Hey there! This week, I am going to be chatting you through some of the projects I like to do when I have a lot of scrap yarn. I have a massive yarn collection right now, and some of the stuff, I am not sure what to do with. Some of these projects are quick and easy, while others will take you a longer time to complete. Let me know which one of these is your favorite!
Testing new patterns I have never tried
This is one of my favorite things to do with a yarn that I am not sure what to do with. I have a massive patterns book, and so I will go through and pick out one that I have never tried. This normally turns into a scarf by the end of the project, or a dish cloth depending on the pattern I find. It is nice to work newer projects on something you do not care as much about, so that when you try for a project that you want to really love, you already understand the pattern. A lot of the times, I just give whatever I make with this way, away as a gift to a family member or coworker. People love getting hand made gifts, and I really enjoy giving them away. I have pictured above, a scarf that a made with an interesting faux bobble pattern, and than a rug that I made for my tuba.
Dish Clothes and Pot Holders
I really love making a set of dish clothes and matching pot holders if I have a bunch of half skeins, and I know someone is going to get married or have a birthday coming up. I will normally grab some half skeins that match color wise, and I typical do a single crochet in the back loops for the dish clothes to give it the ribbed texture. I like the ribbed texture, so it can be a bit more textured when you are using them to wash something. The pot holders, I just do a simple single crochet, and then do a single crochet as the border, and put a chained loop on one of the corners. I have not tried doing a granny pot holder, or a circle one, but I probably will with the next set I have to do. I made these pot holders and dish clothes as a wedding present for some friends who are Vikings and Packers fans.
This is the one project that may take a long time to complete. I have only made one of this before, and I have another one that I started a while back, but have not had time to complete. I normally take one of the patterns I tried previously with scrap yarn, and turn it into a scrap blanket. The first one I made, I just used single crochets. This other one I have is a wavy style blanket with double crochets, and I hope I can get it to turn out well. I learned a lot about using similar yarn for projects, and also what can happen if you wash and dry certain types of yarn. There were sections on the first blanket that shrunk, and others that stretched out. I also learned about being consistent with each stitch, so they all look similar. It was a great beginner project, and I have so much more knowledge about crocheting because of it.
These work out great as gifts. There are so many different patterns for this project, and everyone loves to have one around for when they go to a coffee shop. I have used many different patterns, and you can find a lot of them by going to Pinterest, and looking them up. I even used some koozies as curtain ties in my bedroom! They really help with getting ride of all the really small balls of yarn you have rolling around your collection. They are also very quick to make!
This is one of the best uses for all of the little amounts of yarn I have. Especially when the amigurumi is multiple colors, and very small. If you do not, and amigurumi is a small stuffed animal or character, made by crocheting it. I really love when I can get the time to work on these when I find one that I really like. These can get a little more complicated, an you may need to run out and get some felt or buttons, but they are always so cute when they are done. I really need to find more of these to do, and add them to what I have now.
Those are the main things that I do! I also will look on Pinterest and see if there is anything I am interested in making. It does not take me too long to find a small project to do with some yarn that you have lying around. This is how I mainly get through a lot of my yarn. Or if I know what I want to make, and do not have a good pattern, I will search pinterest for one.
Thanks so much for reading this weeks post. Let me know which one of these scrap projects you like to do, or if you have some that you do more often that I did not talk about. Also, let me know if you would like any patterns that I have shown today. I can try and find them, and send them to you. I hope you have a fantastic week, and I will hopefully see you here next week.