So you’ve just finished a project and you’ve half a ball of leftover wool. You keep it because you’re going to use it up someday along with other leftover wool. Right so far? How much of it have you actually ever gone back and used up?
I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was 7 years old so as you can imagine that stash of leftovers has really grown over the years. Of course there have been times when I’ve needed a tiny bit of a colour or I’m making display pieces for the shop, or I use them for the children’s classes but in general I’ve never really managed to work my way through that gigantic stash of leftovers. There have been plenty of clear-outs over the years where I’ve donated a big bag of wool but when I recently finished the Stylecraft Yarns Frida’s Flowers CAL I was faced with another 10 colours of leftovers. So determined not to be left with all these half balls of wool I decided they had to be used up.
Enter my stashbuster blanket. This isn’t my design, there are probably loads of “shell stitch” patterns available online, this is just the instructions for the blanket I made using a shell stitch. As I didn’t know how far I’d get with each colour, I just did one row of each colour at a time but you could go with as many colours/stripes as you wish. Make it whatever size you want. The pattern explains how to adjust the size which means it will work with any thickness of yarn/wool.