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ribs & bobbles

ruffles

flora

fringes

points & scallops

nicky epstein the essential collection of more than 200 decorative borders Nicky Epstein is the

fabulous work of art, and in this book Nicky Epstein gives crocheters what she has given knitters: the ultimate collection of edgings!

author of the bestselling Edgings series:

These creative adornments will make your knitted and crocheted pieces truly unique and absolutely sensational.

Knitting On the Edge , Knitting Over the Edge , and Knitting Beyond

Nicky’s inventiveness and artistry sparkle in more than

the Edge , as well as

200 crocheted edgings and 9 full-scale projects: ●

Nicky Epstein?s Knitted Flowers , Nicky

Written instructions AND crochet charts for each pattern

A wide variety of edgings: ribs, ruffles, flora, fringes and more ●

Epstein?s Crocheted

Nicky’s one-of-a-kind, signature style!

Flowersand Knitting Never Felt Better: The Definitive Guide to Fabulous Felting . Her designsappear in

b

major crafting maga zines, including Vogue

v

Nicky Epstein Books

Front and back cover and author photographs by Jack Deutsch

sixth&spring books

ribs & bobbles • ruffles • flora • fri nges • poi nts & scallops

THE RIGHT EDGING will transform a plain handmade piece into a

c r o c h e t i n g o n t h e e d g e nicky epstein

crocheting on the edge

crocheting on the edge ribs & bobbles

ruffles

f l o ra

fringes

$29.95 U.S. $35.95 CAN

nicky epstein

points & scallops

crocheting on the edge ribs & bobbles • ruffles • flora • fringes • points & scallops the essential collection of more than 200 decorative borders The ultimate crocheted edgings book! The first, long-awaited crochet volume in Nicky Epstein?s fabulously success

the essential collection of more than 200 decorative borders

Edgings series, Crocheting On the Edge gives you everything you need to add innovative embellishments to your own projects and includes more 200 than fantastically unique swatches in six chapters: ribs & bobbles, ruffles, flor fringes, and points & scallops. In addition, nine full-scale projects including a lovely ribbed jacket, a sparkling shoulderette and a- gorgeo ly versatile blanket will inspire you to new creative heights. Al swatches and projects feature detailed written instructions, charts and full-color photographs. Crocheting On the Edge will give you the tools you need to add Nicky?s fantastic embellishments to your project Special features include:

nicky epstein v

Nicky Epstein Books

author of Knitting On the Edge, Knitting Over the Edge and Knitting Beyond the Edge

¥ photos showing the effects of gauge and yarn texture on crochet edgings


crocheting on the edge ribs & bobbles

ruffles

flora

fringes

points & scallops

the essential collection of more than 200 decorative borders

nicky epstein author of Knitting On the Edge, Knitting Over the Edge and Knitting Beyond the Edge


To my seven DeFazio Uncles––Frank, Marty, Joe, Syl, Gus, Anthony, and Johnny–– all of whom teased me as a child, and still tease me…but with love!

Editorial Director

Technical Illustrations

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Book Division Manager

Instructions Checker

ERICA SMITH

JEANNIE CHIN

Senior Editor

Proofreaders

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Art Director DIANE LAMPHRON

Associate Art Director SHEENA T. PAUL

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Yarn Editor

Copy Editor KRISTINA SIGLER

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Photography JACK DEUTSCH STUDIO

TANIS GRAY

Fashion Stylist

Instructions Editor

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EVE NG

Vice President, Publisher

Production Manager

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President

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Copyright © 2008 by Nicky Epstein All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means—graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage-and-retrieval systems—without written permission of the publisher. The written instructions, photographs, designs, projects and patterns are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of retail purchaser and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced in any form for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy patterns for the personal use of the retail purchaser. Library of Congress Control Number: 2007937748 ISBN 1-933027-35-5 ISBN-13: 978-1-933027-35-7 Manufactured in China 13579108642 First Edition


contents introduction

7

flora

76

textures

8

fringes

110

size

10

points & scallops

152

notes on using this book

11

patterns

182

stitch key & abbreviations

12

techniques

195

crocheted edgings on knitting

14

resources

196

ribs & bobbles

18

acknowledgments

197

ruffles

54


introduction When I wrote Knitting On the Edge, the first book in what would become a trilogy of books on knitted edgings, I had no idea what a wild success it would become. Knitters of all skill levels have made all three books in the series perennial bestsellers, and the books have been translated into many languages. The kind messages that I have received from knitters around the world have validated all the hard work put into those books. Shortly after the first book was released I began hearing from my crochet friends: “Hey, where’s our edging book?” Well, it took three years to get there, but here it is. I’ve been inspired by the patterns in the knit book and have given them a new twist (pun intended) to translate them beautifully into the art of crocheting. You’ll find ribs, bobbles, ruffles, classic vintage, fringes, flora and lots more, along with original design pieces that I’ve created just for this book. I’ve covered traditional techniques and come up with some of my own, and have given you easy-to-follow instructions for each and every edging. I have always been a fan of all kinds of edgings, and I believe that they can take handcrafted pieces from ordinary to extraordinary, or from special to sublime. I think with a little effort and a little imagination, you’ll soon be enhancing your pieces as never before. Most of all, I hope this book inspires you to try your own variations and innovations. I know you’ll find it fascinating and fun. Happy crocheting,

Nicky Epstein

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In order to illustrate what yarn size and texture

1

can do, the following swatches show the same leaf edging design, knitted with a variety of

1

needles and yarns, to create totally different looks.

2

I used needles ranging from a #2 to a #15 and made the swatches with baby wool, cotton, chenille, boucle, linen, silk, angora, eyelash, ribbon wool, silk/wool, alpaca, bulky alpaca, and thick-and-thin bulky wools.

The following edgings illustrate the 1 bouclĂŠ

2

difference yarn texture and weight can 2 linen

make in how an edging looks. I used 3 angora 4 chenille

3

a variety of yarns of different weights 5 eyelash

and textures along with corresponding 6 ribbon needle sizes for each yarn. The swatches are made using the original instructions (see page 140).

4 8


5

6

1 chenille 2 lamĂŠ 3 silk/crystals

7

4 angora 5 mohair 6 Egyptian cotton 7 wool/bamboo 8 cashmere

8

9


r i b s

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b o b b l e s


r u f f l e s


f l o r a


fringe s


fringes multicolor rings E

Colors your choice

Materials â „2"/1.25cm and 11â „8"/28mm plastic rings or size desired

1

Sewing needle and matching thread Small (large) ring Attach yarn to ring. Row 1 Ch 1, 15 (19) sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off. Make desired number of rings in your choice of colors. Place rings in random order and sew together. Heading (Optional) Make a ch to desired length. Row 1 1 dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch to end. Turn. Row 2 Ch 3, 1 dc in next dc and in each dc to end. Turn. Fasten off. Sew rings to project.

multicolor rings 1 1

large ring

small ring

2 1

heading

150


r e s o u r c e s Lion Brand Yarn 34 West 15th Street New York, NY 10011 www.lionbrand.com

Classic Elite Yarns 122 Western Avenue Lowell, MA 01851 www.classiceliteyarns.com

Berroco, Inc. 14 Elmdale Road P.O. Box 367 Uxbridge, MA 01569 www.berroco.com

Lang distributed by Berroco, Inc. www.langyarns.ch/en

DMC 77 South Hackensack Avenue Bldg. 10F South Kearny, NJ 07032 www.dmc.com Tilli Tomas 72 Woodland Road Boston, MA 02130 www.tillitomas.com

rocheted CFlowers

nicky epstein’s

This eagerly awaited follow-up to the best-selling

Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers is inspiring crafters everywhere. Nicky gives crocheters a collection of exquisite flowers to craft. Crafters of all skill levels will use these designs to create

beautiful, fanciful flowers to wear and use to embellish their handicrafts. A collection of innovative projects—including lanterns, a necklace, a bag, gloves and a fabulous wedding dress—rounds out this beautiful book. The best part? These flowers will last forever. 196


a c k n o w l e d g m e n t s

Special thanks to my oldest friend––and now crochet consultant––Jo Brandon, whose tireless work and impressive crochet skills contributed immeasurably to this book. Many thanks to: • Rowan Yarns for their generosity, and to Lion Brand, Tilli Thomas, Lang, Berroco, DMC, Natural Wool, Muench, and Presencia • Crocheters Maggie MacManus, Jackie Smyth and Nancy Henderson • Photographer Jack Deutsch, whose skill and talent have made so many of my books look so beautiful • The always-supportive staff at Sixth and Spring: Trisha Malcolm, Adina Klein, Carla Scott, Elaine Silverstein, Diane Lamphron, Erica Smith, and Sheena T. Paul • Technical Editor Eve Ng, Illustrator Karen Manthey and Instructions checker Jeannie Chin • And finally, thanks to my family and friends who keep the encouragement coming on a nonstop basis. You know who you are!

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n o t e s

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COTE jacket.Fifth pass.:cote

7/31/12

3:37 PM

Page 1

ribs & bobbles

ruffles

flora

fringes

points & scallops

nicky epstein the essential collection of more than 200 decorative borders Nicky Epstein is the

fabulous work of art, and in this book Nicky Epstein gives crocheters what she has given knitters: the ultimate collection of edgings!

author of the bestselling Edgings series:

These creative adornments will make your knitted and crocheted pieces truly unique and absolutely sensational.

Knitting On the Edge , Knitting Over the Edge , and Knitting Beyond

Nicky’s inventiveness and artistry sparkle in more than

the Edge , as well as

200 crocheted edgings and 9 full-scale projects: ●

Nicky Epstein?s Knitted Flowers , Nicky

Written instructions AND crochet charts for each pattern

A wide variety of edgings: ribs, ruffles, flora, fringes and more ●

Epstein?s Crocheted

Nicky’s one-of-a-kind, signature style!

Flowersand Knitting Never Felt Better: The Definitive Guide to Fabulous Felting . Her designsappear in

b

major crafting maga zines, including Vogue

v

Nicky Epstein Books

Front and back cover and author photographs by Jack Deutsch

sixth&spring books

ribs & bobbles • ruffles • flora • fri nges • poi nts & scallops

THE RIGHT EDGING will transform a plain handmade piece into a

c r o c h e t i n g o n t h e e d g e nicky epstein

crocheting on the edge

crocheting on the edge ribs & bobbles

ruffles

f l o ra

fringes

$29.95 U.S. $35.95 CAN

nicky epstein

points & scallops

crocheting on the edge ribs & bobbles • ruffles • flora • fringes • points & scallops the essential collection of more than 200 decorative borders The ultimate crocheted edgings book! The first, long-awaited crochet volume in Nicky Epstein?s fabulously success

the essential collection of more than 200 decorative borders

Edgings series, Crocheting On the Edge gives you everything you need to add innovative embellishments to your own projects and includes more 200 than fantastically unique swatches in six chapters: ribs & bobbles, ruffles, flor fringes, and points & scallops. In addition, nine full-scale projects including a lovely ribbed jacket, a sparkling shoulderette and a- gorgeo ly versatile blanket will inspire you to new creative heights. Al swatches and projects feature detailed written instructions, charts and full-color photographs. Crocheting On the Edge will give you the tools you need to add Nicky?s fantastic embellishments to your project Special features include:

nicky epstein v

Nicky Epstein Books

author of Knitting On the Edge, Knitting Over the Edge and Knitting Beyond the Edge

¥ photos showing the effects of gauge and yarn texture on crochet edgings

Crocheting on the Edge  

In this welcome continuation of her fabulously successful Knitting On, Over, and Beyond the Edge series, she shows crocheters how to add her...

Crocheting on the Edge  

In this welcome continuation of her fabulously successful Knitting On, Over, and Beyond the Edge series, she shows crocheters how to add her...

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