Scrap Accessories Knitting Patterns
Great ideas for using up leftover, scrap, stash yarn in these knitting patterns for hats, cowls, scarves, mitts, socks, and other accessories.
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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
Hawthorne Street Cowl
Reversible cowl knit in stripes of varying widths separated with three simple rows of colorwork to transition from one color to the next. Designed for 7 colors (or more), it’s a great use for leftover yarn. DK yarn. Designed by Holli Adams Samet
All That Jazz Cowl
This stranded and fair isle cowl was designed for up to 16 colors of DK yarn but can be adapted to any number as few as 4 or 5 so it’s perfect for scrap or stash yarn. Designed by TheTwistedYarn. Pictured project at top is by NaugyKnits who used 13 colors.
A very simple stranded sock pattern of triangles, ideal to use up leftovers. Designed by General Hogbuffer.
Corrugated Pillbox Hat
A pillbox had with multi-colored vertical stripes in corrugated ribbing and a latvian braid at the crown. The designer made this hat with scraps of Noro Kureyon, but you can use also use just two different colorways. Designed by Ellen Rodgers
Fiddly Bits Cowl
Create your own ball of yarn by knotting leftover bits of sock yarn for this cowl. This infinity cowl is knit in a tube so all the knots and stray ends are hidden in the tube’s interior. Designed by Jana Pihota of Hipknitzer
Le Quebrada Socks
A simple stranded pattern for colorful striped socks. 2 sizes. Perfect for stash or scrap yarn. Designed by Dela Hausmann. Available in German and English
African Adventure Bag
Purse using the modular shells and slipstitch-bands designed by Horst Schulz for his African Adventure Afghan. Designed by Phazelia. Available in English, German, and Norwegian.
Triangle shaped scarf with braided edge and stripes that are perfect to use up scrap yarn. Fingering yarn. Designed by Finja Hansen. Available in German and English, but the English is not always clear, so you might want to check the project notes of other knitters and the video she mentions.
Stripes and Tulips Mitts or Socks
Colorful fingerless mitts or socks knit in fingering weight yarn. Socks in 2 lengths and 3 sizes. Perfect for stash or scrap yarn. Designed by Dela Hausmann. Available in German and English
This colorful beanie with geometric stranded design was inspired by the hat the designer’s father wore everywhere. Knit in 5 colors of fingering yarn with 4 colors using 30 yds 28 m each, and the main color using 120 yds 110 m, it’s perfect for using up scrap and stash yarn. Designed by Kalliopi Aronis
Werewolf of Westport Hat
This colorful beanie features garter stitch, stripes, short rows wedges and modular construction. It uses 5 colors of worsted yarn ranging in amounts from 10 meters to 42 meters so it’s perfect for scrap yarn and stash busting. Designed by Les Tricoteurs Volants. Pictured project by JulieKnitsInParis
Scrap Happy Hat
Colorful earflap hat perfect for scrap yarn. Knit 2 strands of worsted weight yarn doubled throughout the project. Designed by Susan B. Anderson. Rated easy by Ravelrers
These colorful mittens are knit in a stranded pattern that use between 2-12 colors, with some colors only requiring 4-6 yards of yarn so this a perfect project for scrap or stash yarn. Designed by AbbyeKnits. Pictured projects by the designer, canarytree, and maprice
Colorful socks knit in worsted weight yarn 3 sizes S, M, L. Knit with 6 or more colors, it’s perfect for stash or scrap yarn. Designed by Abbyeknits
Attention Span Hat
This colorful earflap hat by Mimi Kezer is a great sampler of knitting techniques. Pattern includes a pinhole cast-on, a bit of Entrelac, a lateral braid or two, some stranded colorwork, tassels and a pom-pom, German short rows, and a little stockinette stitch.
Patterns for Purchase
Blinking Eye Scarf
Striped openwork scarf is great for stash and leftover yarn. Includes instructions for shawl as well. Designed by JeanMossHandknits
Knitted using fun, easy garter stitch short row stripes, this hat offers many options to play with color and works up super fast. Great for stash and leftover yarn. Designed by Katy Osterwald
Textured loose-fitting slouch hat or beanie using scraps of different colored worsted yarn. Sizes toddler to adult. Designed by Rian Anderson
Stranded colorwork in seven colors makes these socks perfect for using up scrap sock yarn. Designed by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts
Allegiant Hat and Cowl Set
Hat and cowl set featuring garter stripes and sections of colorblock in garter stitch, mesh and garter rib. Cowl is worked flat with 3 options: cowl, infinity scarf and scarf. Aran weight yarn. Designed by britt schmiesing
Tilting Fair Isle Hat and Mitts
Bands of stranded colorwork are separated by short-row wedges that put everything at angles for a quirky effect.
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.
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!