« Luminaire Acrylic Air Dry Reborn Doll Paint AA/Biracial/Ethnic Set 13 Colors New Archery Products 100 Grain 3-Pack Crossbow Spitfire Maxx » 3 thoughts on “Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World” 127 of 127 people found the following review helpful ONE skein crochet, finally!, March 31, 2013 By Rudy Fan – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World (Paperback) I have always loved looking through those ‘One-Skein’ knitting books. I usually crochet though and always wanted one for that instead. Now, here it is! Particulars about the book: 1) All skill levels are covered, but most projects are geared more toward those who already know how to crochet, not someone just learning. With 101 projects though, there is something for everyone to make.2) Like those one-skein knitting books, this one is broken down by yarn weight. Of course, this can be very helpful when you dive into your stash. 🙂 The side of the book’s pages is color coded so you can find each yarn section quickly3) First rate photos4) The patterns are clear and the font is easy to read. Rounds are clearly labeled and helps are given for specific areas of each project.5) Somewhat easily accessible yarn, but you may want to consider substituting. This is simple as yardage is given (not just weight.) Keep in mind though that a satisfactory finished product will depend on the coloration of the yarn.6) Charts are included for motifs and some of the stitch patterns7) A good variety of projects Speaking of projects, here is how they break down: Home items (9), Jewelry/accessories (7), Scarves (13), Cowls (7), Shawls/Cape (3), Adult Hats (7), Shrugs (2), Baby items (16), Stuffed Toys (7), Gloves/Mittens (6), other head items (6), Purses/Bags (10), other containers (3), Doll items (2), Belt (1), Hanky (1), Slippers (1) So, as you can see, not just hats or scarves (yeah!). And the ones that ARE hats and scarves are pretty darn nice. The amount of yarn varies also, depending on its weight. Fine weight yarn usually comes in larger skeins anyway (some up to 500 yds or so) and some of these patterns call for one of those skeins, but that doesn’t mean you will use all that yarn of course. I do wish there was at least one pattern for a summer top or vest. I know that would have been tough with only one skein, but that amount of yarn could complete a dishcloth or two. Small quibble and not enough to deduct a star though. Something to note, the patterns do not state level of skill. But, just skimming through each one does help. A case in point, the Small Brown Bag with Beads looks easy, but upon reading the ‘Pattern Essentials’, you find it does use a beaded chain stitch, a tight picot-e stitch, and a beaded tight picot-3 stitch. This book is well planned and executed with the knowledge gained from the others in this series. I appreciate the approach since crocheting something with just one skein of yarn can be a challenge. All in all, a very worthwhile book of 101 crochet patterns. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (5) Reply 65 of 67 people found the following review helpful Almost perfect, April 12, 2013 By E. C. Shearer – This review is from: Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World (Paperback) Full Disclosure: I received a digital advanced reader’s copy of this book for reviewing purposes. I have but one complaint about this book: where are the difficulty guides? This book is full of great projects, and as it says, they truly are projects from around the world–particularly, it features several amigurumi projects and several projects that feature Tunisian crochet. Variety is certainly not lacking here–there are plenty of hat and scarf patterns, as part of the typical crochet fare (especially as you would expect for a book that focuses on one-skein projects)–but there are also pillows, jewelry, stuffed animals, baby clothes, and some neat projects like a water bottle holder, yoga mat bag, and e-reader holder. And the authors have kindly added visual patterns as well as the usual scripted patterns for those who have difficulty following along with crochet patterns–they’ve thought of almost everything. I tried my hand at a few projects, which is part of the reason this review has taken so long to come to light. One of the first I tried was one of the fingerless gloves. My hands are always freezing when I’m typing, so these were great. I wasn’t entirely sure that it was going to work when I was crocheting them, but they turned out. I decided that I would try a few other projects out of the book as well. The book is divided up into yarn weights, and I have a supply of worsted-weight yarn that makes my husband groan every time he sees it, so I thought I would try working with some of those projects, which was where I came straight into my complaint about this book. I am not a novice crocheter. I have made afghans and pillows, come up with my own amigurumi patterns, and to be honest, if Fox hadn’t started sending cease and desist letters to Etsy shop owners who were selling versions of the Firefly ‘Jayne’ hat, I could churn those out without a problem. Yet there are some real problems here with the fact that there aren’t any clues on how difficult patterns are for crocheters. Most of these patterns are for intermediate to expert crocheters, and even then, some might have problems, and I’ve wondered if there aren’t any difficulty ratings because too many patterns would have a four or five out of five difficulty on them. Still, for someone who’s crocheted a long time and is looking for some variety, this book is a great resource. A. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 14 of 15 people found the following review helpful Great projects and gift ideas, June 26, 2013 By Shala Kerrigan “Glitter it and call it art.” (Anchorage, Alaska) – This review is from: Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World (Paperback) Crochet One-Skein Wonders fits in with this great series very well. Edited by Judith Durant and Edie Eckman, it’s a collection of projects by different designers that can be done with one skein of yarn or less. There are over 100 patterns in here, in sections divided by yarn types. The vast range of projects at several different skill levels ensures that there is something for everyone . If you are a beginning crocheter, this will be a book that can grow with your skills. Because crochet uses so much yarn, most of the patterns are for accessories, with some housewares, toys and clothing to mix it up. The patterns are done in both American style written instructions and in international crochet notation. Each pattern starts by explaining what special stitches or techniques you might need to know so you’ll know if it’s going to be really easy for you make, challenging or “I’ll get back to this project when I’m a lot better.” If you see a skein you want but have no idea what to do with it, this book has you covered. Super fine cotton threads, lace weight wools, bulky hand dyed wools and the weights in between. My favorite projects are:Susan Levin’s Bangle Bracelets made with sock yarn.Melody Fulone’s V-stitched Elegant Fingerless GlovesSarah Grieve’s Bellisfaire Beanie which is a lightweight hat perfect for fashion or cool spring or fall evenings.Brenda K.B. Anderson’s Maywood Purse is felted and embellished, and looks great.Renee Rodgers’ Handpainted Shoulder Bag uses an easy stitch technique and a bulky yarn for a quick to stitch purse that’s simple, but still artistic looking. There are actually a lot of patterns I like in here. Stuffed animals for everyone who likes them, hats, dresses and other things for babies and small children, a tea cozy and other housewares. If you love crocheting, this is full of one skein gift ideas. The end of the book has an introduction to the designers, a good index, and illustrated crochet stitches for beginners. It also includes a chart of yarn weights and a glossary of crochet terms. I do recommend this book, and plan to share it with my sister who just recently learned how to crochet.[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don’t Eat the Paste. I received no other compensation, and my review is my honest opinion of the product.] 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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