Crochet One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman
There are lots of things to like about Crochet One-Skein Wonders. And I mean LOTS. It’s an extremely well-thought out book. Patterns are given in both text and diagram form, hook size is given in USA and UK terms and a pattern essentials sections explains the less common stitches used in each pattern, if any. There is useful information at every turn, such as the panel dedicated to adapting the toy patterns for under three year olds. The patterns are accompanied by a thorough appendix that is a useful flick-to guide for any crocheter, covering stitch abbreviations and diagrams, picture explanations of less used techniques, a glossary of yarn weights and lots more. The only true admission I could think of was a blocking guide – blocking is referred to in a majority of patterns in the book.
On the downside (like many in the one-skein series) the size of a 'skein' varies widely between patterns, from less than 100 to over 1000 yards. Although the pattern may be technically 'one skein' if the exact yarn called for is used, yarn switches would often require multiple skeins. I don't see this as a false statement, but it is worth being aware of. It's also never concretely stated whether the patterns are given in USA or UK stitches, which is a useful clarification for any crochet book.
The patterns themselves are unique and practical. To many modern crochet and knitting pattern compilation books fall into providing multiple patterns for items that haven’t been in common household use or worn since the 70′s. With the exception of three or four patterns, a tiny proportion out of 101, Crochet One-Skein Wonders keeps itself out of that trap . It was slightly disappointing that the entire lace-weight section is simply variations on scarves, but this is a minor complaint. Just flicking through seven patterns went on my immediate to-do list, which is quite a few for any single pattern book. I’m especially looking forward to starting the Bellisfaire Beanie and I need to find a small child just to have an excuse to try Niles the Crocodile (pictured on the cover, isn’t he cute!). There will definitely be something in here for everyone.
A solid 4 stars, this one is a great addition to any craft bookshelf.
Crochet One-Skein Wonders is released on 6th March 2013 in USA/Australasia and in April in the UK.
Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader copy of Crochet One-Skein Wonders thanks to Netgalley and Storey Publishing. I was not obligated to share my review.