These baby blankets, sweaters, hats and other baby projects are designed to use up leftover yarn. Many of the patterns are free
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Little Baby Sweater
Short-sleeved baby cardigan in striped garter stitch. Designed for 4 colors, it could be knit with more or fewer, making it a great stashbuster! Sizes Newborn-6 months. Designed by Purl Soho. Fingering weight yarn. Pictured projects by designer and Elle1980
Standout Stripes Cardigan
Long-sleeved sweater with colorful strips that make it a great stashbuster! Sizes 12 months, 18 months, 2-3 years, 3-4 years. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn. Aran weight yarn.
Caterpillar Learning Toy
Babies can learn colors and counting to ten with this colorful cuddly caterpillar. Made from small amounts of yarn, this toy is not only educational but is also great use for leftover stash yarn! Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Ann Franklin. DK weight yarn.
Strimma Tunic or Dress
Striped long pullover sweater knit from the top down. Great way to use up stash and scrap yarn to make the stripes as many different colors as you want. Sizes Newborn/3m, 6m, 12m, 2y, 4y, 6y, 8y, 10y. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Yarn-Madness. Pictured projects by kaniger and just-me
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Sweet Remnants Baby Blanket
Baby blanket knit on the diagonal with garter stitch stripes and finished with a knit lace border. Great use for leftover yarn! Easily customized to any size. Designed by Pernille Skau Nørgaard. Available in English and Danish.
Baby Rainbow Hat
Only a handful of yards of each color are needed for this easy Fair Isle baby hat. Great use for scrap yarn! DK weight yarn. Designed by Tanis Gray.
Bundle of Joy Baby Blanket
Easy garter stitch baby blanket of colorful stripes. Great use for leftover yarn! DK weight yarn. Designed by Judith Thiery. Available in English and German.
Scrap Sweater for the Small Ones
Pullover with fastening at shoulder for easy dressing and your option of hourglass or heart pattern. Knitted seamless and top down. The perfect sweater to use up some of the yarn scraps we all have in our stash! Sizes: Newborn, 3m, 6m, 12m, 2y, 4y, 6y, 8y. DK weight yarn. Designed by Yarn-Madness. Pictured projects by Hanrahan and designer.
Elephant Baby Mat
Elephant shaped mat created from strips of different colored squares that are seamed and sewn to batting for a patchwork effect. Great use for scrap yarn! 24 inches x 28 inches. DK weight yarn. Designed by Linda Moorhouse.
More Free Patterns
Ice Cream Cone Baby Rattle
Quick baby rattle knit in the round with textured cone and ice cream scoop with picot edge and embroidered faces. Place a rattle insert in the stuffing to complete. The finished ice cream cone is approximately 17 cm/ 6.7 inches tall. Great last minute baby shower gift! DK weight yarn. Designed by Hello Dolly Knitting. Web version is free.
- Get the free knitting pattern - web version
- Get the pdf version and support on Etsy
- Get rattle inserts at Amazon
Striped baby and children's pullover knit seamlessly in one piece from the top down. Sizes Premature Baby (0-2 months) 2-6 months (6-12 months) 1-2 years (2-4 years) 4-6 years (6-8 years) 8-10 years. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Uses 5 colors for stripes so it's great for stashbusting. Designed by Madelene Linderstam. Pictured projects by designer and zassh. DK weight yarn. Available in English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Seamless baby sweater knit from the top down with raglan shaping and a garter stitch yoke that's perfect for destashing sock yarn. Sizes newborn / 1 month. Rated very easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Justyna Lorkowska. Fingering weight yarn. Available in English and Polish.
Sweet Baby Sweater
Pullover with buttoned henley collar knit with a contrasting yoke that's great for destashing sock or other yarn. Knit seamlessly in one piece from the top down. Sizes 4-6 months but easy to customize. Rated easy by Ravelrers though it does require picking up stitches for the buttonband. Designed by Caroline Wiens. Fingering weight yarn. Pictured projects by Dutchrosa and the designer.
Adorable striped toy elephant is a great stash buster. Finished size: 5 inches tall by 6 inches in length Designed by Susan B. Anderson
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page
- Get more toy patterns by Susan B. Anderson in Itty Bitty Toys on Amazon
Heirloom Baby Blanket
Blanket knit in strips and blocks featuring Aran Diamond and Bobble Pattern (worked over 19 sts) 30 rows, Dragon Skin Pattern (multiple of 26 sts + 2) 12 rows, and Embossed Twining Vine Leaf (worked over 28 sts) 24 rows. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn. Pictured projects by sac49er and diabro who didn't do the final leaf lace strips.
Toadstool Baby Rattles
This rattle is knit around a cat ball toy with a bell. About 3 inches in diameter and 4 1/2 inches high. Designed by Purl Soho. Pictured by dramy.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See Ravelry page
- Get ball toy with bell on Amazon
- Get the recommended Koigu Premium Merino at Amazon
Soft ball created from pentagons that are joined as you knit to form a dodecahedron. Perfect toy for babies and children and a great stashbuster! Options for creating different increase/decrease effects. Designed by Carol Feller for Knitty. Worsted weight yarn. Pictured projects by wbotelho and Majtessa
Baby Cupcake Hands
Baby mittens to keep tiny hands warm. For babies 3-6 months. And when baby outgrows the mittens, they can be used as toys.
Itty Bitty Bear Cubs
These easy preemie sized bear cub hats come in two sizes. Great stash buster! Designed by Carolyn Ingram. Pictured project by jooney
Patterns for Purchase
Bird shaped baby rattles knit flat on straight needles. Each rattle is 18 cm (6 in) tall. DK weight yarn. Designed by Amanda Berry
Knitted baby book with ten squares, A & Apple, B & Boat, C & Cat, D & Duck, Front & Back Cover, knitted in mosaic garter stitch. Size 14 x 14 x 4.5 cm / 5½ x 5½ x 1¾”. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Arella Seaton
Hot Air Balloons Baby Mobile
Knit hot air balloons and clouds for a colorful baby mobile. The finished balloon with basket is approximately 6.3 inches (16 cm) tall. Aran weight yarn. Great use for scrap or leftover yarn. Designed by Tatyana Korobkova
Heart Squares Baby Blanket
Blanket knit in one piece of squares with bobble hearts. Size; 34 x 36 inches (86cm x 92cm). DK weight yarn. Designed by Peach Unicorn Designs
Watercolors Baby Blanket
Texture, color, and multiple stitch patterns work together to create this whimsical baby blanket. Designed with 7 colors, you can use more or less, and it's great for stashbusting or mini skeins. Finished size is 30" x 32". Worsted weight yarn. A kit is also available. Designed by Susan Barstein.
Baby Activity Book
Little book with fun colorful symbols for baby to look at and touch including bear, car, house, fish, flower, sun, and snail. Size 25 Cms (10 inc). DK weight yarn. Looks like this is a vintage pattern so availability may be limited.
This quick baby toy features bright colors, different textures, and sounds to engage baby’s senses. Each section of the caterpillar features a different texture and color and some of the sections include sound makers like rattles, squeakers, and bells. About 12 inches long and 3 inches wide. Designed by Julie Anderson Pictured projects by plumpud and carolyn22. Great stash buster!