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One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet Paperback – April 1, 2006
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"Needlework heaven, indeed... Those who seek instant gratification will love this book and want to take it everywhere." - Bangor Daily News
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"The answer to your stash-busting prayers... You'll want--no, NEED--to add [this book] to your collection." - Knight Ridder/Tribune News
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"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.
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But it is much better (to me) than a frozen dinner. There are 9 crochet patterns in this book, almost 1/3 of the total patterns and that's very good for this type of book. I personally liked the ruffle scarf the best, but the other patterns seem pretty good. The directions seem to be clear and there is also charts to help you with your crocheting.
So why only 4 stars out of 5? Of course, as a crocheter, it would have been great to have more crochet patterns. I know that's selfish, but there you are. The other thing I was disappointed in was the cupcake pattern. It's adorable - but it's knitted. I wish they had printed a crochet version.
All in all for a book that includes both patterns, I do think it is worth it for the crochet patterns. I don't usually say that about the knit/crochet books, but it looks as if somebody took the time to make a good selection of crochet projects. I would advise if you are looking for information on the knitting patterns, check another review. I don't knit and I don't feel qualified to offer an opinion on the knit patterns.
With one skein we can make leg warmers, a tank top, a nice hat, gloves (each a different color), bibs, small bags, baby items and felted bowls. There are some silly patterns like the 'candy wrapper sachet'. Who wants to wrap up a single mint or sucking candy? Maybe there's someone out there who could use this but I can hardly imagine using my time on such a thing.
I recommend this book for people with a lot of left over yarn. It has some good ideas on how to use it up.
There are a few errors in it however the information is provided on their website [...].
A drawback was that they do not rate the difficulty level of the projects so if you are like me you got to take to time to read and then be adventurous. The yarn information is complete, the type and weight are detailed along with the actual yarn used in the picture, it makes it easy to substitute with what's at your LYS. Some patterns offer different size options but it remains limited, due to the one skein limit I assume - No 1X here! I also have doubts on the "Quick" part of some projects.
A glossary with illustrations of basic techniques is also provided (Bind-offs, cast-ons, embroidery, zipper, increases, seems, short rows). Very few crochet patterns.
This book has a wonderful look with many full color pictures. As I am a crochet person, rather than a knit person, I was a bit disappointed with the book as out of the 30 projects only 8 or 9 are crochet projects, the rest are all knitting.
It should, in the description show that it is predominately a knitters book. That way crochetters will not purchase it. For the price, I would not have bought this book if I had but known that the patterns weren't even crochet to knitting.
Over all a good resourse, but I will probably give it to a friend that knits.
I gave it away as a gift. :)