch 3; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with slip st to third ch of ch-6.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 5, skip 1 space, sc in next (space, sc, space) [ch 5, sc in next (space, sc, space)] to space before corner st, ch 5, skip 1 space, sc in corner dc; rep from * around, omitting last sc, join with slip st to first sc.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 3, sc in next space, ch 3, [skip 1 sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in next space, ch 3] to corner st**, sc in corner sc; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with slip st to first sc.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, sc in next sc, [ch 5, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc] to corner, ch 3**, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner sc; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, sc in same st as first sc, join with sc to first sc.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, 2 sc in space formed by joining sc, sc in each sc, 3 sc in each ch-3 space, 5 sc in each ch-5 space and 2 sc in each ch-1 corner space around, join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off.
Crochet Book GIVEAWAY
This giveaway is limited to US entries only. Giveaway closes 2/17/17. Winner will be notified shortly after by email or social media.
About The Author
Edie Eckman is one of those great crochet teachers who wears many hats. She has owned a yarn store, worked as a crochet designer for magazines, yarn companies and her own line, served as a crochet magazine editor and a pattern technical editor, and authored crochet and knitting books. She clearly loves the crafts and wants to do as much with them as she can. Working in all of these capacities has broadened her skills beyond just being able to crochet well and into being able to teach the craft to others whether that’s through her classes (like Essential Crochet Techniques and Joining Crochet Motifs, both online Craftsy classes) or through excellent resources like this new book.
Follow This Crochet Book’s Blog Tour
February 7: Cre8tion Crochet
February 8: Crochetville
February 9: Crochet Spot
February 10: Crafts from the Cwtch
February 11: Crochet Concupiscence
February 12: Fiber Flux
February 13: Moogly
February 14: The Stitchin’ Mommy
February 15: ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs
February 16: Felted Button
February 18: Not Your Average Crochet
February 19: The Twisted Yarn
February 20: Petals to Picots
February 21: Beatrice Ryan Designs
February 22: Underground Crafter
February 23: Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)
February 24: Jessie At Home