Find the best one skein crochet patterns on the web with this great round up of free crochet patterns for when you only have one skein.
I can’t be the only one who has that one random skein of yarn. You know the one that you can’t quite remember buying and that doesn’t really match anything else? You will finally be able to find the perfect project for that odd ball of yarn with this great round up of one skein crochet patterns!
The other thing that I love about one skein crochet patterns is that they are usually pretty quick to make, and because they only use one skein they are inexpensive too. That makes them perfect for last minute crochet gifts for Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Mother’s Day and more!
What can you make with just one skein of yarn? I’ll tell you! I’ve got one skein crochet patterns for beanies, one skein crochet patterns for scarves, and one skein crochet patterns for shawls. There are even free crochet patterns for leg warmers, mittens, home decor, bags and more! Check it out and see what you think.
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Tips for Choosing the Best One Skein Crochet Projects
I know how it is to have a wonderful skein of yarn that is so very special, yet you can’t find the right project and so it sits in your stash for a long time. Or that extra skein that was left after finishing up a much larger project and you just can’t bear to let it go.
There are so many things you can create with a single skein of yarn, but there are also some things to be aware of before you begin.
First, check the size skein that was used in the design. For example, I’ve seen a “One Skein Baby Blanket” on YouTube – because it was made with a skein of Caron One Pound! Most of us don’t have that kind of yardage on our single skein. That pattern is included here in the line up, but be aware it uses a huge skein.
Second, ensure that the type of yarn you have is suitable for the project. You don’t want to try to make a lacy cowl with a super bulky.
Finally, feel free to go a bit out there. Buy a skein in outrageous colors and pair it with a fun pattern. Make something that you wouldn’t normally make. After all, it’s only one skein so it won’t take that long!
Now, let’s check out these free crochet patterns!
25 Free Crochet Patterns for When You Only Have One Skein
1. Fortune’s Shawlette
Beauty and grace are the hallmarks of this stunning lace shawlette. Pin it around your neck for a cute and cozy scarf or wrap it around your shoulders for some extra warmth and modesty. It’s the perfect versatile piece to add to your wardrobe! You’ll be working corner to corner with a lace variation of the more traditional diagonal box stitch.
Designer: Moogly Blog
Yarn: Knit Picks Hawthorne (Fingering Weight #1)
2. South Haven Slouch
This elusive perfectly slouchy beanie has beautiful drape without being bulky or looking too bunched up on the top. The design elevates basic crochet stitches like single crochet and half double crochet into something really special. You’ll also be using the camel stitch for a couple rows to add texture and interest.
Designer: Yarn + Chai
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Longwood (DK Weight #3)
3. Slouchy Crochet Leg Warmers
One skein crochet patterns aren’t all scarves and beanies. Let’s crochet outside the box with a pair of fashionable and comfortable crochet leg warmers. You can make this darling slouchy pair using just single and double crochet stitches. Sometimes you’ll be working in the back loops only and sometimes you’ll be working your stitches around the post.
Designer: Signoi Macaroni
Yarn: Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool (Worsted Weight #4)
4. Glam Girl Shrug
Light up any outfit with a sparkly lightweight crochet shrug. Modesty meets glamour in this splendid design that is worked in a mesh stitch involving double crochet and chain stitches. This piece starts out as a simple rectangle and is then seamed to form armholes. So clever and cute!
Designer: Ball Hank n’ Skein
Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Swanky (DK Weight Yarn #3)
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5. Orange Spice Scarf
One skein crochet patterns aren’t all monochrome, you know. You can have your cake and wear it too with a colorful crochet scarf made with cake yarn. This playful design uses double crochet and chain stitches to make the little window panes and popcorn stitches along the edges for added texture. I love the unique shape of the scarf and just how fun and bright it is!
Designer: Annie Design Crochet
Yarn: Caron Cakes (Worsted Weight #4)
6. One Skein Puff Pillow
An ultra-soft velvet pillow is just the thing for staying in and snuggling on the couch. Pillows are such a fun and fast make. Just crochet two squares, sew them together, and voila! Crochet puff stitches give this pillow its fabulous texture. You’ll also be using single and double crochet stitches.
Designer: Stitch in Progress
Yarn: Bernat Velvet (Chunky Yarn Weight #5)
7. Frosted Glass Cowl
One skein crochet patterns are perfect for last-minute gifts. A cozy crochet cowl in the recipient’s favorite colors is sure to be well-received. Stitches worked into the back loops or the third loops, along with bead stitches give this cowl lots of texture and visual interest and will keep you engaged too!
Designer: Thorseby Cottage
Yarn: Caron Cotton Cakes (Worsted Weight #4)
8. One Skein Boho Bag
T-shirt yarn makes this bulky boho bag work up quickly. It also adds a nice strong structure that can be lacking in some of the other crochet bag designs. Take the time to add the finishing touches here – like the fringe and the wooden bead closure – and you’ll have something really special on your hands!
Designer: Crochet Dreamz
Yarn: Bernat Maker Home Dec (Bulky Weight #5)
9. Classic Crochet Bunny
I see a lot of people asking in crochet groups how to make crochet stuffed animals bigger. One way to get a good size stuffie (in a jiffy) is to use super bulky yarn. I especially love the texture and character the homespun yarn imparts to this cute bunny. You can make this one skein crochet pattern using just single and half double crochet stitches.
Designer: One Dog Woof
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun (Super Bulky Weight #6)
10. Black Cat Slouch Hat
Are you more of a cat person or a dog person? You can show off your love of all things feline with this adorable (and sparkly) black cat slouch hat. This design is worked flat in half double crochet stitches worked through the back loops only. I love the textured ridges you get when you make crochet ribbing this way – plus it makes this hat extra stretchy!
Designer: Persia Lou
Yarn: Premier Yarns Isaac Mizrahi Craft (Super Bulky Weight #6)
11. Basic Back Loop Beanie
Don’t you just love one skein crochet patterns with sizes for the whole family? This basic hat is super easy and it looks great too. The unisex design works well for both men and women. Plus, there are kid sizes too! Using just half double crochet stitches, you’ll be working in back and forth rows for the easiest crochet hat of your life!
Designer: Heart Hook Home
Yarn: Bernat Super Value (Worsted Weight #4)
12. Junne Cowl
Looking for the perfect project to crochet while watching TV? How about a lovely drapey crochet cowl worked in a continuous spiral. There’s no joining rounds or counting stitches. Just keep crocheting until you get the height you want. Herringbone half double crochet stitch gives this one skein crochet pattern a really unique texture as well as excellent drape!
Designer: KT and the Squid
Yarn: KT and the Squid (Worsted Weight #4)
13. Mina’s Classic Mitts
I can’t decide if this year has been going by really slowly or really quickly. I mean, it really feels like it should be spring already, right? Oh well, at least I can accessorize with these cute crochet mittens. Extended single crochet waistcoat stitch mimics the look of knitting and creates a really dense and warm fabric that’s perfect for warm and toasty mittens.
Designer: Hooked Hazel
Yarn: Premier Yarns Everyday (Worsted Weight #4)
14. Eyelet Crochet Bag
Having a small handbag on hand is so nice when you’re running a quick errand or going out for a nice night. You don’t want to be weighed down with a big purse! This cute crochet clutch is the perfect size for the essentials – your wallet and keys. You can make your own using just single and double crochet stitches. Oh, and don’t forget the cute button closure!
Designer: Knitting with Chopsticks
Yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (Worsted Weight #4)
15. Simple Winter Scarf
Purple is my favorite color and I’m a sucker for anything with a pom pom. So naturally this one skein crochet project caught my eye! It’s made with just single crochet stitches worked in the back loops only. The tube construction makes this scarf double thick and cozy – and the continuous crochet method leaves your mind free to multitask.
Designer: Beatrice Ryan Designs
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Ombre (Worsted Weight Yarn #4)
16. Catherine’s Wheel Clutch
The catherine’s wheel stitch is one of my favorite “fancy” crochet stitches. It looks so intricate, but I’ll let you in on a little secret – it’s actually really easy! If you can single and double crochet, decrease, and increase – then you can totally make this cute crochet clutch! I love this design as shown with the color changing yarn or you could even use scrap yarn!
Designer: Made by Gootie
Yarn: Schachenmayr Catania Color (DK Weight Yarn #3)
17. The Strata Beanie
Get ready to hear, “Where did you buy that cute hat?” all the time if you make and wear this stunning crochet beanie. I love being able to say “I made it myself!”, don’t you? Cake yarn makes one skein crochet patterns practically effortless. You can make this design using single crochet, half double crochet, and waistcoat stitches along with surface slip stitches.
Designer: Evelyn and Peter Crochet
Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala Tweed Stripes (Worsted Weight #4)
18. Mountain Ridges Hat
Three reasons to love this one skein crochet pattern: there’s an option for a messy bun beanie, there’s a matching scarf design, and it’s actually a really easy pattern! Seriously, if you know how to double crochet and work stitches around the post, then you’re already on your way to texture town via this trendy crochet beanie.
Designer: The Friendly Red Fox
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn (Worsted Weight #4)
19. Lap Throw
Yes, one skein crochet patterns can even include blankets! This lap throw is the perfect size for watching TV or for keeping cozy in the car. This textured crochet throw uses post stitches and cluster stitches. The pattern also includes instructions for working a simple border. I think this blanket would be perfect for gifting.
Designer: Mary Ann Frits for Yarnspirations
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo (Worsted Weight #4)
20. Jade Shawl
Cake yarn saves the day again, this time with beautiful ombre jewel tones. This lightweight crochet shawl can be worn wrapped around the neck or draped around the shoulders. The design keeps this interesting and fun with single crochet, double crochet, V stitches, and puff stitches.
Designer: Crochet Dreamz
Yarn: Lion Brand Shawl in a Cake (Worsted Weight #4)
21. Soft Stitch Cowl
You might be wondering what intriguing stitch combination is used for this gorgeous cowl. The surface is almost solid, but it doesn’t look like just basic stitches. And just look at the lovely drape you can achieve! Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s actually just double crochet stitches and double crochet 2 togethers!
Designer: Crochet in Colors
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Worsted Weight #5)
22. One Skein Basic Filet Shawl
The name of the beautiful colorway used in this openwork shawl is persimmon and I think it’s just perfect. This is a nice and relaxing crochet project that starts at the tip of the triangle and increases. After the first row, each row is the same combination of double crochet and chain stitches which makes it easy to memorize.
Designer: The Left Side of Crochet
Yarn: Red Heart Symphony (Worsted Weight #4)
23. One Skein Baby Blanket
There’s something very satisfying about buying an entire pound of yarn, adding lots of love, and making a beautiful and soft baby blanket. If you are looking for one skein crochet patterns for beginners then look no further than this super easy baby blanket. A large hook gives the appearance of lace even though it’s entirely made in single crochet stitches.
Designer: Marilyn Losee for Caron
Yarn: Caron One Pound (Worsted Weight #4)
24. Poppy Pom Pom Scarf
Liven things up with bold chevron stitches and playful pom poms. You are sure to make people smile when you wear this fun crochet scarf made with double crochet stitches. The signature hills and valleys of the chevron technique are made with increases and decreases.
Designer: Crochet Bouquet
Yarn: The Yarn Collective Fleurville (Worsted Weight #4)
One of the very first things I ever made for my daughter when she was a baby was a crochet jellyfish. They are fun to make, fun to play with, and perfect for snuggling too. Now that my daughter is 8, she has passed it on to her kitten who loves to bat at the tentacles. This is a very detailed and well written pattern that only uses basic crochet stitches.
Designer: Carolyn Brodie
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver (Worsted Weight Yarn #4)
Common Questions About One Skein Crochet Patterns
There are many things to crochet with 1 skein of yarn! My favorites are a shawl pattern made with one skein of Mandala from Lion Brand Yarn (like this beginner one here), a crochet scarf pattern in a luxurious hand dyed yarn, a headband or earwarmer with interesting texture, a pair of fingerless gloves crocheted with special stitches.
You can really use any yarn weight for a one skein project. The lighter weight yarns like fingering weight yarn will have more yardage than a worsted weight yarn or bulky weight yarn, so you get more bang for your buck out of them, but they do have a smaller gauge.
While it is possible to make a baby blanket using one of the one pound skeins or a blanket yarn made for a single-skein blanket, you cannot make a large blanket with from single skeins.
Don’t you just love finding that perfect crochet pattern for a skein of yarn? Sometimes it feels like the yarn was just destined for a certain project. I hope you got that “Ah-ha!” moment when reading through this round-up of one skein crochet patterns!
I’m dying to know which pattern caught your eye. Also, do you have any other favorite one skein crochet patterns? Let’s connect in the comments below.
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