Five Ways to Bust Your Yarn Stash

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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This is what my stash looked like before I groomed it last year.

This is what my stash looked like before I groomed it last year.

Photo: Linda Permann

Every crocheter has one: the loved and dreaded yarn stash. It’s inevitable that you’ll end up with a little extra yarn from each project as you go—or buy something for a “some day” project that never happens. At some point, it just doesn’t make sense to buy new yarn, but the stuff sitting in your house can lose its luster. Here are five ways to see your stash in a new light, and get crocheting.

  1. See in stripes: Transform any pattern into a colorful accessory by making it in stripes. Scope out your stash to see which leftover skeins will go together; then make the pattern using some of each skein. To really tear through your stash, go for a colorful blanket.
  2. Mix it up: For chunkier garments and winter scarves, try holding several strands of yarn together for an eclectic look. This is a great way to use up your novelty yarns or create a tweed-like feel with basic worsted weight yarns. Plus your projects will work up twice as fast since your “mixed” yarn will be bulkier.
  3. Make toys: Amugurimi patterns are a fun way to use up your scraps—often each part of the pattern is made in a different color. Your odds and ends will be put to use before you know it.
  4. Get ready for the holidays: It might sound crazy to start thinking about decorating this early in the year, but bits and pieces transform into great little ornaments for your tree. Try making traditional thread snowflakes with larger yarns, simple sweater ornaments or even striped stockings.
  5. Give it away, now: Sometimes yarn in your stash just isn’t “you” anymore. Be honest about what you will and will not use, and donate the “nots” to a local charity. Use a site like Freecycle or Craigslist to find a crochet or knit group in need, such as an afterschool program or a blanket-making (and donating) club.
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