Donna’s Dozen Ways to Use Your Scrap Yarn

If you knit or crochet then you have partial balls/skeins of yarn in your home that I call scrap yarn. Personally, I like to use up this yarn so I can buy some more. I have come up with a dozen patterns that you can complete with small amounts of yarn.

LW4004 Tapestry Flower Pot CozyDress up any flower pot with a crocheted cozy. Change up the colors to match any room in the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think these little guys will bring a smile to any child entering his or her room. We have one for the dog and cat lovers.

LW4181 Doggie Doorknob CozyLW4180 Kitty Doorknob Cozy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LW3708 Snowflake CoastersWhat a perfect time of year to make these. We have already had some record setting temperatures this year so make these snowflake coasters for your hot drinks to warm you up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LW3845 Single Square CoastersYou only need a little yarn to create these granny square coasters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LW3671 Cabled Jar CoziesTry this creative way to dress up a mason jar. Place in your own kitchen for storage or give as a gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MustacheMugHugNeed an idea for a man with a mustache? It will help keep his drink nice and warm while adding to his awesome personality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LW3524 Cell Phone Resting PlaceDisplay your cell phone in style with this pillow. I do not have a land line in my house so this will be a perfect project for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LW3119 Granny's Classic throwI made this project for my mother. She requested a colorful and cheerful throw. I had several partial balls of Red Heart Soft left over from a previous project so I thought this would be perfect. If you don’t think you have enough, just make your squares a little smaller. The beauty of a granny square :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KnitCanCoziesCan and bottle cozies are a great way to use up your stash. I believe there is a big sporting event coming up soon. If you are having a party select the colors of the two teams that are playing and whip up some cozies for your guest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LW4369 Wrapped Storage CanThe following two projects will help moms everywhere. You children can help clean out your stash while creating a craft of their own. Now you can buy more yarn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LW4370 Wrapped Twig Jewelry HolderThis project will help you and your children. Have them help with the yard work and then create this colorful jewelry holder. They can give it as a gift or keep for themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

29 thoughts on “Donna’s Dozen Ways to Use Your Scrap Yarn

  1. Rebecca Shawver

    Scrap yarn also makes wonderful finger puppets and Amigurumi toys. Also, I adjust the size of my afghans to lap size when I run out of yarn scraps that go-together – or I sometimes buy a single skein of white or black to tie all the colors together.

    • Faith Cloud

      I save my left overs and use them for doll dresses (Princes and her frog) Gracie (of Gracie’s and dragon,) and afghans and some other toys. U usually have a backpack full of left overs,

    • Anonymous

      I make granny square lap robes and I donate them to the Mpls. Veterns hospital. Make them very colorful to brighten someones day/

      • Anonymous

        I use my odds and ends to make scrap afghans for children in our local women’s shelter. A little comfort and something they can say is theirs during a very traumatic time.

    • Julie

      I recently learned how to do helix knitting which is a wonderful way to use up scrap yarn in caps and mittens for charity. If you don’t know how, just google it..

  2. Diane Denton

    Great ideas I’m going to try a couple of them xx

  3. Emilee J

    These are really good ideas! How do I get patterns for these projects?

    • redheart

      Hi Emilee, Thanks for your question! Clicking on the pictures in the blog post will take you to the main pattern page, where you can download the PDF instructions.

  4. B2R

    Thanks for the tips on what to do with leftover yarn. Even those who don’t know how to knit or crochet very might be able to now use up some yarn.

  5. Valarie

    great ideas. I make hats for the homeless and for children chemo patients. I love to use the extra yarn to make hats – just adding a new ball as I go – they make great one-of-a-kind hats.

  6. Jean Mauger

    My favorite use of leftover yarns is making lap robes for veterans at a near by VA Hospital. So easy. Use a main color (life soft white) for every other row and then the leftovers in between. Pattern: single crochet, chain 1. On next row, single crochet in the chain and then chain 1. Doesn’t get much easier than that and to think a veteran is going to be warm.

  7. ETHELDA

    IN 1976 I MADE A DOUBLE BED SIZE BROOMSTICK LACE AFGHAN FROM LEFT OVER YARN TO BE RAFFLED OFF BY THE PTU (PARENT-TEACHER-UNION) AT THE GRADE SCHOOL MY CHILDREN ATTENDED. IT HAD 200 HUNDRED ROWS AND EACH ROW WAS A DIFFERENT COLOR. EVERY COLOR IMAGINABLE AND SHADE AVAILABLE WAS USED BY ME. NOT A SINGLE COLOR/SHADE I HAD WAS REPEATED. I DON’T REMEMBER THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THE PTU REALIZED FROM THE RAFFLE. THEY HAVE 2 SPAGHETTI DINNERS A YEAR AND THIS WAS RAFFLED OFF DURING THE FEB. 1977 DINNER. I KNOW THE YOUNG MAN THAT WON THE AFGHAN AND HE STILL USES IT TODAY. NEXT MONTH IT WILL BE 38 YRS OLD AND HE SAID THAT THE AFGHAN IS AS BEAUTIFUL TODAY AS IT WAS WHEN HE WON IT. EVERY ROW WAS MADE WITH RED HEART YARN. KEEP UP THE TREMENDOUS QUALITY OF YOUR PRODUCT RED HEART.

  8. ASM

    I enjoy knitting hats for family, friends & charity. Here are my favorite yarn tips:
    ——–To prevent running out of yarn before I finish a hat, I use my postage scale to weigh my finished hats in various sizes. Also, I weigh each ball of leftover yarn & write the # oz. & yarn type (such as baby, sport or worsted) onto a small card (with corner hole punched). After threading the yarn end through this hole, I tie a loose knot & wrap the yarn around the ball. A safety pin attached through several layers of yarn will hold the last yarn wrap in place. I can arrange several colors together to determine if I have enough for 1 striped hat before I even start knitting!
    ——-Generally, 2 strands of baby yarn = 1 strand of sport yarn. 2 strands of sport yarn = 1 strand of worsted.
    ——-Also, my pompoms don’t look good. Instead, I single crochet a 20″ long chain & attach it in several places in the top center of the hat (making 3 large loops). (Sometimes I double the yarn, though.) Easy & looks great!
    ——–I print fiber content & care instructions onto mailing labels & press them onto small narrow cards (with corner hole punched). I attach these with a short piece of yarn to the finished hat.
    ——–Storing double-pointed & circular needles: During the fall school supply sales, I stocked up on flat pencil pouches (with grommets, clear window & zipper closure). I added a label inside the pkg. & filled with only 1 size of needle. (Most of my crochet hooks will fill another pouch.) I store all my needles & yarn supplies inside a 18″ x 11″ x 6″ plastic sweater box.

    • Joanna

      THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THESE TIPS!!! I have tons of little scrap balls and these are the EXACT type of tips that I needed. Thank you thank you thank you!!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the tip about the yarn equivalents! I have often wondered if I could swap out weights when using up left-overs. That was a big help. I knit for charity, too, and any way that will help turn odds and ends into something useful is welcome

  9. sharon

    I love all the ideas. Some I’ve never thought of. I’ve been making pot holders with left over yarn and crochet head bands. I hope you’ll keep giving us new ideas.

  10. Pat Chapman

    I enjoy knitting dishcloths, mop covers, cup cozy, ear warmers etc. Thanks for the pattern for the bottom of the cozy

  11. Angie K.

    I take very small pieces of yarn and cut them into one inch or smaller pieces and take them outside for the birds to use to build their nests. It’s so pretty to see some of my scraps up in the trees where they build. This is for very small amounts. Just the little nips of yarn you cut here and there. I save little pieces like that for a year and then take them outside.

    • Anonymous

      What do you put them in? I tried this last year in an orange mesh bag tied on a shepherd’s hook on the upstairs deck. They didn’t take a single strand. I figured there must be another way for the birds to see the yarn.

      • Anonymous

        I use all size end pieces, up to about 6″. I just lay them on evergreens or fences, and the birds do seem to find them OK. It’s fun to see a piece of colorful yarn hanging down from an otherwise well hidden robin’s nest. I’ve also used leftover blanket binding this way, and the birds seem to like the silky stuff . Thanks to all for your wonderful and fun ideas.

  12. linda s

    I single crochet my left over yarn over hangers and keep it stored in styrofoam egg cartons.

  13. Patricia Botkin

    What is wrong with Red Heart yarn? It used to be the best yarn you could buy. Now I spend more time untying the knots than I do knitting the project. I am seriously considering changing brands of yarn.

  14. LadyCrochetMindy

    i use mine to make granny squares which I use to make
    Blankets for my local animal shelter

  15. Donna

    My daughter has been using all the odds and ends to make a pompom rug for her room. Pompoms get tied to rug canvas. The project has her put down her phone and helps reduce any stress from school, clubs, etc..

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