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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing; Original edition (October 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603420797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603420792
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. She is one of the founding editors of Interweave Knits, and her designs and articles have appeared in Cast On, Creative Knitting, Interweave Knits, Beadwork, and Piecework magazines. She lives in Massachusetts and can be found at judithdurant.com.


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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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Leonid Bilenkin
Since luxury yarns are expensive, it is a great idea to have access to projects that can be made with just one skein.
ChristineMM
I like also having so many patterns in a single not-giant book, and I think I will get some good use of it.
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171 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Eric D. Knapp VINE VOICE on 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.
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"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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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Book Fan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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.

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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Matlack on 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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Deidra Mackimmie on March 7, 2009
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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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