The small 62-residue IgG-binding domain B1 of protein L from Peptostreptococcus magnus (Ppl-B1) has proven to be a simple system for the study of the thermodynamics and kinetics of protein folding. X-ray diffraction studies have been initiated in order to determine how the thermostability, folding and unfolding rates of a series of point mutations spanning Ppl-B1 correlate with the high-resolution structures. To this end, a tryptophan-containing variant of Ppl-B1 (herein known as wild type) and two mutants, Lys61Ala and Val49Ala, have been crystallized. Full data sets have been collected for the wild type and the Lys61Ala and Val49Ala mutants to resolutions of 1. 7, 2.3 and 1.8 A, respectively. Interestingly, all three crystallize using different precipitants and in different space groups. This may be a consequence of the relatively large effects of single-site mutations on surface-charge distribution or structural conformation, which might affect crystal contact sites.