Stash Buster Knitting Patterns
We knitters hate to throw away yarn so our stash is full of leftover oddballs and scraps of yarn too small for most projects. Here are some clever stash busting ideas to de-stash those yarn remnants. Don’t have any leftover yarn (ha, ha)? You can always get more yarn! These make great quick gifts, too!
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Free Knitting Patterns
This cozy convenient alternative to mittens and gloves is made with scraps and oddballs of yarn. The muff keeps you nice and toasty, yet you can take your hands in and out quickly. Great for car rides and strolls. Designed by Stephanie Shiman
Ruched Sleep Eye Mask
Designed by Sarah Core, this sleep mask covers the eyes without laying heavy on the face. The pattern also provides instructions for turning your mask into a eye sachet, with a detailed pattern included for making a mask backing.
Dream a Little Dream
Katie Mack designed this easily customizable dream catcher that’s a great use for scrap yarn.
Ice Pop Sleeve
Lauren Estes created this quick ice pop cozy to keep little fingers from getting cold.
Designed by Julie Picard for Mollie Makes, this two stitch cover for good reads or notebooks come with a handy pocket for highlighter, pen, or other tools.
HAPpy Stitchers Afghan Project
A stashbuster with heart! Knit 6 x 9 rectangle blocks with your stash and the HAPpy Stitchers will assemble all the blocks they get into afghans for injured servicepersons, homeless veterans and vets in veterans homes.
Marleen Hartog’s toy ball can be knit in a few hours in any size you want with any scraps of yarn you have.
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.
Designed by Yarnspirations, these socks give you warmth and comfort while still leaving your heal and toes free to grip and stabilize.
Mini Almost Lost Washcloths
This is a knitting pattern for small flower shaped wash cloths by Simply Notable that are great for removing makeup. There is also a link to larger versions. Great for leftover cotton yarn and stocking stuffers!
Designed by Twins Knitting, these easy bookmarks are knitting flat and seamed.
This easy pattern is an ingenious way to carry essential items hidden underneath a tunic or dress.
Lace Jewelry Holder
Laylock designed this quick project that only requires a small frame, some thumbtacks, and some lace in the pattern she provides or your own. Then hang your earrings on the lace or use s-hooks to hang other jewelry. Great quick gift! Also great for leftover swatches!
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!
Amanda Berry designed this cute zippered case that can be used to hold pens and pencils, cosmetics, and more. Approximately 18.5cm wide and 14cm high. Great quick gift!
How to Knit a Shoe
Want your shoes to really say “you”? Knit your shoes with this tutorial by Kamilla who shows you how to measure and create knitted covers for existing shoes.
Jodi Lewanda came up with these clever furniture leg socks for Red Heart. Cute, practical, and a great use for scrap yarn!
Pongola Sleep Mask
Designed by Bobbin Hobnobbint, this sleep mask is from side-to-side and front and back pieces crocheted together. Two designs — the one pictured and one with “eyes”. Make sure to knit with soft cotton, cashmere or other comfortable yarn!
Dream Catcher for Leah
Erica Harbin created this great use for leftover thread, lace, or even fingering weight yarn. The frame is the rim of plastic cup. Three styles to chose from.
Mini Key Ring Purses
Kathy Sasser designed these cute key ring fobs for Red Heart. Perfect for scrap yarn and multi-color yarn!
Yarnspirations created these toeless socks to wear for a spa day or to show off your new pedicure. Three sizes from shoe size 5 to 10.
Got some blue and green yarn of any weight? Use them to create Solie Soile Peltokangas’s planet earth globe ball. Great for Earth Day too!
Patterns for Purchase
Circle Swing Jacket
A large circle with sleeves knit in a variety of yarns to create a one of a kind piece. Very simply, you knit a large circle in garter stitch with stash yarns and then add sleeves.
Domino Star Stashbuster Afghan
The center star is knitted in stockinette, and all the rest of the blanket is in garter stitch. The motifs consist of mitered squares, which are slightly modified to accommodate for the growing periphery of the circle.
Mini Skein Knits
25 patterns to use up leftover yarn and scraps a woman’s pullover, cardigan, slouchy beanie, shawl, mitts, boot cuff, scarf, pillow, clutch, and more. There are images at Annie’s but they are out of stock so I’ve included a link to the book at Alibris.
Woolly Soap on a Rope
Quick knit and great stash buster for cotton yarn! Holds a bar of oval shaped soap (ie. Dove) or stuff with Potpourri.
The Soma Cube is a puzzle toy of seven different pieces that can be assembled to form a 3 x 3 x 3 cube. There are 240 possible solutions. The pieces are all different and are made with the minimum of sewing (One corner in most shapes).
Kaleidescope Tube Cowl
This lacy zigzag scarf is knit in a tube, making it so simple to finish in no time with selected colors or scraps!
Knit in six colors in varying stranded colorwork patterns in stockinette, with bobbles, ribbing, and garter stitch rows thrown in.
Make soft stackers for your baby! This toy can also be used as mathematical game or puzzle, as explained in the instructions. The pattern includes knit and crochet versions. The pattern suggests ways to make the posts using easily available items.
Kitchen Sink Blanket
This pattern is designed specifically to showcase a mix of leftover yarns, and will work with weights from sport to bulky. Or you can use one yarn for a more cohesive look. The designer suggests a mix of worsted yarns, textured yarn, and novelty yarn for different sections.
Baby Doll in Crib
This cute Baby Doll measures 9 inches/23 cms from head to toe. Perfect for stash busting because you use different yarns for different pieces. Pattern includes instructions for Crib, Baby Doll, Hat, Sleepsuit, Nappy/Diaper, Pillow and Blanket