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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; First Printing edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Great way to sample new techniques and fibers without wasting time and cash." - KnitSimple

"Needlework heaven, indeed... Those who seek instant gratification will love this book and want to take it everywhere." - Bangor Daily News

"The cute designs are interesting, stylish, and very portable." - Anchorage Daily News

"The answer to your stash-busting prayers... You'll want--no, NEED--to add [this book] to your collection." - Knight Ridder/Tribune News

"A must for every knitter who's ever stared at her stash wondering what to do with her singles." - Yarn Market News

"Cover to cover, One Skein is love at first sight." - Spun Magazine

"I really like the innovative ideas in this book." - Knitting News

"You will be inspired by what you could do with small amounts of yarn." - Knitty.com

About the Author

Leigh Radford is the art director and knitwear designer for Interweave Knits, and the author of Alterknits: Imaginative Projects and Creativity Exercises. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


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Customer Reviews

I couldn't wait to get started on the patterns in this book.
Blue Peninsula
Every now and then or when I need to knit a lot of items as gifts, I like quick, easy, fun yet satisfying ideas and patterns.
Erin Underhill
It's a very pretty book, but a bit of a waste of precious shelf space.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

181 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Blue Peninsula on March 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
I couldn't wait to get started on the patterns in this book. The day I bought it, I immediately began knitting the adorable Petal Bib, which used less than a skein of cotton yarn that I had in my stash. It was a hit at the baby shower I attended! A few days later, I made the Stash Handbag using a leftover skein of Lopi and other yarns I had on hand. It came out beautifully, and I have gotten compliments on it just about every day.

One Skein features lovely, inspired, and practical items that can be made from a single skein of yarn (or less). Baby bibs and sweaters, handbags (some felted, some not), mittens, cabled scarves, wrist warmers, a tank top made with laceweight yarn . . . every project is stunning, as is the photography and the layout.

So far, I have found the patterns to be easy to follow and error-free. This isn't a book for a beginning knitter, but if you know the basics, you can make many of these projects. And you'll learn new techniques (such as cables, I-cords, or short-rows) along the way. As an added bonus, since the projects only use one skein, they are mostly quick to knit and would make wonderful gifts.

One of my favorites is the Labyrinth Rug, which is a spiral made up of odds and ends of colors knit up and wrapped around cotton piping. What a simple, easy, and beautiful way to use your leftovers! It's not just a rug, but a colorful record of the many things you've knitted.
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120 of 121 people found the following review helpful By annesailorgirl on August 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I love this book of small one-skein knitted projects. I've knit the adorable baby hat, the felted clutch purse, the cable footies, and I have my eyes on making the felted bowls, the baby petal bib, and the spiral rib bag. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. This has become one of my favorite knitting books ever, since I love small projects that are beautiful and don't bore me before they are done and become abandoned to closet corners. I also love the pictures in this beautiful book; I'm inspired just looking at the lovely yarns. By the way, the baby hat is lovely done in Rowan wool cotton.

The 30 projects are:

Put It On:

Leg Warmers, Tank Top, Cable Footies, Silk Sleeves, Unisex Gloves, Asymmetrical Cable Hat, Rib and Cable Quartet (scarves), Fingerless Garter Mitts, Crochet Cap and Ruffle Cravat.

Take It With You:

The Clutch You'll Never Give Up, Spiral Rib Bag, Geometric Accessory Bags (3 choices)

Dress Up Baby:

Petal Bib, Baby Bolero (sweater), Baby Hat

Make Your House a Home:

Mohair Pillows, Bath Mitt and Puffy, Bath Mat, Felted Bowls, Candy Wrapper Sachets

Rediscover Your Stash:

Cupcakes, Pom-Pom Boa (scarf like thing), Felted Striped Tote, Kid's Color-Block Cardigan, Stash Handbag, Labyrinth Circle Rug
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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is a variant on the "oddball" idea. What do you do with one lone skein of yarn? You know the problem; you go to a knitting store and there is one simply cuddly, interesting, fascinating, pretty orphan ball of yarn (or it's leftover in your stash) and what on EARTH do you do with it? Here are some ideas.

There is a very fine baby jacket made of one ball of each color to make a color block design (well, it isn't EXACTLY one skein, but sure uses up oddball colors.) But the real prize are the felted projects like felted small bags and felted bowls. These are great for gifts. There is also a novel boa made of pom-poms (leftovers really work here) and a couple of stylish mohair pillows with buttons. My absolute favorite, however, are the knitted cupcakes. Using a ribbing for the cupcake "cup" and frosting of furry novelty yarn, you can make a number of these intriguing non-edible confections, dress them up with bugle bead jimmies or a button cherry on top. A box of these would make a great gift and look really intriguing on a knick-knack shelf. Or just give them to the kids to play tea party. A lot of fun and could make a hilarious mom-child project or for a class art project. Terrific.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Stacey M Smith VINE VOICE on March 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've only had this book a handful of days and have tried several patterns. I have found them simple and fun. The felted bowls are among my favorite projects. I have already made a few for gifts - what cute Easter baskets! Most of the patterns are basic, making it easy to add your own embellishments. I had hoped or a few more felting projects, plus a bit more on embellishing ideas - which uses those tiny, commonly useless amounts of yarn. This books offers incentive to buy that oddball skein of yarn - that you have absolutely no use for, but you just love it too much to leave it on the shelf. Many of the ideas could be done without a pattern, but sometimes, it's nice for someone else to figue it all out.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By mom22cherubs on May 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
I love this book. The patterns are adorable, fun, creative and yet practical. The book itself is portable so it's great to take to the park or a coffee shop.

I have made two of the clutches and the felted bowl. Both without having to buy any new yarn. For a knitter on a budget this book is a godsend. It allows you use up your stash but the projects don't look as if you have used all your leftovers. I especially love the cupcake pattern. My four year old wants me to make her a bakery full!

I must confess I love that she uses Lamb's pride bulky. It is by far my favorite yarn. It's beautiful and really affordable.

I plan on making every project in this book.
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