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Book Review and Giveaway -- The Finer Edge by Kristin Omdahl

Interweave/F+ W Media ; $22.95

Kristin Omdahl is one of my favorite crochet designers!  When I first got going with designing, she was one of the first designers I'd heard of, so she holds a special place in my designing history!

She has a new book out! It is called "The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs & Borders".  It is full of great ideas for edgings, which can be a nice way to dress up your crochet projects.  However, you can also use them for other things!  Think towels, fabric blankets, tablecloths, curtains...  What can you think of to do with them?

My favorite edgings are Textured Waves (p. 13), Tiered Offset Shells in Rows (p. 19), and Superior Flower (p. 24), which you can see on the cover.  It is the darker blue edging closest to the right side of the picture, between the purple and light green ones.  It is also the edging used in the "Persepolis Top", one of my favorite projects from the book.

Interweave/F+W Media
Isn't that beautiful?!  I could definitely wear this -- and maybe even in the summer time!  I'd love to have more crochet to wear in the warm months.

I love that Kristin came up with all these spectacular edgings, but I also love that she gives us these great ideas of what to do with them.  Who'd have thought to use an edging to decorate the front of a top?!

Another of my favorites is the "Petra Skirt".  This one actually uses one of the edgings to make the entire skirt.  This is so lovely!  I'd love to wear this over a pair of leggings.

Interweave/F+W Media
There are edgings worked from the outside-in, from the inside-out, and from side-to-side, so that you can find one that meets your needs.  There are also some edgings that use motifs.  Every edging includes a symbol chart and written instructions.  All of the projects include written instructions and most include symbol charts.  Those that don't have charts are based so much on the edgings that you can go back to the chart for the edging to go from.  There are schematics for the garments as well.  All very nicely done.

I love this book and I am so happy to have it in my crochet library.  Thanks to the publishers, Interweave/F+W Media, one lucky reader will get to add it to his/her library as well, because they sent me two of them!

Please leave a comment below or tweet a link to this blog post @BananaMoonStdio to enter.  You can get an entry for a comment, and one for a tweet, so you could have 2 entries if you do both.  I'll draw a winner on the morning of Thurs. June 20th and announce it here, on my Facebook page, and on Twitter.

Happy stitching!

P.S.- I was told by a few folks that wanted to comment that they were not able to do so without a Google+ account.  I hadn't realized that I had things set up that way, but I think that I have managed to fix it.  However, in doing so it erased the comments already made, but please do not worry.  I have already made a note of the names of those that commented before I changed it, and you WILL be included in the drawing!


  1. hurray! it worked. sign me up ;)

  2. I would love to win Kristin's new book!!!!!!

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  4. This book sounds great!!! I'd love to win it!!!!

    ~ Jackie M.

  5. This book sounds ideal for any crocheters library.