12 April 2012

Scrap Solutions

A few months ago, I started working on a knitted, patchwork blanket as a way of using up my huge bag of scraps left over from old projects.

I wasn't following any sort of pattern, I just knitted up a bunch of seed stitch squares in vaguely similar sizes.  Eventually, I got tired of knitting them and also realized the vast amount of seaming that was going to have to take place later on.

So, I stuffed everything back into the bag and tried to ignore the problem.

Look at them all, silently judging (this is only a small percentage of the population):

So, I started clicking around on one of my favorite Ravelry boards, Scrap Happy! and eventually came up with an idea for a blanket that would not involve seaming and would allow me to knit it in the round.

May I present the start of quite possibly the ugliest blanket to ever exist:

It will be crazy (possibly even wacky), but it is already so much more fun to knit and much more efficient than the last idea.  Basically I'm just knitting in the round, increasing evenly by four stitches every round.  I'm also having fun revisiting some yarns that I had used on past projects (Love: Berroco Palace and Knit Picks Andean Silk, Hate: Berroco Lustra).

This is definitely giving me the boost I need right now by allowing me to use up scraps, knit mindlessly, and to take a break from some projects that are really annoying me right now.

How do you use up your scraps? Or do you not have any? (I'm not sure how that is possible, but someone once told me that she never has any yarn left over from past projects).

14 comments:

  1. Love that blanket, it will be so unique! I tend to just hold onto scraps until I find a use for them. I guess I should consider making somthing.

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  2. Fun! That's a great way to use up left over yarn. I am current working on Park Slope Blanket on Ravelry and I have a ton of sewing to do. Need to get it done because I need to move on to other things. Can't wait to see it finished!

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  3. It's going to be a unique blanket! I am working on my 2nd leftover sock yarn blanket. Mu kids fight over the first oe I made, so I guess I'll have to crochet a 3rd one too so they have one each ;)

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  4. I know exactly what you mean about the sewing up--I hate it! I'm making (very, VERY slowly) a blanket out of squares but I'm keeping the squares all in row instead of binding off, and then just sewing the rows of squares together. I love the circular pattern, I'll have to find the pattern. Right now I'm making a lap blanket with left over yarn, just trying to clear stuff up. And how it looks to others doesn't matter. I like funky and fun, and all the different yarns will remind you of past projects.

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  5. What a cool idea - I think I'd have the same reaction to all that seaming :) You'll love this blanket - it will invoke all sorts memories when you use it and it could just go on forever - big enough to fit a big bed!

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  6. I love the idea! It reminds me a little of the scrap rugs my mum used to make. It'll be fantastic when it's finished! I have plans to make a Mini Mania Scarf with my left over fingering weight yarn. I make a lot of shawl so I'm definitely going to have a lot of left overs, lol.

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  7. Fun idea :) I have scraps but I need things to coordinate, so I haven't made any scrap blanket type things!

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  8. "Wacky" is an excellent adjective for a blanket---I love the way that's working up so far, it's so bright and the shape is really intriguing. (And no ends-weaving? Best. Idea. Ever.)

    Re: scraps, this is when mostly making teeny-tiny amigurumi projects allows one to be really efficient. :D I love being able to use tiny bits of yarn to make like, itty-bitty crabs (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/teeny-tiny-crabs) and stuff.

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  9. I knit irregular garter stitch or stockinette pieces and sew them together. I don't like sewing, but I want to keep the pieces small enough to fit in a small basket in the car. Your blanket is looking fantastic, love the way the shapes coming through.

    Thanks for the QR code tutorial, now I'm tempted to QR code my entire stash!

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  10. What a great idea to make a round blanket - that is wicked and so unique.
    Currently I am collecting my scraps in a big glass jar and just gaze at them lovingly. One day I will find a good use, maybe make some totally wacky legwarmers

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  11. I think it looks great but you could always turn it into a floor cushion as you are knitting in the round

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  12. I have a bunch of scraps, but they end up in "The Box" Who knows what has spawned in "The Box". I do love your blanket. It's a fun way to be reminded of projects past.

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  13. I absolutely love your blanket!! It's not ugly at all! :) And I agree, the idea of seaming up all those squares is daunting, indeed. Your solution is wonderful, and it should be a lot of fun to knit!

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  14. A great solution to your scrap stash ... I love all types of blankets and I think this will be a conversation piece, for sure!

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