More Stash Buster Knitting Patterns
These stash buster knitting patterns are perfect for scrap, oddball or leftover yarn.
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
These tiny key sweaters are great for identifying your keys, keeping them warm in winter, using up stash yarn and learning Magic Loop techniques. Designed by Liat Gat who has included an instructional video.
Pocket Book Slippers
These easy mary jane style slippers fold up in a pocketbook shape that makes them portable enough to carry in your pocketbook! A quick project using less than one skein of yarn, they make great last-minute gifts or stocking stuffers. Designed by Lisa Vienneau & Allison Barrett, pictured project by SarahAlderSign
Ballband Dishcloth Reusable Swiffer Cover
An ingenious yet easy pattern for a re-usable cloth cover for your Swiffer by noelle. Pictured project by chaoticcrafter
Pen or Stylus Holder / Cozy
This clever felted flowered cozy keeps your pen or stylus handy in a pretty way. Just insert your pen in the stem and hook the flowered end over the edge of your purse, tablet, or wherever you want. Designed by Crazy Dazy.
Corral your playing or collectible cards in this deck holder by Samiha Qureshi. Roomy enough for two decks of regular playing cards. Perfect for Uno, Magic The Gathering, Pokemon, Yugioh, or regular playing cards. Great stash buster or quick gift. Add an optional strap for easy carrying. Pictured project by nitro9
These two cubes form a perpetual calendar. You can turn them around until you find the date you want. The numbers you need nicely fill all the faces on two cubes. They can double as juggling balls or stress-relieving balls if they are filled with something more fluid, like rice, polyester beads, etc. Plastic canvas version also included.
Mad Mix Socks
This pattern contains instructions for both cuff-down and toe-up versions with six different stitch textures that make these socks perfect for stash-busting and scrap yarn. Designed by Virpi Tarvo
Earthy Mouse Pad Wrist Pillow
Quick project for a wrist rest support to make working on the computer more comfortable. Designed by Jennifer Tallapaneni. Pictured project by JecDesigns
Gear Stick Sock
This gear shift cozy by imawhale protects your hand freezing in the winter or burning in the summer.
Nests for Rescue Birds and Animals
What better use for your leftover yarn stash than to keep orphaned birds and small animals warm and safe! Knitting for Charity published a call for nests from Second Chance Wildlife Rescue along with links to patterns for knit and crochet knits.
Stained Glass Afghan
This colorful afghan by Susan Levin is made of separate diamond pieces. Great stash buster!
This free pattern is designed by the amazing Stephen West for Knitty.com. It is knit top down in corrugated rib and slip stitch colorwork. Although it is designed for multi-color yarn, I think this would easily lend it self to stash busting several colors.
Patterns for Purchase
Knitting Themed Pins or Fridge Magnets
Knit these tiny knitting needles with a small project and yarn ball that can be used as jewelry, refrigerator magnet or ornament. Each pin measures approx 3 ½ x 2 ½ ins & uses tiny amounts of DK yarn. Perfect gift for knitters!
Festive Fish Baby Blanket
This modular afghan of tessalated fish is a great stash buster and portable project. Designed by Paula Levy. Available in Babies and Toddlers: A Knitter’s Dozen. Pictured project by devittles
Dave the Stash Busting Dachshund
This toy dog is a cute way to use up your stash! Knit flat or in the round in whatever weight yarns you have in your stash. In a DK weight he measures up at about 7in/18cm high and 11in/28cm in length.
Cozy Stash-Busting Knits: 22 Patterns for Hats, Scarves, Cowls & More
Hats, shawls, mitts, mittens, scarves, and cowls designed for the DK, worsted, and bulky yarns in your stash by Jen Lucas
Easy Dunkelbunt Cowl
This colorful cowl is worked flat in mosaic / slip stitch colorwork. A great way to use up leftover yarn in your stash!
Cheery Scrap Cap
Sizes from Adult to Newborn. Two designs are included for this earflap hat – one featuring a row of hearts, the other a skull and crossbones.
Sitch Sampler Afghan
Sampler afghans are a great stash buster! Use a different yarn or stitch for each square. Barbara Walker, famous for her stitch collections, created this Learn to Knit Afghan pattern book that combines all kinds of knitting techniques in a single project.
This fun cardigan is worked in strips which are joined as you go. Choose between different crew-neck or V-neck necklines and different edgings (ruffle, garter st, ribbing). Size: Child 2 (3, 4, 6, 8).
Fall Branches Afghan
The blanket is knit in narrow, lacy strips, knit in as many colors as you want. Great stash buster!
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!