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Yarn Stash Busters

Well, as we all know the end of another year is upon us. Many of us have been feverishly knitting and crocheting up a storm, trying to make all our snugglebuggs gifts for the holidays. However, many of us have been trying to use up our yarn stashes. So many of us received new yarn for Christmas and the desire to start a project with it is making our fingers itch with anticipation.

basket full of yarn

But, what do we do with all that left over yarn? I for one have too much yarn to even think about using it all up. But, what about left over yarn from all those projects that we can’t bring ourselves to throw out? What do we do with all that yarn? The obvious answer of course is, fingerless mitts, baby hats, and booties. Still what about those small pieces of yarn that isn’t enough for even booties? Then what? Trash for some, but for the die hards who can’t stand to throw it out, what then?

yarn stash

First, it’s a good idea to sort your yarn into categories of type and color. It’s best to have a plan so you’re not mixing wool and cotton up with acrylic yarn. Colors should blend and compliment each other rather than clash. Another great idea for your yarn stash is to make a magic color ball of yarn, just by joining one short piece of color after another using the Russian join which is a way to join without a knot.

I like the idea of making colorful scarves and then joining them to make a fun and colorful blanket. I remember once when I was a girl, my Dad learned to crochet. We had so much left over yarn that he made a corner to corner afghan by just grabbing one color and crocheting it until he ran out, then adding another color until he used up the whole stash. Only, color wise it was the ugliest blanket anyone had ever seen. This is why I recommend a little planning and preparation.

knit yarn stash buster projects blanket

First of all, if you don’t have enough for a blanket you could just make scarves. This blanket I like because no two will ever be alike. You can use any stitch you like, color variation, and width of stripes. Make it all in warm tones or all cool tones. Use reds only, or blues, how about black and white. Make a sampler.

I think if I was going to do one I would plan it to look like a quilt. So many little bits and pieces in quilts perfect for many colors. A log cabin quilt or stars would be gorgeous. Just a tip for next year, try saving all those bits and pieces and design a knitted quilt blanket at the end of 2016. Good luck!


For those who prefer a pattern the picture above is called Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis and can be found on Ravelry’s site with a free download. It’s a great one for all that left over sock yarn.

stash buster scarf knit

This scarf puts all those fabulous colors from your left over yarn stash to a great use. You can find it on Ravelry it’s called Ridge and Furrow Scarf by Sue Grandfield.

yarn buster sock hat

This hat is from aknitica.com and is another great idea to use up all that sock yarn.

There are so many ideas and ways to use up those little pieces from your yarn stash. Trim a baby sweater, make some preemie baby hats, booties or crazy socks. How about those little baskets and wallets. If you have a great idea that you use your left over yarns on please share with us in the comments section. I’m curious to see what everyone is doing to finish out the year.

I guess many of us are also trying to finish up those projects that are sitting on needles. What knitting New Year’s resolutions have you come up with. I’m giving this some serious thought. I’m not sure exactly what I should strive for, but I want to be more organized in the coming year.

I wish each of you a Safe & Happy New Year!


Hug Your Snugglebugg!

One thought on “Year End Yarn Stash Busters

  1. I just want to say I suck at saving those small pieces and am extremely unorganized with larger left overs so my resolution is to save my left over yarn according to color and type and try to make a blanket at the end of the year. Happy knitting everyone!

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