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Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders [Kindle Edition]

Judith Durant
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Book Description

Single-skein projects are all the rage -- portable, fun, quick to finish, and the perfect solution for that stash of orphan yarns. Already, Judith Durant's One-Skein Wonders series has delighted knitters everywhere with fabulous single-skein patterns contributed by some of North America's favorite yarn shops and noted knitwear designers.

Now, Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders, the third book in this popular series, brings indulgence to the one-skein concept. These one-skein patterns are decadent and delicious, featuring the most sumptuous yarns on the market, from snuggle-worthy cashmere to exquisite qiviut, and from lustrous alpaca to ecofriendly soy, corn, and bamboo yarns. Pattern contributors include designers, yarn manufacturers, and well-known knitting and crocheting teachers, and projects include baby items, personal accessories, toys, and garments — everything from an adorable baby sweater knit from merino and bamboo to beaded cashmere socks. Not only are these projects fun and fast, they give you a great excuse to pick up a skein of to-die-for yarn.

With Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders, knitters who crave something special can create fabulous, heirloom-worthy projects without breaking the bank.

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From the Back Cover

Sometimes a Little Luxury Is All You Need


Discover the small treasures you can knit from single skeins of the high-end yarns you dream about.


Creamy Cashmere * Lustrous Alpaca * Seductive Silk * Exotic Soy * Organic Linen * Ecofriendly Bamboo


More than 100 patterns designed especially for the world's finest yarns offer gorgeous possibilities for your fiber indulgences.

About the Author

Judith Durant is the editor of the best-selling One-Skein Wonders series, which currently includes six volumes; the author of Increase, Decrease and Knit One, Bead Too; and the co-author with Dorothy T. Ratigan of Knitting Know-How. Durant has been knitting for more than 50 years and has been writing and editing for 30 years. She currently lives in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5683 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Original edition (November 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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177 of 177 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book - 3 stars because of errors November 26, 2008
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This review is posted in proxy for my wife, a shepherdess and wool artist who specializes in lace knitting.

"Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders" contains lots of nice lace patterns that are fairly simple in execution but look great. I love knitting lace and can never get enough ideas for new patterns. The patterns in this book make really lovely projects as written but will also adapt well for personalized projects.

Charts, I was happy to see them! If you haven't knit lace from charts give it a try. I am always discouraged when a lace pattern is only written and I have to take the time to write a chart myself. Knitting from written directions makes my lace go screwy. Once you get over the intimidation of the look of a chart most people find them much easier.

I like the way the patterns are grouped by yarn weight, this means I can dig through my stash for a ball of leftover yarn and quickly find an idea for using it up. Knitting with luxury fibers is fun and any excuse to blow money on that amazing skein of cashmere works for me. But it's also nice to take that plain old boring half skin of grey wool and find something with a pretty texture to use it up on.

There are very few "dud" patterns in this book. Often I buy a pattern book for that one or two that I love and accept that 80% of the patterns are ugly or weird or just not something I would ever knit. Flipping through this book the first time I was pleasantly surprised to realize I would be willing to knit almost every single project. Also, there are few crochet patterns for the diverse fiber artists among us.

The patterns are fairly clear to read in terms of color and printing style.
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great source for gift projects, annoying book design November 15, 2008
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I really like this series of books and this one-skein approach, and this is another good one which would be a great source of knitted gift suggestions. Unfortunately, it suffers from some annoying book-design choices that affect usabililty. Also, there are numerous errors [see the errata at Storey Pub's site [...].

I like practically all of the patterns, most of which are a bit on the refined side, with a bit of something special (except for the four bulky-weight patterns). There are many lacy and texture stitches. Except for a couple of baby items, none of the projects are playful or silly, and none have an in-your-face handmade look. (Depending on what you are looking for, is either good or bad.) Of course, your results may vary, for example, the Silk Delight Scarf looks special to me, but if it were made out of thick and thin funky colored yarn instead of luxury silk, it might look crafty instead. I like also having so many patterns in a single not-giant book, and I think I will get some good use of it.

One-skein projects are not necessarily quickly-made projects, because some skeins have lots of yardage (there is a lace stole which uses 875 yards of super-fine yarn). However, given the one-skein limitation, the projects generally are for accessories or baby/child sized items. There are 20 scarves and 13 hats, 8 gloves or wrist warmers, 9 purses or bags, 5 cowls, 4 socks, 3 shawls or stoles for adults. For babies there are 7 hats, 3 socks or booties, and various other items like a blanket, toy rabbit, 2 tops, etc. For adults there are a few spa items, a table mat, a vase cover, napkin rings, two necklaces, etc. There is one adult garment, a vest.

I like the way all the projects of the same weight are grouped together.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So Many Errors - Was this book actually edited??? March 7, 2009
I bought this book as a present for my mother for our extensive and fun collection of exotic yarns. We are both hand spinners so love projects that cater to our love of exotic fibers. I was so hopeful when I saw so many wonderful lacy patterns.

That is until I started knitting. EVERY SINGLE PATTERN we have tried has had numerous errors in the charts. This makes me wonder, does the editor even know how to knit? Without an option of reading the hand-written pattern we have had to either abandon our projects or muddle through, correcting the errors as we go. This has been very frustrating.

I gave the book a 2 star rating only because it wasn't actually over-priced for the amount of patterns. With over 100 patterns I hope to eventually find one that is correct.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Primer for using alternative/luxury yarns. November 17, 2008
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As a part-time knitter (Work, & other obligations in life take up the bulk of my time. *sigh*) I am a big fan of the "one skein" series. For those of us with little time or on the move, these small projects are great for their portability and that they can be done up quickly for immediate gratification or spur-of-the-moment gift-giving.

This is the third book in Judith Durant's series and many might be disappointed in that the projects might be considered "recycled" or not innovative enough to be considered new. This is a legitimate concern and for those knitters out there who have pretty much seen it, and done it all this book will not offer you anything new.

However, the main focus of this third installment in the series is to focus on the use of luxury yarns. This includes Bamboo, Alpaca, Silk, Soy, Quivit, etc. Yarns that due to their texture will not knit up the way wool and synthetics do. In fact some of these yarns can be problematic in their use in which case this book is really beneficial for providing small projects and the appropriate direction & advice for their creation.

If you are like me and not familiar with the use of these yarns, but would very much like to experiment, then this book will be very useful and you might actually be grateful that the patterns are so familiar.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars just because of how the book is set ...
2 stars just because of how the book is set up. The pictures are not on the same page as the pattern, and are small and do not show enough detail. Otherwise ok patterns.
Published 5 months ago by Thorunn Selma Benediktsdottir
3.0 out of 5 stars Only OK
Not quite as good as other books in this series.
Published 6 months ago by Cindy Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by Jacqueline P. Purcell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a great book with great patterns.
Published 8 months ago by Andrea L. Pennington
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Same as this one simple things to do but beautiful all the same
Published 8 months ago by brandytwo458
3.0 out of 5 stars A few good patterns
Limited by high end yarns, still some good patterns.
Published 9 months ago by Inara L. Rymzo
5.0 out of 5 stars love love the one skein wonders
Love the feel of those gorgeous luxury yarns and can never afford to buy more than one skein because of the price. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I love this entire series of books. I am a self-taught knitter and I have been at it for about 10 years now. As a beginning knitter, the project sizes are not overwhelming. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bijou B
3.0 out of 5 stars Patterns are lovely- the layout of the book is very inconvenient
I love the patterns and the vision of this book- you can have wonderful knitted items using luxury yarns in small quantities. Read more
Published 11 months ago by N. Kukay
4.0 out of 5 stars One skein wonders
Lots of good ideas for projects that are not time consuming. Can't wait to get started with all my selections
Published 11 months ago by Marjorie Schindewolf
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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.

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