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One Skein Knitting Patterns

by | Jun 25, 2016 | Accessories, Clothing, Featured, Quick Projects

Knitting patterns that use just one skein or ball of yarn. Most of the patterns are free!

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.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for 2 Row Repeat Big Rib Cowl

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

Free knitting pattern for Butterfly Beret uses just one skein of yarn

Butterfly Beret

Ingrid Fallon designed this hat for Red Heart that uses one skein of Red Heart Boutique Midnight. Great for multi-color yarn!

Free Knitting Pattern for Greater Than One, Two, Three Free Knitting Pattern for Greater Than One, Two, Three

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.

Free knitting pattern for Sagebrush Shrug knit with one skein


Hanna Breetz designed this lace shrug that uses just 250 – 280 yards (229 – 256 m) of worsted yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Mock Cable Ear Warmer

Ribbed Ear Warmer

Kate Morgan’s headband features ribbing and faux cables in a pattern that takes less than half a skein of the recommended yarn. Pictured project by crazyartfarm

One Ball Cowl

One Ball Three Hour Cowl

Nancy Queen at Nobleknits designed this basketweave cowl to be knit in the round in three hours. Other knitters who worked on the pattern did not report their times.

Free knitting pattern for Shrug This one skein shrug

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Shrug This

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.

Free knitting pattern for Her Bobble Hat one skein hat

Her Bobble Hat

Cathy Payson designed this cute hat with optional pompom for Red Heart that takes one skein of yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Glitz at the Ritz Shawl for one skein of sock yarn

Glitz at the Ritz Shawl

Helen Stewart’s lovely lace shawlette is designed specifically to be knitted from just one skein of sock weight yarn. Add beads for extra glamour.

Free Knitting Pattern One Ball Lace Cowl

One Ball Lace Cowl

Nancy J. Thomas designed this easy lace cowl that’s a quick knit with one skein of multi-color chunky yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Newborn Baby Blanket one skein project

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Newborn Baby Blanket

Easy baby blanket by Altadena Green uses just one skein of recommended yarn. Use more to make larger size. Size around 50 by 50 cm

Free knitting pattern for Bamboo Stitch Wristers

Bamboo Stitch Wristers

I love the bamboo stitch — it’s so easy and pretty. Lorna Miser designed these fingerless mitts that only take one ball of yarn. Great with multi-color yarn!

One Ball Shawl

One Ball Shawl

Make this elegant leaf lace shawl with just one ball of Shimmer yarn!

Free knitting pattern for Noro One Skein Spiral Hat

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Noro Spiral One-skein Hat

Designed by Manuèle Ducret. Available in English, Spanish and German

Light and Up Shawl Free Knitting Pattern. Perfect for variegated yarn! this and more colorful shawl knitting patterns at

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.

Free knitting pattern for Lacy Market Tote knit with one skein of yarn

Lacy Market Bag

Kristin Omdahl designed this tote for Red Heart that helps save the environment and yarn! Uses about 307 yds/ 281 m

Free knitting pattern for One Skein, One Night, Seed Stitch Tall Cowl and more quick cowl knitting patterns

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.

Vite Cowl Free Knitting Pattern with leaf pattern and more free cowl knitting patterns at

Vite Cowl

Designed by Kristi Johnson, this is a one-skein project knit in super bulky yarn. The leaf lacy motif reflects the name Vite (grapevine in Italian). Uses 121 yards (111 m) of yarn.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting pattern for Morgentau shawl

Morgentau Shawl

This lovely lace shawlette takes just one skein of fingering / sock yarn but the pattern includes options for making a larger version, using different weights of yarn, and adding beads. Great for multi-color yarn

Knitting pattern for Lace Fingerless Gloves

Lace Fingerless Gloves

These elegant gloves only use one ball of worsted weight yarn.

Baby Hat Knitting Patterns

3 Beginner Baby Hats With 1 Skein

Knit all three hats with 1 skein each of Bernat® Giggles™ using U.S. size 7/4.5mm double-point and 16″ circular needles. Finished sizes: 14 (16, 18)”.

Knitting pattern for Coneflower Scarf

Coneflower Scarf

This one ball scarf by KnitChicGrace uses drop stitches to create a lacy floral design. Can easily be customized to make a shawl.

Knitting pattern for Darting Diagonals fingerless gloves

Darting Diagonals Fingerless Gloves

Knit on straight needles and seamed, this is one skein project.

Knitting pattern for Falling Leaves Beret

Falling Leaves Beret

This lace hat by ApiaryKnits is a perfect one skein project, because it takes approximately 175 yards of worsted weight yarn.

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Terry Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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