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One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet Paperback – April 1, 2006
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"Great way to sample new techniques and fibers without wasting time and cash." - KnitSimple
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"The cute designs are interesting, stylish, and very portable." - Anchorage Daily News
"The answer to your stash-busting prayers... You'll want--no, NEED--to add [this book] to your collection." - Knight Ridder/Tribune News
"A must for every knitter who's ever stared at her stash wondering what to do with her singles." - Yarn Market News
"Cover to cover, One Skein is love at first sight." - Spun Magazine
"I really like the innovative ideas in this book." - Knitting News
"You will be inspired by what you could do with small amounts of yarn." - Knitty.com
About the Author
Leigh Radford is the art director and knitwear designer for Interweave Knits, and the author of Alterknits: Imaginative Projects and Creativity Exercises. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Top Customer Reviews
One Skein features lovely, inspired, and practical items that can be made from a single skein of yarn (or less). Baby bibs and sweaters, handbags (some felted, some not), mittens, cabled scarves, wrist warmers, a tank top made with laceweight yarn . . . every project is stunning, as is the photography and the layout.
So far, I have found the patterns to be easy to follow and error-free. This isn't a book for a beginning knitter, but if you know the basics, you can make many of these projects. And you'll learn new techniques (such as cables, I-cords, or short-rows) along the way. As an added bonus, since the projects only use one skein, they are mostly quick to knit and would make wonderful gifts.
One of my favorites is the Labyrinth Rug, which is a spiral made up of odds and ends of colors knit up and wrapped around cotton piping. What a simple, easy, and beautiful way to use your leftovers! It's not just a rug, but a colorful record of the many things you've knitted.
The 30 projects are:
Put It On:
Leg Warmers, Tank Top, Cable Footies, Silk Sleeves, Unisex Gloves, Asymmetrical Cable Hat, Rib and Cable Quartet (scarves), Fingerless Garter Mitts, Crochet Cap and Ruffle Cravat.
Take It With You:
The Clutch You'll Never Give Up, Spiral Rib Bag, Geometric Accessory Bags (3 choices)
Dress Up Baby:
Petal Bib, Baby Bolero (sweater), Baby Hat
Make Your House a Home:
Mohair Pillows, Bath Mitt and Puffy, Bath Mat, Felted Bowls, Candy Wrapper Sachets
Rediscover Your Stash:
Cupcakes, Pom-Pom Boa (scarf like thing), Felted Striped Tote, Kid's Color-Block Cardigan, Stash Handbag, Labyrinth Circle Rug
There is a very fine baby jacket made of one ball of each color to make a color block design (well, it isn't EXACTLY one skein, but sure uses up oddball colors.) But the real prize are the felted projects like felted small bags and felted bowls. These are great for gifts. There is also a novel boa made of pom-poms (leftovers really work here) and a couple of stylish mohair pillows with buttons. My absolute favorite, however, are the knitted cupcakes. Using a ribbing for the cupcake "cup" and frosting of furry novelty yarn, you can make a number of these intriguing non-edible confections, dress them up with bugle bead jimmies or a button cherry on top. A box of these would make a great gift and look really intriguing on a knick-knack shelf. Or just give them to the kids to play tea party. A lot of fun and could make a hilarious mom-child project or for a class art project. Terrific.
There were also several projects that I just wouldn't want to keep if I made them. For example, the knit cupcakes were cute, but I wouldn't know what to do with them, so making them seemed like a waste of yarn.
In short, I love the premise but was disapointed by the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is s very nice book. There are at least 3 or 4 patterns I want to knit.Published 1 month ago by fiddlingknitter
Nice book, especially for a fairly new needle worker. I am past that stage and there was not much new for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Connie Williams
This book is of very little use if you want to crochet as it provides incredibly limited crochet information. I'm not even sure why they used the word crochet. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anon
I like this volume of patterns for it's versatility.I am in the process of making the sweater found on page 13.Directions are easy to understand and photos are a big help. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my friends had this book and I just had to buy myself a copy. It has some really nice patterns in it.Published 12 months ago by Tyler M.
I like everything in this book. Just don't know when I'm going to find the time to make everything I like.Published 13 months ago by Beverly L. Penn