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One Skein Wonders: Fingering Weight Edition

One Skein Wonders: Fingering Weight Edition

I don’t know about you, but I am hugely guilty of buying single skeins of gorgeously dyed fingering-weight yarn without any purpose.  While it’s no big deal to mix odd skeins of fingering yarn into a big shawl or a sweater, it’s nice to have a single project to pack these beauties into.  And of course, there’s always a pair of socks and a cute sock-weight hat, but here are a few more favorites, perfect for those odd skeins of Baah’s La Jolla, Anzula Squishy or Madeline Tosh TML you have lying around.

Starshower

Hillary Smith Callis’s Starshower is a lacy, shawl/cowl hybrid that functions as beautifully as something to warm your neck as it does as a bit of adornment for it.  This sort of piece lets you play with some simple lace knitting and an interesting cowl construction.  If you like this aesthetic, Smith Callis has TONS of cute patterns that call for about 400 yards of fingering weight yarn.

Aperture Shawl

The Aperture Shawl by Ambah O’Brien is a classic triangular shawl with a modern lace pattern – nice clean lines keep it from looking too stuffy.  What’s not to love about one skein of yarn that yields a dramatic and chic piece like this?  Once again, O’Brien has tons of patterns that fit the bill as a “one skein wonder” for fingering weight yarn.

Antarktis

Another tried and true shawl is Antarktis by Janina Kallio.  Lots of modern lace give this asymmetrical shawl a light touch, and it’s a beautiful piece to drape over yourself all year round.  This pattern beautifully shows off splashes of color and variegated yarns.

Playdate Cardigan

A wonderful quality of so many of these fingering weight yarns (especially Baah’s La Jolla) is that they are superwash, making them ideal for kids clothes.  And 400 yards is about the right amount to whip into a baby sweater.  There are tons of little sweater patterns for 0-6 month old babies that call for about 350 yards of fingering weight yarn – and Tin Can Knits has a couple of classic designs that are perfect to get you started.  Play Date is a simple, classic cardigan (which happens to be sized for tiny humans and adults alike), and a perfect candidate for that single skein of fingering yarn.

There are thousands of options out there, and these are just a few favorites to get you started.  Having said all of this, my main point is that you shouldn’t feel guilty about picking up those random skeins of beautifully dyed, oh-so-soft fingering weight yarn.  There is limitless potential about putting them to good use.

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