Scrapghan

“Scrapghan” is a slang word indicating an afghan that is crocheted or knitted using yarn scraps — i.e. yarn left over from other crochet or knitting projects.


There are many possible ways to create a scrapghan. One popular approach: Buy a bunch of yarn in a color that matches just about everything — perhaps black, beige, white, off-white, or brown. If there’s a color that would look great with all the leftover yarns in your stash, feel free to substitute that color instead. Then use the purchased yarn combined with all your yarn scraps to crochet or knit your scrapghan.

With this type of scrapghan, the purchased yarn tends to act as a unifying element, visually pulling the design together.

If you have enough scraps to crochet an entire afghan without needing to buy any yarn, the granny square is an excellent possibility. The traditional granny square is a no-brainer, time-tested scrapghan pattern. You can easily crochet a scrapghan by joining bunches of different granny squares together.

You can use scrap yarns to crochet bunches of granny squares such as this one, and then join them together to create a fantastic one-of-a-kind scrapghan.
You can use scrap yarns to crochet bunches of granny squares such as this one, and then join them together to create a fantastic one-of-a-kind scrapghan.

There are plenty of other ways to make scrapghans. For example, you can crochet random stripes of different colors. Or you could work from a pattern. Here are a few ideas:

Patterns for Crocheting Scrapghans:

Scrappy Afghans Book by Leisure Arts
Scrappy Afghans Book by Leisure Arts

Scrappy Afghans — If you’re in search of scrapghan patterns, I think you’re going to LOVE this affordable booklet published by Leisure Arts. The book features 8 different patterns for colorful, charming scrapghans you can make. The styles and stitches used for crocheting these afghans are all diverse and interesting. I think most serious crocheters could get their money’s worth out of this book easily.


Crochet Granny Square Patterns: We’ve posted bunches of different granny square patterns for you to try.


If you want to purchase yarn but use your yarn scraps as accent colors, this single crochet rainbow granny square is a great choice. Don’t feel obligated to use the same colors I did; scrap yarn colors would work just as well.


This granny hexagon is a nice alternative to a square, although the concept is similar.

More Free Scrappy Afghan Square Patterns:

You could crochet any or all of these custom crochet afghan squares using scrap yarn.


If you have a lot of baby yarns hanging around in your yarn stash, this heart sampler baby afghan is a great way to use them up.

Synonyms: Other Ways to Say “Scrapghan”


  • Scrap afghan

  • Scrappy afghan

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