Yarn-craft is all fun and games, until you end up with 800 scraps of yarn that you don’t know what to do with because none of them match and they don’t even come close to being long enough for a real project. Of course, there’s no possible way you could just toss the extras, because it’s glorious, precious yarn.
This is how a yarn stash grows.
That, and all of the random pretty yarns that make it into your home because you just couldn’t pass them up. GUILTY. It’s a serious problem.
So, what to do with all of the fun leftovers and extra skeins? I have your solution right here, with 5 easy, stash-busting crochet toy patterns.
Little toys are my favorite way to use up all of those odds and ends because they’re quick, they don’t use a lot of yarn, you can easily combine all of your mis-matched colors, and they’re super gratifying. Who doesn’t love a project that’s done within 30-60 minutes? And with the WeeSheBeast, time is of the essence. I’m just hoping that she’ll love to play with them soon, because while my yarn scrap stash is decreasing, my random stuffed crochet toys stash is increasing. My family should expect to see some of these for a certain holiday in December. You know who you are.
So, without further ado, here they are! Please make sure to pin these from their original sources.
I just love these little dudes. They’re so easy to customize, and they work up so quickly that you’ll end up making a ton of them. Go visit Crafty is Cool for the Little Monsters crochet pattern!
Crocheted balls are a great way to use up scrap yarn. Crocheted balls with kitty ears and little details are even better. Make sure you embroider on eyes if these are going to get into the hands of littles. Susie Farmgirl has the pattern for these crocheted Juggling Cats.
Am I the only one who loves Katamari Damacy (and the rest of the Katamari series) on the Playstation? It’s this awesome simple little game where you roll around a sticky ball and try to make it as big as you can. This magnetic crochet Katamari is perfect. Grab the magnetic Katamari ball crochet pattern over at Amy’s Babies.
How sweet are these cupcakes? I’m totally in love with the cupcake trend right now, and these are a fabulous way to use up your extra yarn bits. The Crochet Cupcake Pattern is over at Bitter Sweet.
I couldn’t complete this list without the most versatile of crocheted toys, the ball. This spiral ball is pretty great to use up a variety of yarns at once, and is more interesting to the kids than a solid colored ball. Get the pattern for these crocheted spiral balls as a free Ravelry download from Chanteuse Crochet (Ravelry link).
And there you have it, five patterns to use up your yarn scraps. Did I miss your favorite? Let me know in the comments!