Here’s a post that’s packed with fun ways you can repurpose your yarn scraps, and reduce waste!
Garlands are a great way to add some colour to a room, or to decorate for a special occasion. Why not try knitting some simple, triangle shapes for a woollen take on traditional bunting? Or you can download this fun, FREE Crochet Cupcake pattern to make a sweet treat-inspired garland - get creative and mix yarn colours to make all kinds of flavours!
Like pom poms, tassels aren’t going out of style any time soon. They’re a great way to add a little something extra to your knit or crochet items, while using up scraps of yarn. At Stitch & Story we love a tassel: Check out our Skye Tassel Throw crochet kit, and Maggie Tassel Cushion Cover PDF knitting pattern! In addition to adorning throws and cushion covers, tassels look great on scarves, baskets, or combined with pom poms to make decorations. Why not try mixing different yarn fibres and thicknesses for added texture?
Wet felting is a technique particularly suited for any woolly yarn scraps you have laying around. With just some water, dish soap, and a bit of friction, you can turn your scraps into flat shapes and create unique coasters, or perhaps some hanging decorations! This is also a fun thing to do with kids, that doesn’t get too messy!
Start by teasing your strands of wool apart. Place a cookie cutter on a plate and fill with your teased wool scraps.
Add a little water to dampen the wool, then add another layer and gently push it down. Add a drop or two of dish soap - you don’t need much! - and, with your fingers, start poking the soap and water into the wool creating friction. Keep pushing and poking until the soap is spread evenly, and the wool starts to mat and felt. The more friction you create, the more the wool will felt together.
Once you are happy the wool has felted enough, carefully remove it from the cutter and gently rinse out the soap, squeezing out the excess water.You can then reshape the wool in your cookie cutter if you need to. Lay it out to dry, and there you have it!
Let your imagination run loose! All you need is a stick or wooden rod to hang the yarn from, either by knotting, or looping and weaving the yarn. Experimenting with different yarn weights and textures, braiding, and wrapping can result in a really unique piece of wall art. You could even add other leftover craft supplies, such as beads, to give it some extra zing!
Perhaps the least exciting, but most practical way to use up yarn scraps is to make swatches with them. Yarn scraps are perfect for trying out a new knitting or crochet technique, or experimenting with different hook or needle sizes before starting a new project. Swatches give you a chance to test your gauge (how tightly or loosely you knit or crochet) before you start a project.
Discover the patterns, and inspiration, behind the collection, in a Q&A with our knitwear and crochet designer, Fadzi.