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Editorial Reviews


“If the cold weather has you excited to stay inside, this is the book for you.”

-Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK


“Reads like an atlas of quirky yarn shops from all across the land.”

-Associated Press, Syndicated Article


“Start something and finish it immediately. Judith Durant put 101 quick patterns in her book [One-Skein Wonders].” –Metro West Daily News, Framingham, Mass.


“Divided by fiber weight, the chapters tell you exactly what local yarn shop owners around the country think you should do when you have just one ball to knit.”

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From the Back Cover

101 Possibilities

Every knitter has at least a few single skeins -- those oddball orphans that clutter up your yarn stash. They're too beautiful to toss, but what can you do with them? Yarn shops across the United States come to the rescue with this creative collection of all the patterns you could ever want. One hundred and one sweet, addictive single-skein solutions: hats, mittens, and scarves; napkin rings, coasters, and wine bags; hairclips, belts, and bags -- stylish, fun-to-knit projects that demand little yarn but deliver big results. Leftover skeins never had it so good!


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Product Details

  • Series: One-Skein Wonders
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580176453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176453
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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126 of 127 people found the following review helpful By NJ Consumer on January 22, 2008
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I bought this book for myself recently because I've been wanting to make myself a new scarf. I was shopping for gifts at a local store and noticed it on the shelf and it appealed to me in several ways which I will describe here.

I was attracted to the book because of its title. Having created a stash of yarns over the years, I thought it might be a fun way to use up leftovers as well as work up some fast projects.

It turns out there are a lot of things I like about this book but there are also several things I don't like.

Things I like
There are a lot of items to make.
The projects include a sketch of the item and the pattern.
The projects are creative.
The stitches are creative.
There are color photos of each project.
Most of the projects are knitted. A few use crochet.

Things I don't like
Most of the recommended yarns are specialty yarns that are not available in the big box craft stores.
You need to know a bit about substituting to be able to use a different yarn and have the project turn out right.
Each yarn has different weight and yardage. The patterns call for one skein of a particular yarn but you may need more than that if you substitute.

Two major warnings:
1. There are errors in this book! The first pattern I tried has a typo and it took me 3 days to figure out what was wrong. Since the pattern was complex, at first I thought I was making some kind of mistake. This was stressful for sure. I did find an errata sheet on the publishers web site but it does not include the pattern that gave me trouble (Honey Tangerine Scarf): [...] Many of these changes are already in my book but some errors are still there, plus the one I found in the first project I tried.
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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Wolf in Sheep's Clothing on March 18, 2007
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There are about a dozen of these books out right now, all about small bits -- bits of time, bits of yarn, bits of color....

Most of them have 1-2 dozen little things to make with a little yarn in a little while, or a lot of fat yarn in a weekend. Some are cute-- but some not. Some really original-- and some like bad Xerox copies of things we've all seen before.

This book, however, is different. Different in that there are many many many (101) abreviated projects to choose from, and most are original and quite different from everything else in the book! Beat that!

I have already made the lovely "filigree" lace collar on p187 and am very pleased with the ease following such simple and straightforward directions. There are a couple more collars and neck bits I can try next -- maybe after the hair ornaments, or the gauntlets, or one of the interesting flower decorations....

I also like the lay-out of the book with the center color photo index of projects (easy to re-find ideas that have flipped shut) AND the nifty table of contents that breaks down the projects by yarn size! This is a "knit up your scraps" book designed by real knitters!

So, bravo and well done! I counted up those projects that I would either want to knit for myself, or would knit for friend/family, and came up with 42 out of 101. I don't know about you, but that's a high hit rate for me.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Kathy VINE VOICE on November 27, 2006
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This book is different from any other knitting book I have. First of all the patterns are arranged by yarn weight which is really nice. The next thing is that the patterns are in the book one right after the other with a sketch near the pattern and all of the color photos in the middle of the book. At first I thought that was strange, but I really like just going through all of the color prints at one time to pick out what I want to make. All of the stories about the yarn shops are together in the back of the book.

I've made 2 things (Felted Coasters and Cozy House Socks) so far and they've turned out really nicely. I'm going to start a scarf that looks like a ruffle around the neck next. I'm also interested in the knitted wine bottle gift bag. I would think this book would be a great addition to anyone's knitting library - especially because it will be fun to buy just one skein of a really nice yarn knowing you'll be able to find something to make with it.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By BookGirl54 on April 13, 2007
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Like other reviewers, I love the layout, organization, and variety of projects. HOWEVER, be aware that this book is full of pattern errors. For that reason, I would not recommend this book to beginners, or to those who rely on patterns for exact directions.

Here are a sampling of errors I found. I haven't written out details of the corrections; that's Storey Publishing responsibility.

The Gossamer Shell Scarf (p. 55) tells you to cast on 20, and then knit according to the pattern. However, the pattern stitch requires more than 20 stitches.

The Twisted Knee-High Sock (p. 44) contains incorrect instructions about arranging stitches before the heel flap. It has has incorrect directions for turning the heel.

There are others - be sure to read the other reviews!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Therassa on April 19, 2009
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I own this book. I bought it because I liked the concept and because I have other Storey books which I have enjoyed. However, there were so many errors in the patterns in this book, that I had to print the errata from the publisher's website, whereas I normally just write the corrections in the book itself. My impression was that it was hastily produced in order to cash in on the knitting craze. And in the end, I wasn't that thrilled about finished items knitted using this book.

It taught me a lesson about buying pattern books, though. I no longer buy them hot from the press, but either check them out from the library to review before buying or read reviews written by people who have bought.
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