Friday, 31 March 2017

What Do You Do With Your Scrap Yarn?

I've recently finished a blanket I've been working on and I'm so glad it's finally complete. Crocheted, joined up and ends sewn in. It's been the never ending project for 2 years! But now it's done and I am cosily snuggled underneath it as we speak. I haven't got any photos yet but I will take some for a Ta-Da post soon.

The thing is, there is a lot of yarn left over from this project which makes my acrylic stash overflow a bit. I decided to pull out all of my acrylic double knit scraps to take stock of what I have.

There's enough to make another lap blanket here
These are the scraps from three projects. two crochet blankets and one woven scarf. Yummy colours and many possibilities 😍

I took advantage of all this spare yarn to try a little pattern I've been meaning to try for aaaages. It is a free tutorial on My Giant Strawberry which is a hugely inspirational blog written by Anne who is a wonderful artist. Anne has been showcasing artists and their sketchbooks recently which has been really interesting. I love looking through other artists sketchbooks, don't you?

This rose weighs 49g so I'm thinking it would take a lot of those to use up all this yarn 😉

One idea I have to use it all up is to make a blanket of flowers. Lots of flowers in a jumble of colours all attached by the petals (as opposed to crocheting them into square blocks). It would look like you were sleeping under a flowerbed, which is a fun thought. 😊 Another idea is to learn to free form crochet and start at one end and free form shapes all the way to the other end. Have you ever tried free form crochet? If you have I'd love some advice. If you haven't come across it before, type it into google and look at the images. It's like painting with yarn! This appeals to me as when I was younger I painted everyday, and with the left over paint on my palette I would paint a page in my sketchbook, starting in one corner and adding paint whenever I had some left to use. I like the idea of doing that with yarn. It looks so fun, but it would be a big learning curve. Then there's the simplicity of stripes. Simple is tempting.

In the mean time, I'm thinking my rose needs a hat to live on so first I must make a hat.

I'd like to know, what do you do with all of your scrap yarn? Is there a favourite scrap busting pattern you always use, or do you save it all that *perfect* project that will come along?



  1. I've never seen a crocheted blanket made of flowers before so I'd really like to see that. I've recently used some of my scrap yarns to make headbands but I still have a lot left. I might be able to use some of them in my tapestry crochet projects. x

    1. Tapestry crochet would be a good way to use up scraps. I like the way you have used bright colours with white and off white in the tapestry you've shared on your blog.

  2. I recently made a granny stripe blanket with scrap yarn and ended up having to buy more. I think the best scrap yarn projects are ones made up of lots of granny squares or flower motifs sewn or crocheted together, then you don't have to worry about running out half way through a row! You've probably got enough there to make a throw or small blanket. x

    1. That's a good point! I think flowers are the way to go. Thanks for stopping by Gillian :)

  3. I LOVE the idea of a blanket of roses!

    So glad you enjoyed crocheting a rose with my tutorial. Yours looks lovely!!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. It's delightful to have "met" you.

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Your tutorial makes a beautiful rose, Anne! I'm sure it's something I'll make again and again. Thank you for visiting, it's nice to have 'met' you too x


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