5 Ways to Use Up Leftover Yarn

What is there to do with those random ends of skeins? Lots!

  • Of course, the time honored Granny Square is an excellent way to use up a stash. The Purl Bee has an excellent tutorial, jam packed with lovely photos:

Granny Squares

  • Of course, you could just skip all that hooking and knitting, and skip right to decoration. Apartment Therapy has some cute ideas:

Yarn as decoration(Of course, they’re billing the above as “storage” as well. Um…sure. That’s one way to store things, I guess…)

Knit PincushionAND you can even use different weights and textiles together. Score!

Yarn Wrapped Branches by Leethal

Great tutorial with lots and lots of yummy photos. Plus, she links to several other really neat projects!

I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible with leftover yarn. What do you like to do with yours?

About Claire

Absolutely Small is textile artist Claire Chambers. Claire Chambers is a crazy-pants artist/crafter who spends most of her time indoors, very near to Portland, Oregon. She likes making people laugh, chickens and pugs, and writing about herself in the third person. She is utterly obsessed with making things out of fabric.


  1. I share it with members of my faith community and we knit and crochet 7″x9″ rectangles with our leftovers. Then we fashion them into blankets (two different sizes) for homeless or abused women and their children in our community. Sometimes the rectangles are so darn ugly, however, I can’t put them in a blanket for humans. Then I wait until I get enough “uglies” and make a blanket for a cat or dog, then donate it to the local pound.

  2. do you have any others?

    • I’m sure there are tons of other ways to use up leftover yarn. Maybe I should do a follow up post… (Still on maternity leave, so it’ll be a little while!)

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