Happy New Year! To start the new year with the right foot, I thought of sharing with you these 30+ amazing scrap-busting free crochet patterns!
On average, every new year, I make the very firm resolution that this is the year I’m finally going to attack my stash.
And when I say stash, you might know exactly what I mean!
If you’ve been crocheting or knitting for any given time, you probably grew your own stash without even realizing it.
So now, you have boxes and boxes of yarn of all sorts of weight, fiber content, and colors.
And while some of that yarn might be enough for an entire project in one single color, the majority is not that much at all! Probably, you have lots of these half balls and little scraps from previous things you made…
So, what should you do with them?
The simple answer is a stash-busting project!
What is a Stash Buster?
In crochet and knit, a stash buster is a project that allows you to mix and match all kinds of leftover yarn from your stash to create something new, creative and unique!
A stash-buster project can be anything from large projects, such as a sweater, a blanket (a.k.a. scrapgan), pillow covers, etc, to smaller projects, like fingerless gloves, beanies, etc.
One last stash-busting category comprises all those scrap busters, i.e. tiny things that you can crochet with very small scraps of yarn, like appliques, small amigurumi, coasters, chair leg warmers, etc.
Scrap Busting Crochet Projects
So, now that we know what to expect from stash-busting crochet patterns, let’s take a look at some awesome free patterns to help you use your stash!
To make it easier for you to navigate through this list of free crochet patterns, I divided them into categories, so that you can directly jump to your favorite one by clicking on the menu below.
- Blankets & Pillows
- Woman & Kids Accessories
- Kitchen Decor
- Bags & Purses
- Coffee Sleeves
- Small Amigurumi
- Wall Hangings
- Spa & Self Care
So, let’s get started!
Blankets & Pillows
Scrappy Granny Stripes Blanket
The Scrappy Granny Stripes Blanket is a free pattern by Fiona from Cosy Rosie UK.
You can choose to crochet with one, two, or even more strands of yarn, and create a blanket in any size! Find the pattern HERE.
The Mabel Pillow by This Pixie Creates
The Mabel Pillow is a beautiful pattern by Dayna of This Pixie Creates. This removable pillowcase is designed so that you can either attach a zipper or make a button flap.
If you love the moss stitch (and don’t mind weaving in ends!), this is the perfect project for you!
Gratitude Granny Square Blanket by Morine’s Shop
Crochet your very own Gratitude Granny Square Blanket using this free pattern by Morine’s Shop.
Such a wonderfully warm and cozy look for a classic granny blanket!
Colours Chunky Scarf by Stardust Gold Crochet
The Colours Scarf by Tasha from Stardust Gold Crochet is the pattern you’re looking for to use up all your chunky yarn leftovers!
The pattern is a one-row repeat – so it is very quick and easy to memorize.
Basic Fingerless Gloves
These are the easiest Basic Fingerless Gloves you’ll ever crochet! Made with an 8.0-mm crochet hook and very little yarn, these are the perfect scrap-busting for bulky weight yarn.
The Scrappy Scarf
Collect all of those part skeins from previous projects and make this simple and practical but pretty Scrappy Scarf!
Make it a scarf or an infinity scarf, or even a cowl depending on how much yarn you have leftover.
St. Peregrine Ear Warmer by Remington Lane Crochet
The St. Peregrine Ear Warmer is a free pattern by Jamie from Remington Lane Crochet.
You can whip it up in less than a day, and you’ll love how you can assemble your headband in a variety of ways to fit your style. The pattern includes 6 sizes from infant to adult!
Find the pattern HERE.
Seed Head Scarf by Jo’s Crafty Hook
Create your own Seed Head Scarf with some leftover yarn and a few very basic stitches! This free pattern by Jo from Jo’s Crafty Hook is the perfect stylish accessory all year round.
Find the pattern HERE.
Granny Chevron Cowl
Mix and match your favorite colors for this Granny Chevron Cowl. This quick and easy neckwarmer works up in no time and will help you use up your leftover Aran weight yarn.
A simple and fun knit-look crochet beanie using DK yarn and the Tristan Stitch! Find the free pattern of the Taryn Beanie HERE.
Higge Arrow Headband
You cannot have enough of the beautiful texture of the Hygge Arrow Headband! Soft and warm, this headband comes in 4 sizes from toddler to adult. Grab your DK leftovers and crochet one for a mum and daughter set.
Arewa Ear Warmer
Arewa means “Beautiful”. This design is one that can be made using up a random skein while perfecting the act of crocheting around an elastic hairband. Find the free pattern of the Arewa Headband HERE.
Daisy Puff Beanie
Infinity Headband by Three Fates Creations
This Infinity Headband by Three Fates Creations works up quickly and uses very little yarn. Moreover, the construction is slightly different than most wrapped headbands!
Ally Slouchy Hat by Pam’s Cozy Corner
The Ally Slouchy Beanie is a cozy and comfortable hat that keeps you warm during those chilly days.
Forest Trail Headband by Ned & Mimi
The Forest Trail Headband is a cozy crochet headband pattern by Sarah from Ned & Mimi.
This headband is just perfect for those days when you don’t feel like wearing a hat but it’s still a bit chilly.
Beaded Granny Square Pendant
Get creative with these Beaded Granny Square Pendants. Add a few fun beads and transform a simple granny square into a beautiful pendant!
When you have a veeeery little amount of yarn, these Drops Earrings might be the pattern for you. Quick and easy, they’re perfect to gift or for selling at craft fairs!
Potholders, coasters, Kitchen Decor
Scrappy Dots Potholder by Raffamusa Designs
Use up all the little scraps of yarn and make a fun Scrappy Dots Potholder. This project is perfect to mix and match all your leftover cotton into your own unique confetti color scheme. And the result is a super colorful potholder, which is fun to make and use in the kitchen!
Granny Jar Cozy by Blessed and a Mess
The Granny Jar Cozy is a lovely pattern by Brandi from Blessed and a Mess. This pattern only requires 60 yards of yarn and it fits a 16 oz mason jar.
If you’re a granny lover like I am, this is definitely something you’ll want to crochet!
Boho Mug Rugs
These Boho V-Stitch Mug Rugs are very quick to make and a great way to practice the V-stitch!
Tree Branch Hot Pad
The Tree Branch Hot Pad is a lovely potholder designed by Agat from Made by Gootie. The pattern is great fun to crochet and works up quickly.
You’re going to love learning the Tree Branch stitch while using up your cotton scraps!
Rounds of Flowers Coasters
Add some happy colors to your kitchen decor with the Rounds of Flowers Coasters! With just a few scraps of yarn, you can make your tea and coffee breaks even more enjoyable.
Tea Spa Mug Rug
The Tea Spa Mug Rug is a super easy and quick pattern that you can make with very little yarn! Try your favorite color combination for this lovely pattern by Olga from My Crochet Space.
The Lila Coasters by Suzanne from Crafting Each Day are quick and cute! With just a little worsted-weight yarn from your stash, you can make a set of cute coasters for a fun gift or your own kitchen decor.
Bags & Purses
Rainy-Sunny Coin Purse
This Rainy-Sunny Coin Purse is a super cute, little purse for your keys, coins, and other small objects that would otherwise get lost in the infinity of your bag!
Mosaic Zig Zag Bag by Loops and Love Crochet
The Mosaic Zig Zag Bag is a fun and practical little pouch pattern by Amanda from Loops and Love Crochet.
Use it to store pencils, crochet hooks, make-up, or just about anything!
Wedge Project Bag by Blue Star Crochet
The Wedge Project Bag is a super stylish idea by Veronika from Blue Star Crochet.
The construction is slightly unusual but very easy to make. And the addition of a simple handle finishes off this modern project bag perfectly!
Long Stem Rose Bouquet by The Loophole Fox
The Long Stem Rose Bouquet is a pattern by Shannon from the Loophole Fox. These lovely roses will bring beauty to your home.
But you can also use them to make a cute gift for a friend or to embellish your presents!
Embellish your creations with this Sunflower Applique.
Daisy Flower Applique
Or if you prefer daisies, enjoy the free pattern of the Daisy Flower Applique in two sizes!
For the Coffee Lovers
Espresso-ly Quick Cup Cozy
If you’re a coffee-lover, you’ll enjoy this cute Espresso-ly Quick Cup Cozy by Ashley of Through The Loop Yarn Craft.
Sweet Lily Cup Cozy by Frankie Kate Design
Enjoy the look of your cup and the smell of a good coffee with this Sweet Lily Cup Cozy!
This textured and quick-to-make cup cozy is made with two different-colored strands of yarn held together, which creates that gorgeous marbled effect! And makes it a perfect scrap buster.. and a last-minute gift… and…
Pizza Slice Keychain
Crochet a cute Pizza Slice Amigurumi and make it into a keychain or little toy!
Axolotl Brooch by Anvi’s Granny
This no-sew and cute Axolotl Brooch is a super quick pattern by Joy from Anvi’s Granny.
You can also use bulky yarn to make a bigger version of the axolotl and make a cute keychain or bag charm!
These Fruit Slices are fun and addictive to make! Everyone in your family will want one, so make sure to make one for each!
When it’s time to go back to school, cheer up your little boy with a School Bus Amigurumi! He can hang it on his school bag or use it as a keychain.
Boho Seascape Wall Hanging by Valzies Boutique
The Boho Seascape Wall Hanging is easy and classic! This lovely pattern is by Valerie from Valzies Boutique and it is inspired by the seascape.
Hairpin Lace dream Catcher
If you’ve wanted to learn hairpin lace crochet but don’t want to start with anything huge, this Hairpin Lace Dream Catcher is just the perfect starting point for you. The pattern comes with full and detailed video tutorials on how to hairpin lace crochet and how to assemble the dreamcatcher. Find the free pattern HERE.
Baskets & Organization
Sea Waves Basket
The Sea Waves Basket features a modern design and will be a wonderful addition to your home decor. Perfect pattern to use Spaghetti yarn!
Alda Nesting Baskets by ChristaCoDesign
These little Alda Nesting Baskets are quick, cute, and full of texture. This stash-busting pattern will eat up those scraps and bits of yarn in no time!
Face Scrubbie Basket by Crochets by Trista
Crochets by Trista has this super cute idea to crochet a basket to hold her handmade face scrubbies!
Spa & Selfcare
Crunch Stitch Face Scrubbies by Made by Gootie
Have you had the Crunch Stitch on the list of stitches to learn for a while?
Well, now it’s the perfect time to gather some scraps and give it a go! Try these Crunch Stitch Face Scrubbies by Agat from Made by Gootie.
Loopy Marian Bay Mitt by Me n my Hook
Want to add something a little different to your next spa gift make? Or just want to treat yourself with a super soft, exfoliating mitt?
Bernardine from Me n my Hook has this awesome pattern for The Loopy Marian Bay Wash Mitt. The pattern is beginner-friendly and only uses about 80 g of DK weight yarn.
I hope you enjoyed these scrap-busting crochet patterns!
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