A little while ago, as part of my move towards greener crafting, I promised a series of stashbusting tips and patterns, and without further ado, here’s Tip Number 1: Think Small! This may sound obvious, but it’s amazing what you can make with only a small amount of yarn so save every last scrap! Here’s a few ideas for things you can crochet with very little yarn:
- baby hat, mittens or booties
- granny squares (once you have enough join them into one big, beautiful, cosy blanket)
- little pots for keeping change and odds and ends in
- soap savers
If you need a pattern for any of the above, take a look at crochetpatterncentral as there are patterns there for just about everything! If you’re still stuck for inspiration, I made some simple coasters a couple of days ago using yarn leftover from the many, many hats I made for Christmas. I’m reluctant to call the directions below a pattern – it’s really just 3 rows of trebles worked in a round – but for anyone new to crochet I thought it might be handy to elaborate a little….
Yarn: Odds and ends of aran weight yarn (I used some scraps of Organic Jacob Wool from Garthenor) – or you could also use 4ply or DK held together or use singly and simply work additional rounds until coaster-sized.
Note: The directions below use UK crochet terms. For US directions simply subsitiute tr (treble) with dc (double crochet).
Note on joining in yarns: To change colours neatly, work to end of the round but leave last stitch incomplete. Complete stitch with new yarn then slip stitch into starting chain.
First Round: Make an adjustable ring, chain 3 then make 11 tr into the ring. Join in new colour. Slip stitch into top of starting chain (12 stitches).
Second Round: Chain 3, tr into same stitch, 2 tr into each stitch until end. Join in new colour. Slip stitch into third of three chains (24 stitches).
Third Round: Chain 3, tr into same stitch, tr into next stitch, *2 tr into next stitch, then 1 tr into next stitch. Repeat from * to end. Join with a slip stitch and fasten off (36 stitches).
Weave in ends.
Now the important bit, make yourself a cuppa, pop you mug on the coaster and admire your handiwork!
The coasters will be going to my tea-loving dad for his birthday later in the month. They’ll match the hat I made him for Christmas. Nothing like a good bit of accessorizing…… 🙂