How To Use Leftover Yarn

If you are a knitter or a crocheter, I can bet that you always end up with the huge bag of leftover yarn that you can’t make up your mind to throw away, but you also have no idea how to use it. I never throw away anything that has anything to do with my craft, I have a bag where I put all the leftover skeins, gauges for done projects and even small scraps of threads. I do it just because I am so excited to put all this motley elements together and see what happens.

I am a crazy afghan person. I love making them, because you can be as creative as possible and I love having them at home, as they add a very nice, homey and cozy touch to the interior. So, all these leftovers and gauges are perfect elements for new colorful, original and absolutely unique afghan that cannot be recreated again. I assure you that if you have yarn, gauges, threads of different colors and materials, it should not stop you. Even if at the first sight it seems like a crazy combination, at the end you will get an afghan that will look like an abstract art masterpiece.

Ok, now how you can actually use this entire leftover staff to make an afghan.

Small skeins of leftover yarns. We all have them. It’s almost impossible to predict exactly before starting the project how much yarn we will use. Of course, we know it ballpark, but I am sure we often end up with the half of the skein, which we can’t use for any other project. So, if it happens, just put it in one place with all the crafty leftovers. Later when you watch TV, for example, and want to make something simple, you can grab one of these skeins and just knit or crochet simple squares.

Then you put it back in the bag and someday you will have enough squares to join together in one big colorful patchwork afghan. Usually I take another skein of leftover yarn and single crochet all pieces together, this way the borders of joining the squares will be visible and give an additional design element to the afghan.  If you don’t want the borders to show too much, you can just sew pieces together using any of the invisible seams.


 

 

 

Gauges. If you are a serious knitter or a crocheter, you need to make gauges before starting any project. When the project is done, you can put the gauge into the bag with the leftovers. Gauges can be also used as the part of the afghan. The only thing that you need to do is to join them together, just like the squares that you make out of the leftover skeins. I love using gauges, because they are usually of different forms and sizes that will make the afghan even more original and interesting.

Scraps of threads. It may seem funny, but I do save scraps of threads, even if they are 6 inches long. And again, just for the sake of the art. What I do, I just knot these pieces together and little by little make a skein of colorful and “bumpy” yarn out of them. Don’t worry about the knots, they will look great and unusual in the knitting. What you can also do, is to crochet chains using them, then join chains together and make a big skein. Then you can take needles of big size and knit pieces for the afghan using this crocheted chains. The work will go really fast.

Of course, it will take time to collect enough leftovers for the big afghan. But as you are making other projects, your bag with leftovers will be fuller and fuller, you will knit or crochet pieces from time to time, and someday you will have enough to join all of them together.

What I love the most about making an afghan out of the leftovers is the fact that this afghan will have the history. It will contain every single piece of your last projects – skeins of yarn that you used, gauges that you were making to start projects and even the treads, the smallest pieces of your last creations. And every time you will look at it, you will recognize in every piece that this afghan contains your last inspirations and works. This afghan will become your milestone, after which you have to start collecting leftovers for the new one!

Happy knitting and crocheting!

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