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"One skein" can be misleading, but overall good.
on 26 July 2014
This is a nice little book with a good range of projects. Also, although it isn't cheap, if you compare it to books with a fraction of the number of designs, it isn't bad value as long as you like enough of the projects.
There are only two real issues as far as I'm concerned, which dropped it down from five stars.
Firstly, "one skein" is based on a skein of 100g of yarn. Frequently skeins and balls of yarn are only 50g, so it's a little disappointing to realise that the pattern you thought would work so beautifully with a given yarn actually requires more than you have. Be forewarned, and don't expect to find something to use up every little ball in your stash. Some of them are adaptable, and there are lots of ideas. In general the suggested yarns are often a little pricey, but I haven't had too many problems with finding alternates. It isn't a big problem, but I feel like the undertone of "hey, you can use up all your leftover skeins" is a bit misleading.
The second disappointment is very much a your mileage may vary one, and that is how many of the projects are for babies or dolls. That's great if you have small children or children who play with dolls a lot, but if you don't, that writes off a lot of the projects from the get go.
Overall, though, there are some really nice ideas in here. My favourites are probably the amigurumi, which are well explained and really cute. I also like several of the scarf designs, and there's really quite a lot of variation in them. Everything from Tunisian to really simple stitch patterns, and a chunky cowl to light and pretty scarves that would even be suitable for a winter bride. IMO the lovely collection of scarves/cowls are probably the strong point of the book.
All the patterns are given in US terms, unsurprisingly since it's an American publishing house, but the stitches are the same even when the names are different, and it's not hard to find a conversion chart. I'm still not a very advanced crocheter, but I've found once you understand the relation between the two systems, it's no problem at all to switch between them. Don't let it alarm you or you put off from an otherwise pretty good and varied collection of patterns.
If in doubt whether there's enough here to pique your interest, the book is listed on Ravelry with each pattern described. Overall, it's pretty good, though I'm glad I got it at a knock down price, and I'd definitely take a look at any more crochet specific one skein wonder books.