“Every Which Way Crochet Borders” book review, bonus pattern, & giveaway!

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Hello everyone!  I was lucky enough to be chosen by Storey Publishing (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to participate in a blog tour and review a copy of Edie Eckman’s new book (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).  It’s called “Every Which Way Crochet Borders” and there will be a free border pattern and book giveaway below, so keep reading to learn about this really cool book!  Although the book was provided and the giveaway sponsored by Storey Publishing the opinions below are all my own.  Also, follow the rest of the blog tour for more chances to win the book by clicking here:

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review

OK so, there’s really a lot packed into this 218 page book, and it’s not just the 139 cool crochet borders.  Let’s dive in to some of the details!

One thing I often find lacking in patterns of crochet borders is that you’re left to figure out how to turn corners on your own, which can be incredibly frustrating and can frankly just turn me off to using the pattern at all.  Thankfully Edie Eckman has included great detail in her patterns,

each engineered to flow smoothly around the 90-degree corners that you’ll find on blankets, sweaters, washcloths, and other items.

Each beautiful pattern includes both written and charted instructions as well as any necessary additional information on stitches or other notes, and each pattern is tagged with categories for easy searching (categories include: reversible, wide, medium, narrow, undulating, straight, motifs, open/lacy, layered, fringy, and textured).

Before even getting to the patterns, however, there’s a very helpful section of the book called “Design Concepts” which really put this book a notch above other border books and patterns for me.  It gives a very helpful structured approach to choosing borders for your project based on some crochet principles, such as “Form Follows Function,” weighing borders that compliment vs. contrast with your item, recognizing the potential for the huge differences colors can make, understanding scale, and how to choose the right type of yarn for your projects.  Edie even includes advice and details on how to add borders to other types of fabric, which I found very useful.  And while her border patterns are written out with specific detail, Edie encourages customizing the borders in her book (such as widening borders or combining them), and she tells you how to do it with math that is really very straightforward and takes a lot of guesswork and frustration out of making the perfect border for your pattern.  It is so nice not to have to figure this out yourself!  If you’ve ever had to do this on your own you know that the struggle is real.  Wrapping up the “Design Concepts” section are some helpful tips on troubleshooting, starting and ending rounds smoothly, and even how to fudge stitch counts if necessary!

Man, I wish I’d had this when designing the As-We-Go Stripey Blanket!  The border would have been even cuter!  🙂

The borders themselves are cute and varied — there’s something sure to please everyone and go with just about any project.  Experiment and have fun making your own personalized crochet borders!

free border pattern just for you!

As I mentioned before, check out the other blogs on the blog tour to find not only more ways to win a copy of the book but also more free bonus patterns from the book itself!  For my readers I choose to share border #99 straight from the book itself so you can see how each pattern page is laid out!

Every Which Way Crochet Borders #99

The Stitches & Notes section is very helpful for those who haven’t tried the Solomon’s Knot stitch before.

Every Which Way Crochet Borders #99 Notes

As mentioned above, each pattern is tagged with specific categories.

Every Which Way Crochet Borders #99 Tags

The photo and written pattern are clear and concise.

Every Which Way Crochet Borders #99 Written Pattern

And the charted pattern is easy to read, with repeated sections highlighted.

Every Which Way Crochet Borders #99 Chart

Excerpted from Every Which Way Crochet Borders © 2017 by Edith L. Eckman. Photography by John Polak. Chart by Karen Manthey.  Used with permission from Storey Publishing.

giveaway

And now for the giveaway part!  This particular giveaway is open only to US residents (but any of the other giveaways I hold are open worldwide).  A lucky winner will receive their own free copy of Edie Eckman’s “Every Which Way Crochet Borders,” and all you have to do is comment below with your name and the State you live in (one entry per person please)!  Winner will be chosen by a Random Number Generator on Saturday, Feb. 25.  If chosen you will receive an email from me requesting your mailing address; make sure you check your inboxes because after 24 hours I will draw again if I receive no response!  Winner will be announced as soon as one has been confirmed!  Good luck everyone!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

Comments

  1. Linda Tryban says:

    I love her books. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  2. Dawn Marie Hughes says:

    Dawn Marie Washington

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  3. Linda Tryban says:

    I for got to put my state. Sorry. Missouri

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  4. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome book!

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  5. Julie Schroder says:

    Julie (WI)

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  6. What an awesome book to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  7. Doris Mejia says:

    I love that everyone’s review adds a little more to my appreciation of this book. Different features are highlighted and your showing the layout is a plus!

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  8. This looks like a lovely collection of borders–I’d love to win a copy!

    I’m Grace from Huntington Beach, California 🙂

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  9. Debbie D–California

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  10. Anu ratha Mani says:

    Lovely book to win. Thank you and with love from Malaysia

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  11. Joyce Van Duyne says:

    Lovely..joyce frm. Ny Ny

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  12. Rachel Goff says:

    I live in Kansas and am thankful for the opportunity to win this book!

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  13. Heather from Wisconsin

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  14. Faye Domer says:

    Thanks for the chance to win it. Even if I don’t win this book I will buy it.

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  15. Dana Skelton says:

    Dana Skelton, Alabama

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  16. Would love to win this book 👌

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  17. lesley from florida – thanks!

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  18. Bonnie McEachern says:

    Bonnie
    Massachusetts

    Thanks!!

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  19. Theresa Faria says:

    Thanks I would love to win! Theresa
    Nevada

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  20. Christiann Comer says:

    Christiann from the Great Lakes State (Michigan)

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  21. Brenda from Ohio

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  22. Georgette from France. Thanks !

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  23. Hi! I am Chantal from New Hampshire. Thank you for the chance to win this lovely book.

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  24. Texas

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  25. Kathy from California
    Love this, thanks for sharing

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  26. Kat – Oklahoma

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  27. Sarah L from Illinois. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. Judy Kalinowski says:

    What a great book. So many ideas. I make shell boarders on all my blankets currently. Thank you.

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  29. Marlene from Aloha, OR Thank you for this great giveaway

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  30. Would love to win this book

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    • I live in Seward,Ne. Fingers crossed could really use this book ❤💚💜💙💛❤💚💜💙💛❤💚💜💙💛❤💚💜

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  31. Awesome! BTW I am making the stripey as my first blankie! So much fun, I’m about 30% done. Thank you for the pattern! Hugs from Arizona! -leighann s.

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  32. Shauna Clark says:

    Shauna
    Florida

    Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

    Cheers,
    Shauna

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  33. many thanks for your blog as a whole, mel from MA

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  34. Myra from Texas. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Cheri DeFries says:

    What a wonderful give away!
    I live in sunny Florida☀️
    Thank you for the pattern and a chance to win the book!
    Cheri

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  36. Teri, from Maryland.
    Thanks

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  37. This book is on my Amazon “Wish List”! I would so love to have it. I’m working on a project right now and need to find the perfect edging/border for it….and I’m positive I could find it in this book. Edie Eckman’s books are awesome! her instructions are always easy to follow and her patterns are – ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL!
    I’m going to cross my fingers and keep wishing!
    Thank you for this opportunity! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Let it be me…..

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  38. Erica Greis says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Erica from Wisconsin

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  39. Debra Wildman says:

    Debra Wildman, Illinois

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  40. Lisa Laudermilk says:

    Borders are my new obsession! Thank you for this great give away!
    Lisa/WA State….

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  41. I love the way that’s organized and has the attributes of each one!! I’m from NH. Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

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  42. Sharon Holesh says:

    I too am working on the stripey blanket ! I am from Pittsburgh PA.

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  43. Hilary Adams says:

    Thank you! Hilarita from Utah

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  44. Bonnie Burkhardt says:

    Bonnie in Michigan. Thanks for offer,

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  45. WOW! That border IS gorgeous! I loved your AS We Go Stripey blanket (any border would look great with it!!) Thanks so much for the chance to win this cool looking book! I always struggle with borders beyond the simple yet pretty salloped shells, this book would help me past the block! ~ Meredith, VA

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  46. Judi Miller says:

    Thank you! Judi from Washington

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  47. Kristy Perkins says:

    What an awesome book!!!!

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  48. Barbara Youngren says:

    Ooh – I would love to have this book, and will probably buy it if I don’t win it! I love the spiral binding so you can keep the book open to read the pattern. Beautiful!

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  49. CHERYL ALLEN says:

    Want this book – I’m Cheryl from Illinois

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  50. Amy from Ohio 🙂

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  51. Andrea from Indiana

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  52. Kathleen from Montana.

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  53. artquiltor says:

    Kathleen from Montana.

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  54. This book looks awesome! Anne in CT

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  55. Heather Navarro says:

    Hi, my name is Heather and I am from California. This book is on my wish list. I love putting borders on my crochet blankets!

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  56. Lori Stewart says:

    Lori from TN.— Love the beautiful pictures and clear directions in the book! I would love to win this beauty!

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  57. Shannon Sechler says:

    Shannon from North Carolina.

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  58. Cindy Sherwood says:

    Cindy Sherwood from Michigan.
    I have her last border book and can’t wait to see this one.

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  59. marsha glassner says:

    Marsha from California. Thank you

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  60. Nora Helma says:

    Nora from Illinois. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

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  61. Nora from Illinois. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

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  62. Pennsylvania

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  63. Ginny in Michigan. Looks like an awesome book.

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  64. Sarah Oswald from Pennsylvania thanks for the chance to win

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  65. Nancy Ackermann says:

    Nancy from Washington (state). I love the look of this book. I am a newer crochet addict and love the simple instructions and pictures. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

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  66. stephanie ford says:

    Thanks for sharing! Looks like a very helpful book…
    Stephanie from WI

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  67. carrie thomas says:

    Carrie – Arizona

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  68. Nancy Sanders says:

    Looking forward to getting a copy of this book. I have several of Edie’s books and they are great!

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  69. Kim & I live in South Carolina!

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  70. Wisconsin! 🙂

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