5 Easy Knitting Projects to use Yarn Scraps

The holidays are officially over. Sigh… Hopefully, by now, your Christmas gifts are completed and gifted with love. So now what?!? 

Are you all knitted out? Or ready to finally start something for yourself?! If you are like me, after the holidays you’re left with loads of tiny mini balls of yarn scraps! Not enough to make a whole scarf, but piles just sitting around.  

We all know you can’t throw out the last precious bit!

Over the weekend I decided it was time to figure out what to do with all those bits once and for all. I’ve scoured the internet, ok just Pinterest…(who needs anything else!), looking for ideas!

I’ve come up with 5 different ways I’m planning to use my yarn scraps.

1. Scarf

A scarf is a great way to use scraps, you can gather similar colors together and do a fade or ombré (which are super popular right now). Or, if you only have small pieces another option is to knit a row and leave the ends hanging like fringe. Just make sure you tie them off to something to the whole thing doesn't unravel.  This is a really fun idea for art yarns! And there is no knitting required but looks super gorgeous!


2. Patchwork Blanket

A patchwork blanket is a fun idea. My mom, also an avid knitter, is currently making a patchwork blanket for my daughter with all the yarn scraps from items she’s made for her. So whenever she finished a project and has extra yarn, she makes a fun like a metered square (they are in all different sizes) and she will stitch them all together when she has enough for a blanket.


3. Earband

Earbands. Headbands. Whichever you want to call them...are a perfect way to that extra yarn! It requires a very small amount and you can show off any fun stitch you just learned. Here is a free pattern to get you started!


4. Dishcloths

Dishcloths are great if you have cotton yarn leftover or maybe some softer acrylic yarns. I wouldn’t suggest using the expensive yarn for dishcloths as they tend to be used and abused.


5. Drink Cozy

I drink cozy is another project that takes small amounts of yarn. You can make them for just about anything. Revelry has tons of patterns. Coffee mugs, Tervis cups, bottle cozy’s, wine bottles even. Actually, now that I think about it, a sweater for a wine bottle would be a very cute ‘gift bag’.


For more ideas on what to make with your yarn scraps, visit my Pinterest Board. Whichever option you chose I hope you find a way to use your scraps! There are so many ways to use your yarn scraps. How are you using them? Did you think of something I missed?


Comment below, I'd love to hear from you.

P.S. Depending on how much yarn you have, you may be interested in these boot cuffs! Happy Knitting!

Kathryn O'Neil