Looking for new knitting patterns? Autumn is the perfect time to get your knitting needles out and start creating something new for your wardrobe. Today on the blog I’m going to share my favourite one skein knitting projects.
Pattern #1 Aurora Scarf
This scarf is part of the Mermaid Collection of 3 scarves which explore the easy lace stitch Y/O, K2tog. (Yarn over the needle, knit the next 2 stitches together). This common lace stitch creates a hole and in combination can create a pretty, lacy effect. This stitch is often found in lace knitting patterns, so if you’ve never tried a lace knitting project before, then Aurora or her mermaid sisters Ava and Ariel are a good place to start!
The Mermaid collection are all knitted in one skein of 4ply yarn, usually 400m/100g. They look lovely in a slightly variegated hand dyed yarn which gives subtle tones without making the stich pattern look too busy.
Ideal single skein patterns for that hand dyed yarn you bought at a yarn show that you couldn’t resist!
Pattern #2 Newgale Beach
This pattern was designed to raise funds for an Ovarian Cancer charity on behalf of a friend of mine, Lyn Roberts, who sadly is no longer with us. Lyn named it Newgale beach which was a favourite place to walk her dog, and the neck warmer was just what she needed to keep cosy.
This is a straightforward knitting pattern worked in double knit in a 2×2 rib. The plait detail is created by knitting individual strands, plaiting them then knitting across them all and continuing with the rib. The buttons pop into the gaps in the plait to make this cosy to wear.
This knitting pattern is a nice one to knit for a man too, perhaps a Christmas present…?
Pattern #3 Two’s Company
This pattern gives you the best of both worlds. It can be a knitting project or a crochet project! The effect of the stitches is very similar.
It started life as a knitting pattern. I was asked so often if it was crochet, or if could I design a similar crochet pattern that I did.
Its knitted (or crocheted) in a double knit yarn, with about 225m/100g. Its also a great way to use up scraps of yarn you might have, and the length is only determined by how much yarn you have. Once made, it can be left as a scarf, or joined to make a cowl. If you use 100g, the scarf will be long enough to make a long loop cowl, or a cosy double loop cowl. (As pictured in blue and cream.)
Pattern #4 Cheeky!
I often give this pattern away free with yarn purchases because it can be knitted in 4ply or double knit yarn. The bolder the better. Its another Y/O, K2tog stitch to create this lattice type effect. Fun, and easy to knit, its the ideal project to make if you are travelling or want to relax and not work too hard! The stitch pattern is easy to learn and after a few rows you won’t need to keep looking at the knitting pattern.
Why is it called Cheeky? Because someone once commented that the yarn colour of the sample was a cheeky pop of colour! I’m not sure if it was a compliment, but it gave the pattern its name anyway.
This cowl pattern is made with the yarn you dye yourself in our dye kits. Its a Star stitch design and shown here using a sparkle yarn. This design is made with 4ply, 400m/100g. An ideal project to use up a single skein of sock yarn or perhaps a dip-dye effect skein.
The star stitch gives a really interesting texture and is easy to knit with a 4 row pattern repeat.
There are lots of single skein patterns available, here are a couple of great resources:
Ravelry Ravelry is an online yarn community. Its free to join, and there are knitting and crochet patterns galore. Some are free, some to buy and download. patterns for everything, not just single skein ideas. If you have a bit of free time, its worth having a look and exploring….
I hope you feel inspired to pick up your knitting needles, have a rummage in your stash and get knitting a single skein project ready for the cooler autumn weather.