Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Using up leftover yarn

After all of those knitting projects, what do you do with the leftover yarn? I have been pondering this question for some time as I don't want to have small bits of yarn taking up space. So, I researched all of the possible ways that I could use up this yarn to get it out of the way.

The first place to look though is one of the One-Skein Wonders books.There are also some fabulous ideas on Ravelry and Knitting Pattern Central.

15 Projects (knit or crochet):
  1. Reusable makeup remover pads or crocheted face pads
  2. Dish scrubbers (or this one) or crocheted tawashis.
  3. Dishcloths. Seriously, just visit this website and try them all. 
  4. Bath puff.
  5. Glasses case. Do a rib around the top to keep it closed.
  6. Pencil case. Sew on a zipper or make buttonholes to close it.
  7. Adult or child headband or ear warmer.
  8. Ipod, phone or Blackberry sock.
  9. Try knitted or crochet jewellery. 
  10. Use it to test stitch swatches or gauge.
  11. Make a sachet for smaller items.
  12. Make shapes like hearts, flowers or squares. 
  13. A coffee cup sleeve or mug sleeve.
  14. Strips for a leftover blanket. Knit long strips for a blanket in all of the leftover yarn then use a matching colour to piece it together.
  15. Belt for kids or adults! 

10 Other ideas:
  1. If you have wool, try felted wool balls.
  2. Use it as scrap yarn to hold stitches.
  3. Use it as scrap yarn to sew up projects where the seam will not be visible.
  4. Use it to embroider a small design (heart, flower, basketball, initials, etc.) on clothing or accessories, for example, a shoe on a fabric shoe bag. Or, to embroider the edges of pillowcases or other household items in a straight stitch to add a little bit of detail.
  5. Use it to do a blanket stitch on the edges of a fleece blanket.
  6. Use it as ribbon to wrap up Xmas presents.
  7. Use it to create a crocheted neckline on a shirt.
  8. Wrap the yarn around wooden or styrofoam letters to spell words on the wall like this project on homemade by Jill.  
  9. Yarn wigs for dolls, kids or adults.
  10. Pom poms. What about a pom pom garland?

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