Storey Publishing, $18.95, 288 pages
Sockaholics, unite! Many knitters will admit to saving small bunches of yarn to make socks. Now, with Sock Yarn: One-Skein Wonders, you’ll have 101 patterns to choose from, patterns that really do go way beyond socks!
Edited by Judith Durant, the book features creative designers and unique projects. Chapters include From Head to Toe (hats, caps, mittens, gloves, and socks, of course!), It’s a Wrap! (scarves, shawls, and even a tank top!), Knits and Kids (baby booties, tights, sweaters, dresses, blocks), and Bag It and More (purses, necklaces, earrings, a lampshade, ornaments, and a dog sweater!). Each project includes photos, a supplies list, measurements, and the pattern.
All ability levels will find something to create. There are hints to make projects easier or more advanced. A user-friendly glossary defines key terms and abbreviations and beginners will appreciate the diagrams of stitches. You’ll find projects that you can embellish with beads, tassels, buttons, and zippers. Girls will love receiving matching clothes and hats for themselves and their dolls. Knit a vest and bow tie for the little gentleman in your life. Pick a project and you’ll be knitting a one-skein wonder in no time.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin