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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580176887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If she loves to knit, but she's too busy, then "101 Designer One-Skein Wonders" is the book for her. Scarves, hats, necklaces, belts, purses, even wristlets -- this design book edited by Judith Durant has them all. And all designs can be knit with a single skein of yarn.” – The Star Ledger, Newark NJ

 

“With knitters clamoring for more of the imaginative patterns Durant introduced in One-Skein Wonders:  101 Yarn Shop Favorites, the author has tapped into a wide circle of knitwear designers to compile a totally fresh, fabulous, fun collection of more one-skein projects.” – Cambridge (NY) Eagle

 

 

“The author of One-Skein Wonders taps into the expertise of knitting designers across the country to present an all-new compendium of 101 enchanting projects, organized according to yarn weight, for knitters of all skill levels, featuring an array of hats, scarves, bags, shawls, and many other fashion and home accessories.” – Paper Clips Magazine

From the Back Cover

Designer Possibilities for Your Single Skeins

Brought to you by your favorite knitwear designers, here are 101 playful patterns, each requiring only a single ball of yarn. So choose an orphan skein from your secret stash and start stitching lively scarves, bags, hats, shawls, and dozens of other fun little projects. Bet you can't knit just one!


More About the Author

In the late 1970s, Emerson College in Boston granted me a highly useful degree in theater, with a specialty in costume design. After spending several years hanging around the costume shops in New York trying to make ends meet, I was fortunate enough to land a publishing job; I've been working as an editor and writer ever since.

My mom taught me to knit when I was a young girl. The beadwork thing got serious while I was working as the book editor for Interweave Press. Many other crafty things have presented themselves along the way, and as a result I'm never bored.

Originally from Massachusetts, I spent fifteen years in New York City, then six and one-half in Colorado; the past six years have been spent back in Massachusetts. Retiring in France is a current dream.

Customer Reviews

The patterns are written well and easy to follow.
GloriaJeanne
I have all ready made a few of the projects and look forward to making many more soon.
byelihandworks
It's only one skein so I can go all out and use angora or any other fine yarn.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

92 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Diane on October 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was having an unusually hard time with the Lace Spiral Scarf pattern and finally went to the publishers website. Imagine my surprise when I found SEVEN pages of corrections for this book. The scarf pattern has a mistake in 7 rows of the 16 row repeat. The cute baby Wave Jumper has 7 errors. Twenty Six of the 101 patterns are defective. It took a good hour to tape all the corrections into the book. If you buy the book, go to [...] and print out the corrections as there is no telling how long they will be available online. I will be reluctant to buy anything from this publisher again. The patterns are cute but there are just too many errors.
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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on May 4, 2008
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I had considered buying both One Skein books for quite a long time. I figured that they had been very high up in the knitting book sales for a very long time, they had great reviews, and I thought that would mean something. The very first pattern that I tried (the eyelet shrug) had errors. I went to the Storey website for the errata and ended up printing out forty seven pages of errata for both books. Then, the corrections weren't even complete for the pattern that I was working on. Wow. On the flip side, I have done enough knitting to work out the errors, sometimes before they even occur. My shrug turned out terrific, and I think that I will be making quite a few more of the patterns in this book. I take apart sweaters from the thrift store for the wool, and this will be a good resource for me. Just be aware of the multitude of errors, be prepared to work around them, make notes about them, and be prepared to use these patterns again and again.
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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful By KnittingMom8 VINE VOICE on October 30, 2007
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I have the original One Skein book and love the projects that are in it, so I was excited when the new one came out. I was not disappointed. There are many cute projects here, many that even a beginner(I would consider myself an advanced beginner) could do. I have never made a sweater yet, but I know I could knit 3 of the 4 baby sweaters. There are many cute socks, hats and scarves too. I've already picked out 23 patterns that I would like to make some time. That's not bad when most knitting books seem to have 2-3 patterns that I would really want to make.

While there are patterns for many different weights of yarn, the largest chapter is the worsted weight chapter.

Some of my favorite patterns (and to give you an idea of what's in the book) are: magic loop minis(mini mittens, sweater, and hat), wave jumper, sock-it-to-me scarf, garter stitch loop-through scarf, pink tweed for baby(sweater), baby squash hat, child's hat with pompom, boy-oh-boy(sweater), not-your-average washcloths, new directions hat, baby basket hat, fishbowl baby hat, elizabeth's perfect hat, spiral hat, kat's hat, taos slippers, blanket buddy, waterfall scarf, cross-stitch scarf, infant's roll neck pullover, and zane's coming home sweater.

I think most knitters will find many patterns in this book that they would like to knit. A great addition to your knitting library.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on November 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
My shelf of small-project books gets a lot of action, but who can resist a new knitting book? I leafed through a friend's copy of 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders and decided I had to have my own copy.

All the projects are displayed in color photos at the front of the book rather than with the patterns, a feast for the eyes and the imagination; I like browsing the projects all together. This is a familiar look from Storey Publishing and it helps to keep the price very reasonable.

The patterns are laid out clearly and with a lot of detail, possibly more detail than an experienced knitter wants but excellent for the less experienced. Nowadays, however, most knitters prefer to see charted patterns and it would be great to see charts in future One-Skein Wonders editions.

Yarns are specified but it will be easy enough to find projects for my precious skeins. Given that you can only do so much with a single skein, there is a surprising variety here. I have several projects tagged for my "take-along knitting." A few that caught my eye are the alpaca hand warmers, a mini-purse, the lace beanie, and Kat's Hat. I'm not sure which baby sweater to knit first, Blue Wave or Feather and Fan. There's a very pretty Three Season Lace Vest that looks wonderful. As for Elizabeth's Perfect Hat, what's more beautiful than Noro Silk Garden? but it would be great in other variegated worsteds as well.

I'm delighted with this book and look forward to reducing my stash. Or ... maybe ... some yarn shopping?
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By B. Justine on December 12, 2007
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Lovely book, patterns are nice and easy. Only one critic: "one skein" projects aren't exactly made with single skeins, most of them use huge skeins and sometimes cones.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Boston Lesbian on October 18, 2007
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This book has a number of useful designs. There are a lot of good looking hats and designs for scarfs, shawls, a shrug and lots of baby items. Although specific yarns are called for each project is categorized by yarn weight, for easy substitution. Some of the photos could be better. A shawl, a dogwood design, might be nice but you really can't see the pattern very well. The part in focus is all gathered together and the rest is out of focus. A major flaw is the lack of charts. You would think that an Interweave editor would have the sense to chart patterns but she didn't. The patterns are all written out in text. All in all a useful book that will be helpful during the upcoming holiday season. There are a few crochet patterns.
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