Every Which Way Crochet Borders Book Review, Free Pattern, and Giveaway

By Rachel Choi – 131 Comments

I’m so excited to be apart of the blog tour for Every Which Way Crochet Borders – 139 Patterns for Customized Edgings by Edie Eckman. In this post I’ll start with a complete review of the book with my honest option so that you can decide if the book is right for you. Then I’ll include a free pattern excerpted from the book (thank you Storey Publishing). Finally, there will be a free giveaway for you to enter to win a copy of the book. This will be a loooooong post, so feel free to jump around to any section that interests you!

Book Review

As the title states, Every Which Way Crochet Borders contains 139 border patterns. Holy moly! That’s probably more border patterns than you will ever use in your lifetime. The variety of patterns to choose from has a wide range, from reversible, wide, narrow, layered, motifs, textured, or even fringy. The collection is like none other. If you need a pattern to finish off your blanket or other project, it’s probably in this book.

Book Layout
Like most books, it starts with general information that most people tend to skip over. This includes suggestions on how to choose your yarn and color, customizing the borders, working around different fabrics, working around corners or other odd shapes, and stitch count. I would recommend at least skimming through the beginning section before getting starting on the border patterns, or come back to these tutorials if you run into any problems while crocheting the borders. 139 patterns make up the body of the book (more on this later). Jump to the appendix of the book if you don’t want to flip through all 139 pages to choose a pattern. The appendix contains a 4 pages photo directory of all the crochet patterns and has a table of attributes so that you can choose a pattern based on reversibility, width, and other fabric characteristics. You can also find other tutorials, such as how to read the crochet patterns and symbols.

The Patterns
As a pattern writer, I’ve come across a lot of patterns that are well written and a lot that are not. I’m happy to say, the patterns in this book are well written and edited. Not all of the crochet patterns are easy to crochet though. Depending on someone’s skill level, some patterns will naturally be more difficult to understand if they are complex. Fortunately, every pattern has a stitch diagram with symbols. So even someone who doesn’t enjoy reading patterns or perhaps doesn’t read English, can crochet the pattern as long as they understand the diagram.

See the free crochet pattern excerpted from the book below to get an idea of the pattern writing style. You can also sneak peak a bunch of patterns from the book for free by going to Amazon and using the “Look Inside” feature and also clicking on the sample photos provided.

Is This Book For You?
Yes, if you can use a well written book that contains a lot of border patterns. The book has plenty of variety to choose from. No, if you do not use border patterns often. I would recommend the book for someone who has previous experience with crochet. Although the book contains tutorials for crocheting, it does not have a “how to crochet” section for absolute beginners. Most of the patterns seem to be at an intermediate to advanced skill level, with a few at an easy skill level.

Free Crochet Pattern

This border pattern is #32 in the book. I really like this pattern because of the whimsical colors used in the sample photo and it is a great design for items you want to add a lacy feel. You can crochet it with 3 different colors, like in the sample, or use one color for a solid border. Thank you Storey Publishing for letting us publish this pattern on the blog!

Stitches & Notes
Picot-3: Ch 3, slip st in third chain from hook.
V-st (V-stitch): (Dc, ch 1, dc) in st or space indicated.

Base rnd, each side: Multiple of 6 + 3 + corners.
Begin 5 sts to left of corner st.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, skip 2 sts, *V-st in next st, [ch 3, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, skip 2 sts, V-st in next st] to 1 st before corner, ch 3, skip 1 st, sc in corner st, ch 3, skip 1 st; rep from * around, ending last rep V-st in next st, ch 3, skip 2 sts, join with slip st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, (dc, ch 3, dc) in center of next V-st, ch 3, sc in next sc; rep from * around, omitting last sc, join with slip st to first sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, skip ch-3 space, (3 dc, picot-3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 space, ch 3, sc in next sc; rep from * around, omitting last sc, join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off.

Click on the image for a larger view!

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

Giveaway

It’s giveaway time!!! If you’re excited about having your own copy of Every Which Way Crochet Borders then you’re in luck to win a free copy. Here is how to enter:

  • To enter into the giveaway, simply leave a comment below on this post.
  • Please only 1 entry per person, as multiple entries will be deleted.
  • This giveaway is restricted to the U.S. since the book will be mailed directly from Storey Publishing.
  • A winner will be randomly selected on March 1, 2017.

Good luck everyone!

P.S. You can also enter to win this book by following the blog tour! Other blogs on the tour will also have giveaways, so feel free to visit them too.

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131 Comments

  1. Jolene Mullenix says:

    Great review. Thanks Storey Publishing for sharing #32, and thanks Edie Eckman for putting this together. 139 borders! And a photo appendix for quick reference! Can’t wait to add this book to my collection.

  2. Lorrie Mathews says:

    I would absolutely love to have a copy. I do a lot of crochet word and this would be a wonderful addition to my library. Thank you

  3. Brianna Guerrero says:

    In need of some boarders for my blankets, would love to try all of them!

  4. Leah says:

    Excited to see another border book from Edie! 🙂

  5. trisha zelis says:

    Hi, Love what this book has to offer. I love granny squares and to change or add different borders is great. I am in the process of making a poncho with granny squares. As the weather is changing I would like to make some lightweight ponchos with some great borders that would high light the look. Recently purchased some of the Mandala rainbow yarn and can’t wait to make a poncho with it. Take care and thanks. Very nice website you have. 🙂

  6. Heidi says:

    I would love to win this. Borders are always the hard part for me and would love to learn more!

  7. Paula says:

    Love having a go-to book for beautiful borders

  8. Marge says:

    This would be a wonderful resource for my work!

  9. Sue Butler says:

    Would love to have a bppk on borders.

  10. Debi Sayer says:

    A book about crocheted borders! Love it! Just what I need! Thank you for this!

  11. Susan M Jensen says:

    Edging is what I need, trying but Edie this Book is awesome. Hope to WIN!! or buy if Im nt the Lucky one.

  12. Mary Musgrave says:

    I would love to have this book as an addition to my collection. I love to use creative edgings and borders on everything I do. More ideas are always needed. Thank you for doing this.

    Mary

  13. Amy says:

    What a great book! I’m always on the lookout for fun new borders. How great to have them.all together in one book.

  14. Catherine Nickerson says:

    I;d really enjoy winning this book. My daughter and one gran-daughter are learning to crochet and it would be fun to share this with them .

  15. Mary Henaghen says:

    This book looks like a must have for any crochet library. I would love to win a copy!!

  16. Court V. says:

    Awesome! Would love to get a copy!

  17. Sabrina says:

    Deciding on borders is difficult because there are so many to choose from. We often use a few borders over and over again. This book would help.

  18. Kathy Green says:

    I love all your posts and look forward to the weekly newsletter in my inbox. I’ve used your patterns and you’ve explained things so I could understand (that I found explained badly elsewhere).

  19. olga haxton says:

    I needed this book last week so I could finish a doily that I found at a yard sale. It is so beautiful but it came with no instructions. I figured out how to finish it but it definitely needs a great edging and I need his book so I can complete this item. I`m hoping I can win this great book!

  20. Pamela Barsness says:

    I would love a copy of this book for my crochet library! Hope I win a copy.

  21. Karen Osmon says:

    Would love to win the book, looks like it has some beautiful borders!

  22. Denise L Howard says:

    I would love to have more border stitches!

  23. Susan says:

    Anything by Edie Eckman is a treasure worth having, best of course by winning – tho buying a copy is not totally out of the running. =>/<=

  24. Audrey says:

    This looks great – one can never have enough reference books to shake up your design choices.

  25. Gina M Graden says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. It is hard to find nice edgings that I would like. This book looks like it would have a lot.

  26. Toni Hutchison says:

    I would really love a copy of your book of borders, It would be a great addition to my crochet books

  27. susan says:

    I would love to win this book. I crochet afghans, and am always looking for interesting borders.

  28. Maria Kassouf says:

    Great find!! Thank you for this! I’ve been looking for a compiled list of these patterns. To finish off some blankets placemats etc.

    Bravo Edith and Rachel!

    Maria

  29. Kim Buchanan says:

    This looks like an amazing book and a must-have for every crochet fanatic! I am always looking for new and interesting ways to finish off my crochet projects. Thanks for the opportunity to own this new book!

    Kim

  30. Jennifer says:

    What a precious treasure this is! I would love to have a copy. So many times I just can’t figure out what border or edge to finish a project. Then, unfortunately, my gift or other project will sit for weeks til I finish searching for that border that will set my work apart. Thank you for sharing this fabulous find.

    Jen