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50 Stash Busting Crochet Patterns (Quick Projects)

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In this post, you will see 50 stash-busting crochet patterns.

If you love crochet you probably have a yarn stash full of one-skein wonders and leftovers from other projects.

A great way to use them is to choose small projects like potholders, washcloths, storage baskets, and bags.

Other cool projects you be an easy one skein cowl or a cute little purse for your coins. 

You could also choose larger projects like striped shawls, striped baby blankets, or a scrap yarn throw blanket.

Stash Busting Crochet Patterns
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Shopping Your Own Stash

In these strange times, we may not be able to make it to the yarn store or feel very safe doing so.

Even ordering yarn online is a little daunting, thinking about when your package will arrive and the process of cleaning it.

So what else can you do? – Shop your own stash!

Our yarn stashes are just waiting to be used up and there is no better time than now.

mini crochet pumpkin garland

What About Earth-Friendly Crochet?

Make a selection of reusable items for your self-care by choosing to make crochet dishcloths, washcloths, face scrubbies, and more!

The crochet bathroom patterns will be long-lasting, reusable, and also make great gifts.

There is also a great drawstring bag to make that can be used for many things.

See the earth-friendly bathroom crochet pattern bundle here or get the patterns in the list below.

Related Post: 20 Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

Crochet bathroom collection

What Is Stash Busting Crochet?    

Stash busting is a term used to describe a practice where makers use up leftover yarn from previous projects, often referred to as “stash” to create new items.

Instead of buying new yarn for each project, stash busting allows crafters to make the most of their existing yarn supplies and reduce waste.

Many crocheters stock a collection of yarn from previous projects, and sometimes these yarns are not enough to make a complete project on their own. 

However, by combining various yarns of different colors, textures, and weights, stash busting crocheters can create unique and eclectic pieces, such as blankets, scarves, hats, or even clothing.

Stash-busting crochet can be a fun and creative way to experiment with color combinations and textures, as well as a sustainable approach to crafting.

It also helps crocheters save money on new yarn purchases while challenging their skills in working with different yarn types.

Additionally, it provides an opportunity to clear out yarn storage and make room for new yarn acquisitions or just to keep things organized.

chevron washcloth

How Do You Keep Track Of Your Yarn Stash?    

Keeping track of your yarn stash is essential for any yarn crafter to stay organized and make the most of their supplies.

There are several methods you can use to manage your yarn stash:

  1. Inventory spreadsheet: Create a spreadsheet using software like Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. Include columns for yarn brand, color, weight, fiber content, quantity, and any notes or project ideas. This method allows you to easily sort and search your stash by various criteria.
  2. Yarn tags or labels: Attach labels or tags to your yarn skeins or balls with relevant information like yarn type, color, and yardage. You can use physical tags or create printable labels and attach them using a string or safety pin.
  3. Ziplock bags or clear bins: Sort your yarn by color or type and store them in clear plastic bags or transparent bins. This way, you can easily see what you have without having to open every container.
  4. Yarn stash notebook or binder: Use a dedicated notebook or binder to write down details about each yarn skein or ball, including its origin, price, and intended use.
  5. Yarn sample cards: Create small swatches of each yarn in your stash and attach them to index cards with relevant information. This method is particularly useful for color matching and comparing textures.
  6. Digital photo catalog: Take photos of your yarn stash and organize them in folders on your computer or smartphone. You can add descriptions or notes to the image files.
  7. Categorize by project: If you have specific projects in mind for certain yarn, group those yarns together so you can easily access them when you’re ready to start the project.
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More Yarn Stash Patterns

If you want to see more patterns that will help you to use up your scrap yarn, then take a look at this post: 20 Patterns To Use Up Your Yarn Stash.

This pattern roundup includes both knitting and crochet patterns.

There are many small projects to choose from as well as larger projects like blankets.

There is also this post – 57 Stash Busting Knitting Patterns for all of you knitters out there.

50 Stash Busting Crochet Patterns

Choose a new crochet project and use up the yarns you have in your yarn stash.

There are 50 pattern posts to choose from, ranging from smaller projects to larger projects that you will need little yarn to a skein to make.

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I love seeing your finished projects on social media.

If you enjoyed making any of these projects, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

If you are on Facebook, stop over to the handylittleme Facebook page or our Facebook group and share a photo. 

I’d love to see your work!

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