Miniskeins are fun, wee little things that routinely slay me with their adorableness.  But as I’m not a fan of the sock yarn blanket, I’m always at a loss for what to make with them.  Since I’ll be putting up some mini kits in tomorrow’s update (sock weight and worsted weight packs of ten minis each), I thought I’d dig through Rav and see what I could find for inspiration.

First, I heard about the book Mini Skein Knits: 25 Knitting Patterns Using Small Skeins and Leftovers by Lark Crafts (Rav link) (Amazon Link).

miniskein book

I don’t own it yet, but perusing the Rav page shows all the projects and several seem very knitable, simple, and fun.  They are knit in semisolid yarn, but for many a variegated yarn would work as well.  I particularly enjoyed the idea of the chevron coffee cozy and the simple sideways mitts.

I also love the idea of linen stitch, especially when dealing with many skeins of highly variegated minis.  Designer Sara Core has a pair of patterns that are appropriate: the Mini Mania Scarf and Manic Panic Cowl.  Both of those garments look like loads of colorful fun.

But what if you have a LOT of minis, or if you want to make something truly epic?  Look no further than Wendy D. Johnson’s Leftovers Cowl.  It is perhaps not ideally suited to masses of highly variegated yarns, but semisolids, tonals, and solids will all work beautifully.  It’s easily re-sizable, too, so no worries that you’d have to make it as big as she did.  I’d love to have one much narrower, made from my black ash worsted yarns.

If it’s a high cute factor you’re looking for (not to mention easy gifts!), why not take a peek at Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi (rav link) by Anna Hrachovec? (Amazon link)  This book has 38 patterns for tiny things, from minuscule fried eggs to minute mermaids.

Crochet offers almost endless options for scraps (amigurumi, anyone?), but I like the idea of a Babette Blanket that uses up one mini per square.  Solid, variegated – none of that matters, and different size minis would yield a range of individual square sizes.

It’s safe to say that with minis, there is no lack of inspiration out there.  And with so many types and sizes of minis to choose from, you are limited only by your imagination.  What would you make with yours?  Let us know in the comments!


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