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Published on January 18th, 2017 | by Natalie


5 ultimate stash-busting patterns

Building up a stash of leftover scraps and odd balls of yarn is inevitable when you’re a keen knitter, but there’s no reason to keep hiding it under the bed. Why not make something fun with our great stash buster projects?

The start of a new year always brings with it lots of new ideas for projects, but before you cast on, have a quick clear out of your cupboards, you might be surprised what you find! First, get everything out and see what you’ve got. Get all of your DK leftovers together, put any other yarns of the same weight in a pile – you could even group together by colour – a certain colour combination might just spark an idea. Next, grab a pair of scales and weigh those scraps. Stash buster patterns often include the exact weight of yarn you’ll need, so now you can match the yarn you’ve got with the perfect project.

Simple Beanie aka Lollipop Hat by Elena Nodel

Simple Beanie aka Lollipop Hat by Elena Nodel

Designer Elena Nodel creates fun, colourful patterns for children’s clothes and this fabulous Simple Beanie pattern is no exception – and it’s free too! An easy pattern with three different variations, it’s great for using up all your DK scraps. Customise the design to match whatever you’ve got in your own stash, like rainbow stripes or blocks of contrasting colours. You can even add a pompom to make sure not a scrap of yarn is left!

Dave the Stash Busting Dachshund by Penny Connor

Dave the Stash Busting Dachshund

Meet your new best friend, Dave the Dachshund. A personal favourite, Dave is not only a loyal companion he’s also a super stash-busting project! The beauty of Dave (apart from his super-cute floppy ears of course) is that he can be made with any yarn weight, you just need to use needles two sizes smaller than on the ball band. With versions to make Dave in the round or knitted flat, there’s a sausage dog for every stash!

Dunkelbunt by Kraftling


The Dunkelbunt cowl is perfect if you’re looking to use up all those leftover bits of yarn, but you don’t want to go overboard with too much colour. You’ll need just over three metres of each scrap yarn and a spare ball or two of a more neutral colour. Perfect for that odd ball of brown you’ve got lurking around and can’t remember what it’s for! We think it would also look great in white or cream as well. Though this cowl might look tricky, it’s knitted flat and would be a great project for a beginner looking to learn a new stitch.

Stripe Baby Shoes by Buzybee

Stripe Baby Shoes by Buzybee

Baby shoes, or booties, are always a great stash-busting project, and this little pair from Buzybee are simply adorable! The pattern includes sizes for newborns to 12 months and needs just 10-15g of each colour yarn. You’ll be able to whip up a pair of Stripe Baby Shoes in no time, and they’d make a great gift for all the new babies in 2017.

Riblicious by Brian Smith Designs

Riblicious by Brian Smith Designs

Now this is a pattern for those who have a more generous sized stash, but the resulting shawl will be so beautiful you’ll be glad you saved all those odds and ends! Riblicious uses mitred squares with a fisherman’s rib pattern, the perfect stitch for creating a light, lofty shawl that’ll keep you warm and feel great wrapped snuggly around your shoulders. Each square needs approximately 12g of DK yarn, and we’d suggest you use yarns with the same gauge to make sure your squares fit together.

Now that you’ve cleared all that space in your stash it’s the perfect time to take a look at that new yarn you’ve had your eye on! Shhh… we won’t tell!


About the Author

Natalie loves anything crafty - knitting, crochet, sewing, baking, even a bit of DIY piñata building. Most of all she likes to make handmade gifts for family and friends. Though she is currently experiencing a bit of a backlog of requests she hopes to be taking new orders for 2050 soon.

Last updated: January 19th, 2017.

5 Responses to 5 ultimate stash-busting patterns

  1. Jill says:

    Great ideas for clearing a stash!

    I’ve just completed a mandala using all my leftover Sirdar baby bamboo which leaves an empty drawer that needs filling!

    Riblicious is now on my to do list!

  2. Lisa Hutchison says:

    patchwork socks – the kids love them!

  3. Anna U says:

    That cowl is such a good idea!

  4. Kate Beaumont says:

    Purchased and downloaded the Dunkelbunt by Kraftling cowl pattern last night. Have started in DK as that is my abundance rather than aran or worsted. The stitch highlights the colours offset against a grey background. Have been inspired to use technique to make a beanie but not sure how to translate the pattern in the round.

  5. Jane says:

    The Dunklebunt pattern would make a great cushion cover too. I would make it in a single layer for a cushion. This is a great pattern and I am looking forward to making it.

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