One Skein Knitting Patterns
Have a luxury yarn you love but could only afford to get one skein? Or have a skein leftover from another project? Or are on tight schedule or budget for your next project? Try these projects that take just one skein or ball of the recommended yarn.
Note that it is a good idea to read the yarn requirements carefully if you are not using the recommended yarn. And swatch! Results with different yarns and different sizes may require more than one skein.
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
2 Row Repeat Big Rib Cowl
This large twisted cowl features a 2 row repeat fishermen rib stitch and is knit with one skein of the recommended yarn. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by Caron Design Team. Great with multi-colored yarn
Greater Than One, Two, Three
This slipped stitch pattern herringbone cowl uses just 190 – 200 yards (174 – 183 m) of fingering yarn. Three versions – two Moebius and one regular circular cowl. Designed by Amy Williams to showcase multicolored, specifically Noro, yarn.
This shrug design by Toni Kayser Weiner is featured in One-Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn-Shop Favorites and is worked seamlessly from the top down. Takes 153 yards (140 m). I would recommend you read the project notes of other knitters and do a swatch. Many have said the shrug came out too small for them.
Light and Up Shawl
Caroline Wiens designed this easy to knit shawl with eyelets. The shawl is made of one skein of fingering weight yarn on larger size needles. It’s great for variegated yarn! Uses 400 – 440 yards (366 – 402 m) of fingering yarn.
One Skein, One Night, Seed Stitch Tall Cowl
Diana Levine designed this easy cowl pattern with plenty of photos. This link is to the web archive page since it appears that her blog is no longer available.
Patterns for Purchase
One Skein Wonders
Judith Durant has created a series of books with projects that use just one skein of yarn. Some of the patterns are in this post.
- See all the books at Alibris. Many are available for less than a dollar!
- 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders
- One-Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn-Shop Favorites
- One-Skein Wonders for Babies: 101 Knitting Projects for Infants & Toddlers
- Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Patterns That Go Way Beyond Socks!
- Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders
- Lace One Skein Wonders: 101 Projects Celebrating the Possibilities of Lace
Falling Leaves Beret
This lace hat by ApiaryKnits is a perfect one skein project, because it takes approximately 175 yards of worsted weight yarn.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!