January 11th, 2013

31 Days to Get Organized: What to Do with Leftover Yarn

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This week, the staff at WEBS is giving us some great ideas of what we can do with our leftover yarn!

(Left) I like to use leftover yarn as decoration at the bottom of a vase or mason jar. I filled this one with little pom poms made from scrap yarn and use it to keep my crochet hooks on display. > Mary K.

(Right) Adrian at Hello Yarn just published a beautiful mitten pattern that is BEYOND perfect for using up scraps of worsted weight yarns – which I happen to have tons of! The Hickory Mittens are gorgeous in just about any color combination you can think of and I’m already done with one, I’ll have a pair by the weekend and it is ALL STASH YARN! Cascade 220 and Northampton. > Sara D.

(Left) I have a basket full of random single skeins of yarn, and I want to get in the habit of doing a little creative knitting every day. So, every day this year, I’m knitting a small rectangle from my scrap basket and piecing them together on random weekends. By the end of the year, I’ll have a blanket! I’m taking a picture of the square I’ve knit each day and posting it to http://annualblanket.tumblr.com/ if you want to follow along. > Kirsten H.

(Right) I use some of my leftover yarn from bigger projects to give these crocheted hemp (or linen) bowls a decorative splash of color at the top. > Amy S.

(Left) Leftovers are perfect to use for tiny projects like toys and even for the stuffing inside them! > Grace H.

(Right) Yarn dolls use very little leftover yarn and are a perfect project to do with the kids. > Kristin L.

(Left) I love making felted slippers with my leftover feltable yarn like Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride and Valley Yarns Northampton. Since you hold together two strands of yarn for the Fiber Trends Clogs, you can get some fun results. > Dena C.

(Right) These furniture feet are a great way to protect your floors and add some design to a room. They use very little yarn but have a big impact. > Grace H.

 

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Grace

Customer Service Liaison at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
I started working at WEBS in September 2010. I learned how to knit 5 years ago and have been crocheting since childhood. When I'm not knitting, I love to be outside with my Black Lab, Ellie.
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  • Pam

    This holiday season, I took my single skeins one by one and knitted thin scarves to give as gifts. Most were narrow so I could make them longer, but a few were wide and shorter. Some were in the feathers and fan pattern, and some were diagonally knit. One skien was so small, I had to rip out the scarf and I made a hat instead. I gave them to my mail carrier, trash haulers, hair stylist, friends. Everyone loved them! I liked using the skeins this way because I could just knit until the skein was gone, leaving NO more of that skein!!

  • Kristina Jensen

    I used to make shawls of my leftovers. They were fun to make, because for every skein (or what was left of a skein) I knitted, I remembered what had been made as the primary project.
    The other day I discovered the beautiful Russin Wedding band Cowl on Ravelry; this is knitted of three balls of leftovers, and I am definitely planning to make several more…

  • Eyevea

    I knit basic K1p1 hats that I donate to local homeless shelters.

  • Teri-K

    I knit for charity, and can use even small amounts of yarn as stripes or fair isle accents in mittens or socks. But my DD also works with a woman who knits hats for the children with cancer at St. Jude’s, so sometimes she gets my leftovers. DD says she combines them into really attractive and colorful results.

    My only problem with leftover is keeping track of what kind of yarn they are, as the charity I knit for only uses wool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lara.toomeysmoot Lara Toomey Smoot

    Ive been using left over fingering and sport weight yarns to make a hexipuff quilt.

  • Raymonde Gagnier

    I keep everything! I use my leftover yarn to duplicate stitch patterns on knits that I’ve grown bored with, to knit or crochet toys, to make granny squares, etc. I also make pompoms! :-)

  • Melissa

    I crochet granny squares out of my scraps of worsted weight yarn and I am keeping them in a large ziplock bag. When I have enough, I plan to join them into an afghan.