Last April, Jac and I had the supreme pleasure of speaking with Judith Durant, editor of the best selling One-Skein Wonder series. You can find the full interview here. Today I want to follow-up with a review of her latest book in the series, Lace One-Skein Wonders.
Much like the other five books in the series, “Lace One-Skein Wonders” offers 101 projects, which range from hats, scarves, and gloves to socks, baby clothes, and for the home items. Most of the patterns include both written instructions and charts, which I appreciate. I prefer to work from a chart, but I know many people do not.
“Lace One-Skein Wonders” is perfect for the knitter who wants to try lace, but doesn’t want to commit to a months-long project straight out of the gate. There is a nice illustrated glossary in the back and the patterns use a variety of yarn weights instead of just the usual super fine to fine. Even though there aren’t obvious skill ratings listed, I would classify the majority of these patterns as intermediate with some advanced beginners and advanced patterns interspersed.
One of my favorite pattern from the book is the Moss and Leaves Stole by Kerri Shank. It is a beaded stole, which includes a small tutorial in the pattern on using blocking wires. The stole has a modern twist on the fairly traditional stitch as the beading gives it that extra pop. If you’re a member of Ravelry, you can view her designer page here.
My other favorite is the Lake Effect Scarf by Sarah Burton. I love the use of beading. (Can you tell I’m on a beading kick lately?) This pattern is great for someone who wants to try working with cobweb lace for the first time. It has a garter stitch foundation with the more complicated stitches interspersed. Honestly, I wish I had the time to cast this one on RIGHT NOW. If you’re a member of Ravelry, you can view it here.
If you don’t have them already, your library won’t be complete without Judith’s books and Lace One-Skein Wonders is no exception. Give those abandoned single skeins of yarn in your stash a knitted home. They no longer have to sit there, lonely and unused.
Cue that sad Sara McLachlan song.