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36 200-Yard Knitting Patterns

From big to small knitting patterns, you'll be surprised by what only uses 200 yards of yarn!

Updated December 28, 2022
200 Yard Knitting Patterns

Let me guess: you've found the perfect skein or two of yarn. You saw it through the window of your local yarn store and thought to yourself: I have to have it. Despite the protests of your pesky left-brain ("I JUST bought enough yarn for a sweater!"), you duck in, swearing it will only be a minute... and it will. All you need is that gorgeous skein of yarn. You run over to find that it's the last of its kind, and check the sleeve—two hundred measly yards of yarn total, but nothing is going to stop you. When you bring it over to the nice lady who owns the store, you don't even look at the price before you swipe your credit card. Somewhere, miles away, your husband awakens with a start from his cozy nap.

Buying the yarn is easy. Next comes the hard part: what do you knit with 200 yards of yarn? As it turns out, there are a lot of things you can knit with that little yarn. In fact, you'll find your options to have a lot of variety. From one skein knitting patterns to stashbusters, designers have been developing patterns using a small amount of yardage to show off a special skein of yarn, to use up the last of a larger amount purchased, and so much more. No matter what weight your 200 yards are, you're sure to find something in this list that resonates with you.

BUT FIRST! If you're working with yarn scraps, you need to know how to join two different yarn ends seamlessly. Check out the video below to learn more:

Fingering Weight Patterns

While full skeins of fingering weight yarn often come in just under or over 400 yards, they'll just as often be available with half that yardage. Alternatively, it's easy to use up a partial skein of fingering weight yarn, only to have no idea what to do with the rest. These are some great ideas for 200 yards of fingering weight yarn.

Sport Weight Patterns

Sport weight yarn is an odd beast. It's not quite thin enough for extremely delicate projects, but not thick enough for a cozy, chunky cowl. However, since sport weight yarn lends itself well to smaller projects, you'll notice it's not difficult to find well-written patterns for 200 yards of sport weight yarn (or fewer).

DK Weight Patterns

When people think "DK-weight yarn," they typically think "baby everything." While I'm a strong lover of baby knits, you'll find that DK weight yarn is actually extremely versatile. Since it's still not too thick, you can still get your money's worth out of only 200 yards.

Worsted Weight Patterns

Since worsted weight is probably the most commonly-used kind of yarn, you'll find it's not difficult to find patterns using less than 200 yards of this popular weight. Hats and cowls are a particularly common use for this yardage, but you're certainly not obligated to stick to the basics.

Bulky Weight Patterns

Things get a little more dicey with bulky weight yarn; it seems nearly every pattern that uses it either uses scraps, or multiple skeins for large sweaters and blankets! However, there are definitely some gorgeous patterns out there that use one to two skeins worth of bulky weight yarn, so pick your favorite and get knitting!

Super Bulky Weight Patterns

You'll be hard-pressed to find any skein of super bulky weight yarn that comes in more than 200 yards. I have a hard time finding anything above 100, myself! That said, you can definitely make some gorgeous projects out of 200 yards of super bulky yarn... if you're lucky enough to have found a huge skein or multiple skeins.

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