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Lace One-Skein Wonders

101 Projects Celebrating the Possibilities of Lace

Edited by Judith Durant

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Lace One Skein Wonders
Judith Durant has done it again! This all-new collection of 101 original lace knitting projects, each using just a single skein of yarn, will thrill knitters of all levels.

Left to right: Sea Mist Baby Hat, Lace Baby Top, Islandwood Cowl, Snowdrop Shawlette, and Twig Lace Cap. All photos © Geneve Hoffman.

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Welcome: A Letter from Judith

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It all started over lunch when someone posed the question, “How many things do you think can be knit with just one ball of yarn?”

Welcome to One-Skein Wonders!

It all started over lunch when someone posed the question, “How many things do you think can be knit with just one ball of yarn?” We talked about all the reasons we end up with “orphan” skeins of yarn in our stash: we over-bought for a sweater so we’d be sure to have enough; we couldn’t decide on a contrasting color for a project so we bought two or three; we just could not resist the look or feel of a yarn so we bought it for no particular reason. We decided to find ways to use these singles by soliciting patterns — each using just one skein — from yarn shops across the country. The response was great and the designs surprisingly varied. Thus was born One-Skein Wonders.

The latest book in the series, Lace One-Skein Wonders, addresses a knitting trend that becomes stronger and stronger every year: lace knitting. If you love beautiful, airy, delicate, feminine lace, this is the book for you. But there’s more: some designers went beyond “traditional” lace and used larger needles and heavier yarn to produce mittens, baby sweaters, hats, and more, all designed with openwork pattern stitches.

Speaking of our designers, they’re the ones who make this series possible. As we worked on the third and fourth books, I confess to worrying that we’d seen it all and that going forward might produce only variations on the themes already addressed. Au contraire! I love working with the scores of designers who contribute to these books. The creativity and originality behind the projects just blows my mind.

I hope you get lots of knitting pleasure from the One-Skein Wonders series and that you enjoy working with our designers as much as I do. Knit on!

Judith Durant

One-Skein Wonders

Meet the Family

Lace One-Skein Wonders joins five other books in Storey’s One-Skein Wonders series.

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Reviews

“You can’t go wrong with so many patterns for so little money.”

Silver Arrow Knits

“Knitted lace conjures images of airy fabric, soft colors, and cool summer evenings. It is amazing how many wonderful things you can make with just one skein!”

Nancy Bush, author of Knitted Lace of Estonia

“I love the variety in this book. The projects may be small in size, but they’re large in personality.”

Donna Druchunas, author of Arctic Lace and Successful Lace Knitting

“The great thing about Lace One-Skein Wonders is that there are SO MANY levels for a variety of knitters.”

Faux Domesticity

Read more reviews of the One Skein Wonders series

Details

The Book

  • Lace One-Skein Wonders
  • Judith Durant

Art and Photography

Description

Judith Durant has done it again! This all-new collection of 101 original lace knitting projects, each using just a single skein of yarn, will thrill knitters of all levels. From clothes and accessories to pillows, curtains, and tablecloths, these beautiful projects were contributed by designers and knitters around the world. Try your hand at an heirloom-quality lace shawl, a lacy pair of gloves, or a dainty child’s dress with a perfect lace insert — the possibilities are endless!

Formats

Paperback

  • 304 pages
  • Full color
  • $18.95

Ebook

  • Kindle and ePub 2
  • High resolution color images
  • Enhanced for modern reading devices
  • $12.95
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Contents

Author

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Judith Durant

Biography

Judith Durant is the editor of the best-selling One-Skein Wonders series. She is one of the founding editors of Interweave Knits, and her designs and articles have appeared in Cast On, Creative Knitting, Interweave Knits, Beadwork, and Piecework magazines. She lives in Massachusetts and can be found at judithdurant.com.

Media Requests

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Contributors

A community of creative individuals made Lace One Skein Wonders what it is. Visit their websites and learn more about what they do.

Sample

I Heart You Dress

Designed by Judith Durant

What says, “I love you” better than a bunch of hearts? The lace heart pattern used here comes from Barbara Walker’s Charted Knitting Designs (Schoolhouse Press, 1998) and is just the right size for the lower skirt and bodice.

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Pattern Essentials

5 to 1 decrease: Slip 3 stitches purlwise wyif; *pass second stitch on right-hand needle over first stitch (center stitch of the 5 stitches) and off the needle; slip center stitch to left-hand needle; pass second stitch on left-hand needle over center stitch and off the needle**; slip center stitch to right-hand needle; repeat from * to ** once more, bring yarn to back and knit the center stitch — 1 stitch made from 5 stitches.

3-Stitch Cluster: Slip 3 stitches purlwise wyif, bring yarn to back, slip 3 stitches back to left-hand needle, bring yarn forward, p3.

Knitting the Skirt

Knitting the Hearts

Note: The Lace Heart chart is worked over 25 stitches; each 30-stitch marked section has a 25-stitch heart followed by 5 knit stitches. The start of the round at center back begins with 3 knit stitches before the first heart, and the round ends with 2 knit stitches after the 25 stitches marked for the last heart. Do not consider the end-of-round marker in the following instructions.

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Knitting the Bodice

Dividing for the Front and Backs

Note: The remainder of the bodice is worked back and forth in rows. If your purl stitches tend to be looser than your knit stitches, work the WS purl rows on the smaller needle and the RS rows on the larger needle.

Knitting the Front

Note: The even-numbered rounds of the chart are now purled as WS rows.

Shaping the Front Neck

Making the Right Front
Making the Left Front

Knitting the Right Back

Shaping the Right Neck

Knitting the Left Back

Shaping the Left Neck

Joining the Fronts and Backs

Joining New Yarn

If you find it necessary to join a new yarn, do this at the beginning of a row so you can hide the ends in the edge of the piece. Alternatively, if your lace pattern includes small fields of stockinette or garter stitch, you could join a new yarn here and hide the thread on the back side. Just don’t try to join a new thread where you’re doing yarnovers and other pattern stitches — at best it will be difficult to hide the ends, at worst you’ll interrupt the pattern with a change of tension.

Finishing

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