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One Ball Knits Purses: 20 Stylish Handbags Made with a Single Ball, Skein, Hank, Or Spool Paperback – March 31, 2009

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FATEMA, KHADIJA, and HAJERA HABIBUR-RAHMAN design patterns for many yarn companies and knitting publications. The sisters live in southwestern Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1 edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823033236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823033232
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ltltyke on May 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
One Ball Knits Purses came as quite a surprise. There are a wide variety of bags that can be knit up with just one ball. I was extremely impressed with the layout of the book - Basic section, Techniques as well as the section on wonderfully made and constructed purses, satchels, totes, clutches, duffles, shoulder bags and much more. These authors have beautifully designed each bag including many types and tastes for basically all knitters. There are a total of 20 handbags divided by season--Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. I can find a bag I like in each season but I especially adore the Cabled Satchel in particular.

The photography of the book is very precise. There are no blurry pictures, each stitch and construction is clearly depicted in the photos. I like the fact that some of these bags have hardware included to give the bag a professional appeal.

Furthermore, I was surprised to find that the handbags in this book are NOT small to no degree. All the bags come in a variety of sizes, from large cabled satchels to keep my books, to medium totes for easy access on my next knitting project, and of course the cute mini clutches to keep my essentials. There are a variety of yarns used, with projects for all levels of expertise. I was thrilled to see that there were less expensive yarns used, as well, that I can easily find at my local craft store.

Lastly, I noticed that there were both graphic illustrations to make things easier for me when knitting. Lots of assembly schematics and accompanying charts. Contrasting stitches are used to give an overall appeal to each handbag. This books is definitely filled with goodies and it has become a worthwhile purchase. I am more than pleased with this book and (unashamedly) going to keep this one for myself.

It is quite amazing how so much can be accomplished with only one ball of yarn. Bravo!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nomadic Pixel on July 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book has been sitting on my shelf for the past month. When I first bought it (I'm something of a knitting book fiend), I was overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the purse designs. I figured I'd put it away and come back to it when I have a bit more time to sit down and figure out what I wanted to do first. Well, now I have a special someone's birthday to plan for, and I thought I'd just flip through the book and pick a pattern. The sheer variety of purses to choose from is still dazzling, and I guess I'm just going to have to flip the proverbial coin. I know I can't go wrong. I am really psyched about trying these purses.

Reading through the patterns, I realized there are some knitting concepts that I've either forgotten or never learned. How relieved was I to see the section up-front that describes many of those important concepts (like felting, for example)?! Bonus points for the fact that some light and easy sewing is involved in the construction of these items, enabling them to maintain their shapes and be long-lasting items of joy.

Additionally, like another reviewer commented, I wish that there was a variety of yarn stores in my area so that I could easily obtain most of these stunningly gorgeous yarns featured in this book. Fortunately, the book does have a list of suppliers you can contact for mail-order delivery. To top that off, in case that's an untimely option, the patterns specify the weight of the amount of yarn needed, so if I need to substitute the yarn with something more accessible, then it's fairly easy to calculate how much of the substituted yarn I need to buy.

Given the variety of patterns to choose from, the well-written instructions, and the superb illustrations and charts, this book is amazing value for money. In this economy, you couldn't ask for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Booker87 on June 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
The authors have included a wide variety of purses, but most of them are very dependent on the hardware and findings. Unless you have a lot of experience making professional designer purses, you may find this book as difficult as I did. The instructions are not clear, and there are no pictures of the works in progress. I am not very confident following instructions like "glue to the wrong side of the knitted fabric." How much glue? How should it be applied? Will it leak through my hard work and ruin it? Or how about: "Attach feet." Well. All the instructions are like this.

Some of the purses are so dark, they did not photograph well enough to even see the stitches you are trying to make, especially the 5-star stitch on the black bag. I have no idea.

Other instructions tell you to do very complicated knitting things, with no drawings or photos.

Some of the purses look as if you would be better off recycling an old sweater, rather than wasting your time knitting something for the specific project, as they have a great deal of leather involved in their making. And frankly, quite a few are not at all stylish or attractive.

I would advise you to get this book from a library first, and decide for yourself if you really want to buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Kiffe on April 30, 2012
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I have almost stopped writing reviews because the time involved in doing it properly is more and more often ruined by people who insist on leaving seller reviews, or who blame the book for things unrelated to it. I am writing this one because it is the only knitted or crocheted bag book that I own that is worth a hill of beans, and it is simply wonderful. The styles are great, and infinitely more varied than what one normally encounters. If I get a chance, I will scan a photo or two from the book to give you a better idea of the sheer variety. All of these purses were designed with an attention to detail that make them not only functional, but the sort of bags that friends (and strangers) will drool over. The authors go into complete detail as to the hardware used in each case, including source information. For those bags not restricted to a particular size due to hardware requirements, you can make them in any gauge, using thicker yarns to get larger purses, or going the other direction. If I had the time, I would make 18 of the 20 purses, although I would use a different handle for one of those 18. (Normally, I am lucky to find a single bag in a typical book that really inspires me.) Every bag is lined with purchased fabric, which is a critical step in making them durable and functional, otherwise things will poke out, if not fall through. Fabric linings also allow you to add a pocket or two to the inside, if you like.

The recommended skill levels and number of purse patterns for each are:

Beginner 1
Easy 9
Intermediate 7
Experienced 3

That beginner design is as fantastic as any of the ones marked for experienced knitters, and is one of the two felted bags in the book.
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