Almost every knitter has a few stray skeins of yarn that he or she just doesn't know what to do with. Maybe you bought one too many skeins for that sweater you made last year, or you couldn't resist just one skein of the perfect colored mohair when it was on sale.
No matter why your stash is filled with odd skeins, One-Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn Shop Favorites edited by Judith Durant should happily help you get rid of at least a few of them.
Getting Down to Business
This isn't your typical knitting pattern book in that there is almost no introductory material at all, just a one-page introduction. There's no talking about choosing yarn (presumably you've done that already) or techniques (the book assumes you know the basics and has a glossary in the back explaining special skills).
That's actually a good thing, because it allows the book editor to fill valuable real estate with what most of us really want: lots and lots of patterns. This book has a whopping 101 patterns submitted by yarn shops across the country, all of which use one skein of yarn or less.
You'll be surprised at the variety of things that can be made with just one skein of yarn, from accessories to baby sweaters, ponchos to scarves. You also might be wishing you had a bigger stash so you had an excuse to make more of them.
Another clever thing One-Skein Wonders does is arrange the patterns by the weight of yarn used, including:
- bulky-weight yarns
- heavy worsted yarns
- worsted-mohair yarns
- worsted-weight yarns
- sport-weight yarns
- fingering-weight yarns
- novelty yarns
The point of this book is to help you use up the yarn you already have, not make you go running to the store. So if you know you've got a great skein of fingering-weight yarn in your stash, for example, you have a number of options, including:
- socks for adults and children
- curtain tiebacks
- a sequined barrette
- a scarf
- a necklace
- a shawl
- a bookmark
Some patterns are for crochet, but the vast majority are knitting patterns. A wide variety of designs are offered, from hats and scarves to bags and mittens.
A middle-of-the-book photo gallery lets you see all the projects together in color, which is helpful for people whose stashes include a wide variety of yarns.
Lace, beading, ruffles and other embellishments are everywhere in this book, because when you're only working with one skein, sometimes you need a little something outside of the yarn to make your little project spectacular.
These projects look like a lot of fun, and this book is a great choice for anyone who has been knitting long enough to build up a stash and who won't be intimidated by a book that's light on instructions.
Note: corrections to patterns can be found <a href="http://www.storey.com/books/book.php/y/5/p/0/order_no/67645">here</a> (scroll down for access to PDF file).