Compiled by an acclaimed knitwear designer and teacher, this collection ofknitted edgings, borders, and trims runs the gamut of styles and offers something for all tastes A wealth of individual project ideas are featured for ribbed edges, ruffles, lace, fringes, flora, and garters Color photographs accompany each of the designs, which rely upon readily available yarns and which come complete with linebyline stitching instructions Decorate cuffs, finish hems, and customize your own unique sweater Develop distinctive styles and patterns using ideas such as the feather lace ruffle, bel epoque, garter stitch weave, sea scallop edge, sugar drop and much

10 thoughts on “Knitting on the Edge: Ribs, Ruffles, Lace, Fringes, Floral, Points & Picots: The Essential Collection of 350 Decorative Borders

  1. Andrea Andrea says:

    I love Nicky Epstein. I bought this book after I found that many designs I wanted to try on were from her. This book did NOT disappoint. I usually go for free patterns instead of buying pattern books, because I'm poor and I don't like buying 5 patterns and a lot of pictures or stories, I'm a quantity girl not a story girl when it comes to crafts. But this book is quality and just filled with wonderful knitting. Every page has a pattern with a picture, usually 2 edges per page. I've been able to understand the instructions so far, and for a self-taught knitter, that's saying something. Highly recommend, but probably not for beginners. I'm not so sure on that point, being self taught, the first knitting thing I ever did was fair isle/intarsia, so maybe just jump at it and you'll still be good. :)

  2. Ronnie Ronnie says:

    Nicky Epstein has the most creative knitting mind of all time! This book is THE definitive reference book for all advanced knitters- you can open it up and turn a bland sweater into a knock-out! I wish there were more of her original designs for whole projects (not just borders and edges) available, because her design eye stands alone!

  3. dawn dawn says:

    I've gotten this from the library a few times, but i just broke down and ordered it. I love the creative edges. They make an otherwise simple piece look detailed and difficult. I've used the edges on scarfs and blankets.

    This is probably the more useful knitting reference I've used.

  4. Vicky Vicky says:

    This book has so many samples and intricate designs. There is a photo of a finished pattern and the pattern itself. It's great to use for templates when coming up with your own knitting patterns!

  5. Emmalee Emmalee says:

    I was hoping that his book would be more about techniques to make a nicer looking edge at the last row of your knitting. Instead it's more about different patterns and things you could try at the edge of a pattern.

  6. Knitology Knitology says:

    With so many general knitting and pattern books recently available, it's no surprise that the ever-enlarging market would expand to include more specialized guides. But what may be surprising is the fact that a book on a specialty topic like edgings could turn out to be as useful and lush as this one. Knitwear designer Epstein offers a reference book with instructions for 350 different edgings, everything from ruffles to laces and fringes to floras. The instructions are easy to follow, but it is the amazingly crisp photographs of the different edgings executed in colorful yarns and set against pure white backgrounds that will get knitters' hearts pounding. This book is so inviting and so easy to use (simple triangle symbols explain from which direction the patterns are knit) that knitters may find themselves edging projects already in progress.

  7. Diane Diane says:

    Knitting on the Edge is a comprehensive and indispensable reference guide to 350 types of edgings and decorative borders. Featuring styles that will work for any yarn and any size needle allows knitters to customize their designs into one-of-a-kind creations.

    This is an amazing collection of edgings and borders that range from very simple to complex. A section in front shows a border in different weights of yarn - invaluable to the less prolific knitter. These borders/edgings will make even the simplest sweater look like a piece of art. A great reference book for knitters.

  8. Laura Laura says:

    There is an amazing array of patterns in this book, 350 designs to be exact! Once again, Nicky Epstein has pieced together a fabulous collection of knitting patterns you oh and awe over, as well as practical ones that you are just dying to knit onto the edge of a sweater. I enjoyed looking through this book and will probably come back to it for inspiration.

    *Taken from my book reviews blog:

  9. Ann Johnson Davis Ann Johnson Davis says:

    Interesting the first glance through, but I don't return to this book for information or inspiration often. If I have a spare $100 laying around to burn I might pick up the rest of her books, but not until I've bought every other knitting book I ever wanted. That said, it still sits on my shelf, a survivor of the last couple of book purges.