Friday, May 24, 2013

REVIEW: Crochet One-Skein Wonders

Crochet One-Skein Wonders

101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman
Paperback: 288 Pages
Publisher:  Storey Publishing, LLC (April 9, 2013)

I have been a huge fan of Judith Durant's One-Skein Wonders knitting books for years, and although I do not currently crochet, I love Crochet One-Skein Wonders just as much!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again; sometimes I really wish I knew how to crochet.  Sure, I can sit down with my Mom for a few hours, watch a You Tube video, or even sign up for a class at my LYS... but I've yet to do so.  I think deep down I know that I already have far too many UFO's in my house from knitting alone and learning to crochet would just add to that pile.  Eventually, I'll learn, but in the meantime, whenever I see something I want crocheted, I call Mom.  In fact, this book is going to live with her after this review.  I've thoughtfully marked a several patterns that I think she might enjoy crocheting for her daughter...

For this edition of One-Skein Wonders, Judith teamed up with best-selling crochet author Edie Eckman.  After searching the crochet community to come up with the best of the best one-skein patterns, Judith and Edie narrowed it down to 101 gorgeous projects. The contributors come from all walks of the crafty life - bloggers, yarn shop owners, published designers, Etsy shop sellers, authors, and creative industry professionals. 

Projects are organized by weight into seven categories: Thread, Lace Weight, Super-Fine Weight, Fine Weight, Lace Weight, Medium Weight and Bulky Weight.  In addition to the beautiful photographs that we're used to in the One-Skein Wonders books, you'll also find helpful stitch pattern diagrams and a glossary of techniques.  The inspiring projects cover all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and include such things as hats, bags, baby items, home decor, socks, shawls, scarves and even amigurumi (Japanese-style crocheted stuffed toys).  If you crochet, there is something in here for you!  

Some of my personal favorites (the first three may be marked with post-it flags for Mom) include:
  • Lucky Dog - an irresistible stuffed pooch to call your very own (my must have!)
  • Shell Net Cowl - a sweet mobius cowl made up of crochet shells, it screams "home" to me (I grew up in the seaside town of Gloucester, MA)
  • Astra Gloves - beautiful fingerless gloves worked in a shell pattern, complete with a scalloped edge cuff
  • Eliot-the-Elephant Baby Bib - you just have to see this guy... the cutest baby bib ever!
  • Pinwheel Newsboy Cap - the cutest little cotton cap crocheted with a brim to shade baby's eyes 
If you're a happy hooker, grab yourself a copy of Crochet One-Skein Wonders today!  You won't be disappointed and in fact, will be inspired to pick up your hook and all of those special single skeins of yarn in your collection!

Disclaimer: Storey Publishing, LLC sent a complimentary copy of Crochet One-Skein Wonders to Lapdog Creations for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.


Unknown said...

Have a super Saturday happy hooker. LOL!
Best wishes Molly

WonderWhyGal said...

Now if I could get past single and double chains, I might complete a project. I do like the idea of a one skein crochet project. Most I see are huge projects.

Kathy R said...

You are such a helpful daughter, making it easy for your mom to find projects to crochet for you!

I don't yet know how to crochet, but if I did I think I'd get this book.

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