Friday, September 7, 2018

Knitting Patterns for Mini Skeins of Yarn

I am always on the hunt for ways to use up those mini skeins of yarn that I can never resist - so it's no wonder that my latest designs were inspired by (and created especially for) minis! The nice thing about patterns which use mini skeins of yarn is that the frequent color switches keep me from getting bored while knitting, plus it's a great way to use up leftover bits of yarn if you don't have any mini skeins on hand! After finding a lovely skein of navy blue yarn I'd dyed by hand last fall, I was inspired to pair it with some bright sock yarn colors to create the Mini Brights Slouchy Hat.

You'll need 150 yards of sport weight yarn (or you can sub in fingering weight yarn if you'd rather) and five 10-yard mini skeins of sock yarn to knit this colorful hat in either size. If you love the colors shown here, I've created a neon bright mini-skein yarn pack featuring all 5 colors used in the hat here in my Etsy shop for just $12.50 - you'll also receive a free PDF download of this pattern with your purchase (the code will arrive in your yarn pack!). Or, you can purchase the Mini Brights Slouchy Hat pattern PDF here on Ravelry.

As luck would have it, I was recently asked to create 2 new design for the new sport weight Lhasa Wilderness mini skein sets from Bijou Basin Ranch. Each set features 4 hand-dyed colorways that coordinate with one another, making it fun to mix and match however you like.


The Danke Striped Shawl uses 2 sets to create a fun, easy-to-knit striped shawl pattern that is big enough to wrap around your shoulders. The instructions include how to knit the striping sequence shown here, but you can also create your own striping sequence to knit this full-size triangular shawl!


The Mahalo Mosaic Cowl may look like complicated colorwork, but the magic is in the slipped stitches! If you can knit stripes, you can create this squishy, wearable accessory. You could also try knitting it with just two full-size skeins of Lhasa Wilderness if you'd rather!

Looking for more mini skein pattern inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board here - and if you like these patterns, don't forget to share this post on Pinterest using the graphic below!


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