Armed with an Amazon gift card I treated myself to some new crochet books. So far, my favorite of the lot is “Around the Corner Crochet Borders” by Edie Eckman. The book is odd sized, 8.25 x 6, and contains 300+ pages packed full of information and eyecandy! The small size is nice because each border is contained either on one page or one spread, making it easy to keep your eye on the pattern. The photographs of the borders are clear and colorful. One of the main things I like about it is that it has charts as well as written patterns for each border. As one of my goals this year is to become adept at reading charts, this will be great practice.
There are quite a few books about crochet borders and edgings out there, but I like this one because Eckman actually turns the corner with the border. Sometimes it’s tricky to get a complicated border to look right and lay flat on the corner. She shows how it’s done in this book.
The patterns range from nicely understated to almost outrageous. But with 150 borders presented, you’re sure to find a border that will fit your project somewhere in there. I’d recommend this book to any one as a reference tool AND something pretty to look at.