Lace One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects Celebrating the Possibilities of Lace by Judith Durant (Storey Publishing, Sept. 2013) offers a fabulous number of enticing lacy knitting projects for all levels of knitters using just one skein of yarn. The simple projects will appeal to advanced knitters and the advanced projects will entice beginners to challenge themselves to hone their lace and overall knitting skills. You'll want to cover your head, hands, feet, shoulders, and home with these knitted treasurers. The projects are trendy yet timeless.
The book presents each project with a jazzy little introduction. The basic information for each pattern is contained in an easy-to-read colored box. The patterns are well-written and the accompanying charts are complete. Since many items involve carefully structured decreases, the charts and written instructions go together very well. Helpful hints are interspersed along the way. The stitch glossary at the end of the book covers well a number of different techniques used.
The patterns range in size from very small not-your-run-of-the-mill headbands to beautiful shawls that provide style for either accessorizing or chasing off a chilly breeze. It's amazing that some of these projects can be knit from one skein, but the yardages listed for the suggested yarns seem adequate.
This is a knitting book that will keep its value for a long time to come. It's the best of the "One Skein Wonders" series so far. If you are planning on knitting holiday gifts, you'll want to also make time for making several for yourself. Grab your needles, a bunch of skeins (one skein will not be enough!), a good audiobook, and enjoy.