Knitting Book Reviews

Knitting Over the Edge: The second essential collection of over 350 decorative borders
by Nicky Epstein

Having enjoyed the first in this series (Epstein's Knitting on the Edge, which came out in 2004 to rave reviews), I just had to get my hands on her latest. And I wasn't dissapointed!

In this book, Epstein covers an amazing range of edges, ribs, and other details that you can use to make your knitting more unique and unusual. It's clear as you flip through the gorgeous pages that Epstein spent a lot of time thinking about her inventions and then explaining them as clearly as possible. Some of the options may go a bit too far, but I'm sure there's a use out there for every one.

The book is divided into 5 sections: Unique Ribs, Cords, Appliques, Colors and Nouveau. My favorite section is the cords section, especially the applied edges. The colors section is also wonderful, with many fair-isle, entrelac and slip stitch motifs. Each section offers a project in that category, and the fulled wrap from the colors section is stunning.

While the information in this book is superb, one of this book's biggest strengths is the presentation. Beautifully photographed and layed out, it could be a coffee table book in its own right. The lighting and use of empty space make for a luxurious experience as you flip the pages, which are high-gloss and thick.

This is a book you'll turn to over and over when you want to add something special to your knitting. For knitters who enjoy coming up with their own patterns or interpretations of other's patterns, this is a worthy addition to your library. And it's such a pretty book, you'll have fun just flipping the pages, too!

Reviewed by Ivete Tecedor

Ivete's blog, Knotlogy, can be found at
http://www.chiagu.com/knotology