Say Goodbye to Your Extra Yarn! 6 Striped Stash-Busting Knitting Patterns

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Knitting | Comments


I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to use up those little scraps of yarn I so frugally saved years ago. One way I’ve discovered to bust my yarn stash? Knit some stripes!

Knitting stripes doesn’t have to mean all the stripes are the same size or that you’re limited to just two colors…

I’m giving you permission to go nuts with your stripes with these Craftsy striped knitting patterns!

Knitted stripe cowl and gloves

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Surplus stripe cowl and gloves

This pattern is a three-in-one. Download it, and you’ll get a pattern for fingerless gloves, a cowl and a pair of  mittens — all with the same awesome stripe design. Lucky for us, this pattern is designed with using up scraps in mind, so the pattern will tell you exactly how to use up even your shortest lengths of scrap yarn.

Get the Surplus Stripe Cowl and Gloves Pattern here.

Knitted filigree shawl

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Filigree shawl

Have two scrap yarns that complement each other? This would be a great pattern to show them off. The lace edging is knit with kid mohair, so if you go the mohair way, you may need to buy a skein for that part of the shawl.

Get the Filigree Shawl Pattern here.

Knitted cosmopolitan sweater

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Cosmopolitan sweater

I bet you never thought your yarn scraps could be knitted into an actual garment like this sweater! The short-sleeved design means you’ll need even less yarn than usual. If you near the end of the pattern and find you don’t have enough of the secondary yarn to make more stripes, just abandon them and finish the sweater in the main color. Everyone will think you did it on purpose!

Get the Cosmopolitan Sweater Pattern here.

Cables and stripes knitted tech cases

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Cables and stripes tech cases

There are two ways to use up your scraps here. If you have a shorter length of yarn, turn it into a two-stripe trim. Have more scraps to spare? The striped case is also an option for you. Both cases are made with chunky-weight yarn, so they work up quickly.

Get the Cables and Stripes Tech Case Patterns here.

Knitted striped scarf

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Dear stripes

This pattern is a beautiful example of mixing yarns of different gauges. The blue part of the scarf is a bulky-weight yarn, while the red stripes are a heavy worsted-weight yarn. In addition to knowing how to knit and purl, you’ll just need basic crochet skills to make that pretty little edging.

Get the Dear Stripes Pattern here.

Knitted lace stripes tunica

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Lace stripes tunica

This little girl’s tunic is great for using up scraps for two reasons: 1) It’s fit for a baby, so it’s small and doesn’t require a lot of yarn, and 2) The top half of the tunic is knit in a solid-color lace design, meaning you need even less yarn for the stripes. Scrap yarn comes in handy for the little flower embellishment, too!

Get the Lace Stripes Tunica Pattern here.

Need some stripe basics before you get started? Be sure to check out our basic tutorial for how to knit stripes, plus how to knit jogless stripes in the round.

How do you use your precious yarn scraps?