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Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders

Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders
101 Patterns That Go Way Beyond Socks!
by Judith Durant

Storey Publishing, 2010

What can you do with a single skein of yarn besides make a pair of socks? Quite a lot, according to knitting specialist Judith Durant, who proves her case with 101 patterns for hats, gloves, fingerless mitts, scarves, small shawls, kids, doll clothes, bags, and numerous small accessories.

Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders

Included are helpful tables and references, such as a list of yearly meteor showers and a directory of meteorite dealers.
The patterns in this book come from 75 separate designers who have found creative uses for sock yarn. Each pattern is accompanied by at least one color photograph,  yarn and needle suggestions, and supply lists.

Charts are included for the more detailed patterns, but most require little more than basic knitting skills.

Each pattern contains a legend for  the symbols used. A back-of-the-book glossary explains how to do some of the increases, decreases, and crossed stitches.

What is Sock Yarn?
"On the most basic level, it's exactly what the name implies: yarn to knit socks with. While socks can be knit with finer yarns and heavier yarns, "sock yarn" most commonly refers to yarn that knits up between 6 1/2 and 8 stitches per inch. But it's also much more than that.

"Most yarn shops have an area reserved "solely" for sock yarn. There you'll find yarn that's been kettle-dyed, hand-dyed, and handpainted. You'll see solids, heathers, and self-patterning yarn ranging from bold stripes to intricate jacquards. Sock yarns are made from combinations of wool, cotton, alpaca, silk, bamboo, soy -- even possum! -- often with a but of nylon added for extra strength. They come in skeins, balls, and pre-knitted sheets. And of course, sock yarn is available in at least a zillion colorways."

Sock yarn is obviously best for socks, but its lightweight strength and softness make it a good match for making everything from baby knits to mittens, scarves, and shawls. This versatility is the main reason why sock yarn is such a popular category of yarn on the market.

Among the projects included in this collection are a child's sweater, a shawl or scarf for special event, tote bags, fingerless gloves, lampshades, and laptop covers.




Sweater Curse 
Kitten Curled Up with Ball of Yarn as It Sleeps
Kitten Curled Up with Ball of Yarn as It Sleeps

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