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101 Designer One-Skein Wonders®: A World of Possibilities Inspired by Just One Skein Paperback – Illustrated, 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!
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1580176887
- ISBN-13 : 978-1580176880
- Product Dimensions : 8 x 0.69 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC; Illustrated Edition (October 16, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #346,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Otherwise, the patterns are cute and a quick knit.
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.
Of course the term "skein" is rather meaningless, since the lengths included in one skein vary not only with the weight of the yarn but also with the way a company chooses to package it. Fortunately both One Skein Wonder books list the yardage required. Still, it is a bit disheartening to find a project pictured that you know would be great in one of the yarns from your stash, only to discover that even though it is the correct weight, your skein contains only 93 yards and the project calls for a skein of 256 yards.
All of the projects included in the "Designer" version are pictured in color at the beginning of the book (grouped by yarn weights), with the page number and pattern name superimposed on the picture. This is a nice organizational improvement over the first book, which lists pattern names and page numbers in the center of a group of photos identified by letters of the alphabet. Missing from the second book is the small photo next to the actual pattern. Instead, the "Designer" book is littered with various sizes of the same distracting filler graphic. Each pattern does include a page reference to a picture of the project. A glossary at the end also includes some clear illustrations. Several of the lace weight patterns include charts, but the vast majority of the pattern instructions are written out. This is a handy, useful book that is definitely worth buying.
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.
- 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!
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Alles ist in englisch gehalten, aber sehr gut verständlich geschrieben, bzw. erklärt
Freue mich, so ein super gut erhaltenes Buch erstanden zu haben für wenig Geld, vielen Dank !