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. These make great quick gifts, too!
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Ear Savers for Masks
This Knitted Ear Saver will help ease the discomfort for those who wear protective face masks for long periods. Fasten each mask strap to a button on the Knitted Ear Saver at the back of the head and give your ears a break! Uses 7 - 8 yards (6 - 7 m) of yarn. Any yarn weight, gauge, and button size will work. Designed by Kimberly Nichols.
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
Freezer Pop Cozy
This easy and quick ice pop sleeve will keep little fingers from getting cold. Beginner level pattern and a great project to teach kids to knit with the incentive that they can use it with a treat after they’re done! Crochet version also available.
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. Pictured project by martyporteous
Dream a Little Dream
Katie Mack designed this easily customizable dream catcher that’s a great use for scrap yarn.
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.
More Free Patterns
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!
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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!
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get the recommended yarn on Etsy
- See more Purse and Bag Knitting Patterns
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!
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. Pictured project by Disneyette
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
Aurora the Unicorn Toy
Colorful unicorn is 22 cm tall (sitting). All pieces are knitted flat (back and forth) on a pair of straight single-pointed knitting needles. You will not need more than 50g of any color, so it's a great stashbuster! Designed by Amanda Berry
Jacob the Poseable Puppy
Adorable puppy dog toy softie with a multi-colored coat. He is completely poseable having legs and head which can be turned into different positions. You will not need more than 30g for any part of Jacob, for most you will need no more than scraps, so it's a great stashbuster! Knit flat in DK weight yarn. Designed by Phoenixknits
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.