With these excellent pattern books, you can create some wonderful gifts for loved ones in a weekend or less!
Note that the wonderful “One Skein” pattern books from Judith Durant featured in this post are only about three dollars each right now, so they’re definitely worth picking up now, regardless of whether or not you’re hoping to get some projects done in time for Christmas.
Join author Brenda Anderson in her fascination with scary-cute creatures to crochet. In this collection Brenda presents 23 accessories and toys, featuring furry monsters, carnivorous plants, killer robots, and menacing tiki figures.
While there are some literal monsters in the bunch–toys and amigurumi–a majority of projects are wearable accessories and garments.
Some projects, such as a robot-themed intarsia blanky, are aimed specifically at children, while many others are for adults and teens who want to have a little fun.
Brenda shows how to tackle all the sewing and appliqué techniques required in her patterns, including how to install zippers, as well as subtle tricks for achieving personality in your critters with a section on “The Principles of Cuteness.”
Beastly Crochet is a book that is as fun to read as it is to crochet from!
Rebecca Danger, best-selling author of Knit a Monster Nursery and The Big Book of Knitted Monsters, presents a delightful collection of over 30 irresistible toys–a terrific value. And each project uses only about 50 yards of yarn!
• Stitch five basic body shapes, each shown in several variations, to create knitted animals, robots, monsters, and characters of every description
• Knit small projects that make great use of yarn scraps and are wonderful for ornaments, gifts, mobiles, and baby toys
• Find knitted toy patterns for all skill levels, any type and any weight of yarn, and any needle size
There are lonely, single skeins of yarn in every knitter’s closet — casualties of projects discarded in mid-row, single balls of alpaca or cashmere because you can’t afford more than one, the leftovers from long-completed projects. They really should be used, but for what?
Here are 101 original and charming solutions to the perpetual one-skein problem. Contributed by yarn shops across the United States, these patterns include hats, mittens, scarves, bags, socks, baby sweaters, belts, headbands, a cell phone carrier, and even a tea cozy and a set of coasters, each using just a single skein of yarn.
With patterns arranged by yarn weight, you’ll easily find broad ranges of possibilities for your particular yarn orphans. Each pattern includes the names of the contributing yarn shop and the designer and an image of the completed project.
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!