Tid-Bit Knitting, Ideas For That Leftover Yarn

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In the meantime, there are some things to say right here at Scarf Knitting.

Like how to use some of that leftover yarn you end up with when a project is finished. Well, you bought 5 skeins and only needed four. Before you know it, you’ve got different colored yarn and different textures from lots of completed projects just sitting somewhere.

What do you do with that tid-bit yarn?

Well, you could do something like this:

tea towel with rose design

Now isn’t that pretty! 🙂  I knit this Rose Tea Towel in Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn. The pattern is something I found online and you can find similar patterns by just Googling them. I used keywords such as “tea towel” or “Mother’s Day towel”.

Or you could knit up square dishcloths. It’s easy knitting, but you have to keep track of your rows. I have TONS of cotton yarn that I bought years ago and was going to do lots of dishcloths for a craft fair which I never followed on through with. So, year after year, there sat the skeins of cotton yarn!

And then there’s this:

Drop Stitch Scarf

I’m still working on this Drop-Stitch scarf, and I love the way the yarn is coloring the rows. I am using Red Heart Unforgettable yarn in Candied.. It was leftover from an afghan I finished, and I really like this color and didn’t just want to throw it away. No way!

The Drop-Stitch pattern is as follows:

Cast on 36 stitches. Make sure it’s a LOOSE cast-on.

Rows 1 and 2: Knit.

Row 3: *K6, yo twice, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 4 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo twice; repeat from * to final 6 sts, k6.

Row 4: Knit across, carefully dropping all yo loops. When row is complete, gently tug down on scarf fabric.

Rows 5 and 6: Knit.

Row 7: *K1, yo twice, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo 4 times, k1, yo 3 times, k1, yo twice, k5; repeat from * to final st, ending with k1 instead of k5.

Row 8: Knit across, dropping all yo loops. When row is complete, gently tug down on scarf fabric.

Repeat these 8 rows for desired length. 🙂  Bind off all stitches LOOSELY.

Isn’t it fun thinking up ways to use your leftover yarn? What have YOU knitted recently with those extra balls and skeins?

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  1. Julia Dawn Mason says:

    Hi Alice,
    When ever I lefover sock yarn, I will knit a square and put it with the other ones I have done. Eventually I will sew them all together with a martching sock yarn and will have a very unique afghan. Here in FL we do not need the heavy afghans but light weight ones are good. here at the house we are trying to get the yard back into shape , moving some plants and adding others. In August we will be going over to the Orlando area to spend a few days with our youngest son and his family. He and his wife will go out to celebrate his birthday and we will babysit the boys.. Then when They come in we have to leave, I have to be back at work the next morning because school will start back on Aug. 15 this year.