I recently finished a large blanket project and had some yarn leftover. Rather than do what I normally do and put it away never to be seen again, I decided to use it straight away to make this stash busting scarf.
I thought a tutorial was in order, so I’m going to share the process so you can do the same if you’re so inclined.
Stash Busting Crochet Scarf
Step 1 – Choose your pattern
This will work with any pattern – even the humble granny square, so no matter your skill level, you’ll be able to find a pattern you can use. The criteria I had for choosing a pattern to use were:
- about 6″ (15 cm) across
- ends friendly – ie I could easily crochet over as many ends as possible as I went, saving weaving in time
- had obvious sections where colour changes work well
- easy to remember
- quick to make
I chose Blomma from my Flowers Abound ebook.
Step 2 – choose your yarn
I had 10 colours left from by blanket project, once of which was a cream I had used to border each square, join them all and make the blanket border. I decided to ditch that and just use the colours, so I had 9 colours to use.
You can do this with only 2 or 3 colours. I had enough to really mix it up and have different colours in each block. You may have to repeat some colour mixes if you have less colours. It will still work!
Step 3 – begin a production line
With this project, I think starting a production line works well. That is, make all of each section of the pattern before moving on to the next section. It means you can remember the pattern easily without having to refer to it.
So, I made 9 centres, one in each colour, then used a different colour to make each section of the pattern. I tried to be as random as possible, just grabbing the next colour when I needed it. My only rule was not to use the same colour twice in one block. If you have less colours than me and/or a pattern with more colour changes, then you’ll have to come up with your own rules.
Step 4 – join them up
Once all blocks are finished, join them very simply by slip stitching them together though the back loops only while holding them right sides together.
This is a good join for different joining different colours – just use the colour of one of the blocks you’re joining. (The same effect can be gained sewing them together through the back loops only if you’d rather do that.)
Step 5 – add the fringe
After all 9 blocks were joined, I thought a fringe would finish the scarf off nicely. So easy to do too.
Simply decide on a length you’d like for your fringe and double it. I chose about 7″ as my length and ended up cutting 15″ lengths of yarn.
Then it’s as simple at inserting your hook into a stitch along the bottom edge and pull through the folded middle of the strand and then pull both tails through the loop.
Pop one in chain space corners too if your block has them. I picked colours at random, just making sure the same colours weren’t next to each other.
And that’s it. Done.
I still had some yarn left over from this, so I did some more stash busting and made another one using a hexie pattern I haven’t released yet, so you aren’t bound by squares.
So there you have it – left over yarn put to good use. Enjoy!