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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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“If she loves to knit, but she's too busy, then "101 Designer One-Skein Wonders" is the book for her. Scarves, hats, necklaces, belts, purses, even wristlets -- this design book edited by Judith Durant has them all. And all designs can be knit with a single skein of yarn.” – The Star Ledger, Newark NJ
“With knitters clamoring for more of the imaginative patterns Durant introduced in One-Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn Shop Favorites, the author has tapped into a wide circle of knitwear designers to compile a totally fresh, fabulous, fun collection of more one-skein projects.” – Cambridge (NY) Eagle
“The author of One-Skein Wonders taps into the expertise of knitting designers across the country to present an all-new compendium of 101 enchanting projects, organized according to yarn weight, for knitters of all skill levels, featuring an array of hats, scarves, bags, shawls, and many other fashion and home accessories.” – Paper Clips Magazine
From the Back Cover
Designer Possibilities for Your Single Skeins
Brought to you by your favorite knitwear designers, here are 101 playful patterns, each requiring only a single ball of yarn. So choose an orphan skein from your secret stash and start stitching lively scarves, bags, hats, shawls, and dozens of other fun little projects. Bet you can't knit just one!
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I have had a Kindle copy for a while and my review of the Kindle version is a zero because you cannot navigate within the book.
I read many electronic fiction books, some Kindle and more from Nook. The only knitting books I have are Kindle and all are useless because of navigation issues. Fiction is no problem, you read from front to back with little need to navigate. The knitting books were a waste of money because you cannot go back and forth as needed. The only links are from the index to the pattern, not really adequate because of the way the books are laid out. I hope text books are a lot different.
The only criticisms I have are that there are a lot of errors and some of the techniques are not explained very well. For the errors, you can go to the publisher's website and get the corrections. To save paper, I just printed out what I needed for the pattern I was working on. That was fine until I finished it and wanted to start a new one while I was traveling. I'm not an advanced enough knitter to be able to figure out many of the errors on my own.
As far as the techniques, many of them are explained well, but some of the more complicated ones (ex. short rows) are not explained very well at all. Again, you can resolve this on your own by looking up the techniques on the internet.
Overall, I recommend the book if you don't mind doing a little extra research on the internet.
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.
- The projects are divided by yarn weight! In the past I've had trouble finding a yarn suitable for some cute project, because they call for specific yarn content and I never know how it will work out if I change it. In this book, you have the freedom to change them without concern; i made the said wristwarmers in Vanna's Choice (instead of the yumy but not available to me cotton-bamboo blend), and they look awesome!
- There's no skill level printed to any project. I know, this may sound weird as a plus but come on, how many times have you refrained from starting something because you thought you were not advanced enough? see my point?
- the designs are Just.Too.Cute. :) They make great presents!