To help you plan your beautiful mini-skein project and to make the most of your minis whilst you’re knitting, I’ve complied my top five tips for mini-skein success! I hope you find them useful.

1) Take Photos: Once you’ve worked out the perfect order to knit your mini-skeins in, take a quick photo of them on your phone. I always think that I’ll remember which mini I was planning to use next, but I don’t, so use your phone camera to help you.

2) Use Weighing Scales: I love my little set of jewellery scales for weighing my yarn. They are great for mini-skeins because you often want to use up all the yarn but it can be hard to work out whether you’ve got enough yarn to knit another row or not. Read about how to do this here.

3) Wind Them At The Last Minute: It’s very tempting to wind up your mini-skeins into little balls right at the beginning of your project. However, if you’re finding it hard to work out which mini to use next, you’ll find it easier to see all the colours in the yarn if you leave them as skeins. Unravelling and laying out the mini-skeins next to each other will help you decide upon the best order to knit them in.

4) Knit In The Ends: Try the handy ‘weft-clasp’ technique for joining-in new mini-skeins to avoid having to weave in lots of ends!  Read about the technique here.

5) No Weaving-In: Another way to deal with the ends is to hold them with the working yarn and work the next couple of stitches with the old tail, new tail and working yarn held together. Or, if you’re knitting a tube (like the Choose Colour! Cowl) where all the ends will be on the inside and unseen, just tie the ends in a double knot – nobody will ever see them! (I have a big oversized jumper where I did this: I have to tuck the ends in around the neck every time I put it on! Haha!)

Looking for mini-skein patterns? Have a look here.

Looking for mini-skeins?Here’s a handy list of mini-skein producers!