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101 Designer One-Skein Wonders®: A World of Possibilities Inspired by Just One Skein Paperback – October 16, 2007
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While there are patterns for many different weights of yarn, the largest chapter is the worsted weight chapter.
Some of my favorite patterns (and to give you an idea of what's in the book) are: magic loop minis(mini mittens, sweater, and hat), wave jumper, sock-it-to-me scarf, garter stitch loop-through scarf, pink tweed for baby(sweater), baby squash hat, child's hat with pompom, boy-oh-boy(sweater), not-your-average washcloths, new directions hat, baby basket hat, fishbowl baby hat, elizabeth's perfect hat, spiral hat, kat's hat, taos slippers, blanket buddy, waterfall scarf, cross-stitch scarf, infant's roll neck pullover, and zane's coming home sweater.
I think most knitters will find many patterns in this book that they would like to knit. A great addition to your knitting library.
All the projects are displayed in color photos at the front of the book rather than with the patterns, a feast for the eyes and the imagination; I like browsing the projects all together. This is a familiar look from Storey Publishing and it helps to keep the price very reasonable.
The patterns are laid out clearly and with a lot of detail, possibly more detail than an experienced knitter wants but excellent for the less experienced. Nowadays, however, most knitters prefer to see charted patterns and it would be great to see charts in future One-Skein Wonders editions.
Yarns are specified but it will be easy enough to find projects for my precious skeins. Given that you can only do so much with a single skein, there is a surprising variety here. I have several projects tagged for my "take-along knitting." A few that caught my eye are the alpaca hand warmers, a mini-purse, the lace beanie, and Kat's Hat. I'm not sure which baby sweater to knit first, Blue Wave or Feather and Fan. There's a very pretty Three Season Lace Vest that looks wonderful. As for Elizabeth's Perfect Hat, what's more beautiful than Noro Silk Garden? but it would be great in other variegated worsteds as well.
I'm delighted with this book and look forward to reducing my stash. Or ... maybe ... some yarn shopping?
The patterns are lovely and for the most part they are clear and well written, but I only gave this book 3 stars because it didn't live up to its one skein per project sales pitch.
If you are looking for a book with some nice smaller sized projects this book might be for you, but if you just want to get rid of some extra single skeins be careful, even the baby sweaters will require at least two!