Crochet One-Skein Wonders – Book Review and Pattern Excerpt

In order to complete this book review, I received a complimentary sample copy from the publisher. I was not financially compensated to write a favorable review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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Excerpted from Crochet One-Skein Wonders (c) Judith Durant (c) Edie Eckman. Photograph by (c) Keller + Keller Photography. Used with permission of Storey Publishing.


Title: Crochet One-Skein Wonders
Published by: Storey Publishing, LLC
Editor: Judith Durant & Edie Eckman
ISBN: 978-1-61212-042-3
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Published: April 9, 2013

Crochet One-Skein Wonders, Edited by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman, published by Storey Publishing LLC, contains 101 projects that use one skein of yarn or less from crocheters around the world! There are patterns for jewelry, accessories, hats, bags, and more from some amazingly talented designers. 

The patterns in Crochet One-Skein Wonders are categorized by yarn weight, with several patterns in each section. Here is the list of sections:

  • Thread
  • Lace Weight
  • Super-Fine Weight
  • Fine Weight
  • Light Weight
  • Medium Weight
  • Bulky Weight

All of the patterns in Crochet One-Skein Wonders have wonderfully detailed instructions and contain finished measurements, gauge information, and yarn and hook information needed to complete the project. The patterns contain detailed charts and diagrams as well for a more visual crocheter. The patterns range in skill level and with over 100 projects to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone.

At the end of the book, there is an Appendix which provides information about the designers, a glossary of stitch terms, visual aids, and other helpful techniques. There is also a chart of yarn weights with recommended hook sizes and gauges, as well as a list of abbreviations, a symbol key, and an index.

So if you want to destash or have one skein of a particular yarn that you don’t know what to do with, I hope you grab a copy of Crochet One-Skein Wonders and try the projects for yourself!

Thank you to Storey Publishing LLC for providing me with a copy of this book for my review! You can see more about Crochet One-Skein Wonders, Edited by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman from Storey Publishing LLC.

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Bonus Content!

Storey Publishing LLC has graciously provided a pattern excerpt from Crochet One-Skein Wonders, Edited by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman for my amazing readers! I hope you enjoy the pattern!

Excerpted from Crochet One-Skein Wonders (c) Judith Durant (c) Edie Eckman. Photograph by (c) Keller + Keller Photography. Used with permission of Storey Publishing.

Green Water-Bottle Holder

Designed by Pam Thompson

With the protection of a soft crocheted sleeve, recycled glass bottles become portable and practical. And everyone will know the bottle is yours!

Finished Measurements

3″/7.5 cm in diameter at bottom, sides 6″/15 cm tall, and strap 21″/53.5 cm long


Rowan Wool Cotton, 50% merino wool/50% cotton, 123 yds (113 m)/1.75 oz (50 g), Color 946 Elf

Crochet Hook

US G/6 (4 mm) or size you need to obtain correct gauge


First 3 rounds = 3″/7.5 cm in diameter; 16 stitches and 9 rounds = 4″/10 cm in side pattern

Other Supplies

Glass water bottle, yarn needle

Pattern Essentials

Reverse sc (reverse single crochet)  With RS facing, working from left to right and keeping hook pointed to the left (for right-handers), or working from right to left and keeping hook pointed to the right (for left-handers), ch 1, *insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook; repeat from *.

Note: The bottom of this bottle holder is based on the first 3 rows of circular Motif #3 in Edie Eckman’s Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs. You could use any circular motif you like (and any gauge yarn). As soon as the circular motif is the size of the bottom of your bottle, maintain that number of stitches going up the sides.

Crocheting the Bottom

Begin with an adjustable ring (see page 271).

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 11 dc in ring; join with slip st to top of ch-3. You now have 12 sts.

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 BLdc in same st, ch 2, skip 1 dc, *3 BLdc in next dc, ch 2, skip 1 dc; repeat from * four more times, join with slip st to top of ch-3. You now have 6 groups of 3 dc and 6 ch-2 spaces.

Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), BLdc in next 2 dc, 3 dc in next space, *BLdc in next dc, 2 BLdc in next dc, BLdc in next dc, 3 dc in next space*, repeat from * to * once, BLdc in next 3 dc, 3 dc in next space; repeat from * to * twice, join with slip st to top of ch-3. You now have 40 sts.

Crocheting the Sides

Rnds 4 and 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), BLdc in each st around, join with slip st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same st, *ch 1, skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next dc; repeat from * to last 3 sts, ch 1, skip 3 dc, join with slip st to top of ch-3. You now have 10 groups of 3 dc and 10 ch-1 spaces.

Repeat Rnds 4–6 three more times, then work Rnd 4 twice more. Do not fasten off.

Crocheting the Strap

Chain 80.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch to end, join with a slip st to bag in second st from starting point. Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, reverse sc in each dc up the bag strap, ch 3, reverse sc down the remaining edge of the strap, reverse sc in 17 stitches around top of the bag. Line up the 3-ch end of the strap with the next 3 stitches along the top of the bag and join with a reverse sc in each stitch, reverse sc in the remaining dc around the top of the bag, join with slip st to base of strap. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Excerpted from Crochet One-Skein Wonders (c) Judith Durant (c) Edie Eckman. Photograph by (c) Keller + Keller Photography. Used with permission of Storey Publishing.



I hope you enjoyed the review and pattern excerpt! If you like this review, check out my review of Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies!

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  1. I’ve been considering buying this book off Amazon. Glad I found your review ro help me to decide…I’m definitely going to buy this!

  2. I love the dragon. He would be great for all the new little children in the family. I have so many leftovers lying around

  3. This is the kind of projects I need! easy and fast! I got not too much time to crochet, I work all day long so I do not want to compromiso to long projects ! thanks a lot for the review a lot of help !. very clear !
    Best regards,

  4. Who would not love this book! I have so many single skein of yarn and this book will help me clear some space in my stash! Your review makes me want to rush out and get me a copy 🙂

  5. This is going on my Christmas wish-list! I have problems with relly long projects, so quick one-skein things are perfect for me.

  6. I love the idea of this book. So often I’m left with odd skeins of yarn, and never know what to do with them so, with so many projects to choose from in this book, I’m sure I’d find something for everyone I know in there 🙂

  7. I have wanted this book for awhile now and I’m glad you gave it a great review! Even though I seldom buy hard copies of books since everything is now published digitally, it still is nice to have ad copy on a bookshelf!

  8. Always good to have something that can be made quick for when I can’t concentrate or if I need a quick gift.

  9. I would still be afraid I won’t have enough yarn. I don’t crochet tight. But this book would certainly help
    with the calculation.

  10. I love one skein patterns to use up yarn stash , Great book! thanks for the review and bonus water bottle pattern!!

  11. I love this book I have so many books I forget what I have. This pattern that you reviewed was fantastic. My Daughter plays soccer and the girls all bring bottled water since they are older,(it’s not cool to bring those cooler jugs like they did when they played when they were younger) and sometimes they don’t put their names on them so I made the team their own water bottle carrier and put their Jersey # on they so they new whose were whose and the girls loved them so much that they wanted extra ones to take water to school. Thanks for the review.

  12. This would be a great book for those times you come across that last skein of yarn marked way down and is calling your name. With 101 patterns there is something for everyone and I like that a wide variety of yarn weights are used to.

  13. I like that the patterns are categorized by yarn weight & there seem to be a nice variety.

  14. I could really use this book. I have lots of single skeins of yarn that I have no idea what to use them for, lol!

  15. This is an amazing book. I may have to get this someday. I always have yarn leftover, usually a lot more than I needed. Thank you so much for this review!

  16. Good review and nice to have written patterns and diagrams as well. English is not my native language. so the diagrams can be very helpful. But I am always scared, with one one-skein patterns that I still be short.

  17. I own this book and have thoroughly enjoyed learning from it. I have made the Crocodile for my son who loves Alligators and Crocs. I have used this book to teach a few friends to crochet as well. The patterns are well written with thorough instructions.

  18. I love that there are several cute ideas for several different types of yarn. It will help me work though my stash.

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