Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Review: One-Skein Wonders

Do you have orphaned skeins of yarn in your stash that you want to use? Yarn left after finishing a project or single skeins that you just had to buy? One-Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn-Shop Favorites edited by Judith Durant has a variety of knitting patterns and a few crochet patterns that can be made from a single skein of yarn.

The patterns are organized by type of yarn: bulky-weight, heavy worsted, worsted mohair, worsted-weight, fingering-weight and novelty yarn. Hats, scarves, bags, socks, shawls, and more. With 101 patterns, there is guaranteed to be something you’ll like. The patterns were submitted by yarn shops across the United States.

The monochromatic pictures on the pattern pages obscure project details. The color photo gallery in the center of the book has much better pictures. The photo gallery is not organized by yarn type, making it harder to find a pattern for a specific yarn type. Grouping the glossy color pages and using non-glossy paper and 2 ink colors reduces printing costs, allowing many more patterns for the same price, a nice benefit for the inconvenience.

There is a website for the book, The project gallery has color pictures of all the projects in the same order as the patterns in the book. A few sample patterns on the site.

Be sure to visit the One-Skein Wonders page on the publishers website and get the pattern corrections.

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