Fun Knitting Projects to Clean Up Your Yarn Stash

June 03, 2021 2 min read 0 Comments

Use your yarn stash

Does your yarn stash have single skeins and little scrap balls of leftover yarn that are seemingly too small for a project? Most projects have a bit of leftover yarn and it seems wasteful to throw it away. Now it is sitting around taking up space, so how can you use it so it doesn't go to waste? Get ready to crank up the creativity level. We came up with a list of fun knitting projects that are perfectly paired with scraps of unused yarn.

To get started, one option is to make a giant yarn ball from your scraps. Weaving in ends during your knitting project can become annoying, but creating a giant ball of yarn solves that problem. A "Russian Join" is a great technique used for invisibly merging scraps of yarn. 

Knitted Dishcloths

Find a few scrap balls of yarn and give them purpose by knitting a few dishcloths. Knitted dishcloths are useful, beautiful and do not require much yarn. They make for thoughtful gifts and can quickly use up the parts of your yarn stash that are too small for a bigger project. 

Dog Sweater

Dog in a knitted sweater

Gather up your excess yarn and knit an adorable striped sweater for Fido. Any yarn color will suffice, as most pooches don't have a sweater color preference. If your dog is a small dog, you may be able to knit an entire wardrobe with your yarn stash. 

Knitted Coasters

Leftover scraps of yarn can be repurposed to create charming little coasters to keep tables free of water rings. Whether they are bright and fun or sleek and neutral, everyone uses coasters and they are a great project to use up some extra yarn. 

Earbud Pouch

Don't settle for a plain earbud pouch. Knit your own colorful pouch to store your earbuds. These make the BEST gifts for teens. Pick out a few brightly colors yarn scraps from your stash and use this free pattern to knit up a few darling and useful earbud pouches.

Scrap Yarn Blanket

Photo Credit: Pearls and Scissors

Oftentimes, the most comfy blankets are knitted with scrap yarn. If you are left with a bunch of half finished skeins, start by sorting out your stash. Pull aside some color coordinated yarns in various sizes, gauges, and fiber content and start knitting. Here are some instructions to get you going. 

Bookmarks

Most of the bookmarks I own are gifts that were given to me by special people in my life. Every time I open my book, I think of them and the bookmark brings a smile to my face. Creating knitted bookmarks is a great way to knit something special from those small yarn scraps. 

Scrappy Knitted Socks

Soft, hang-around-the-house socks are the perfect project for yarn scraps. Find the softest scraps you can find and start knitting. Don't worry about their appearance. The goal is to use your yarn stash to create a favorite pair of the most comfy socks. These are strictly self-care socks. 

Now that you have some great ideas to whittle down your yarn stash, it is time to get to work. Do you have other favorite yarn stash projects? If so, please share them in the comments. 



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