Cast On: Scrap To It

While merry and bright, the holidays can also be crazy and chaotic leaving little time for us to shop for new yarn and tools. However, the overwhelming desire to sit and knit during these festive and cozy days off makes us crave something new.

This holiday, make what is old new again by casting on a project using leftover yarn scraps (let’s make a concerted effort in 2019 to replace the word “scraps” with something a bit more desirable! Memory Yarn Leftovers? Surplus Yarn Stash? Give us your ideas in our Facebook Group.)

Here are two patterns that have us wanting to dig through our leftover yarn, pull out our mini skeins, and get to work:

Northeasterly by Melissa Alexander-Loomis

A departure from the classic mitered square patchwork blanket, this cheveronesque design offers a modern way to use your yarn leftovers. Written for both fingering and dk weights (or if you want to use both, just hold your fingering weight strands double) and with minimal finishing, you can design as you go. Have lots of mini skeins and leftovers? Make a blanket! Running out of the color in your motif? Make a scarf!

If we can’t convince you to start this project, head over to the designers Ravelry page where she has a Top 7 list of reasons why you should.

See Northeasterly on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/northeasterly


The Patchwork Project by Jessica Gore

Put your precious mini skeins and coordinating yarn scraps to good angular use by jumping into Jessica Gore’s newest e-book, The Patchwork Project. What look like individual triangles or mitered squares are actually a new “half square triangle” that uses a join-as-you-go method created by the designer. The modular construction allows you to make the overall shape of your piece whatever size you like.

The 50-page e-book offers the basic recipe for her triangles, along with how to increase the size and how to piece them together. It gives instructions for adding a log cabin border, garter stitch detail between blocks, and more.

Get The Patchwork Project e-book: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/the-patchwork-project