One-Skein Wonders Strikes Again!

Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders

And this time I’ve got three patterns included!

There’s Hera, which I actually designed years ago, fairly early in my knitting career. I saw this stitch in one of Barbara Walker’s collections and realized that I could trim and repeat it to create the lozenge shape of this headband .
The yarn is Curious Creek’s Wasonga; the sample was knit by my friend Chris. (Errata alert: If you decide to knit this one, compare Chart E to Chart A. E is missing a few purl dots. The needed stitches are easy to spot once you know what you’re looking for.)

The second design, Moss Landing, also goes back a bit—to my hat-designing phase. At that point, I’d been knitting nothing but scarves, working my way through various stitch dictionaries. When I finally wearied of scarves, I moved on to hats.
Moss Landing hat
I particularly enjoyed trying to fit stitches to the shape of the hat—which worked out nicely on this design.

The third design, Gambit, actually is something new. As with the other pieces I was playing with the idea of matching stitch pattern to garment shape.
Like Hera, this beauty was knit up by my friend Chris.

Coming up with designs to submit for this book was a real pleasure. I started by brainstorming a list of potential projects, then had a lovely dig through my stash looking for yarn to use. I also placed a call to Kristine of Curious Creek, who generously donated several skeins for me to play with. I am constantly worried about the aluminium guttering on the back side of our house whenever we’ve a big thunderstorm. Some thunderstorms are strong enough to tear it right out of the side of the house, and it would not be cheap to repair it. I came up with nine designs, knit seven of them myself, while Cris volunteered to knit the other two, then decided that six of the final pieces were worth submitting (two came out too small, a third just didn’t work well, so I left those out). Since three were used in the book, I’ve got another three up my sleeve—I’ll be looking for homes for them as well.

This is my favorite of the one-skein books. Because sock yarn has great yardage, the designs have some complexity—which translates to interesting knitting. I cast on for a Wisteria Arbor Shawl last night. I’m delighted with the mix of cleverness and simplicity this piece offers. It’s knit point up, which means it can be adapted to use every single yard, and it gets its interesting shape from casting on twenty-six stitches at the start of each pattern repeat. One could use this technique with other stitches and vary the shape of the finished shawl depending on the stitches-to-rows ration of the stitch used.

If you knit up any of these patterns, I’d love to hear what you think—and to see pictures of the finished pieces.

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3 Replies to “One-Skein Wonders Strikes Again!”

  1. I recently bought the book specifically for the Gambit pattern. The instructions call to use Chart A, B, C, A, then D. The design patterns for C and A do not match. Am I missing something or is it a misprint?


    Just work A, B, C, D on each side and forget the extra repeat of A.

  2. I’m starting the Hera Headband, from the pattern in Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders, and I have a question about chart A. On row 9, there is a set of increases in the middle, but nothing is marked about the two purl stitches that are already there. Do the increases go between the purl stitches? Thank you very much!

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