Bust that stash - free scrap-yarn knitting patterns
Time for a yarn diet?
If you're a keen knitter like me, you're bound to have accumulated a large stash of odd balls and half-skeins of leftover yarn. As the new Year starts, and belts tighten, many of us are resolving to put off buying new yarn and knit from stash. Luckily, there are lots of ways to enjoy our favourite hobby while using up all those odd bits of scrap yarn... and clearing some space for new yarn ;)
Here are some of my favourite free knit and crochet patterns that are just perfect for stash-busting!
Small is Beautiful
No matter how small the amount of that lovely too-good-to-waste fiber you have left over, there's a project out there to make use of it. Toys, bookmarks, decorations and jewellery are quick knits and make perfect gifts, and can be as simple or as challenging as you please.
Amigurumi use small amounts of yarn to make irresistibly cute stuffed animals, while if you have a bunch of acrylic lying around, tawashi (eco pot scrubbies) are both pretty and useful.
Free tiny knits
Here's a few of my favourite small patterns - I'll be updating this list regularly, so do check back often!
- Scrappy doll
An adorable knitted felted doll made from scraps of wool yarn
- No-sew Ugly Bunnies
Part of a series on amigurumi design, these can be made in any size with no seaming!
- Cable braided necklace
perfect for those luscious luxury-fibre leftovers
- Chichester the Pig
Tiny, adorable, no-sew piggies!
- Bobby-pin sweater
determined to use every teensy last scrap? how about some knit-accessorised bobby pins?
- Yarn buckle bracelet
neither knit or crochet, but a stylish way to show off those last bits of interesting yarn.
- 3D flower with stamens
this would be so cue as a brooch, or a bunch of them strung together to make a necklace!
- Teeny tiny octopus
so little yarn so much cuteness!
- Sockology bookmark
teensy socks mark your place (requres ravelry login)
- Leaf me alone, I'm reading
Elegant leaf lace bookmark
- Saartje's Baby bootees
adorable mary-jane style bootees - they stay on, and use 100m or less of yarn
A pot of these knitted pansies would brighten any day!
- Daisy Trail Cuff
Pretty beaded cuff in crochet - needs only 28 yards of yarn total.
- Cherry blossom necklace
A stunning sakura-branch statement necklace
tiny patterns on Amazon
Modular knitting and crochet give you the opportunity to use up lots of bits of scrap yarn, to make a bigger project. Scarves, wraps, afghans, even sweaters, can be made by knitting or crocheting small motifs that are then pieced together to make a bigger item. Lace motifs, granny squares, and domino knitting are great for this.
If you have lots of different weights, you can make your motifs match by changing hook/needle sizes, adding/subtracting rows, or simply doubling or trebling lighter-weight yarns to match heavier ones.
The finished item brings back memories of many enjoyable knitting projects!
Choose a square or motif (or lots of them!) that you like, and simply join as you go to make an amazing stash-busting project. It could even be an ongoing project...
Free modular patterns and motifs - dominoes, motifs and granny squares that you can use to build an amazing item.
These motifs can be joined as you go to make colourful scarves, wraps, afghans and other items.
- Hawaiian Flowers
Colourful, fun crochet flower motif - makes a superb quilt!
- Granny square patterns
A treasury of free granny square patterns in matching sizes
- Diagonal squares
diagonal-knit squares can be put together in various combinations
- Mollie Flowers
super-cute puff-stitch flowers - so cosy!
- Odd-ball sampler afghan
lots of colourful knit squares to mix and match, something to suit every taste!
Stripes are another great way to combine scrap yarns to make bigger projects - you'll usually need to use yarns of a similar weight, but you can change needle sizes and double up yarns to get a consistent gauge.
Free patterns for combining scrap yarns
If you want a real challenge, this amazing funky afghan may well be right up your street!
I made one of these super-simple scrap-yarn shawls in leftover worsted-weight yarns. It was toasty warm and got TONS of compliments!
- scrappy socky cardigan
This stripy top-down baby cardigan is an adorable way to use up those sock yarns oddments.
- Scrappy crochet weave scarf
a stylish striped scarf crocheted end-to-end
- Totem-pole socks
these socks will certainly be unique! (need Ravelry login to access)
- Sweet Remnants baby blanket
Diagonal-knit stripy blanket (requires Ravelry login)
- Kite jacket
Diagonal-striped jacket for baby or adult (requires ravelry login). This pattern is designed for self-striping yarns, but would look amazing in a mix of different colours and textures.