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When I first saw 1-2-3 Skein Crochet*, I was excited. The vast majority of the “one skein” or “stashbuster” books I had seen so far were either for knit only or for “knit and crochet” — and we all know that a book that is for “knit and crochet” will generally consist of about 90% knitting patterns with a token handful of crochet patterns thrown in. So finding one that was specifically for crochet patterns felt like getting the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Given how I had built up my expectations, then, it isn’t surprising that the book fell short. But if it didn’t turn out to be a pot of gold, it was at least a pot of pewter — nothing flashy, but still solid and useful.
I can definitely think of a few of these projects that will find themselves on my project list. The Basketweave Eyeglass Case, Travel Pillows and Dainty Slippers, in particular, might well become gifts in the near-to-medium-term future. These stand in contrast to projects like the Funky Hat, Felted Necklace and Santa Toilet Seat Cover that were definitely not things I could see myself making, much less giving as gifts (YMMV, of course). Luckily, projects like these were reasonably few and far between.
I have to say that the Babies section stood out as particularly useful. Crochet patterns for babies generally rank high on the cooing adorability scale, but a few of these patters stood out, even from that crowd, as egregiously cute. I’m thinking in particular of the Serenity Blue Dress, the jacket from the Boy Blue Sunday Suit, and the Lemon Drops layette set. Even though nobody I know is currently expecting, I felt the itch to begin making one of these sweet patterns so as to be ready the next time one of my friends and/or relations procreates.
Where the Babies section stood out, I found myself wondering about some of the patterns in the Men’s section. Many of the projects struck me as fairly unisex-ish. Nothing wrong with them, of course, but it seemed like they were “manly” mostly in the yarn color, and not in the pattern itself.
All in all, this is a serviceable stash-busting book. I wouldn’t call it inspired, but that isn’t what stash busting is really about, anyway. If you are a crocheter who wants to reduce that stash of yarn that is currently taking over the closet, I’d definitely suggest taking a look at this book.
* For purposes of full disclosure, I want to say that no publisher or seller of this work has influenced this review.