Friday, 27 April 2018

Stashbusting part two – using the orphans and oddments

In our last post we talked about those stray balls of yarn and small amounts you uncover when you sort out your yarn stash. Here we have a few ideas on how to use them.

Stripe it
It can be really frustrating when you realise that you don’t quite have enough for a whole garment, hat or scarf. But stripes and colour blocks are very fashionable. So check through that orphan and oddments collection to if you have enough of  the same or similar yarn in two or three colours to make a whole garment. Then pick a pattern you like and work out how your stripes or colour blocks are going to work. This is a chance to be adventurous with colour.

Inspirations: Stripy Mitts by Sandra Paul; Rosee Woodland’s Stashbuster Sweater; Brooklyn Tweed Turn a Square hat 

You could also try other types of colourwork like fair isle or intrarsia. 

Añashúa Peruvian Fish Pillow by Erssie; Anniversary hat by Juliet Bernard 

Sock heels and toe
If you have odd amounts of sock yarns to use up you could go down the stripe route or you could make socks with contrasting cuff ribs, heels and toes. A great choice for contrast heels is to use a sock pattern with an afterthought heel

Rainbow by Michaela Richter Wicked Simple Socks by Ashley McCauley 

You can also take a similar approach to the bands and cuffs of a sweater, think vintage sweaters and cricket jumpers for inspiration. 

Granny squares
If you have a lot of the same weight of yarn – DK, aran, etc –crochet squares are a great use of stash yarn yet another way to be creative with colour. You could go all out with a blanket or try smaller projects such as cushions, tote bags, pencil cases, scarves and gadget covers. Remember that if you go for a lacy square pattern like the traditional granny square you may need to line your project.

Demelza by Catherine Bligh; Squares bag by Marinke Slump 

Toy patterns range from simple squares to elaborate families of costumed animals but in general they use smallish amounts of yarn And they are no reason not to have fun with colour – there are some very well loved multi-coloured teddies and dayglow dinosaurs out there.