Using up every bit of your yarn can be such a satisfying thing when finishing up a bigger project, though it can be a risky game to play! A much less stressful (and recommended!) way of doing things is to make sure you have plenty of yarn, with some left just in case, or just to play with later.
With this in mind I had a look through the projects that have made great use of leftovers, and it doesn’t just have to restrict you to small projects. The gorgeous Ishbel below made by oneknitwit shows how you can use small amounts of different yarns, held together in different ways, to make something truly beautiful.
Ripley isn’t just a great project for leftovers, it’s a quick knit too. This sweet version was knit by wmcurella in yarn she had leftover from a baby blanket.
Using different yarns for the body and edging of a shawl like Ishbel is a great way to use up half-skeins of yarn, as well as make something truly unique. This lovely Ishbel was made by oneknitwit, using three different yarns either on their own or holding multiple strands together.
Another Ishbel, this time knit by berlinbombshell. She switched to a contrast edging when she didn’t have enough of the main colour and the result is lovely it looks like it was meant to be.
Knittybaker had the perfect amount of sock yarn left after finishing up a cardigan for this beautiful Ishbel, with added beads!
This sweet pair of Cadeautje use a different kind of leftovers – scraps of roving leftover from doll making. These adorable and very cosy looking slippers were made by elisebonneville.
Tiny Shoes must be one of the most perfect projects for little leftover bits of yarn, this pair used just 10g. This adorable pair were knitted by TheKnittingSarah for her niece in some yarn leftover from a scarf project.
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