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Title: 3 Skeins or Less: Quick Crocheted Accessories
Author: Sharon Zientara
Published by: Interweave/F+W
3 Skeins or Less: Quick Crocheted Accessories by Sharon Zientara, published by Interweave/F+W, is one of my favorite books that I have reviewed to date. It has 23 gorgeous accessories that you can whip up with 3 skeins of yarn or less! There are hats, scarves cowls, fingerless mitts, and so much more. There is a project for everyone in this book.I love creating accessories since they are so quick and easy to create. The beautiful patterns in this book are so quick to work up and they would make fabulous gifts for the holidays. Best of all, you wouldn’t have to spend a ton of money on yarn since there are some one and two skein projects. Here are some of my favorite projects in Quick Crocheted Accessories:
I absolutely love the look of this shawlette. It’s a 3 skein project made with a #3 yarn. I think this would be the perfect shawl to wear during a nice summer day.
Honeycomb Shawlette by Regina Rioux (p 15)
This is a 2-skein project that is inspired by stackable jelly bracelets from the 1980s. I love the accent of the big button. It really makes the cowl pop! I can envision myself wearing this on a cool autumn day with my favorite chunky sweater.
Corona Cowl by Brenda K.B. Anderson (p 11)
This stunning wrap is an eye-catcher. I would love to receive this one as a gift or make it for a friend or family member. The Arcadian Wrap would be wonderful to wear for a special occasion or a night out on the town.
Arcadian Wrap by Kathy Merrick (p 27)
This quick beanie has an amazing texture created by post stitches. It is another 2-skein project and I think it would be a great hat for a girl or a guy!
Wavelength Beanie by Sharon Zientara (p 95)
The patterns in Quick Crocheted Accessories range in level of difficulty, from easy to expert so there is something for everyone. Sharon provides and excellent glossary of some of the important stitches used in the book, complete with diagrams. In addition to the glossary, there is also a list of abbreviations, a list of yarn sources, an index, and a section about the designers. Each pattern also contains a list of finished sizes, materials, gauge, and pattern notes to ensure that your project turns out great.
Thank you for reading my review! I want to give a special thank you to Sharon Zientara and Interweave for allowing me to review Quick Crocheted Accessories! I also want to thank them for letting me feature this amazing excerpt from the book. Enjoy!
Designed by Christina Mershon
This shawlette is a bold, funky statement piece. The jewel tones of the yarn create a dazzling effect. Just throw it over a plain T-shirt and jeans and let the crochet take center stage. For something less dramatic, try working the design in a solid color instead.
About 40″ wide × 20″ long (101.5 × 51 cm) without fringe. The final pattern is one size fits all, but it can easily be adjusted by adding or subtracting rounds.
Fingering weight (#1 Super Fine)
Shown here: Schoppel Wolle Zauberball (75% virgin wool, 25% nylon; 459 yd [420 m]/3½ oz
[100 g]) #1536 fuchsienbeet, 2 balls. Yarn distributed by Skacel Collection, Inc.
Size B/1 (2.25 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. Correct gauge is not crucial.
Stitch markers; yarn needle.
21 sts and 14 hdc blo rows = 4″ (10 cm).
The shawlette is constructed from top to bottom starting in the middle. The fringe of dangling motifs is worked all in one piece as the last row. Unless otherwise indicated, dc stitches are worked in back loops only to create the ridge effect.
Large Fringe Circle: 30 tr in 6th ch from hook, sl st in first tr, at the same time trapping rem main foundation
ch in sl st. Working along the foundation ch towards the body of the shawlette, work sc in every ch across to last ch, sl st in last ch.
Small Fringe Circle: 21 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st in beg ch; trapping foundation ch in sl st, sc in each rem ch of tassle to last ch, sl st in last ch.
Ch 6, sl st in beg ch to form ring.
Row 1: [Ch 2, 5 hdc in ring] twice, turn—10 hdc.
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch-2 sp, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, hdc in each hdc across to
last hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc, turn—16 hdc.
Rows 3–54: Rep Row 2—328 hdc after Row 54.
Do not fasten off.
Row 1: Ch 25, work Large Fringe Circle (see Stitch Guide), *hdc blo in next 10 hdc, ch 15, work Small Fringe Circle (see Stitch Guide), hdc blo in next 10 hdc, ch 25, work Large Fringe Circle**; rep from * to just before center ch-sp, hdc blo in each st to center ch-sp, 2 hdc in center ch-sp, ch 15, work Small Fringe Circle, 2 hdc in same ch-sp, hdc blo in next 3 sts, ch 25, work Large Fringe Circle, rep between * and ** across, ending with hdc blo in last sts of row, ch 25, work Large Fringe Circle, sl st in corner of shawl. Fasten off.
Weave in ends. Block, making sure that the motifs lie flat.