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One Skein Wonders Crochet

crocheted flower from crochet one skein wonders

I like to use blogging as a personal motivator. I set goals every month and type them up here to give myself a little accountability. I’ve been wanting to expand my crochet repertoire for a while, so I was thrilled to receive a review copy of Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World. The range of projects as well as the variety of designers make this a great book if you’re looking to expand your crochet repertoire. This flower (not this large in real life) was the first project I tried – I stuck it on a card for a friend (and Mike found that very strange, but Emma understood perfectly). The button is an old one I found a long time ago – isn’t it pretty?

The patterns in the book range from very simple to more complex charts that I need to figure out how to read. Every project uses a single skein of yarn – but some of those skeins of yarn are very large! The book is organized by yarn weight, so it’s a great pick if you have a yarn stash you are looking to use up!

I’m a pretty visual learner. This book has fewer pictures than the other crochet books I have, but the written instructions are clear and easy to follow. I imagine anyone well versed in crochet will have no trouble following along, but if you are a relative newbie you may need a second book with basic instructions or google searches to decipher some of the instructions.

I’m working on baby booties now, but they are taking a long time because my kids have big feet and I need to adjust the pattern (and I’m not very good at that). And I’m writing about that here in hopes that it will give me the determination to figure it out. Not because my daughter needs crocheted booties (who knows if she will even wear them when they are finished), but because it’s the type of brain teaser that I enjoy – even if I need a little extra motivation to face it sometimes.

Crafting is my favorite way to relax. What do you like to do with your down time? Do you crochet?

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

15 thoughts on “One Skein Wonders Crochet”

  1. It’s nice to have such a relaxing and portable hobby! I used to crochet when I was a kid and it’s a great feeling to complete a project! I knit a little here and there but it gives me carpal tunnel so I’ve stopped. Your flower is really pretty and I do love that button too! What will you use the flower for? It might make a pretty brooch.

  2. Reading this makes me want to crochet something! I haven’t in a while but I found Youtube tutorials very helpful. Crochet books should come with CD’s! What a nice card idea – I get it too. Must be a girl thing : )

  3. Elisa | blissfulE

    How beautiful! I’m sure your friend loved the card.

    I can’t imagine crochet being relaxing (I have never managed to knit or crochet), but I am beginning to play the harp (a small lap harp) which I enjoy. I chose an instrument on which I could improvise at will without any danger of sounding terrible. :)

  4. I pretend to crochet, but just as with counted cross stitch, I haven’t mastered the art of keeping track of my stitches so everything ends up grossly out of shape.

    I sew and draw to relax.

  5. That button is beautiful – as is the flower you made. I’ll bet it made a gorgeous card.

  6. Pretty Mama!

    I don’t crochet – never have. I love to knit – and have since I was in elementary school. It’s so relaxing – but so so so slow. And Expensive. YIKES. I wish I had a knitting book that only used one skein of yarn.


    I wish they would regulate the skein, you know? So, one skein would be the same as another. I look at a pattern, and I am like – score, it only uses 2 skeins – but when I pick the yarn – it’s like 6. Haha!

    It’s the weight that kills ya!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Sounds like a great book to use up your stash. In my down time, I like to take on projects. I can’t sit still very well, so if I don’t have something to do, I’ll find something. My current project is a bedroom makeover. I’m having so much fun with it!

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