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Book Review: Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders

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Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders


In her latest One-Skein Wonders book, Judith Durant has edited a book filled with patterns using sock yarn. With just one skein, knitters can make 101 projects.

The variety of sock yarns available today is vast. In addition to lovely solid colors, there are sock yarns which create patterns and stripes as you work with them. Sock yarn can also be found in many fibers, including wool, cotton, cashmere, bamboo, silk, alpaca, and soy. Many sock yarns are a blend of more than one fiber. Some nylon or other acrylic fiber in the blend adds strength to the yarn. The Simply Socks website abounds with tempting choices.

Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders includes patterns for hats, gloves, cuffs, scarves, shawls, knits for kids, clothes for dolls, bags and purses, items for the home, and – not surprisingly – socks. The Glossary includes pictures and instructions for special techniques used in the patterns.

Many designers contributed to One-Skein Wonders, Sock Yarn. Judith Durant, the editor, “writes, designs, edits, knits, and beads in Lowell, Massachusetts. She also teaches classes at Ewe’ll Love It in Nashua, New Hampshire.” Designers from New England are well represented with at least 9 pattern-makers from Massachusetts and 10 living in other New England States.

Each pattern lists the skein of yarn the designer used. Knitters should be aware that the number of yards in the yarn requirements are the amounts in the skein used by the designer to make the project. Sometimes, however, the recommended yarn has more yardage than the pattern actually requires. This can be an issue if you are substituting another yarn. For example, the pattern for “Lily Cuffs” wrist warmers is made with Cascade Heritage yarn which has 437 yards. I was able to make this pattern with a skein of Knit Picks Stroll which has 231 yards.

Overall, this is another great book in the series of One-Skein Wonders. It gives knitters a great way to use all the wonderful sock yarns which can be found in their stash and in the stores.