Use up your leftover, stash, and scrap yarn with these free stash buster blanket knitting patterns. Updated 7/11/23
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Directional Color Afghan
Easy throw blanket knit in 20 striped garter stitch squares. Designed for 15 colors it's great for leftover yarn and stash busting. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Irina Poludnenko for Lion Brand.
Basic Stripes Blanket
Easy striped blanket knit with just stockinette and garter stitch. Suitable for beginners. Designed for 5 colors, it's a great stashbuster. Sizes Approx 46" x 60" [117 x 152.5 cm]. Chunky weight yarn. Designed by Bernat.
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Cheerful Ripple Blanket
Striped throw worked up with simple increases and decreases, and garter stitch ridges to create a graphic zig zag effect. Great for mini-skeins and stashbusting. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Caron.
Hexagonal blanket made of equilateral diamonds knit in garter stitch so it's a perfect way to use small amounts of leftover yarn and a great portable project. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Karen S. Lauger for Filcolana. Available in English, Danish, French, German.
Blanket made of dimple shapes using about 3 grams of DK yarn each so it's a perfect way to use small amounts of leftover yarn. Dimples are shaped with short rows and joined as you go so there's no sewing. Designed by LizAnn Petch.
Triangles Hexagon Blanket
Garter stitch triangles knit in strips and seamed together with a clever construction that makes knitting the geometric colorwork a breeze. Rated easy by the designer.Designed by Bernat. Quick knit in super bulky weight yarn.
Ten Stitch Blanket
Frankie Brown's pattern is perfect for your scrap yarn and odds and ends. Start in the center and work in a square spiral, joining as you go. No seaming! Keep adding on until you run out of scraps or patience! Pictured project by mrsskr who used up sock yarn scraps.
Pocket Full of Posy Blanket
Blanket knit with a 4 row repeat brioche stitch using a main color and 18 contrasting colors. This looks like a great start to learning brioche. The blanket is designed for mini skeins but could also be a great stash buster and use for leftover yarn. Finished Dimensions: 38 inches wide x 52 inches long. It looks like it's easily customizable. Designed by Purl Soho. Fingering weight yarn.
This afghan uses short rows to create triangle patterned squares from your stash or scrap yarn. Knit in section rows of 7 separate garter stitch pieces. Designed by Camilla Gugenheim. Pictured project by Mirja. Also makes a fun scarf or shawl. Available in English and Italian.
The Big Marl Afghan
Blanket is marled and knit holding mutliple strands of different weights of yarn together diagonally in garter stitch and edged in I-cord. Perfect for using up stash yarn! The example was knit using the following combinations: 1 strand each of Aran, DK and Fingering weights, 2 strands DK weight and 2 strands of Fingering weight, and 3 strands DK weight. Designed by Beata Jezek for Hedgehog Fibres.
Overlapping Squares Afghan
This stashbuster is a variation on mitered squares. Knit in section rows of 7 separate garter stitch pieces. Designed by Irina Poludnenko
Sediment Scraps Blanket
This afghan is an addictive way to use up your stash according to Ravelrers. You knit with multiple strands of yarn to create bulky or super bulky weight and add different yarn as you run out of one strand. Knit diagonally in garter stitch. Designed by Katie Rose Pryal. Pictured project by natb7 who said, " I loved knitting this - I think it was seeing all my ugly yarn being used up, and the colour changes were interesting to see."
More Free Patterns
Mosaic Tile Afghan
This afghan is a play on mosaic stitches presented in a random color format to suggest a mosaic tile wall. It is bordered by yet another mosaic pattern. 54 x 64" (137 x 162.5 cm) Designed by Judith L. Swartz. One of 7 knitting patterns in Cozy Knitted Blanket Patterns ebook by Interweave Knits.
Lily's Scrap Blanket
This is a recipe for creating a chevron striped blanket than a rigid pattern by winding stash yarn into DIY monster yarn cakes (instructions provided). Great use for stash or scrap yarn. Designed by Webster Street Knittery
Color Pennant Afghan
Three Strips are made separately, then sewn together following a diagram to make the Afghan. Each Strip consists of 22 triangles worked using short rows. Great use for stash or scrap yarn. Designed by Irina Poludnenko for Lion Brand Yarn
Half Moon Baby Blanket
Beautiful baby blanket with a modern motif of half moons in intarsia. The perfect stash buster for all those half skeins of worsted or dk in your knitting basket. Designed by Maura Jacobi.
Patchwork-inspired afghan worked in squares with a central hourglass shape in intarsia is great way to use scraps of worsted yarn. Or or course you can use the recommended yarn. Designed by famed quilt designer Kaffe Fassett for Rowan.
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African Adventure Afghan
This colorful patchwork quilt is perfect use for scrap yarn. You can make smaller versions to use as table runners and more. Designed by Horst Schulz at South African workshops. Pictured project by hermanm
Mountain Cabin Afghan
25 Blocks are worked separately, then sewn together. Each Block begins with a Center, then 8 Logs are worked around the Center. Great use for stash or scrap yarn. Designed by Irina Poludnenko for Lion Brand Yarn
Apple Core Blanket
Frankie Brown says "The apple core shapes that make up this blanket are quick and easy to knit in garter stitch and the sewing up isn’t as bad as it looks!" Edged with applied i-cord. Perfect for scrap yarn and stash busting. Rated easy by most Ravelrers.
This easy throw is created from knitted squares with deep stocking stitch rolls to add coziness and texture. The designer Frankie Brown says it can also be used for a rug. Great use for scrap yarn. Pictured project by gicki .
4 Row Repeat Pastille Baby Blanket
This colorful baby blanket is created with stripes of easy slipped stitch mosaic colorwork in in a 4 row repeat. Most Ravelrers rated this easy. Perfect use for stash yarn - you can make the stripes any size and colors you want. Great with multi-color yarn! 25" x 29" but you can customize to any size. Designed by Vickie Hartog. Pictured project by Tyek.
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- Get the recommended Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Tonals yarn on Amazon
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Stained Glass Afghan
This colorful afghan by Susan Levin is made of separate diamond pieces. Great stash buster!
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Easy as Pie Blanket
Mathematics and knitting come together in this design by OneHandKnits. Garter stitch short-rows are used to to form a full ‘pie’ of rainbow slices and again to ‘square the circle’.
Squares on a Roll
Another fantastic design by Frankie Brown. Stocking stitch rolls add another dimension to these simple squares knitted in the round giving an exciting tactile fabric that is thick and warm.
Patterns for Purchase
Lace Patchwork Blanket
6 square patterns are included in this patchwork blanket pattern. 4 blanket sizes. Aran/Worsted weight yarn. Designed by KnitSewMake
Safe at Home Blanket
Colorful houses knit with garter stitch in stripes and intarsia create a cozy stashbusting throw! Blanket as shown: 55 x 55 inches (140 x 140 cm). Aran weight yarn. Designed by Knitwit Designs
Blooming Hexagons Blanket
Stashbuster modular blanket afghan created with individually knit hexagons that feature a beautiful blooming flower motif that when seamed together create a stunning flower bouquet. Perfect for using scraps, mini, and advent skeins. The hexagons have both charted and written out instructions. Designed by MsYarn Designs
Pops of Rainbow Throw
4 columns of 5 striped squares (total of 20 squares) in two colors are worked bottom to top and then put together to make up this blanket. Great stash buster and portable project! Blanket as shown: 60" (152 cms) x 44" (112 cms). Any gauge or weight yarn.
This afghan is made of individual garter stitch hexagons that are knit individually and assembled. Great stash buster and portable project! Blanket as shown: 29 1/2″W x 37 1/2″L
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
The Beekeeper's Quilt
Afghan made of little stuffed honeycomb shaped puffy pockets called hexipuffs. Great for scrap yarn and easy to join. Designed by tiny owl knits. Pictured projects by PorcupineSnuggles
This blanket is inspired by the graphics of comic books and American Pop Art. Great for scrap yarn. Designed by Tin Can Knits
Striped Log Cabin Baby Blanket
Knit with a chunky weight yarn and a #10.5 needle. The sample was knit with approx. 80 yards each of 14 different colors. You can repeat colors as often as desired. Finished measurements approx. 35"x 35". Great for stash yarn. Designed by The Knitting Niche
This patchwork afghan is composed of simple lace hexagons, with a star pattern at the center, designed for leftover scraps of self-patterning sock yarn. 3 sizes are offered but it is easy to modify. Each hexagon takes about 25 yards or so of sock yarn. Designed by Andrea Jurgrau
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.