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STASH BUST: LET'S USE IT ALL

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

If you've been knitting for a few years, I bet you have that little—or not so little—box of scrap yarns. There are little balls of luxurious hand-dyed yarn, remnants of materials you used for knitting something special, or that valuable little cake of thread that ran out of the market.


Just like patterns, needles, notions, and project bags, we are also scrappy yarn collectors. Whether you have a taste for colorful pieces or neutrals, your box of jewels reflects this. Another thing that affects "some" knitters—just to be a little gentle with ourselves—regardless of whether you are a beginner or an expert is the "I love you lonely single skein of yarn in the shop" syndrome. Before you know it, you're surrounded by loads of skeins with not enough to knit a whole garment.


Sometimes, a knitter needs to rein in their spending or come to the realization that they already have enough stuff and should use it all up. If you said "that's me" to any of the above affirmations, you'll enjoy our suggestions. Here are some patterns to bust through all the leftovers and single skeins from your stash. Come check this out!




Stash bust your fingering-weight yarn


Feet wearing colorful striped socks
© Jen Yard

Easy Peasy Ribbed Socks knitting pattern is a go-to pattern to knit scrappy, tall, slightly slouchy, ribbed socks. The ribbed texture is flexible and stretchy, giving a nice soft slouch while holding socks in place.


This pattern is written for knitting top-down socks using Magic Loop method. It is beginner friendly and easy to follow for any fingering weight yarn that matches the gauge.




Stash bust your worsted-weight yarn


Woman's torso wearing colorful sweater.
© ANKESTRiCK

Knitting this simple raglan sweater from fingering held double or worsted-weight leftovers is like walking down memory lane of a knitting life. It's so much fun and emotional. Wear it right side out or wrong side out, depending on your mood :) Pick and sort your fingering weight leftovers and apply the suggested colorplay as you go.


The SiMPLE SOMETHiNG sweater is worked seamlessly in rounds, in one piece from the top-down in Stockinette Stitch, with two threads of fingering weight yarn held together throughout.




Stash bust your aran-weight yarn


Colorful blanket with little houses over sofa
© Margaret Holzmann

A colorful blanket celebrating home and family. Work it as shown or from your own stash of yarn leftovers.


This stash-busting blanket is worked in garter stitch strips and then sewn together. The border is added by picking up and knitting along the completed blanket edges. You will be using intarsia, color striping, and pick up and knit.




Stash bust your bulky-weight yarn


colorful stranded knitting hats
© flynnknit

Courtney designed the Scraptacular Beanie to be a quick and fun stash-busting project with so many scrappy possibilities. Although up to nine colors can be used for this pattern, you only knit with two colors at a time. You can use four different colors for the zig zags or two. You can use a single color or three different colors for the dots near the crown. Go bold with bright hues, or go for a more subtle look with a mix of neutrals. So many scraptacular combinations to choose from! Have fun picking the right one for you!


If you're looking for more suggestions of projects to knit with your scraps, check out this article.


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