Projects To Knit With A Single Skein of Yarn

Posted by Sarah Price on

A single skein of fingering weight yarn is an amazing thing. If you only have one, you can still knit whole projects from them and have something beautiful at the end. Don't know what to do with that single skein you're planning to purchase or already have in your stash? Here are some project ideas to get you started.


You can knit a pair of socks from 1 skein of yarn, and most likely have a little leftover! You can knit plain socks, cables socks, lace socks - whatever takes your fancy!

Pattern pictured above: Winter Rose Socks by Helen Stewart

Photo credit: Helen Stewart

Fingerless Gloves / Mitts

These are a great project, so practical and they make a lovely gift!
As with socks, you can stay as simple or get as complicated as you like. It just depends on what you feel like knitting!

Pattern pictured above: Pioneer Gloves by Kelly McClure

Photo Credit: Kelly McClure


This is the project many knitters are most surprised to discover that they can knit with a single 100g skein of yarn. Small shawls are excellent projects as they use up all (or almost all) of the yarn, and are incredibly verstitile and practical. I love wearing my small shawl in winter - it functions as a scarf but looks tidier and prettier, and it also stays put!

Pattern pictured Above: Peace of Wild Things Shawl by Helen Stewart

Photo Credit: Helen Stewart

Other great single-skein shawls are:

Steampunk River by Ann Alger

Or try this Bobble Cowl by Joji Locatelli


I hope this helps you in your quest for what to knit with that skein of yarn! Now you know about some of the beautiful things you can knit with a single skein of 4ply yarn. Hand dyed skeins are ideal for these, check out the beautiful colours in these yarns:

Grevillia Sock Sets (hand dyed in Australia)

Kunzea (alpaca, silk & cashmere) (hand dyed in Australia)

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