One-Skein Projects

We all have a specific creative process that we go through when we conceive of and start a new knitting project. For me, that process always begins with the yarn. I am a fiber person and I usually fall for the yarn before anything else. I love coming across that perfect skein of merino, alpaca, or linen and realizing that I can’t live without it. Does this experience sound familiar to anyone else?

If it does, you have probably looked for great one-skein projects to do that perfect skein of yarn justice. You probably won’t be surprised when I tell you that I am not the only fiber person at My Sister Knits, so I asked around to get a list of everyone’s favorites.



Kate likes the Bandana Cowl from one of our favorite blogs, Purl Bee. We love Purl Bee for their inspiring knitting and sewing patterns and the best part is the patterns are always free! The Bandana Cowl was a popular project when it first came out and continues to be a big hit. We have it in the shop made of Cascade Eco Cloud (I had to make two because Julie took the first one for herself!)





Kate also likes the Felted Bowls pattern in the book One Skein. Make these bowls in lots of different colors for your desk or crafting table in Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky. Come in and look through the book at the shop for even more one-skein ideas.




Dawn likes the Chinese Waves Dishcloth. Once you use a knitted dishcloth in your kitchen, you will never want to use one bought from a store again. The stitch pattern in the Chinese Waves Dishcloth is not only beautiful, but it creates a sturdy fabric. Make it in cotton or linen if you are feeling really indulgent. The pattern is free on Ravelry!




My favorite one-skein project right now is the Dustland Hat in West Knits Book 3. It calls for a worsted weight yarn and I am using my favorite, Swans Island Worsted in Oatmeal. I tend to give most of the things I make away, but this one is definitely for me! I love this book and am going to make at least two more projects from it including the Dustland Mitts to match my hat.

Another of my favorites is the Cirrus Cowl from Swans Island. In fingering weight, it uses big cables to create a delicate and feminine pattern. If you use Swans Island Fingering yarn, you can get two cowls out of one skein! Swans Island's website is truely beautiful, so check it out after you look up the pattern.

Not only do one-skein projects allow you to use up that one perfect skein, but they also tend to be quick to knit too. This time of year, crafty people can be get stressed by all of the holiday gifts left to finish, so if you need one skein project ideas, we are full of them!