Falling in Love with Every Which Way Crochet Boarders… A Book Review!

Falling in Love with Every Which Way Crochet Boarders… A Book Review!

Every Which Way Crochet Boarders… by Edie Eckman

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I love collecting crochet books… Flipping through the pages, letting my mind wander!  A few years ago, I purchased Edie’s first Around the Corner Crochet Boarders… It has been a staple in my project and go to book for a very long time… So when I was asked to review Edie’s new book -Every Which Way Crochet Boarders… I jumped on the chance.

Edie is an icon in the crochet world and has been designing and publishing her patterns for a very long time. Her new book is so amazing, I have fallen in love!!

Not only do you get excellent quality, color photos, the instructions are wonderful and .. Each pattern has a graph for those of you who love them!! Boarders are what make the project. Imagine an afghan with nothing around it… then, imagine it with a beautiful border!  The key is, finding one you can make that works with your project.  Edie makes that simple by giving you the stitch multiples for each pattern… All you have to do is pick the one that works!

You may wonder which one is my favorite…There are way to many to choose from! She has written 139 new border patterns for this new book…

But, Guess What????  She has been kind enough to let me share a special pattern from the book right here on my site… I chose one that is so fitting for the time of year… It is a Shamrock border!!!!

Saint Patricks Day shamrock leaf symbol isolated on white vector illustration

Just scroll to the bottom of the page for the special free pattern from the book!!


Now for one more fun thing… Not just the opportunity to have a pattern from the book… But, There is a give away too!!  One person will win a lovely copy of Edie’s new book ~ Every Which Way Crochet  borders!! This give away is now thru February 28th, 2017… The winner will be announced on March 1st.  Sorry, but this giveaway is for US residents only… For those of you who are elsewhere, please enjoy the free pattern..

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Good Luck!!


If you would like to purchase this lovely crochet book… It is available on Amazon…

If you would like to purchase Edie’s other boarder book…

And don’t miss out on the other sites that are on Edie’s Blog Tour… Click here for the list!!


Now… Here is the super cute Shamrock Boarder from Edie’s book ~ Every Which Way Crochet Boarders…

EveryWhichWay-Slideshow5  Base Round, each side: 11 + 5 + corners

Begin in  corner st.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in first st. *make Shamrock, skip 5 sts, sc in next st,{(ch 1, picot-3) two times, ch 1, sk 4 sts, sc in next st, make shamrock, skip 5 sts, sc in next st} to corner st, placing last sc in corner st, picot-3, sc in same corner st; repeat from * around. omitting last sc, join with  sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

*Stitches & Notes

Picot-3: Ch 3, sl st in third chain from hook

Shamrock: (Ch 1, picot-3) two times, ch 7, sl st in sixth ch from hook to form center ring, turn; (ch 5, sc in ring) three times, turn;(sc, 9 dc, sc) in each of the next 3 ch-5 spaces, sc in center ring, ch 1, picot-3, sl st in ch-space between picots opposite picot-3, picot-3, ch 1

Excerpted from Every Which Way Crochet Borders (c) Edith L. Eckman. Photography by John Polak.

** Thank you Edie for allowing us to have this cute pattern!!

I was given this book by the publisher to review as compensation.


Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL.. Week 5!!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL.. Week 5!!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Here is Week 5 Instructions!!

 

Crochet with Me!! CAL Week 5

 


This week the assignment is all about adding a little length from the squarish afghan, transitioning it to more of a rectangle…  I love adding all these stitch combinations, my home is filled with all the whimsical afghans I have created over the years!  This week, the stitch pattern is a 2 row repeat and once you get the hang of it… This section flys by!!

I hope you will love the addition, and don’t forget… I will be giving you a fill in option for the center.. So stay tuned next week for that!

Also, Next week I will be posting the information and rules on the GIVEAWAY that Red Heart is sponsoring… I love Red Heart Yarns and With Love make such great afghans!!


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If you haven’t joined our Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL Group… You may want to,, even if it is just to see all the great progress pics… And, I will continue to have Crochet Alongs all year long.  So, you may want to be part of the fun CAL’s all year long…

Are you ready for week 5??  Let’s get stitching!!


Week 5

This weeks special stitch is a cluster~

Cl – Cluster   *Yo, insert hook in sp, draw up loop to dc height, Yo, draw thru 2 loops*, repeat *to* once more in same sp, Yo, draw thru 3 loops. Cl made

Starting on the wrong side… Join color A with sl st to the top right ch1 corner sp that is above the previous tall rounds.

Row 41:  Ch 3, dc in nex 5 sts, *ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sk 3 sts,  sc in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, dc in next 3 sts*, repeat *to* 8 more times, dc in last 3 sts. = 36 dc, 27 ch3 sps & 18 sc

Row 42:  Ch 3, turn, dc in next 5 sts, *sk next ch3 sp, (Cl,ch 3) 4 times in next ch3 sp, Cl in same sp, sk next ch 3, dc in next 3 sts*, repeat *to* across, dc in last 3 sts. =9 Cl groups & 36 dc

Row 43:  Ch 3, turn, dc in next 5 sts, *ch 3, sk next ch3 sp, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch3 sp, ch 3, sk next ch3 sp, dc in next 3 sts*, repeat *to* across, dc in last 3 sts. =36 dc & 26 ch3 sps

Change to color B, join with sl st in last dc worked with color A

Row 44-45:  Repeat rows 42 & 43

Change to color C, join with sl st in last dc worked with color B

Rows 46-47:  Repeat rows 42 & 43

Change to color D, join with sl st in last dc worked with color C

Rows 48 – 49: repeat rows 42 & 43

Finish off

Turn work over to opposite end of project.  For this section only, even rows will be the wrong side and odd rows will be the wrong side.

Rows 50 – 58:  Beginning on the wrong side, repeat rows 41 – 49

Finish off

The approximate size at the end of week 5 is 53″ x 40″

That’s it!!  Congratulations,, You have just completed week 5!!  I hope you loved this section!


Don’t miss out on all the fun,,, Join me on~

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Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


 

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 3!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 3!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 3!

Crochet with Me!! CAL Week 3


Week 3 of our Crochet Along is simple and fun!!

This week we are using the traditional Granny Square Stitch with a slight twist to the pattern…  We will be continuing to turn the circle, that became a square, then started to take shape as a rectangle… Become more rectangular!!!  I hope you have had fun to this point!!  If you are just joining in… This afghan pattern is so simple you will be able to catch up in no time!!

For past weeks instructions… You can head to the top of the page and click on Crochet with Me… Or…Click Here!!

To have even more fun,,, Join my Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL group on FacebookClick here!!

For sneak peaks and added fun… Follow me on Instagram too!

Don’t forget… You will have a chance to win a fabulous yarn package giveaway from Red Heart Yarns at the end of the CAL if you finish this project in at the end of the time period given… I will be posting details on all the rules in just a couple more weeks…

$50 prize pack August 2016

This is similar to what will be in the prize package!!


Remember to mark the right side with a marker if you haven’t already… This will be important in upcoming weeks!!  Now… Let’s get started with Crochet with Me!! CAL Week 3!!

With the wrong side facing, join Color E to any corner ch1 sp.

27.  Ch 3, (2dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in the same sp, {sk st, 3 dc in next st, *sk 2 sts, 3 dc in next st*, repeat *to* 23 more times, sk last st, (3dc, ch1, 3 dc ) in next ch 1 sp}, repeat {to} 2 more times, sk st, 3 dc in next st, repeat *to* 24 times. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. =108 3dc shells

Turn, join Color F to the top Right corner ch1 sp above dc section of round 26.This will be adding height to your rectangle.

28.  Ch4, 2 trc in same sp, * sk 3 sts, 3 trc in the sp (between next two groupings of 3dc shells)*, repeat *to* 25 more times, (3trc, ch1, 3 dc) in next ch 1 sp, ^sk 3 sts, 3dc in next sp^, repeat ^to^ 25 more times, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 trc) in next ch 1 sp, rep *to* 26 times, (3 trc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch 1 sp, repeat ^to^ 26 times, 3 dc in last ch 1 sp, ch 1. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 4. =56 3trc shell & 56 3dc shells

Turn, join Color A to any corner

29.  Ch 3, (2dc, ch1, 3dc) in same sp, *sk 3 sts, 3 dc in next sp*, repeat *to* 26 more times, {(3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 1 sp, *sk 3 sts, 3 dc in next sp*, repeat *to* 26 more times}, repeat {to} 2 more times, Join to top of beginning ch 3. =116 3dc shells

Turn, Join Color B in top right corner ch 1 sp above the 3trc shell section of round 28.

30.  Ch 4, 2 trc in same sp, *sk 3 sts, 3trc in next sp*, repeat *to* 27 more times, (3trc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch 1 sp, ^sk 3 sts, 3 dc in next sp^, repeat ^to^ 27 more times, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 trc) in next ch 1 sp, repeat *to* 28 times, (3trc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch 1 sp, repeat ^to^ 28  times, 3 dc in last ch 1 sp, ch 1. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 4. = 60 3trc shells & 60 3dc shells.

Turn, join Color C in any corner

31.  Ch 3, (2dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in same sp, *sk 3 sts, 3dc in next sp*, repeat *to* 28 more times, {(3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 1 sp, repeat *to* 29 times,}, repeat {to} 2 more times. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 124 3dc shells

Turn, join Color D to top right corner ch 1 sp above 3trc shells.

32.  Ch 4, 2 trc in same sp*sk 3 sts, 3trc in next sp*, repeat *to* 29 more times, (3trc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch 1 sp, ^sk 3 sts, 3 dc in next sp^, repeat ^to^ 29 more times, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 trc) in next ch 1 sp, repeat *to* 30 times, (3trc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch 1 sp, repeat ^to^ 30  times, 3 dc in last ch 1 sp, ch 1. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 4. = 64 3trc shells & 64 3dc shells.

That’s it… Yay, you have completed week 3!!!  Weave in your ends and you will be ready for week 4!

**In the last stages of the CAL, for those of you who don’t like the openness of the center, I will provide a fun option to make it solid!!!**

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


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