Book Review: Lace One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant

Title:  Lace One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects Celebrating the Possibilities of Lace
Author:  Judith Durant
Publication Date:  September 10, 2013

Price at time of review:

Paperback:  $11.37

Book description from Amazon:

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!

My Rating:

3.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:
Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  There are some things that are done very well and a couple of things I wish had been done dfferently.  Let's start with the good:
-there are a lot of projects in this book--98 knitting and 3 crochet
-there is a huge variety in the lace projects, everything from the expected shawls and scarves, to projects for the home, baby projects, socks...really something for everyone
-the projects are worked in different weight yarns, not just lace/fingering weight
-projects contain both charts and written instructions were applicable
-projects have helpful "pattern notes".

Things I thought could be improved:
-baby items mostly come in just one size
-most of the baby clothes shown on a hanger, not on a baby
-pictures throughout the book aren't clear enough to fully see projects and often only have one picture per project
-no schematic of projects.

I would say that this book is suitable for the brave advanced beginner.  It would be a good introduction to any knitter ready to learn lace.  And with so many projects, there really is something for everyone.

*ARC courtesy of Storey Publishing, provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!*

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