One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet


One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet

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These knitted and crocheted fashion accessories and decorative accents for the home vary in their required levels of skill, but all can be completed quickly and require only one skein of yarn. The stitch patterns and clear instructions make it easy for even procrastinators and the less-than-diligent to create a ruffled cravat, a drawstring bag, a tank top, cozy scarves, arm and leg warmers, lace wristlets, fingerless gloves, a mohair pillow, and even a sweater for a baby. Several projects do not

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  • Blue Peninsula says:
    183 of 183 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    a must-have!, March 15, 2006
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    Blue Peninsula (Massachusetts) –

    This review is from: One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet (Paperback)
    I couldn’t wait to get started on the patterns in this book. The day I bought it, I immediately began knitting the adorable Petal Bib, which used less than a skein of cotton yarn that I had in my stash. It was a hit at the baby shower I attended! A few days later, I made the Stash Handbag using a leftover skein of Lopi and other yarns I had on hand. It came out beautifully, and I have gotten compliments on it just about every day.

    One Skein features lovely, inspired, and practical items that can be made from a single skein of yarn (or less). Baby bibs and sweaters, handbags (some felted, some not), mittens, cabled scarves, wrist warmers, a tank top made with laceweight yarn . . . every project is stunning, as is the photography and the layout.

    So far, I have found the patterns to be easy to follow and error-free. This isn’t a book for a beginning knitter, but if you know the basics, you can make many of these projects. And you’ll learn new techniques (such as cables, I-cords, or short-rows) along the way. As an added bonus, since the projects only use one skein, they are mostly quick to knit and would make wonderful gifts.

    One of my favorites is the Labyrinth Rug, which is a spiral made up of odds and ends of colors knit up and wrapped around cotton piping. What a simple, easy, and beautiful way to use your leftovers! It’s not just a rug, but a colorful record of the many things you’ve knitted.

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  • annesailorgirl "annesailorgirl" says:
    122 of 123 people found the following review helpful
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    Beautiful one skein interesting projects, August 21, 2006
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    This review is from: One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet (Paperback)
    I love this book of small one-skein knitted projects. I’ve knit the adorable baby hat, the felted clutch purse, the cable footies, and I have my eyes on making the felted bowls, the baby petal bib, and the spiral rib bag. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. This has become one of my favorite knitting books ever, since I love small projects that are beautiful and don’t bore me before they are done and become abandoned to closet corners. I also love the pictures in this beautiful book; I’m inspired just looking at the lovely yarns. By the way, the baby hat is lovely done in Rowan wool cotton.

    The 30 projects are:

    Put It On:

    Leg Warmers, Tank Top, Cable Footies, Silk Sleeves, Unisex Gloves, Asymmetrical Cable Hat, Rib and Cable Quartet (scarves), Fingerless Garter Mitts, Crochet Cap and Ruffle Cravat.

    Take It With You:

    The Clutch You’ll Never Give Up, Spiral Rib Bag, Geometric Accessory Bags (3 choices)

    Dress Up Baby:

    Petal Bib, Baby Bolero (sweater), Baby Hat

    Make Your House a Home:

    Mohair Pillows, Bath Mitt and Puffy, Bath Mat, Felted Bowls, Candy Wrapper Sachets

    Rediscover Your Stash:

    Cupcakes, Pom-Pom Boa (scarf like thing), Felted Striped Tote, Kid’s Color-Block Cardigan, Stash Handbag, Labyrinth Circle Rug

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  • Joanna Daneman says:
    107 of 112 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One fun skein, March 11, 2006
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    Joanna Daneman (USA) –
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    This review is from: One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet (Paperback)
    This book is a variant on the “oddball” idea. What do you do with one lone skein of yarn? You know the problem; you go to a knitting store and there is one simply cuddly, interesting, fascinating, pretty orphan ball of yarn (or it’s leftover in your stash) and what on EARTH do you do with it? Here are some ideas.

    There is a very fine baby jacket made of one ball of each color to make a color block design (well, it isn’t EXACTLY one skein, but sure uses up oddball colors.) But the real prize are the felted projects like felted small bags and felted bowls. These are great for gifts. There is also a novel boa made of pom-poms (leftovers really work here) and a couple of stylish mohair pillows with buttons. My absolute favorite, however, are the knitted cupcakes. Using a ribbing for the cupcake “cup” and frosting of furry novelty yarn, you can make a number of these intriguing non-edible confections, dress them up with bugle bead jimmies or a button cherry on top. A box of these would make a great gift and look really intriguing on a knick-knack shelf. Or just give them to the kids to play tea party. A lot of fun and could make a hilarious mom-child project or for a class art project. Terrific.

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