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Lace One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects Celebrating the Possibilities of Lace Paperback – September 10, 2013
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From the Back Cover
Lacy Luxuries from Your Single Skeins
Knit your single skeins into lovely, open-work patterns that range from light and airy to cozy and warm. You'll adore the breezy elegance that lace brings to scarves, baby blankets, socks, hats, and more!
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.76 pounds
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 161212058X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612120584
- Product Dimensions : 8 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC; First Edition (September 10, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #466,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1) Having all these patterns in one easy accessible place is great. I can grab this one book and head to the yarn store.
2) Lace One Skein Wonders will solve several of my "left over" stash dilemmas. One skein of "this or that" lace weight yarn rarely gets you anywhere. I've already spotted several designs that use yarn already hanging out in my stash.
3) This book has nice sections of cowls and home accessories in lace designs - which are less well covered in my other lace knitting pattern books.
If you enjoyed the previous One Skein Wonders books, this one will fit right in. If you are new to lace knitting, this book is a very good choice. There are simple beginner patterns, and more intriguing complex patterns. But whatever you choose, you'll only be investing in one skein. That can mean $$ if you are using alpaca, silk or cashmere.
All in all, this is a keeper, and I'll be making a dozen or more designs from this book.
This is a great way to use up your yarn stash! Most knitting or crochet books only have a few patterns and with 101 in this (and all the One-Skein Wonder books) there's plenty to choose from. It's a huge 303 page book and has an Appendix that explains all the different stitches and has abbreviations for them along with a symbol key for using charts and an Index so you can look up every project and every stitch.
So far I have made the Raindrops Scarf (photo of blue scarf; looks green), Broomstick Lace Scarf - my first broomstick lace project and was kinda fun (photo of dark purple scarf), the Pitched Cowel (multicolored photo), and the Simply Sweet Shawl - the only crocheted shawl in the book (photo of blue shawl hanging; looks green).
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Firstly, the 101 patterns aren't all knitted in laceweight yarn, so if you're uncomfortable with superfine kid mohair and the like you don't have to worry - there are many patterns in fingering/4-ply and even worsted/DK. It's not all threadweight doilies! Whilst the patterns use a good spread of brand name yarns, substitutions are easy enough as the yarn fibre content and yards/metres per ball are clearly stated (if you're unsure, the Ravelry website has an excellent yarn database that lists yarn thicknesses of almost all yarns in production. Don't feel bad about using a cheap acrylic baby 4-ply if it's all you can lay your hands on, it'll still look beautiful!).
There's something here for all knitters, from beginners to experienced. The lace runs from simple mesh to complex double-sided patterning with beads, and everything in between. More complex lace patterns are charted rather than written out, which might be something to bear in mind if you're unused to charts. Some patterns are all lace, some solid with lacey touches, so items should be suitable for all types of wear.
The patterns are as follows:
Hats (12 patterns)
Mitts, gloves and cuffs (9 patterns)
Socks (7 patterns)
Baby & toddler wear (11 patterns)
Blankets & doll clothes (4 patterns)
Scarves (19 patterns)
Cowls (9 patterns)
Shawls & stoles (15 patterns)
Accessories (8 patterns)
For the home (7 patterns)
There's also a glossary with details about abbreviations, all the knitting skills you'll meet in the book, and the designers of the patterns too. If I had one gripe about the book, it's that I'd like to see more pictures of some of the items (some only have one picture), but in a book with 101 patterns and 300 pages, that's a minor trifle.
I love the One-Skein series. It's accessible, the patterns are easy to follow, quick to make and results are beautiful. Best of all, every single pattern takes only one ball of yarn, so no faffing about matching colour lots or running out of yarn! I'm looking forward to getting started on the patterns here.