101 Designer One-skein Wonders: A World Of Possibilities Inspired By Just One Skein by Judith Durant Review

101 Designer One-skein Wonders: A World Of Possibilities Inspired By Just One Skein by Judith Durant

Judith Durant

Publication Date:
October 10, 2007

Thomas Allen & Son

Paperback, 256 pages

CND $22.95

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Thank you Thomas Allen & Son  for the book :)


In 2006, Judith Durant delighted knitters everywhere with her collection One-Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn Shop Favorites. At last, knitters had a rich array of fun, festive patterns for all those yarn orphans single skeins purchased on impulse or left over from long-finished projects. With knitters clamoring for even more of these imaginative patterns, Durant has tapped into a wide circle of knitwear designers across the country to compile a totally fresh collection of enchanting projects. Once again, the excitement of small-scale possibility will attract knitters of all skill levels. Like its predecessor, 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders offers patterns for small projects that can be completed with a single skein of yarn. These designer projects range from the adorable to the elegant. The book includes plenty of patterns for those never-can-have-enough items: hats, scarves, bags, and shawls. It also highlights the unexpected: a useful knitted notebook cover, a fun-to-wear mitered square belt with beads, and an elegant ring bearer pillow. There”s something for everyone here from the novice knitter to the experienced yarn artisan. With patterns arranged by yarn weight, knitters will easily find broad ranges of possibilities for their particular single skeins. A full-color gallery features detailed photographs of all 101 projects, allowing knitters to browse through all the patterns quickly to find the perfect match for each skein. The patterns in 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders are practical and fun. They”re ideal weekend projects, perfect to give as gifts or wear and enjoy. Because they”re small enough to fit in a tote bag, they”re great to take on the run. Best of all, they offer simple solutions for that stash of single skeins every knitter has tucked away. Whether the yarn was picked up on impulse because it was on sale, or just too beautiful to resist or left over from a project completed long ago, every skein of yarn cries out to be used. 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders offers the ultimate solution for converting those lonely skeins into knitted wonders.


Judith Durant is the editor of the best-selling One-Skein knitting books and the author of Never Knit Your Man a Sweater* (*unless you ve got the ring!). She is also a founding editor of Interweave Knits magazine and a contributor to Interweave Knits, Beadwork, and Piecework magazines.


The book was provided by the publisher Thomas Allen & Son for an honest review with no compensation provided.

I’m a new knitter, so when it comes to learning something new, where else do I turn to? Books of course!!! I picked 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders from the many others in the catalogue only because it promised one thing. By using ONE skein, you’re able to make one cute little project. That sold me right off the bat!

All the neat little projects have pictures in the front, and who cannot resist photos of the finished project? I know I can’t. The instructions are laid out so clearly, and plainly that I had no trouble reading any of it. There’s a combination of patterns with extra detail for the the less experienced knitter (*raises hand*) which I enjoyed.

Just because you use one skein, doesn’t mean the projects aren’t any less fun to make. The one that caught my eye right away were: Horseshoe Cable Socks, Sock-It-Me Scarf, and Spiral Hat. I’m so excited to buy some yard for these projects to start that I must head to the store and grab me some!

The nicest addition to the book was the glossary where it showed definitions of what thing meant, and even included diagrams. I was immenseley pleased with this book and I also need to get the original book One Skein Wonders!


Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at booknerd.ca. She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.