Mini skeins are great fun for yarn lovers. There’s something blissful about having lots of colours to play with.
I’ve produced several patterns using mini skeins – so it’s fair to say I’m completely converted. Not everyone is though – I get emails every week from people who love the mini skein sets but aren’t quite sure what to do with them.
So without further ado – a few suggestions. These are for shawls and a cowl – I’ll pull together another post for hats, mitts and socks.
I know our mini skein sets work with our patterns – and one pattern which always receives a lot of love at shows is the Simple Steps Shawl. For Yarndale the lovely Scully knitted a sample using the soft centres mini skeins combined with turquoise.
Just for contrast here’s the shawl worked with a Printer Ink mini skein set and a dark contrast.
There are lots of other designers working with mini skeins too – here are three I’ve spotted on Ravelry.
I’ve made a couple of versions of Diagonapples – there’s slightly less yarn in one of our minis skeins than in the yarn used in the design, so I worked two rows less.
Socks are one of my favourite things to knit, especially plain socks where there’s plenty of fairly mindless knitting.
I’ve been knitting some winter socks in our Whitefaced Woodland sock yarn. It’s perfect if you want a non nylon sock yarn and provided you use smallish needles (I used a 2.75mm) you’ll end up with hard wearing fabric.
We have a pattern for DK socks – the instructions are for ribbed socks, but the pattern works equally well if you switch to stocking stitch after the first 10 rounds.
There’s no doubt that Anna Maltz is a gem. She’s one of the most generous people I know when it comes to sharing knowledge – and Anna knows a lot of things.
Anna is my favourite designer. If I had to only knit patterns from one designer from now on it’s Anna’s work I’d choose – and I’m certain I’d never be bored.
Anna used our BFL, silk and alpaca yarn for her Halvis sweater design, and she mentioned that it could be machine knitted, and that she would jot down some notes.
I expected that I’d get a note of the tension settings that Anna used to get gauge and maybe a couple of lines. I didn’t expect a blog post full of suggestions and background. But that willingness to share is one of many things to love about Anna.
You can find Anna’s blog with the machine knitting hints here