Many knitters are interested in quick knitting, smallish projects that don't take a lot of investment in time or yarn. Sisters Fatema, Khadija and Hajera Habibur-Rahman provide 20 ideas for one-skein projects in their book One Ball Knits Accessories: 20 Stylish Designs Made with a Single Ball, Skein, Hank, or Spool..
And while some of the projects aren't exactly small (one lace project is made with a skein that's 875 yards) they can all be worked from just one skein, ball or hank, giving you more bang for your skein's space in the stash.
Basics for Beginners
One Ball Knits Accessories says it is for the advanced beginner with a few more challenging projects for those who want to stretch their knitting muscles. Most of the projects are pretty small or have easy or repetitive stitch patterns, so someone new to knitting wouldn't feel overwhelmed by the projects in this book.
The One-Ball Basics section provides information on yarn weights, storage and substituting yarn, while a section on tools runs down the essentials you'll need to successfully complete a project.
A long section on techniques covers the basics of forming stitches, increasing, decreasing, making I-cord, adding fringe and more. Seaming, blocking and felting are also explained, so even if you're a new knitter you can easily follow the directions to finish any project in this book.
The 20 patterns in this book offer a wide range of accessories choices, from belts to hats, socks, shawls, scarves and bags.
Many of the patterns have the ethnic feel you'd expect from a book written by three women with an Eastern background, including knit panja (hand jewelry worn in India at weddings and other special occasions), knit bell-shaped earrings known in India as jhumka, a kimono-inspired shrug and a Turkish ribbed wrap.
Other patterns such as legwarmers, a cropped vest, a Garter Stitch bag with a lacy flap and armwarmers with heart-patterned lace will be more familiar to American knitters.
The most difficult pattern in the book is a cabled poncho, but other patterns are quite easy, such as a moebius shawl knit flat and twisted before sewing and felted flowers cut out of felted fabric and stitched together.
The patterns are relatively straightforward but include nice details such as lace, beadwork, I-cord loops as fringe on a scarf and sparkly yarn to make a simple pattern more interesting.
If you're new to knitting and looking for some simple ways to add a bit of knit to your wardrobe, or you're a more experienced knitter looking for some quick gift projects (since most are one size) this book could be of value to you. And if you're looking for a twist on traditional Eastern patterns, you'll enjoy this book, too.
Publication date: April 2008