17+ One Ball Projects For Quick Knit and Crochet

There are so many reasons you might have a single skein of yarn. You might have bought one hank because it was special, been gifted one from someone who knows you love yarn, or had just one leftover from a bigger project. But what should you do with those single balls of yarn? Well, you crochet or knit one ball projects, right? Check out this blog post for some ideas for your solo skein.

What Can You Make With One Ball Of Yarn?

There are more one ball project choices than you might think, especially when it comes to finer yarn, such as fingering, sock yarn, or lace. Though you may not squeeze a sweater, blanket, or large item of clothing out of one yarn hank (unless it’s for a baby or a doll), each finer ball has so much yardage it goes a long way whether you knit or crochet.

A shawl is always a favorite project for lace, as are wraps, scarves, mitts, and socks, or even a lightweight shrug. With a bit of creativity, you can create a cowl, hat, mittens, amigurumi toy, more than one headband, baby mittens, or booties from thicker single skeins, maybe even worsted weight, depending on the yardage.

Whatever the yarn weight, you definitely can make something out of one hank.

Here’s our roundup of one-ball projects for quick knit and crochet.

One Ball Projects for Knitters

Here are some of the best one ball/one skein knitting projects, including several knitting patterns I’ve designed over the years:

Super Simple Knit Scarf/Cowl

One Ball Knit Scarf Cowl - free pattern

This great one-skein knit project combines lace and ribbing in one piece. You can make it a scarf, but thanks to the buttons, you can also make it a cowl. It’s one of the most versatile one-ball projects I’ve designed.

Chevron Knit Hat for Beginners

It's so Suite chevron knit hat free pattern

This is an easy free beginner knit hat pattern. You’ll use simple knitting stitches to create a single-color chevron pattern. It’s subtle but effective. With no shaping, you don’t need advanced skills to complete this one ball knit hat.

Seed Stitch Knit Hat Pattern

seed stitch knit hat free pattern

The knit seed stitch is an easy, beautiful beginner stitch pattern. Use it to create this terrific instant gratification one ball knit hat.

Many knit hats are one ball projects. Some of my other favorite knit hat patterns that only use one ball include the Double Dip Knit Ribbed Hat and my Ebb and Flow Chunky Knit Hat.

Topping Scarf Knit Pattern

Topping Scarf one ball knit pattern

This is one of my early one ball projects. It’s a terrific knit scarf, made using a single skein of luxury yarn. The beautiful lace design showcases the yarn perfectly.

Loop It Cowl

loop it cowl knitting pattern

Loop It is a really unique yarn used for finger knitting. My Loop It Cowl design uses only a single ball of this fun yarn.

One Ball Projects for Crocheters

The crocheters aren’t left out of this roundup at all. Here are some of my favorite one ball/one skein crochet patterns:

Super Simple Crochet Shawl

Super Simple Shawl easy free crochet shawl pattern

Use very basic crochet stitches to create this openwork filet mesh shawl. Use one hank of colorful or long color-changing yarn to create the magic of this design.

Roll With It Crochet Shawl

Roll With It Shawl - One Ball Crochet Shawl Free Pattern

This free crochet shawl pattern is very similar to my Super Simple Shawl. However, I tweaked it a little bit. First, I used different yarn. Second, I chose a different border. Finally, the seaming is different. Both the Super Simple Shawl and the Roll With It Shawl are fantastic one ball projects.

Caron Go-To One Skein Crochet Shawl

go to crochet shawl

Work this crochet shawl from the center out for a fun one-ball project. It has a beautiful openwork design with stitches that are really fun to work on. That terrific scalloped border makes a big statement.

Crochet One Skein Soft Essentials Cowl

Crochet One Skein Soft Essentials - one ball crochet cowl pattern

This is one of my favorite one ball projects. It uses a delicate lace crochet stitch pattern. However, I’ve also incorporated post stitches, which add texture to contrast with the lace. I love the effect. It’s a simple crochet cowl pattern.

Many crochet cowl patterns are great one ball projects. For another good one, check out my Jilly Bean Cowl.

Skinny Broomstick Scarf Pattern

one ball Skinny Broomstick Scarf pattern - crochet broomstick lace

Have you ever crocheted broomstick lace? It’s a great technique. And in this pattern you’ll use it to make a single one-ball skinny scarf in the gorgeous open, lacy pattern broomstick lace creates.

Trinity Stitch One Ball Crochet Hat Pattern

trinity stitch crochet hat

The trinity stitch is an easy stitch pattern that creates a beautiful texture. Use one ball of yarn to turn this stitch into an easy new crochet hat.

Blossom Crochet Hat Pattern

Blossom Crochet Hat - one ball crochet hat pattern with brim

This is an advanced crochet pattern. It takes the idea of a messy bun hat but adds a brim to make it more sophisticated. Not all hats are one ball projects but many of them, like this one, are.

The When We Were Young crochet hat pattern is another example of a great one ball hat design.

Bumpy Road Headband Crochet Pattern

Bumpy Road Spa Headband pattern

You don’t need anywhere near a full ball of yarn to complete this quick but adorable crochet pattern. Make a set so all the gals in the family can wear one too!

More One Skein Crochet Patterns

one skein crochet projects book by Marly Bird

Are you looking for even more one ball or hank projects? Then check out my Leisure Arts book of one skein crochet patterns! All designs are quick and easy crochet projects for great instant gratification crafting.

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