Adding a crocheted border to a knit project is a quick and easy way to give even a simple design a bit more presence, or to elevate an already lovely project to the status of something really special. Interweave Press aims to help knitters and crocheters alike use more creative and beautiful crochet edgings with their presentation of The Harmony Guides Crochet Edgings & Trims: 150 Stitches, edited by Kate Haxell.
As the name says, this is a book that's almost nothing but edges and trims (there's a bit of instruction, too), so you get your money's worth if you're looking for a bunch of great crochet edge treatments.
One thing that makes this book particularly attractive to knitters is the introductory instructional materials included. Here you'll learn about crochet hook sizes, how to hold the hook and yarn, make basic stitches, form a crocheted fabric, increase and decrease, measure gauge and more.
You'll also learn the basics of stitch variations that come up in some of the patterns, such as filet crochet, shells, bobbles, puff stitches, picots and crossed stitches.
The bulk of the book, however, is filled with the stitch patterns, which are presented in both text and chart form (there's information on reading charts and the symbols used at the back of the book) and with a color picture of what the trim looks like.
The instructions include the stitch multiple that is needed to make the edging successfully and include information on any special abbreviations used in that pattern or other useful information such as which direction the pattern is worked.
As you can imagine, there are a wide range of edges here, from basic picots and pintucks to arches, loops, ruffles, flowers, waves, borders that look like knit ribbing and borders with beads incorporated.
There are multicolored edgings and those that incorporate puff stitches, decorative chains and curlicues.
There's an appropriate edging here for just about anything you could think to put an edging on, and looking at some of the patterns might just inspire a project built around that edging or trim.
If you're already a fan of combining knitting and crochet, Crochet Edgings & Trims belongs on your bookshelf. It's full of inspirational ways to jazz up a knit or crochet project that you'll enjoy playing with.
If you've never added crochet to your knitting before, a glance through this book might just inspire you to give it a try. While these trims aren't specifically designed to be used with knitting, many of them will work that way quite easily and will show you the beauty and fun that can be had when two crafts collide.
Publication date: July 2009