Book :: The Finer Edge

by Jules on 11/07/2013

in Books, knitting+crochet+yarn

Today we welcome Helen Gladman, a new reviewer to the whipup team.

Helen is knitter from Canberra with a reasonably sized stash and a love of knitting shawls, cardigans and socks. She is learning to quilt, sews mainly little girl clothes and blogs at Bells Knits where you will find stories and photos of her creative output and dreams.


The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs & Borders by Kristin Omdahl is a book with wide ranging patterns that will spruce up all manner of items. The author has taken the notion of the standard framing use for edges and applies the techniques to a broader range of items.

While the book contains a stitch dictionary and basic introduction to the use of crochet borders and trims, it is not really a book for beginners. It is assumed you already know how to crochet and how to read crochet charts.

I really liked the way the motifs and borders are set out – one to each page with the chart and written out instructions provided in case you are more comfortable with one form of pattern reading than another.


The designs are varied and attractive and the possibilities greater than my previous crochet experience led me to believe. I could add a lot of stitches to my repertoire with this book and learn ways to do more than just trim a tea towel or piece of fabric. There are designs for hats and scarves which I think is a great way to show the way these stitches can be used.

The book makes me want to dig out a crochet hook and start adding borders to anything I can lay my hands on. You can’t recommend a book with higher praise than that, I think.

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1 Nancy July 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

The cover alone is inspiring !
I took a quick tour of your blog and loved the hats I saw therein, Helen.


2 Mindy July 11, 2013 at 11:57 pm

I don’t crochet, but my all-time favorite crocheted items are crocheted bordered pillowcases. I may just have to buy this book and see if I can bribe my mom to make me some! What a beautiful cover!


3 Eric Prado July 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

I am encouraging my wife to make crochet which I am planning it along with the book as presents for my sister’s birthday. I am sure she will love this birthday gift as crocheting is her hobby. I am sure she’ll find new designs here!.


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