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Skein for Skein: 16 Knitted Projects Paperback – August 11, 2008
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Substitute teachers are always a welcome sight in school, and they are as well on these pages, where Potter and compadres Donna Druchunas, Celeste Pinheiro and JoAnne Turcotte demonstrate the fine art of yarn substitution. Providing two options and one swatch for each of 16 patterns--four per fiber weight--this book not only shows good substitutions but, almost as important, bad ones, too. That way, you won't waste un-tinkable mohair on intricate lace, get frustrated with hand-dyed pooling on a garment that changes fabric width or choose a nubby yarn that hides stitch definition. It's also fun to see how drastically color play changes a look: Potter's Rustic Roses pullover, for example, goes from cheery to theatrical with shifts in palette and material. --Yarn Market News
About the Author
Cheryl Potter and Donna Druchunas are both successful authors. JoAnne Turcotte is the design director for Plymouth Yarns and Celeste Pinheiro is a published designer.
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Author bios are found in the first pages of SKEIN FOR SKEIN. Abbreviations and glossary section is located in the back of the book along with a techniques section which is the how-to do a chain stitch or cast-on, etc. Of course, there is a yarn weight chart, explanation of skill levels, metric conversion and a resource page.
The projects themselves contain a couple of paragraphs about the project followed by a skill level, size, materials list, gauge and an explanation of any special stitch used in the project. The instructions themselves are clear and easy to follow. The color photo of the finished project will help you be sure you are on the right path as you work the project.
Finally, each project has what is called "Alternate Picks and Pans". This shows two choices of yarns --- one good and one NOT good. This is nice if a particular yarn calls to you. You will know BEFORE you put all that hard work into it that the yarn is best suited for another project.
Needles at the ready, set and go for it!
Some of the examples of yarns not to use were obvious given the type of pattern/garment, others much less so. Equally-sized close-up pictures of the "wrong" type yarn right next to the "correct" type on the same page instead of following pages might have helped make the authors' cases. When the authors stuck strictly to wearability concerns, the information was quite helpful, on color and texture of the pattern in a different yarn, not so much.
One noticeable bias was not to use mohair-type yarns for lace patterns, which is interesting because there are lots of patterns out there that use mohair because that fuzzy fluffy effect is precisely what the designer wants.
3.5 stars. I actually preferred several of their patterns with the yarns they said were unsuitable--go figure.