Yarn Scraps Tips & Ideas (Includes links to Unique Scrappy Projects!)

Yarn Scraps Tips & Ideas (Includes links to Unique Scrappy Projects!)


Scraps and open skeins… we’ve all got
them, but what do we do with them? Hey everybody, it’s me Margaret.
I’m a Mississippi native transplanted to Atlanta, Georgia where I “sheepishly
share” things I love with you. And I love to use up scraps and partial skeins. If
you are no stranger to my channel, then you know that because I’m oftentimes
showing you what I made. I talk about it all the time
because I hate waste — and as a matter of fact I’ve really been busy with this
pile — all made with scraps at open skeins and again if you are no stranger to my
channel, then you know that I’m a charity knitter and crocheter — at least
primarily — and so what I like to do is hats. They’re one of my favorites, and
this is what I tend to donate the most, and that means that I want to get my
money’s worth out of a skein of yarn. So if I have only this much left from
a skein of yarn, I still feel like I need to use it. The more thrifty I can be, the
more people I can help. Now, I think one of the most challenging aspects of using
up your yarn is actually one of the most fun for me. And that is to put color
combinations together. Now I think probably the easiest thing to do is to
match two colors. Right? And turn them into stripes. Most of us don’t have any
problem finding two colors that go together. It seems easy enough, and then
when we feel comfortable, sometimes we can add in a third by choosing a neutral
color. Just about anything is going to go with this cream color, so that’s why I
chose the blue and the purple to go with it. And then if you get really wild, you
can choose four again, using the neutral color. I then added in three other colors.
Here’s a different twist on these same colors. Now once you get this down, and
you’re feeling really confident, and you walk back to your stash, and you
look, you say, “Gosh. Nothing I have goes with anything. And I have such little
amounts of each one. Now what do I do? Now, that’s when you choose
another neutral color, and you just put a bunch of them together. Now, this happens to be a charcoal gray. It’s a darker gray, but any kind of gray is a magic color. As
a matter of fact, I’ve talked extensively about this in another video. I love the
color gray. You know, people say, “Oh Margaret, what’s your favorite color,” and
I say, “I don’t know… I love all colors and I do. Even what some people might consider boring gray. I love gray and there’s different types of grays, of course. Some
with a brown undertone and some with the more black or blue type undertone or
something like that — it’s wonderful — but the best thing is if it goes with most
colors. But it worked really well, I thought, with the combination of these
colors as well. So, you know, look and see what you have. Look and see what you can put it with. If you don’t have enough for a base in any one of these colors, stick
it with gray. Now, again, gray. But, look. A whole different family of colors. These
are the more bold, but look how well it goes with gray. So gray is the star of
the show, but gray isn’t your only good neutral color. How about a chocolate
brown? Now here’s an example where I had three different color greens. I separated
each little stripe with the brown, and I’m making a reversible hat that will
have a solid brown on the inside. So while these colors would have gone with
grey, I like them with Brown too. So be open to possibilities. Another solid
color that would go with a combination of colors: what do you have? Now, a while
back, I made a pair of these socks. And you’ll see that it’s self striping sock
yarn. This is what it was designed for. But I had a little bit of it left — not
enough to do anything, really. Now, a lot of people will make those scrappy yarn
blankets where they only need about 3 ounces of sock yarn, and then they knit
up a little square, and then they put a ball in a big square, and eventually you
have a great blanket. Wonderful option and a good use of those scrap yarns, but
here is another use of it as well. Now this is a crocheted hat. It’s called a
puff stitch hat, and what I did was hold one strand of number four worsted gray, with the sock yarn. So the stripes kind of
made their own little striping pattern. Even still, done in this fashion, which
was kind of neat. So, I took a regular base color and sort of dressed it up and
turned it into a variegated yarn, so to speak, by adding that thin bit of
sock yarn. Now this little hat is another example of combining a sock yarn with a
worsted weight. Now this is knitted. It was done on one of the Addi machines,
but I really like the way the colors came out — the way it pooled. And you
know I have different options. I made this one reversible because they’re… the
colors patterning were so much longer in this sock yarn, that, as you can see, we
have like a different combination of colors on each side. Now, something that
makes this challenge a little bit easier for me is to kind of stick with a few
patterns that I’m really really comfortable with. For example, in crochet,
I do a variation on this camel stitch ribbing down here. Sometimes, as a matter of fact, they’ll only have one stripe if that’s all I have enough yarn for. [laughs] But
this gives me a lot of versatility. And then this one, I’m just wanting to feel
something different. This is a spiked mesh stitch hat. I’ve got a tutorial for
this right here, and not only is it attractive — or at least I think it is — but
it also kind of breaks up the boredom. It gives me something different to do. I
always lean back on my “better late than never” beanies. This is very simple. It’s a
double crochet interspersed with single crochet rows, and again, I’ve got a
tutorial on that too if you need it. This is a standby. And it looks good — men, women, whatever — everybody seems to like a basic striped hat.
Of course, on my Addi machines, just striping is simple enough. Or if I have
enough, I’ll do the reversible hats. Well, these are reversible too — like there’s a
stripe on this side, and a solid on this side — but a
basic reversible would be where you use one yarn this is a variegated Caron
Simply Soft. And then a solid Caron Simply Soft on the other side, so. Now,
these are pretty much my go-to patterns that I — I’ve memorized them, and I know
them so well, and it sort of removes some of the variables when I’m trying to
imagine what these color combinations are going to look like when I’m putting
the scraps together. Now this brings me to one of my most important discoveries
ever, and that’s an answer to the question, “Do I have enough yarn?” Alright. Let’s say I have this tiny little bit right here, and I’m like, “Oh. Do I have
enough for one round? Now, let’s say I’m working on a hat, and I come across a
single crochet row that I want to use this scrap yarn for. Take your yarn, and
measure it like this. Just just go around once, twice, — as a matter of fact, go around seven times if you’re doing single crochet. That will answer the question. If
you could go around say seven times, you will have enough for one single crochet
row. If you could go around ten times, you’re going to have enough for a half
double crochet row. And if you can go around fifteen times, you have enough for
a double crochet row. Now I have noticed that this little trick works for just
about any hat because if you’re using a smaller hat, then theoretically the
number of times you’ll go around would actually be in a smaller circle, right?
And if you’re a larger hat, it’ll be a larger circle. So, the trick works.
Now I would imagine that our gauge may hinder this in some form or fashion, but
I don’t think it’s gonna be that big of a deal.
But try it out. See what works for you and then jot it down a little piece of
paper and keep it in your bag. Now for knitting, it’s a little bit different. And,
for me — I just take my knitting needle and wrap it around one, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight. I don’t overlap. And if
I have 60 stitches, “Can I wrap 60 times?” And then I take a little bit extra, okay?
Just take a little bit extra at the end. The more stitches you have, the more
extra you should add. But that gives me a good measurement for when I’m knitting.
So let’s put this into practice. Let’s say we want to make this cute little hat,
and we see it’s actually made of three colors — your main color, and then
you’ve got a teal that’s darker and a pale yellow. So, we go to our stash to
find out if we have enough teal and pale yellow. So what what figures do we need
to have in our head in order to get the right measurement? Now step one is to
know the total amount of stitches at this point in the project. And it was
fifty six. And step two is to figure out how many rows we’re going to have. So
let’s start with the teal. We’ve got one on the bottom, one on the top, and this one — with every other stitch — we count that as a single row because, even though
we’re skipping stitches, we’re carrying yarn across. As you can see on the inside,
we’re carrying the yarn. So what we’ll do is we’ll wrap our teal yarn
56 times around the knitting needle. And we’ll add our little extra. And then
we’ll get three lengths of whatever we come up with and that will be — that’ll
tell us if we have the right amount. And then we’ll repeat the process for the
yellow because again, we have one solid row of this yellowish color, and then we
alternated on this next row, and then we have another solid row. So again, there’s
three for that. By the way, these are another of my favorite ways to use
scraps, and I’ll put a link to these instructions in the description box too.
Now, of course, if you’re doing cables or some more complicated stitch other than
a knit or a purl, that’s going to affect the length of it
as well. So, what you could do is actually work one of those cables, for example, and then pull it out and measure how much you’ve got, and that would give you an
accurate representation. Now, usually you’re not going to be cabling with a
scrap pack because that probably means what you’re working with are different
colors — stripes, for example. And stripes done with a cable kind of takes away
from the beauty the cable. So ,for the most part, all
you’re going to need is that little wrapping trick. Now I’ll back you up so you
could see my lovely mess that I’ve got going on right here, and that’s because
I’ve been using my knitting machines a whole lot lately. Firstly, to do some
reviews. I’ve got two small ones I need to review over there and also, this was
one of my favorite new machines — this pink generic one here — and I was really
putting it through its paces, which is why you see so many of these small Addi
hats that I have in my stack over here. So let’s go back to that same a little
bit of yarn that I held up, and it’s like, “Oh, do I have enough for one Addi row?”
Well, I’ve worked that out too. And basically, what I do this. Right here is a
measuring tape I use it for sewing, and I just keep it taped to the edge of my
table right here. And so I’ll measure out. If I have around a yard and a half — let’s
say 54-ish inches — then I know I’ve got enough to go around one time on the big
Addi King. Now, a little bit less than that is going to be for the the mid-sized machines. So that’s — this is a 40 needle
machine, and so a little bit less than that, so I would say a yard and a quarter, or
something like that. And for the smaller machines that, like — the addy and the
singer and stuff like that — you only need a little bit less than a
yard — maybe 7/8 of a yard, which would be, according to my notes, about 31-ish
inches. Note that these measurements are approximate.
You may leave longer a shorter tails than I do when changing colors, and
you’ll also need more if you’re binding off with one of these scraps. Test them
out for your own preferences on a practice project. So now that you have
that information, if you were working on a hat like this, which is basically 10
rows, two rows, five, two, five, two, five, two, and then I did the whole inside as a
solid. So if you were working on this, and you wanted to know if you had enough for
one of these little stripes right here, you would simply say, “Okay, well, I know
it’s gonna take me about a yard and a half — maybe a yard and a quarter — so, let’s say that’s about… oh… 50-ish inches, that’s done on
this machine. So you would just measure it out 100 inches to see if you have
that much because it takes two rows. So it’s just simple little math. Evenly
measured stripes can be boring after a while but you can jazz it up with some
random widths and placement. If you need help working this out for hats or scrap
blankets or whatever don’t forget, about the Random Stripe Generator by Biscuits
and Jam. And yes, I’ve mentioned this several times before, but it bears
repeating. First, you grab some scraps from your stash and you let the random
generator know what you’ve got. I’ll tell it what widths of stripes I’ll allow for
my project. Hm… Let’s just say I want none wider than
five rows, but it’s fine if they’re smaller. The last parameter is how many
rows total. I’ll pretend I’m working on a reversible Addi hat, which, without a cuff, is about a hundred rows. And then, check out your results. Now if you like this
pattern that it came up with, you look down here in the text, and it tells you
exactly how many rows to do for each color, so you can replicate this exact
look. So you’ll see five medium aquamarine, four light gray, two medium
aquamarine, three Dodger blue — you see how it goes. Isn’t this cool? I get it — I
really like to play with it. I’m going to put the link in the description box so
you can too. One of my favorite ways to use scrap yarn is through the use of
pom-poms. I love mixing the colors together and putting them on a solid hat.
And a good black hat is always going to work with just about any color
combination you have. Simply put black with it, and it looks even better. Doesn’t
have to — you don’t have to put black with it — but if you do, I think it looks even
better — ties it in. My daughter, as a matter of fact, like these so much that
she even took one of them home. I think hers was gray, and it had a large pom-pom with a lot of different colors some — of her favorite colors — and they were all
made with scraps. And don’t stop with regular old pom-poms. This is my attempt to make an eyeball pom-pom. [laughs] I found a tutorial on
the Internet. Obviously, I did not do a good job. I’m going to have to practice.
But that’s another interesting thing. There are tons of ways to vary your
poms. As a matter of fact, a long time ago, I did a video where I was just
experimenting on camera with you to see what would happen if we, you know, wrapped
certain layers certain ways, and it is fun. And it came out with — I came out with
some great-looking poms, that I really like to do that a lot. I’ll link that old
video in the description box below. Now this is a book that I’ve had for quite
some time, and I have never made one of the projects in it, and the reason why is
because I’m not good at trimming pom-poms. I’m still practicing. Can you
see how mine don’t look even? It’s kind of like cutting hair. You, cut in one
spot, and then you’ve realized you got to cut another spot, and you’ve cut too many,
and it just takes some talent. It’s a skill you have to learn. But look at this
book and all the precious projects that it has in here. Isn’t that adorable?
Look at the little Halloween bat. Or the snowy owl. And a pony. And all this is done
with with a bunch of pom-poms and some felting. But that little fox. You could do
just his head and put it on top of a hat that would look sort of like those
already store-bought beanies with the animals on the top. One is cuter than the
next. I just love this book, so if you’re interested and braver than I am, it’s
called “Adventures in PomPom Land.” 25 projects in here, and this is the author: [show book]
I’ll let you figure out how to pronounce that. Now for me, hats make a lot of sense
because I’m a charity knitter/crocheter and these are the things that I’m donating,
so of course I would want to use them for that. But, there are some wonderful
ideas — that you could use your scraps for — that do not involve wearing them on
your head. If you’re familiar with a website called buzzfeed I found — I read
across that — and it had 34, I think it was… 30-something wonderful ideas to use
scrap yarn for. And I had a great time looking through
those. Now here’s another crazy creation. This is a cat mat. And yes, my cat loves
it. My little cat does. This is basically three strands of worsted weight, held
together. And I went until one color ran out. And then I added another color. And
then I went until it ran out, and then I added another color. So you can see that
the turquoise lasted a long time, and then I added in some other blues. And it
obviously was adding in things that were not the same size, hence, it’s wider at
the top than it is at the bottom. But Cozy doesn’t care. Now I think an obvious
question for these would be maybe an animal shelter, or some place could use
these. Now this happens to be 100% acrylic, so it’s easily machine washable.
You need to ask them if they have any restrictions on the material that you
use — they might prefer cotton — I don’t know. And what size are dimensions that
they’d need. So, it’s worth a call. So the main point to get from this video is that
many wonderful projects can be made from your scraps and open skeins. So don’t
waste them. Think of them as potential projects. Thanks for watching, and if you
have any suggestions for what to do with yarn scraps and open skeins,
put them in the comment section below so we can all share from your wisdom. Thanks
for watching. Talk to you soon. Bye bye!

100 Comments

  • Maria Galdamez

    December 26, 2018

    Oh ‘’hello’’ this is Trish again and I just wanted to to make an correction when I SENT YOU my last message about the Atti machines that you where explaining about ,so what I meant was that I thing it would be an really good gift to give to my grand daughter or to freind who is a ‘’knitter’’ it saves you time and it’s really practical and worth buying ‘’

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  • Maria Galdamez

    December 26, 2018

    Thank you for sharing your message with us, Bye for now ‘’

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  • Mary Wanamaker

    December 27, 2018

    Great tips

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  • NB Cat

    December 27, 2018

    I save the small balls of yarn to teach other people to knit. Practice yarn to get started. When I knit for the homeless I make dark neutral color watch caps for men. If you add a narrow stripe of color with leftover yarn in middle it still looks very masculine and just a pop of color. I usually make a longer ribbed cuff on the bottom of the hat which can be folded up over the ears to keep the cold wind out.

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  • juanita stiles

    December 27, 2018

    I use my scrap yarn to make wash cloths.

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  • Louise Chosy

    December 27, 2018

    Feel so stupid but where is the description box?

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  • ldtaggart-active

    December 27, 2018

    This was super helpful! Thanks!

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  • Sylvia Black

    December 30, 2018

    I am making a log cabin blanket with my scrap yarn. It's got black borders.

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  • tinkpink623

    December 31, 2018

    How do you crochet a hat using hdc? The seam is really crooked

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  • tinkpink623

    December 31, 2018

    How do you do a hat that has front and then inside too

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  • Valerie Ellison

    January 1, 2019

    I interned at an animal shelter when I as in college. There were a lot of knitted "cat mats" that were donated. The staff didn't like to use them because cat claws easily got stuck in them and caused the cats stress. They would use them once, wash them, and donate them to the thrift store. Maybe you should make mats for setting hot pans on the counter instead.

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  • Luh Nonato

    January 12, 2019

    I gave you a like just because you donate your projects ❤❤❤

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  • Martha Shurfield

    January 15, 2019

    Can someone help me. Corner to corner. When you stop change your 6 crochet. What do you do next

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  • PurpleQt

    January 16, 2019

    Omg I have the same Halloween shirt

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  • Sayyyadah Mariam Fatemah

    January 16, 2019

    Russian join your scrap yarns make a colourfull blanket, shawl or poncho

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  • ThePursuitofperfect

    January 16, 2019

    I've been watching crochet videos all week and looking forward to actually trying to make something. I really enjoyed yours and wanted to say how nice it was to listen to your speaking voice. Finally someone who doesn't end every sentence as if it is a question! Drives me nutty.

    I don't eve have scraps yet but I watched the whole thing. Thanks!

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  • Raquel Arce e

    January 19, 2019

    Hermosos tus trabajos ! Margaret ! Desde Argentina

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  • Bekah W

    January 19, 2019

    I’m also a Mississippi transplant to Atlanta! Thanks for the tips 🙂

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  • DogPooOnYourNewShoe

    January 19, 2019

    Great video! I think I'm going to make a cat blanket with my scraps 🐈 💕

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  • Jean Herceg

    January 20, 2019

    Please do a tutorial on your Adult beanie hats, they’re really nice! The shape is perfect and the size looks perfect! Ty in advance ❤️

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  • Jean Herceg

    January 20, 2019

    Sorry, just came across your tutorials below! Ty❤️

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  • Omar Ortiz

    January 24, 2019

    Finally perfect projects to use up my scraps!!! Thank you so much, and bless you!

    P.s. my birthday is the 11th of May, haha

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  • Mari D

    January 26, 2019

    Dear Lord, your trick of counting the rows to find if you have enough yarn has just saved me from endless headaches! Thank you so much for the tip!

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  • tamia11 falanna

    February 1, 2019

    Such a great video very informative ! And lots of beautiful hats (and Pom Pom’s ) so cute! to donate wonderful! I will do that with my scrape 🧶

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  • Linda M

    February 6, 2019

    What about mixing different types of yarn? For instance, say super saver, maybe roving-type yarns, DK, & sport wts, etc. I have lots of leftover sock yarns. I'm making a sock on one of my knitting machines (Passap), with some leftovers, to practice techniques. I have several looms, and I'm teaching my Granddaughter to crochet & knit & loom, but she 300 miles away and just turned 8. Started the crochet when she was almost 6. By herself, she's not doing well, but the looms are easy.

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  • Donna Siemasko

    February 10, 2019

    I use a lot of mine to make hats to donate to the local shelter

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  • Fluffy Unicorns

    February 13, 2019

    Cool

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  • Sylvie Carpentier

    February 16, 2019

    Very informative.you use the knitting machines.are the measurements the same when you work with needles?

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  • Deborah Jones

    February 16, 2019

    Oh, my goodness! What a delight to hear your southern accent! I am a southern lady living in New England, and you made me feel like I was home. I enjoyed your video for the content as well. I am a beginner knitter and crocheter so I’ve subscribed to your channel and can’t wait to see more! God bless!

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  • Angie 978

    February 18, 2019

    I used that same technique you used for your 'cat mat' to use up scraps of wool and crocheted a large felted potholder that, after I machine felted it, was still just a tad bigger than a 9×13 baking pan. I gave it as a gift to my mom and she loves it. I used black wool on the whole thing and then two different colors of wool and, just like you did, would use a color til I ran out and then add another color. It turned out really thick, but it definitely protects a tabletop from a hot baking pan or even a cast iron skillet.

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  • Maria Griffin

    February 23, 2019

    Goodmorning Margaret I'm new to your chanel and I love those ideas for using scrap yarn as I have lots of it and will definitely make good use of it now & when I crochet or knit my hats I'll add some of the scraps and it will help to empty that over flowing box 🤗 . Again thank you and have a great day. Hugs Maria

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  • Gloria Perez

    February 27, 2019

    Muy hermosos buena idea.

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  • Gretchen Murray

    March 1, 2019

    You can crotchet crotchet anigurumi animals and donate them to your local police and DCS office for them to have as give away cuddle buddy to on those natsty child welfare calls when the child gets immediately placed in foster care. They have at least one friend to bring with them.

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  • Simples Meerkat

    March 18, 2019

    I make blankets for my local Dog & Cat shelter.

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  • Regina Zucchero

    April 5, 2019

    Hi all the hats you made were beautiful.I would love to learn from you .Im a new beginner of making a hat.love your video tutorial
    .thanks!

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  • Lauren Beckerle

    April 27, 2019

    Ooo a cat mat! I’ve got 4 kittles, Waffles, Hobbes, Bean, and Lulu. I bet they’d love that!

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  • Suzanne Cowan

    May 17, 2019

    Love that gray with the color bands! Is there a pattern

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  • Suzanne Cowan

    May 17, 2019

    Do you have a viedo how to make a heart using the machine you show I would love to make hats for charity’s

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  • Conce Burris

    May 29, 2019

    I love your video! That's an awesome way to use your scrap yarn

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  • Tracy Evans

    May 29, 2019

    Hi, I loved this video, thank you! Do you have any tips on how I can make my pompoms survive a washing machine? Mine always come apart when I wash them

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  • CreatingwithWingless Angel

    June 1, 2019

    Scraps & half skiens is why I bought a yarn baller. Make my own yarn cakes. Scrap scarves. Scrap hats. Scrap afgans. Scrap ( insert project) I always find a use.

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  • Jeannie Smith

    June 11, 2019

    Here is what I do with my scraps. I take one scrap yarn and one end I tie a knot with another scrap yarn end, and just keep adding till I think I have enough yarn for a project. I roll the yarn in a ball. You can add more yarn to your ball by tying yarn to the ball yarn. Then I make my project with my scrap ball yarn. I like to keep the knotted ends on my project for decorations .

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  • Maria Whitney

    June 14, 2019

    I crochet yo-yo and when I have enough I make dolls for children in the hospitals in town. The only restriction I have come across is no button eyes so I embroider them on the face.

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  • Natalie R

    June 21, 2019

    Where do I find the pattern for the scrap blanket you showed towards the start? It was made of squares stitched together

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  • Christina Chen

    July 5, 2019

    Thank u for sharing such lovely ideas of using scraps n mixing colors. For those of us who r color challenge🤨
    this is super helpful.
    Thank u again.

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  • Mary Oak

    July 12, 2019

    I love them ❤👍

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  • T M

    July 16, 2019

    I put 3 strings together, used a P hook, half double crochet, to make a large blanket for my bed. Just tie on a new string when one runs out. Used so much scrap yarn and everyone has loved the blanket. Blends better than the granny squares……lol basically your cat pad but larger

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  • rose fragale

    July 26, 2019

    Hi Margret , I have trouble with Pom Poms , you can pull out strands , once done. Doesn’t matter how tight, I do it , plz help, scared kid could pull out and choke on yarn 💖

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  • Donna Arsenault

    July 30, 2019

    Thanks for the tips!!

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  • Mikette 56

    September 24, 2019

    Je serais si contente si je pouvais comprendre votre sui longue vidéo…. heureusement il y a les images qui me rendront grand service,,,,, bravo pour toutes vos idées mais puis je espérer un jour cete vidéo en français, ,….

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  • April Most

    October 9, 2019

    Do you have a video for the two sided beanie

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  • Honey’s Yarn

    October 24, 2019

    I’m looking forward to using my scraps

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  • Cheryl Gaston

    October 28, 2019

    I use my scraps for blankets,potholders,pillow

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  • Pippin The Stripping Cripple

    November 10, 2019

    I love the hat that has the transgender pride flag on it! There's also the rainbow flag of course 🙂

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  • LORI KAHLE

    November 12, 2019

    I love your ideas! I love crochet so much, but would love to learn how to knit with a machine. I don’t know if I can afford both hobbies lol. Thanks for adding all the links below. I will be hitting all of them up! Thanks for this video Margaret.

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  • Jo-anne Whyman

    November 13, 2019

    Fab ideas thank you for sharing 😊😊

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  • methat lovescats

    November 14, 2019

    I mentioned to someone else to make scarves..hats..blankets for the homeless. They are very warm.

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  • Mark & Emy Shibukawa

    November 14, 2019

    We make Mini-Prayer Shawls & bring them to leave at different places. I just found out though, if we're making them for our military, to use 100% cotton because acrylic burns & could possibly burn into a wound. 😱😥

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  • Christine Gamble

    November 14, 2019

    I made mini bags and stockings with mine. Some times toys for my kids and cats

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  • Betty Adkisson

    November 15, 2019

    I wish you have a tutorial on how too knit the blue hat you showed.

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  • Deborah de Boer

    November 16, 2019

    These are some great tips and tricks!! Than you for sharing your wisdom!

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  • Kathy Gingras

    November 16, 2019

    Red Heart Dove yarn is pretty!

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  • Kelly Vaughn

    November 17, 2019

    I like to use my scrap yarn to make mini granny square Christmas stocking ornaments. I’ve made hundreds of them! Use whatever yarn, in whatever length you have. No math required! Here is the pattern: https://etsy.me/2MBMB0w

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  • Sheri Carroll

    November 18, 2019

    So what I did is put it. All together and made my parents a 60th wedding anniversary presents a super king sized blanket

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  • Cecelia Ellingwood

    November 18, 2019

    Love your ideas!

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  • orange57plus

    November 18, 2019

    Thanks a lot for the Random Stripe Generator, it will absolutely help me.

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  • Michelle Fryar

    November 19, 2019

    Hey, I'm from Mississippi too, I just found you, this video is so informative, thank you

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  • Lori Jimerson

    November 19, 2019

    I love crocheting corner to corner blankets and give them to Project Linus with scrap yarn (which can eat up all the scraps)!

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  • Glenda Humphrey

    November 21, 2019

    Your hats are pretty

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  • ZainaDancer

    November 24, 2019

    Beautiful products and wonderful tips and ideas! Thank you for sharing. And I LOVE the multi-coloured pom-poms on solid colour hats!

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  • channamma m

    November 25, 2019

    I like somuch your smart work of knitting, it is so beautiful

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  • Lynne McDougall-Ryan

    November 25, 2019

    My scraps go to squares to Blankets for Canada. They collect 8 inch squares to put together as blankets for people in need, shelters, family services, inner city neighborhoods. If you're in Canada, they can always use more squares.

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  • atom93

    November 25, 2019

    For the overly grey beanie with time 2:37, can you please help me, I intend on making a second beanie, but I don't know how many stiches to make a size 7 on a medium tightness measurement around my head as my foundation chain, I intend on using puff stiche's through the beanie, but last time I did single crochets at the top of the 7 chain foundating length single crochet band I added too many rows around the top once I joined the two sides, could you make a tutorial or help me find one that I can just follow step by step counting the total number of rows at the end? Much thanks, will provide email if necessary

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  • Paul Kreckman

    November 25, 2019

    I make mittens for local pre k schools….older kids won’t wear them here. Easy and quick to make and scraps make each pair unique….if a gift….make Three so there’s an extra year of wear when one is lost in a snowbank.

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  • Inspector Steve

    November 26, 2019

    I have a hard time buying yarn. I'm just not good a picking or matching colors. My local store doesn't have much of a yarn selection. Some online store force you to buy a minimum of each color you pick and the weight of yarn isn't all the same so you might buy yarn that's too thin. It's a pain

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  • Vickie Reed

    November 26, 2019

    Oh Margaret! Just discovered your video on the Yarn Scraps. I love the way you think, your tips, hats and sharing and I look forward to working some of your patterns. You’re genius! God bless!

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  • Knitting Crazzy

    November 26, 2019

    I just love your voice

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  • Bally Kaur

    November 26, 2019

    It seem like most of her work is done by machine not manually that people whom use knitting needles how can help them

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  • Inkdraft

    November 27, 2019

    Last year I made a bunch of hats with scraps so I could practice different techniques like checkerboards, cables, etc. Then I sent them all to a men's homeless shelter right before Christmas. My mom use to knit mittens all year long and then donate them to thrift stores.

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  • Rasheeda Fashion Designer

    November 29, 2019

    Thank

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  • Thecla Geraghty

    December 1, 2019

    I don't make long legs on socks and usually find that I have enough self-striping yarn left to make a pair of fingerless mitts, with contrasting cuff and/or border if needed or wanted

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  • Craig Famly

    December 2, 2019

    I had once an awesome jumper my friends mother made me knitting I presume from scars she knitted a few rows then when the colour changed she slipped one stitch every few stitches and the next row purled it off then the next colour change she did that in the mid point of the previous slipped spaces it looks amazing as a jumper and great use of scraps.

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  • Mimaw

    December 3, 2019

    This is a Great Video🤗 glad I found you today because I’m having to find a place for all my scraps 😂

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  • Nancy B Wilborn

    December 4, 2019

    Nice ideas

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  • A Grio

    December 5, 2019

    What if it is different thickness yarns

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  • Carolyn Lambert

    December 9, 2019

    OMG I never realised there’s such an amazing tool as the Random Stripe Generator you showed. That’s just the best thing I’m so pleased I watched your great video all way through to find this gift 🌷 Loved your items you made as well. Inspired you bet 👍🏻

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  • जीवन पथ way of life

    December 10, 2019

    Woh thanx

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  • jints 1

    December 11, 2019

    Great tips, especially like the yarn needed for crochet rows. Thanks.
    For Hand Knitting I know its approx. 4 x the length of the finished row/round.
    (an easy alternative to counting stitches)

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  • Gaylyn Young

    December 12, 2019

    Headbands!

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  • Heather Reth

    December 15, 2019

    Lots of good ideas…. you might also Try punch needle/ rug making

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  • ArrowhoodCobra

    December 16, 2019

    Oh my gosh that tip for figuring out if you have enough yarn is ingenious! Great video 🙂

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  • Alesha Philpott

    December 19, 2019

    I keep my scraps that are 2 inches or longer in a baggie then when it's full I gather them up and brush them with a pet brush and turn that into stuffing for crochet stuffed animal I make.

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  • Ash Eire

    December 19, 2019

    I use them for practicing my stitches in crochet or make decoration 🙂

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  • Blue Hydrangea

    December 20, 2019

    I love grey with light blue and orange. So pretty. It looks great with yellow as well. I’ll be looking for the eye pom !

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  • Blue Hydrangea

    December 20, 2019

    Great idea using the worsted weight and sock yarn together. How does it hold up during the first wash? Any shrinking of either yarn?

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  • Blue Hydrangea

    December 20, 2019

    I so want a tutorial on the knitted hat at 9:10 ! LOVE the Random Strip hat too. I’d forgotten about the random strip generator. I used one years ago. For the most part I just randomly chose myself what color to use next.
    Update: just heard you have a link for the hat in your description. Thank you!

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  • Nick Sinclair

    December 26, 2019

    did you mean to make a trans flag on that hat?? they grey one with the blue punk & white stripes by the brim? Bc I love it!

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  • Elizabeth Gavin

    December 28, 2019

    I love your personality and it comes through in your work. Thank you for giving the world is a better place because of you. I work for an environmental regeneration project called Clear and we are based in Buckhaven and Methil in Fife Scotland. Government funding is drying up and I would love to get local people to create from scrap wool, material, wood etc and then sell on to raise fund's to keep our community garden and growing space open. I love my work and so proud of what we have achieved. Can anyone think of a unique simple idea that would get people involved? Thank you🤔

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  • poetmaggie1

    December 28, 2019

    Granny squares

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  • The Wandering Wife

    December 30, 2019

    Do you have a video for your reversible hat?

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