If scrap yarn is accumulating in your yarn stash, we’re betting you’ll be able to use it all up with these creative ideas for scrap yarn knitting and crochet projects. These ideas are all accompanied by free knitting and crochet patterns — so if you have a sizable yarn stash, you’ll be able to create quite a few of these projects with zero out-of-pocket costs assuming you already have the right needles or hooks on hand. In some cases, there’s a possibility that you might want to buy embellishments for finishing your projects — but maybe not. Maybe you already have embellishments in your craft supplies stash as well.
The granny square is one of the most popular scrap yarn craft projects in history. There are more than one zillion different ways you can make them. If you only have short lengths of scrap yarn, you can make small granny squares by crocheting each round using a different yarn, resulting in a colorful and eye-catching look.
Then there are zillions of different things you can do with your squares once you’ve crocheted a big pile of them. If you have huge quantities of scrap yarn, you can create an entire granny square blanket. If you only have a little bit of scrap yarn, you can make smaller projects with your finished grannies — or donate them to a charity that transforms donated squares into blankets for people who need them.
- Our picks for the best granny square crochet pattern books
- Ravelry Group: Donate granny squares to make blankets for the elders at the Pine Ridge Reservation
- Yahoo Group: Donate granny squares to make blankets for the elders at the Pine Ridge Reservation
A Scrap Yarn Granny Square in a Rainbow of Colors:
If you don’t have massive amounts of scrap yarn in your stash, you could try combining your scraps with purchased yarns to get a bit more mileage out of your yarn budget. Let’s say, for example, you would be interested in using your yarn scraps to make a blanket, but you don’t have enough leftover yarn to do it. The design of this granny square is ideal for combining your yarn scraps with a larger quantity of purchased yarn. Or you could aim for making a smaller project such as a pillow.
I crocheted this sample square using a rainbow of scrap yarn colors, but you could use any random colors for the outlines — they don’t have to form a perfect rainbow. It would be lovely to try this pattern using only fall colors, for example.
If you have a substantial collection of scrap yarn, crochet flowers can be fantastic projects for using it all up. In many cases, you can use the flowers as appliques to dress up other craft projects. You can join flat flower designs to create flower-themed blankets, pillows, tote bags, wraps or other items.
This little heart doesn’t require much yarn, and it’s pretty quick to crochet. It’s fun to embellish the heart with ribbon, buttons or scrap yarn; you can crochet it with one kind of yarn or thread and then embellish it with a contrasting type. Then use the finished heart for adorning a hat, cowl, bag or whatever item you have on hand that needs a bit of beautification.
Use up Scrap Yarn With Freeform Crochet and / or Freeform Knitting
Keep in mind that you don’t need to work from a crochet pattern; freeform crochet is one of the best ways I can think of to use up scrap yarn.
The hat pictured at left is a great example of a freeform scrap yarn project. I used up little bits of blue scrap yarn along with a brand new skein of the green yarn to crochet and knit the hat using freeform techniques.