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45+ Free Crochet Scrap Yarn Projects for Beginners

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If you’re looking for fun and creative ways to use up your leftover yarn, scrap yarn crochet projects are the answer! In this article, I’ll share my tried-and-true tips, techniques, and a collection of free patterns to help you make the most of your scrap yarn. 

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Crochet Scrap Yarn Patterns

Drowning in a sea of scrap yarn? I know firsthand the struggle of dealing with leftover yarn. It’s like no matter how hard we try, those little bits and pieces just keep piling up! 

And let’s be real, throwing away perfectly good yarn just feels wrong. Not only is it a waste of money (we all know how expensive yarn can be!), but it’s also not great for the environment. 

That’s why I’ve fallen in love with scrap yarn projects! They’re the perfect way to use up those odds and ends while letting your creativity run wild.

Fortunately, there are dozens of free yarn scrap ideas that you can use to turn your leftover yarn into beautiful, one-of-a-kind projects. These scrap-busting crochet projects are sustainable, cost-effective, and provide tons of room for creativity. 

Types of Scrap Yarn Patterns

Though there are too many ideas packed into this list of free patterns to mention them all here, some of the most popular scrap yarn project categories we’ve collected include:

  • Blankets
  • Garments (sweaters, scarves, cowls, beanies, shawls, etc.)
  • Accessories (scrunchies and bows, bags and pouches, cup cozies, etc.)
  • Home decor (baskets, potholders, etc.)
  • Small motifs (granny squares, coasters, face scrubbies, other home decor, etc.)

45+ Free Crochet Scrap Yarn Projects

Take a look at these fun and free crochet projects for your scrap yarn. Happy crocheting!

Necessary Supplies

One of the best things about scrap yarn crochet projects is that you probably already have everything you need! Don’t be afraid to mix and match different colors, textures, and yarn weights – that’s what makes these projects so creative and fun.

Here are some supplies you’ll probably need to make your pattern:

  • A variety of yarn. Get creative with what you have! You can use one or many colors to make your pattern.
  • Crochet hook(s). For scrap yarn patterns, it’s a good idea to have a variety of hook sizes on hand to match your various yarn weights.
  • Additional tools. You’ll also want scissors, a yarn needle, stitch markers, and maybe a measuring tape on hand (if your pattern requires measuring for size).

Techniques to Know

These scrap yarn pattern ideas range in skill level from beginner to intermediate. Read through your pattern first to make sure that you understand all of the stitches and techniques you’ll need to know – and brush up on any you’re not comfortable with! 

Standard techniques you might run into include:

Tips and Tricks

Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks for working with scrap yarn crochet projects.

Color coordination

Some crafters love the eclectic look of using dozens of different colors. Others prefer a more coordinated color scheme. The beauty of scrap yarn projects is that there’s no “right way” to do it – it’s all up to your creative methods and what you like best! 

If you want a more cohesive look, try sticking to a limited color palette (five colors or fewer is a good rule of thumb). Or, if you want something that feels “put together” but still gives you the opportunity to use many different pops of color, try tying them together with a neutral background.

For suggestions on what colors go well together, a color wheel is an invaluable tool. Or, try out Canva’s color palette generator to create your own custom palette.

Choosing a project size

It’s important to know how many yards of yarn you have to ensure you’ll have enough for your pattern. This is trickier with scrap yarns, so you may want to measure your yarn first.

If you still have labels on your yarn and know what brand or type of yarn you have, great! If not, you can still calculate your approximate yardage; it just takes a little more work:

  1. Calculate WPI (wraps per inch). This will tell you the yarn weight category of your scraps. 
  2. Weigh your yarn – A kitchen scale works well for this.
  3. Multiply the weight by the average number of yards per ounce based on the yarn weight category (fingering, worsted, bulky, etc.).

Check out this quick guide for how to determine your yardage!  

Seaming on a taller surface

Larger scrap yarn projects like afghans might require seaming numerous pieces together. If you have a lot of laying out and seaming to do, consider working on a taller surface like a table rather than on the floor. This will protect your back and make the task much more enjoyable! 

Caring for multi-yarn projects

When making a project with many different yarns, it’s important to consider whether your item will need to be washed in the future. 

If so, look for yarns with the same washing instructions that can be laundered together. Remember that some fibers (like wool) tend to shrink when washed, so keep fiber content in mind when pairing scrap yarns.

Explore More Crochet Tutorials

Here are some other articles that you may be interested in if you like to crochet.

photo collage of crochet granny square blanket draped on the back of a chair against a white background, crochet blanket made with super bulky yarn in cream, pink, and gold colors in a basket, a pink and purple crochet baby blanket over the back of a brown wooden chair, and two blue crochet potholders next to ball of blue yarn against white background. With text overlay that reads, "45+ Free Crochet Scrap Yarn Projects"

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Nessa

Tuesday 18th of June 2024

I so much love this patterns, they are amazing. Bravo Sarah, you are doing well.

Kaylene

Saturday 6th of April 2024

Such a variety of stuff to make and yet (ah) so little time! I will have to find or make some time as these are all delicious and so easy for me as I haven't held a crochet hook for many years. Wish me luck on my renewed journey into retirement!

Elizabeth Sheets

Sunday 17th of March 2024

So many patterns! Can’t wait to try some of these.