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Published on January 21st, 2016 | by Liza

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Stash buster knitting patterns to make space (for more yarn)

Let’s face it: we’ve all got more yarn than we need. So every now and then, it’s a good idea to make a few projects dedicated to working through that immense stash. Small projects are a great way to do that, but so are blankets made with many different colors. We’ve gathered up several fun stash busting projects to work on.

Temperature Blanket

Stash Busting knitting patterns: Chevron Blanket by Karin Michel, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

If you have enough yarn in about eight or nine different colors, you could jump on a 2016 trend and make a temperature blanket. To do so, you knit a single row each day for a year based on how warm or cold it is outside. Colors are assigned to different temperature ranges, as can be seen in the card I am working from (temperatures in Fahrenheit). Record the temperature each day and knit a corresponding row. The Chevron Blanket by Karin Michel is a great choice for this project.

Headwear

Stash Busting knitting patterns: Headband with a Twist by Margaret Holzmann, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The Headband with a Twist by Margaret Holzmann is a cute way to use up some DK yarn, though it could be adjusted to work for other weights as well. It looks elegant, with a visually-appealing cable in the center and slipped stitch details.

Footwear

Stash Busting knitting patterns: Lovebug Booties by Carrie Bostick Hoge, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

One of the great things about making baby items (besides how adorable they are) is that they use very little yarn. A pair of the Lovebug Booties by Carrie Bostick Hoge would use up some yarn and make a sweet gift for a little one in your life.

Stash Buster knitting patterns: Quiescent by Hunter Hammersen, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

If you’d rather treat your own feet, Quiescent by Hunter Hammersen are an attractive option. These slippers would use up any single skeins you have laying around as well as smaller amounts for the contrasting color.

Fingerless Gloves

Stash Buster knitting patterns: Earl Grey Mitts by Bristol Ivy, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The Earl Grey Mitts by Bristol Ivy use about a half a skein each of two different colors, resulting in an interesting striped look. They’d look great in any of a number of color combinations and could work well for any gender.

Stash Buster crochet patterns: Gingersnap Ribbed Gloves by Kendall Nahorniak, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

If you feel like trying your hand at crochet, the Gingersnap Ribbed Gloves by Kendall Nahorniak are a good option. The colored stripes would use up any smaller bits of yarn you have, making these an excellent stash busting choice. (Already love crochet? Click here to visit the LoveCrochet blog, where it’s all crochet, all the time!)

Accessories

Stash Buster knitting patterns: Add A Bow by Faye Kennington, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

Little bows, like the Add a Bow by Faye Kennington, are a cute accessory to add interest to other projects. They can be sewn onto a hat or scarf for a whimsical touch, or they can serve as a headband or giftwrapping bow. With an elastic band attached, they can also hold a ponytail in place.

Stash Buster knitting patterns: Salal by Faye Kennington, download on LoveKnitting

Salal by Faye Kennington can be a hair tie or a wrist corsage. The tiny project is great for using up sock yarn scraps, and by incorporating an elastic band, it will be extremely useful.

What stash buster knitting patterns are you using to bust your stash? Tell us in the comments!

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About the Author

Liza is a New York-based writer and photographer who is working on a Ph.D in Information Studies. She gets her best knitting done on the subway, and likes dogs more than people. She posts about knitting and yarn on her blog, Knitblr, as well.


Last updated: January 22nd, 2016.

2 Responses to Stash buster knitting patterns to make space (for more yarn)

  1. Breenah says:

    The link for the card you’re working from for temperature just links back to this post. I’d really like to know what it is!

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