Crochet One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman: Review

Crochet One-Skein Wonders is part of the One-Skein Wonders series but the first dedicated to just crochet. These are quick projects, requiring small amounts of yarn (hence one skein). This is definitely the book for yarn hoarders like me who buy a skein or two when it’s on sale because “you never know when I could use this.” One of the things I appreciated about the book was how projects were divided according to yarn weight. So, since I have a lot of medium weight yarn, I just have to go to the Medium Weight chapter and pick a project.

I did two projects for this review: Small Brown Bag with Beads and Peacock Hat (pictured above on the cover). Both were medium weight projects and fairly easy.

For the bag, I used a green yarn (probably Vanna White) and left out the beads. This was a pretty straight forward pattern.

crochet bag

The hat was a bit more complicated, but manageable. This pattern, and others with intricate stitches, had a chart as well as written instructions. That was helpful for this project. I used Martha Stewart Merino wool in Artemisia. It took nearly all the skein. This was my favorite of the two projects. 

peacock hat

I liked the layout of the patterns, each have clear instructions and colour photos. There is a nice variety of projects: hats, scarfs, gloves, purses, coasters, toys. There are tons more I want to do! (A scarf, a bottle holder, and a lobster!) The only thing I thought was missing was level of skill needed for each project, though they don’t seem that difficult. There is a glossary of stitches at the back of the book, but I think a little knowledge is required. An experienced hooker (not that kind of hooker, people!) could whip up a hat while watching TV on a Thursday night. Easy peasy!

This is definitely one of the better crochet books I’ve come across recently. I’m very glad I was able to review it.

Thanks to Storey Publishing (via NetGalley) for the review copy.

13 comments:

  1. Does this seem like a book a beginner could use? I am going to be taking a class in a couple weeks, and this sounds like the type of projects I would be interested in.

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    1. I think once you learn a few stitches in your class you can handle it. Some of the patterns are really easy, like the bag I made. Save the harder ones, like the hat for when you get the hang of it.

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  2. I wish I was crafty! Your projects turned out beautifully!

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  3. Looking at your hat and the patterning and detail (great colour choice!) I can't help but think I'm missing out by only being able to do the basic knitting stitch. The bag is pretty awesome too, in the shops they'd cost a lot so being able to make your own is great.

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    1. It's something I really enjoy doing. It took me some time to get the hang of it but once I learned and practiced the basics I was able to do most of the patterns I come across. I still make mistakes but I usually know when I've made them now.

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  4. I don't crochet, but I love the hat. It's cute and perfect for spring.

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  5. Ditto Jenny Girl's comment. I wish I was a hooker (haha, love that!) but I just haven't found the patience to relearn things like crocheting, in adulthood, although I did some simple crocheting and knitting as a child.

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  6. So I need a book that will teach me how to read crochet patterns. Ha! Maybe I should just go and browse the library. I can do a very basic hook thingy (I'm not even sure what the correct term is) but that's about it. I LOVE that hat.

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