The Knitting and Crochet Bible is bursting with tips and techniques, providing a handy guide for expert and beginner crafters alike. When I heard about this bestselling book I couldn’t resist getting a copy for myself. I’ve discovered so many crochet and knitting stitches and found a new love for edgings!
Every project needs a pretty edge whether it’s a blanket, a cushion, a pair of gloves or just a simple scarf. The Knitting and Crochet Bible includes a range of edgings for both crocheters and knitters to try. The instructions are clear and easy to follow so, even if you’re a novice, you’ll be creating decorative edges in no time.
I love to crochet and the trefoil edging is one of my favourites. The first pattern I tried was shell edging as it only uses basic stitches and is easy to learn. The pretty scallop edging and butterfly edging patterns are great for baby blankets as they add a simple, delicate finishing touch. There’s also ricrac edging, which is cleverly formed by increasing and decreasing stitches.
If you prefer to knit, there are a multitude of fancy edgings including frills and ruffles. You can also add cable edging by working a separate border and sewing on to your project. Zigzag edging would be perfect for a scarf and leaf edging would look attractive on a jumper or cardigan. If you’re a beginner, turret edging is the simplest pattern to start with as it only uses the knit stitch.
The Knitting and Crochet Bible also teaches other essential yarn skills such as how to make knotted fringes, tassels and pompoms. It includes instructions for making beautiful knitted buttons, flowers and leaves, and there’s a great stitch library too! One of my favourites is the on-trend crochet stripy chevron stitch, which would be great for a cushion cover to brighten up an old chair. Or you could even combine a range of stitches to practise your skills.
What really makes this book so great for me is that even once you’ve mastered the stitches, there’s always something to refer back to. You can use your imagination to design and create your own projects. Why not try making some crochet bunting from the popcorn triangle motif? Or a knitted flower and leaf wreath decoration? Once you’re feeling more confident, there are lots of cute and practical projects to make.
Pick up your copy of The Knitting and Crochet Bible to discover how to create all of these edgings, as well as learning various other stitches and techniques. There’s loads of inspiration and over 45 original projects to get stuck in to!
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What will you create today?