Monday, June 17, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: The Finer Edge

Another wonderful and useful book by a well-known crochet designer Kristin Omdahl.

It is a combination of a dictionary of special edgings and beautiful designs where these edgings are applied.  Any crocheter who wants to polish some skills or looking for ideas will be very pleased with Kristin's innovative techniques. It is a reference book that you can treasure.

Please read to the very end and you will see that there is a surprise waiting for you.

What's inside:

Almost half of the book is the dictionary of edgings. They are broken into 4 groups: Top-Down, Bottom-up, Side-to-Side, and Miscellaneous. Each begins with a photo and followed by a detailed and clear written instruction, and ends with a very well-done chart. It is your choice what to follow. 

Not only you have a lot to choose from, you also get suggestions on how to mix and match these edgings for your projects. Do you want to learn how to turn the corner? It is right there on page 9. 

This shows how to use the edging right on the fabric

A few edgings from this book

I can see how you can apply practically any of the edgings to adorn a knitted or a crochet project. Just use a simple overall stitch pattern and finish with one of these edgings and you got a winner.

In the second part of the book Kristin is helping us to see how actually we can use her dictionary. Since she is a wonderful designer, her projects in this book are original, beautiful, and stylish.

Here are some of my favorites for you to see and admire.

Ephesus cowl

Petra Wrap skirt

Palmira Shawl

Memphis Bag
There is so much more to enjoy and learn as you are working with this book. It is not the book to look at and  put back on the shelf. It is the one to use over and over again for many different projects. I love books like this. It will never go out of style since you are adding a chosen edging to your stylish project. I highly recommend this book for any person interested in crochet.

And now the surprise you were waiting for.

I am having a giveaway of this book. Interweave Press kindly provided a copy of the book for my readers. There are 3 places where you can leave a comment about this book or what you would like to make and why this book is especially useful to you.
Here is where you can leave your comment:
1. Here on my blog;
2. On my twitter account @inasilver 
3. In my Ravelry group FGDesigns (become a member)

You can choose to leave a comment in all three places and triple your chance to win this book.

THE DEADLINE  is July 27th (my daughter's birthday :) ) 

Good luck! I hope you win!

FG: I am sorry that I did not announce it here, but I postponed the date since we did not get as many responses as I hoped :( This book is wonderful and I am surprised that we have only 3 comments on the blog and some on Twitter. All in all we had 9 comments. I gave each a number starting with my blog as 1, 2,  and 3. 
Now, when you are not waiting anymore :) , I am announcing the winner of this book. I use the random number generator and the number I got is 2. 

So, the author of the comment number 2 , Edith,  is the winner of this lovely book!! Congratulations!!

Edith, please contact me and give me your mailing address. I will send you the book right away. 


  1. This looks like a great resource for adding decorative edgings. I love stitchionaries and would love to add this one to my library.

  2. Oh this book would be perfect for me as I have a daughter starting college in September and she wants me to spin, knit and crochet clothes for her to wear. She believes in her mother's ability to design and create wonderfully wild wearables, and while I am obviously gratified that she thinks so highly of my abilities, I do know that I need a little help. This book would fit the bill perfectly! :0

  3. I would like to win this book because:
    1) I adore interesting edgings and want more ways to add crocheted edgings to knitted items.
    2) I am very curious about the "miscellaneous" category of edgings in this book.
    3) You recommend this book and I have become enamored of your designs and fashion sensibilities - I just purchased the Art of Seamless Knitting which I am very excited about.

  4. I would love to have this book for edgings on baby blankets, scarves, and cowls! I love having technique books!

  5. This book looks awesome! I am in love with the purse. I cant wait to use my crochet skills to accent my knitting and also make some of the projects.

  6. Thank you for chiming in here. It is a great book and I loved your comments. And, anonymous, thank you for nice words about my designs and buying our book.