I think my favorite types of crochet projects to make are ones that use just 1 ball of yarn. Not only are they super quick to make, but they also help you use up the yarn in your stash!
You probably have a variety of yarns in your stash that you need one skein patterns for.
One common yarn is Lion Brand Mandala. Have you ever seen a colorway of Mandala that you just can’t live without? Then after buying it, you go searching for one skein mandala patterns? I have totally done that before😂
If you have too, then make sure to keep reading because there are 3 patterns in this list that use Mandala yarn!
In addition to Mandala, there are lots more patterns included that use sock yarn (#1 weight), worsted yarn (#4 weight) and bulky yarn (#5 weight).
What can I crochet with 1 skein of yarn?
There are LOTS of things you can crochet with just 1 ball of yarn! Scarves, cowls, shawls, bags, other accessories…there are many possibilities!
Obviously, the smaller the project, the less risk of running out of yarn. 😜
In this ultimate list of one skein wonders, I’ve separated all the patterns into categories for you! Here is exactly what I’ve included:
Scarves & Cowls
Ear Warmers & Headbands
Are you ready to see the beautiful one skein patterns? Let’s get to the list!
One Skein Scarves & Cowls
We're going to start with scarves & cowls because, frankly, they're my favorite! It is so easy to take one skein of yarn and make a scarf!
To start off, meet the Autumn Leaves Cowl! This pattern is designed to be lightweight. It uses one skein of We Crochet Chroma Fingering. If you're looking for one skein sock yarn patterns, this might be perfect!
This ear warmer looks like it works up SO fast! It uses a skein of Lion Brand Hometown USA. (By the way, this is my go-to bulky yarn!) If you need a quick one skein chunky yarn pattern, I highly recommend this ear warmer.
This scrubbie is so unique! The little hanging loop is ingenious! I might have to make one myself.
Tips for Crocheting with One Ball of Yarn
So now you’ve seen all the amazing one skein patterns…but how about a few more tips for working with just 1 ball of yarn?! Here is what I recommend:
Stick to the yarn weight recommended. If a pattern calls for bulky weight yarn, you’re not going to want to use one skein of DK. Substituting yarns in one skein patterns is okay, so long as you stick to the same yarn weight as the pattern!
Always check yardage. If you DO decide to use a different yarn than the pattern calls for, there’s a good chance it have different yardage. If that is a case, you could end up needing MORE than one ball of yarn, which kind of defeats the purpose! So check yardage at the beginning to make sure you are on track.
Have fun and use up those leftovers! Don’t be afraid to get creative with colors and patterns.
I hope you enjoyed this ultimate list of single skein crochet patterns! There are so many great patterns out there, but these are some of my absolute favorites.