Scrap Yarn and Oddments Knitting Patterns
These quick projects are designed to use up those leftover bits of yarn. Many use less than 25 yards!
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
Kitchen Towel Holder
Ice Cream Cozy
Mug or Teacup Handle Sweater
EZ as pi Headphone Covers
Modern Quilt Wrap
This wrap/oversized scarf is created with the mitered-square method of color knitting, as effortless as working in stripes, but the results are far more impressive. Great use for stash or scrap yarn! Designed by Mags Kandis. Pictured projects by karinhoja and summerinatlanta. There are several ways to get the pattern. Also the designer recommends weaving in the ends as you knit.
Wine Glass Slip-on Coaster
Badge Holder Cozy
Wrist Tool Belt for Knitters
Shadow Magic Pillow
This cushion cover is created from mitered magic squares with their own shadow so that the colors seem to float above the surface. Designed by Frankie Brown. Less than 10g of each of the bright colors is used to knit a cushion so this is a good project for using up small amounts of yarn.
Lip Balm Holder
This Chapstick cozy is knit with ribbing to hold your lip balm or lipstick snugly. Loop can attach to key ring, lanyard, and more. Only uses 10 yards of scrap yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Dawn L.E. Riden. Pictured project by atbixby
Easy Outline Shawl
This easy rectangular wrap or scarf was designed specifically to use up scraps of sock yarn or mini skeins. It’s length, width, and color scheme are easily customizable. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Beata Jezek for Hedgehog Fibres. Pictured project by Splendorfalls
Sweater Key Chain Covers
This set of miniature sweaters will keep your keys from scratching up your purse contents, designed by Berroco. Although it’s a great use of scrap yarn, these were knit in Berroco Sox which is a variegated sock yarn works up into faux Fair Isle and self-striping patterns.
Mary Keenan designed this pouch that keeps earbuds safe and untangled and looks great too! Knit in the round, you can make this in the time it takes to watch a movie. Great use for leftover yarn and multi-color yarn!
This Colorful Clockwork Cozy by Retrobaby is very easy. She knit a strip in garter stitch and fastened the ends together, crocheted a neat edge for the front (though you could knit a selvedge), then gathered the back edge with thread to hold it around the clock edge. Use your imagination and your scrap yarn to create a unique piece of home decor. MrsKnitsalot used a zigzag chevron lace pattern on her clock. Marijke11 adapted the pattern to cover the edge of patio table (no project notes unfortunately!).
This tote is knit in slip stitch colorwork with short lengths of scrap yarn of different colors so it’s the perfect stash buster for small amounts of yarn. Insert plastic canvas in the front back and base to give it sturdiness. The finished bag is 28 cm wide, 27 cm tall and 8 cm deep. Designed by Frankie Brown.
These fair isle covers in three sizes are perfect for dressing up pots. Perfect for housewarming, hostess, get well, and teacher gifts. Each cozy uses small amounts of each color of yarn so it’s a great project for scraps and oddments. Designed by SpillyJane for Knit Picks.
Flip Flop Straps
Don’t like the plastic straps on your flip flops? Replace them with the soft knit straps of this Flippy Floppies pattern. Perfect for scrap yarn because it uses less than 25 yards. Designed by SnowBlue. With a pictured project by paintingitblue
Checkered Pan Handle Cozies
Protect your hands from hot skillet handles and use up scrap yarn with these covers by Stephanie Sun.
Mini Key Ring Purses
Kathy Sasser designed these cute key ring fobs for Red Heart. Perfect for scrap yarn and multi-color yarn!
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.
You’ll always be able to find your suitcase when you give it the personal touch of knitted tags designed by Kathy Sasser for Skacel.
Patterns for Purchase
This finger / hand puppet toy is knit with about 10 1/2 m (11 1/2) yards of yarn. Perfect for scrap yarn! They also only take about 30-40 minutes to make so they are the perfect last minute gift or stocking stuffer. Knit flat on straight needles. About 6 1/2cm (2 1/2″) tall. Designed by Kookla Creations who allows the selling of finished items.
This nifty little knitting pattern turns the chaotic tangle of your headphones and other household cords into perfectly organized bundles of cuteness! 2 sizes. Uses only 30 – 35 yards (27 – 32 m) so it’s great for scrap yarn. Great quick gift. Designed by Valya Boutenko
Animal Pencil Toppers
Elephant, frog, rabbit, dog, teddy bear, koala and pig pencil toppers but with different coloured bodies and ear shapes you can make any animal you want. Knit flat on straight needles. About 6 1/2cm (2 1/2″) tall. Designed by Kookla Creations who allows the selling of finished items.
Patchwork Bolster Pillows
A pattern to make five different types of bolster cushions. Great use for scrap and stash yarn!
Happy Go Scrappy Socks
This sock pattern is designed to use up all those leftovers from previous socks. Great use for scrap and stash yarn! Designed by Anita Grahn. Available in English, Danish or Swedish
Wrapped Up Baby and Baby Bear in blanket and basket
The baby in both patterns are the same size so they are interchangable with the basket and blanket. Knit flat on straight needles. The babies are about 9cm (3 1/2″) long and 7cm (3″) wide. The basket measures about 13cm (5″) long and 9cm (3 1/2″) wide. Designed by Kookla Creations who allows the selling of finished items. Great use for scrap yarn!
This pattern includes instructions for a hammer, tape measure, screwdriver, spanner and set square toy softies. The hammer measures 17cm (7″)high.Designed by Kookla Creations who allows the selling of finished items. Great use for scrap yarn!
50 Yards of Fun: Knitting Toys from Scrap Yarn
More than 30 irresistible toys by Rebecca Danger that use only about 50 yards of yarn and can be used for ornaments, gifts, mobiles, and baby toys.
Tic Tac Toys
Knit these animals to place over the Tic Tac type boxes. They have many uses:
- a cover for your Tic Tacs
- a tooth box for the tooth fairy
- a secret note holder
- a goody bag at a birthday party
- a rattle – sew up the bottom to enclose the box totally, fill with beads
This pattern includes instructions for a mouse, puppy, cat, bear, and pig. Designed by Kookla Creations who allows the selling of finished items. Great use for scrap yarn!
This Southwest-inspired is shawl worked side to side in varying stripes of garter stitch, while the intarsia motif is simple stockinette stitch. Great way to use up scraps of fingering weight yarn.
This razor cover is designed to protect from razor cuts when your razor is packed in your luggage, gym bag, or purse. It easily slips on and off your razor head. And slipping it on when the razor is wet serves to block the cover to the razor shape. This knitting pattern is seamless and works up very quickly. Great for scrap yarn and last minute gifts.
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!