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Topic: DORMANT: Use Your Leftovers- Scrappy Projects (not afghans!) Crochet-along  (Read 7446 times)
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« on: October 30, 2011 04:44:45 PM »

I visited a favorite yarn store along with fellow crocheter and craftster member indigo_roses.  They had a basket that contained three different yarns to make a scarf...I picked one group that I would never have put together myself to see if i would like it...I DID!! Cheesy

When I finished the scarf, I thought:  I could put together my own mixes!!

If you guys are like me, you have plenty of leftover yarns from projects you made for swaps, friends, co-workers, family, etc.  And, you probably have yarns that you bought that you have no idea what you were thinking...or a special skein that you can't think what to make with it...and, finally, you probably have tiny balls of a lot of unrelated yarns...



How about using up some of your "forgotten" yarn? Cheesy  Destash that yarn that you have been storing...You can experiment with mixing things and be quite surprised how an ugly yarn can be made "beautiful"!

You can make a scarf, a hat, a shawl, a bag...anything except an afghan (there are plenty of craftalongs for those!)...

Here is the basic idea:

Find a yarn that reads "solid"
Add a textured yarn, like ribbon, mohair, etc.
Add another yarn that goes with the above

I am going to try to keep my projects to three to five yarns...I don't want it super scrappy...

You can make all even rows or you can just keep adding your yarns when they run out...I plan on doing it both ways...

Anyone want to join it?  Share mixes, stitches, projects?

Here is a start on what I have done so far:

The scarf is single crochet using a J hook.  It is about 100 inches long (definitely use a foundation stitch for this one!)...and I did uneven rows for each of the three yarns (Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light-my "solid", Knit One Crochet Too Doceur et Soie-baby mohair and silk, St, Charles Venus -rayon twist)...these are fun and easy even for beginners...and you can watch tv while doing them! Cheesy





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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2011 04:52:17 PM »

And, of course, now I am addicted!  I took some zip lock bags and put together four groupings...be flexible...sometime s the yarn does not look good made up!

Here is the second scrappy project I made...a hat and scarf! I used Vanna White bronze & charcoal, Lion Brand bronze"mohair" mix, and a ribbon yarn that I have had for years and years. The scarf is super long (108 inches!)...the hat is a basic slouchy hat with a row of puffs...just wing it! Cheesy





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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2011 07:20:29 PM »

This is great! I was just recently trying to use up some bits of yarn to make a slouchy hat.

I'm currently working on making crochet xmas gifts for family. I'll definitely post pics of any side projects like this that I come up with!
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2011 08:16:30 PM »

I should stay on top of this thread. I have lots of remnants from my wheel of yarns I plied and had little bits left over. I was thinking about making a scrappy-plied yarn from it but we shall see.
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2011 04:24:33 AM »

Niiiice! I adore your new hat!
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2011 12:33:00 AM »

What an inspiring new stitch-along!  Your scarves and hat look great!   Cool

I may have to dig out a few skieins, too! 
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2011 07:25:20 AM »

OK--winter is fast approaching!  Get out those hooks and make everyone you know a gift set made from scrappy yarns!

I made two more sets and will post pics later tonight!

I decided for every set I make from leftovers, I am going to splurge and get myself some yummy yarn! Cheesy

Yep--bought 4 skeins this weekend...so much for destashing! Grin
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2011 04:15:07 PM »

I love the first scrappy scarf! Did you crochet 100 stiches? And after a few rows switch yarns?
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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2011 07:16:04 PM »

Thanks! I believe I did 400 single crochet, then changed up yarn after every few rows...all of the scarves are single crochet and about 10-14 rows wide...I am just making the length sort of based on how much yarn I have...the first scarf is 100 inches...the second one is about 108 inches...
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2011 04:32:02 AM »

This set is my favorite so far!  I used a ball of novelty yarn that I purchased on ebay on a whim...only 5 more balls to go--what was I thinking?  It was a pink/yellow/brown pompom sort of yarn...Grin



This set is a standard favorite of mine as well--grey and turquoise!  There is some shiny novelty mohair...


I can't believe how my "ugly" yarns are disappearing! YAY!
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