Scraptastic Stashbuster Blanket

Scraptastic Stashbuster Blanket

Hi. This is at The Secret Yarnery. Today we are making this fabulous scraptastic
blanket, any size you want, whatever scraps you have. This is a great project to bust your stash,
get rid of that yarn that you’re not totally crazy about. You can make it look fabulous just by putting
it in with another color. Grab all your bits. Let’s get started. To make your scraptastic blanket, just gather
up whatever yarn you have. I’m using all of my old acrylic. I have skeins or balls that I have started
that haven’t finished, as well as bits and pieces. It doesn’t really matter how big they are,
as long as it’s worth your while to use it. How I’m going to do mine … I’ve divided
my colors. I’m going to make two blankets. One is going to be my bright colors with my
dark colors. And my other one is going to be light colors
with pastels. There’s my darks. Probably need more darks, which I have. I just have to dig ’em up. I’m going to always have a dark and I’m always
going to have a bright. And that’s how I am going to do my blanket. To get started, grab a dark color and a bright
color. And to start I always like to have enough
of my color to do two rows without changing, approximately one and a half to two rows. I’m going to use this black and this blue. To start, you’re going to need your 8 … I’m
using an 8 millimeter hook. And I’m going to be using two strands of the
acrylic at once, so two strands of size 4 thickness chunky acrylic. You could use whatever scraps you have. And to start my chain, I’m going to use a
10 millimeter hook, just in case I chain tightly. I don’t want one part of my blanket to be
curving in and not stretch. I want it to be just as relaxed as my half
double crochets. So I’m going to use a hook that’s two millimeters
bigger, just to be sure. You’re going to start by making a slipknot. And leave enough of a tail that you can weave
it in later, or sew it in later. There’s no way getting around that. You’re also welcome to do a foundationless
start. But I think it’s easier just to do a chain. You’re just going to chain as long as you
want your blanket to be, keeping in mind that you’re using a bigger hook, so it might be
a bit shorter. I’m not totally sure. So just estimate. For this tutorial, I am just going to be doing
a short piece as a sample. ‘Cause I filmed the whole thing and I can’t
find it. Okay. I think I deleted it off my camera by mistake. So I’m just going to be doing a small sample
like this. There is my chain. With your 8 millimeter hook, or the one you’re
going to be using for your blanket, chain one. Wrap your yarn, and into the second chain
from your hook. Not this one, but this one, you’re going to
go in and make a half double crochet. Wrap your yarn and bring it back. Wrap your yarn and take off all those loops
on your hook. And you’re going to do that, one half double
crochet, into each stitch going all the way back down your row. I’m just going into one loop, all the way
back, one half double into each stitch, or into each chain. I’ll meet you at the end of this row. Now into that very last chain, I’m making
my last half double crochet. Chain one. Turn your work. And I’m going to work back. Wrap your yarn and go into this very first
stitch, that one right there. Half double crochet. And now one into each stitch going back. You want to make sure you have both of those
strands of yarn on your hook. But you’ll get the feeling of it. You’ll know if you have them both. Work your way back. And whenever you want to change yarn, or your
scrap runs out, we will change our yarn. I’ll show you how to do that. Uh-oh, I don’t know who wound that up. Looks like one of my kids. Well, there we go. I’m going to replace this. I’m going to keep my dark thread running through,
or my dark yarn going through my whole blanket. I’m just going to change my color now. Just cut your yarn somewhere around there. Get those out of the way, that out of the
way. This is my old yarn, laying there. And this is my new yarn that I want to be
using. I’m going to take my old yarn, and I’m going
to put it across. We’re making a magic knot. But I’m going to put it across my new yarn
and loop it under and back a little, like that, and through to make a knot. You want to make one of those kinds, just
a regular loop, just a regular knot. And you’re going to pull it really tight. You don’t want the yarn to break, but if it’s
going to break, now is a perfect time. Now wrap your new yarn around your old yarn
and loop it under and through to make another knot, just a regular knot, like that. And pull that one also, really tight, as tight
as you can. Now you have two knots. And you’re just going to pull both those yarns. I want to call them threads, but they’re yarns. Pull that really, really tight. Put all three of these yarns down, just so
you have one sticking up. Get your scissors and put your scissors against
that knot and give it a clip. So you wasted that much yarn. And the same for your other tail. Boop. That is your wastage, which is pretty good. And pull it again to make sure it’s not going
to come out. Okay. Now we’re just going to keep crocheting. And I’ll show you how it just sneaks in there. See, it goes right up. And you can poke it if you want that knot
hidden. You can work it in so it’s inside that stitch. And away you go. You’ve changed color. You have no tails to weave in. And you’re using just about all of your scraps. That’s how we’re doing it for the scraptastic. Of course, you’re welcome to change your yarns
any which way you want. I’m just showing you how I do it, especially
for these scraptastic blankets. Almost at the end of this row. There, we got there. Now we’re just going to chain one to turn,
because we always want to go into the first stitch, that guy in there. We just chain one and go into the first stitch. And then that’s easy to see your stitch at
the end of the row. So your edges stay really nice and straight. End of the row, we went into the last stitch. Chain one. Turn your work. Wrap your yarn. And half double crochet into that first stitch. You’re going to do that all the way along. For my scraptastic blanket, I tried to do
about two rows of each color, but not three. So I’m going to want to change this color
before I get to this join. It doesn’t totally matter. There’s a couple spots in my blanket where
I went a few stitches over because I was almost running out of my scrap. It’s up to you. You could also just go straight and use every
color ’til it’s finished and not worry about the design of it. But I’m going to get to about here, maybe
one more stitch. And I’m going to change my color. I’ll go this nice mango color. Again, cut your green. I’m going to cut mine right before that big
tangle anyway. And we’re going to to the same thing. Old color laying out there and new color going
the opposite way, not that it matters. But it makes sense to me. Now I’m going to make a knot with my old yarn
around my new yarn. Over the top, back under, and make a simple
knot like that. Pull it crazy tight. And this one, so my new yarn, on top of my
old yarn. And then back under and make a knot. Pull that nice and tight. And then pull your new yarn and your old yarn. And those knots slide together. Pull those ones super-tight. And now cut your tails. Hold all three yarns down and get your scissors. Put them right on top of that knot and give
it a cut. And the same with your last tail. Hold that one up and pull everything else
down. Put your scissors on your knot and give that
a cut. Pretty good. Give that a pull just to make sure. One time, it did fall apart when I pulled
it right now. On a good note, you’ve only wasted a smudge
of yarn. You can just do it again. Now keep going along with that one. And, again, you can figure out how you want
to do it. You can hide that knot inside one of your
stitches. Or even if it’s on top up here, it’s fine,
’cause you’re going to go over it with your next row of half doubles. And you’re just going to keep going like this
all the way along until you run out of scraps, or your blanket is as big as you want it to
be. That’s the scraptastic recipe, pattern. Into the last stitch, let me just show you
that real quick before I switch over to the footage I have of my finished one. At the end of your row, this is a stitch. And it’s always going to be a stitch. So when you get to the end of the row, you
can see this last one. Let me undo that one. You can see that one. That one’s a stitch. And you know that that one’s a stitch, ’cause
it looks like a stitch and you can see the hole and everything. This guy here is also a stitch. You always have to go into that one. You go into the one that you recognize. And then wrap your yarn and go into this guy. There is a stitch there. And you can see I have the four loops on my
hook. But you gotta pull it up from the side and
do your half double. But you’ll see that that give you a really
great edge. You don’t have to put a border on your blanket. It’ll be really crisp. But remember to go into that last stitch on
every row. Chain one, turn your work, and go into the
first stitch. Keep going and I’ll see you when you run out
of yarn or you have a big blanket. My scraptastic blanket is super-fabulous. It’s nice and long. I really like this edge here. I want to finish on a really nice color that
I like. So I’m picking bougainvillea, classic. I’ve started. I joined over here. I’m going to go all the way back and I’ll
show you how I fasten off when I get to this side. At the end of the row, just get to the end
of the row. And always remember your last stitch, a half
double. Chain one. Cut your yarn. Pull your hook up and your yarn through. And snug that down to secure. Now we’re going to take our trusty darning
needle, or yarn needle. I like these knitter’s pride ones with that
loop on the end. They’re so easy to thread. And they don’t get … They don’t start snagging
like the Susan Bates. They’re stronger. So I’m a fan. Put those yarns down along. You are welcome to do them one at a time. I’m just going to weave them back a little
bit. Pull that. Cut that. And stretch that. Those ends are nice and in there. And that’s finished. I hope you enjoyed this video. My blanket is so big and delicious, I can’t
even begin to get it underneath the camera. But I’d love to see yours. If you’re on Facebook, join our Facebook group. And thanks so much for watching. Please like, subscribe, and share. And stay hooked.

100 thoughts on “Scraptastic Stashbuster Blanket

  1. This is beautiful. I'll put this on my list. I'm currently making amigurumi heart pillow using my scrap yarn.

  2. What a great idea I have so many yarns left and was thinking what to do so thanks a lot. I always seem to have issues with having a straight edge so thanks for the tip 👍

  3. Came back to remember how to continue my project from over a year ago, determined to finish it, it looks so pretty. Thank you for this tutorial on how to make a blanket using yarn scraps, as I have so much yarn from many other projects.

  4. You have such a pleasant way of showing how to crochet. It feels like I am listening to an ole friend. Thank you.

  5. Holy I just love those crochet hook are they very expensive were can I purchase them I’m in Fredericton Nb. I’m starting that blanket to bring whit me at the hospital I love colour thanks

  6. I wish I would’ve found this video a month or so ago. My blanket I made from my scraps is basically a trapezoid.. I’m new to crochet self taught knitter. Thought crochet could be fun and I was right.. but I should have done a little more research

  7. Been crocheting for 40+ and never knew how to do that magic knot!!! Wow.. life changing!! Thank you so much!

  8. Hi I’m curious to know how many stitch’s you put in your blanket thanks for taking the time to show us a beautiful pattern

  9. You can just use a simple square knot, super tight and cut off the ends. Your little bits of yarn can be put outside in the spring for the birds making nests . You blanket is lovely.

  10. I wanted you to know that I really loved a couple of your videos that I watched including the scrap tastic blanket and I want to make one I wondered if it's scratchy to sleep under. I hope he would check out my channel and subscribe back thanks

  11. Beautiful! I made one of these last winter and I absolutely love the blanket. It's so cozy and warm. It's fun to see all the colors play out.

  12. Love this pattern. I started doing my "magic knot" scraps with black yarn, doing a solid granny square. I like this HDC better. I just make pet blankets for the local humane shelter….cats & dogs don't care what color their blankets are. I have also used white with my pastel scraps. I' m going to look for the yarn needle that you used…so much better than the ones I'm currently using, but they are probably 20 years old. I had a whole basket of scraps, that I swear, were having a party…they were a mess…so one cold Iowa Winter day, I "magic knotted" all my scraps into one large ball.

  13. I love how your blanket turned out… so bright and pretty. I have lots of bright colours left over from other projects, along with a bunch of darker colours, and this will be a great way to use them up. Thank you!!

  14. Love your blanket. How wide and long is your blanket. Also did you always use worsted weight yarn doubled?

  15. I learn how to make a magic knot which I was very confused after I watched another video a year ago. I remember because I was starting my loom knit temperature blanket. My question is when adding the the fun fur into your blanket. How do you wash it? Can you dry it in the dryer?

  16. Класс.Спасибо за видео.По вашему МК я научилась завязывать узелки.

  17. I’ve been crocheting for years and never was confidant in knot tying, but this is awesome! Thank you so much for teaching me this method! I love it!

  18. I had never seen the magic knot yarn join before. Fantastic! It’s neat, strong and eliminates weaving in loose ends. Also love how you used light and dark together to create a variegated look. Thank you so much for sharing.

  19. The magic knot is intriguing. I love making these type of scrap blankets, but I like using a consistent color alongside all the yummy scrap yarns.

  20. I LOVE the way the brights with the dark go together! I might want to just buy a few skeins of each, just to make one without using scraps!

  21. I am so glad i stumbled across this video!! Im going to use the pattern for a scarf im making for a friend. I love the joining method

  22. How about starting out withe 8 large granny Squares and working around them?? I'm thinking about this already started?

  23. Hi I hope you will be having your live video chat on Friday morning at 9 a.m. Central Time. Krista you are missed come back to your podcast so we can all have fun chit chatting together. Loving you

  24. Love it!!
    I do this too. I always say "warmth doesn't know colour", so use up those scraps!
    These are my most wanted blankets!!
    Thanks for the knot tip, too!!
    Happy New Year! (2019)

  25. I like to do a simular yarn eater… I use a 3 ply method of making a dragged out slipknot to make 3 strands and crocheting the 3 as 1. this method allows for long drawn out mixes.. I like mixing pink with green and orange with blue, black with white and so on … with the 3 ply method it makes beautiful unique blankets of whatever pattern you do..I made a blanket with Red <3 and used 10 super saver balls to make a queen sized blanket… She's beautiful and thick with many changes

  26. I'm assuming scraps should all be the same thickness..? I have lots of different yarn but some chunky, some thinner. Odd blanket if i use that, right?

  27. You do chain tight – if you're having to pop that hook out like that, I hafta think that that is just too tight – it's a good thing you change to the smaller hook to begin your 1st row. I used to crochet that tight and I realized that that was my problem with speed and the trouble I had if the yarn doesn't have enough twist in it and the strands split on you your work in be real tacky when you're trying to go fast if there's not enough twist. And of course if there is not enough twist and your stitches are tight you're gonna separate the strands while you're moving along at a good clip. That of course makes the Stitch weak at that point to stretching by the user. That's no good!.

  28. I love the look of that. I’m doing one right now, double stranding, using the waffle stitch. But I’ve run out of scraps 2/3 way through! I need to complete more projects.

  29. I tried the special knot today when using up a piece of yarn that was too long to throw away and too short to do much else with. I had 24" after using up a skein before starting the next to continue the granny squares project I'm working on. I used the knot demonstrated in this video, and I like the results. I'm likely to use that again sometime.

  30. I am a new crocheter, and until now the "edge thing" hadn't really clicked. The light bulb has gone on, suddenly! I SO want to make a blanket like this. It is GORGEOUS and I love the nice big stitches. You are clearly one of those people adept at teaching the "slow learners" like myself-you have managed to "get through to me" where others could not. I do think I was starting too tight, as well…going off to try a new piece and see how it goes after this tutorial. Thank you SO MUCH!

  31. Love your explanation and visual of the magic knot. Now I will be able to follow along and do it. So happy, thank you

  32. That is really pretty, thanks for showing us how you do it. I didn't understand initially why you paired the dark with those bright colors but now I see how great it looks!!

  33. I need to do this! But I have some yarn that’s not even worth it. You have some small balls of yarn too. I’ll have to do this. My friend gave me a box of random yarn

    I’ll have to watch this a few times today.

  34. Little bits of yarn can be saved and put outside in spring for the birds to use to build their spring nests. Loved the idea of using left over yarns. Gotta start one this year!

  35. I've watched this a few times and love the colorful blanket you end up with. I have a question though, as I've had trouble getting the edges of my blankets to look neat and tidy: When you are working the end of the row and you show that there is one more stitch to work into – is that stitch your chain one from the previous row (before you turned) or is it the actual FIRST stitch from the previous row? I just had to rip out a HDC baby blanket because the edges are all crappy looking. One thing I was doing different than what you show here is I was chaining up two stitches; I'll change to what you do here to give it a go but I'm so frustrated not getting the "end" of every row correct. I usually have no problems with the beginning of a row…Help? I hope my question makes sense. Heeheee

  36. I'm truly enjoying making my blanket. I'm new to crochet so it was a challenge at first. Thank you so much for the tutorial ! My first crochet project😳

  37. I’m new at this and I am having a hard time with the end of my blanket not straight your the only video who really showed me how to do it and I also am having a hard time with color change over wow I just learned so much from this video thank you so much, I feel more confident now that I can correct all my mistakes/ learning lessons .. so very happy I found your channel thank you again

  38. Cheers for sharing lovely 🙂 I really appreciate this video & will definitely be checking out the rest of your tutorials. ♡ Wishing you and yours the most splendid weekend. #Hugs & #Blessings xxxx

  39. Lovely blankets! I have been looking for quick and easy projects to use my overabundance of yarn. I have been doing Granny Squares for personal project for years but I really love this look.

  40. I love how you join new yarn to old and no more weaving in end…..i'll never go back! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! ……Tara

  41. You are still on Ravelry?!? They called half of American knitters and crocheters “white supremacists” for supporting our President!!! Shame on Ravelry and anyone who supports those bigots!! This leftist crap has gone on long enough. Adios.

  42. 35 years ago, my Mom did this but she used what she called a "fabric stitch" which is 1 sc, 1 dbl, 1 sc, all across the row. In the next row, you make 1 double crochet on top of the sc from the previous row, then 1 sc on the double from the previous row. This makes for a nice, tight weave. But my Dad complained it was too heavy on top of him, lol, so then they used it underneath them, like a mattress pad, and it kept them so warm. ♡

  43. I love this. I’m making me one I just started, thanks to you. I am so thankful that you showed how to tie those knots without having big knots all over. Thank you so much.👏😊

  44. Absolutely love that blanket. Beautiful colours, very boho! Thank you for everything you post!😊. Blessings from Penticton, BC 🇨🇦

  45. Thank you so much for making this video. I’ve made two blankets already and I’m working on #3. They are my most requested item from family members. They always argue over whose gonna get the one I’m working on at the time 😆😆😆😆😆 love love love the knot tip 🤗🤗🤗🤗 and keeping those straight edges is a breeze after following your video.
    Excellent. My life changed after watching this video😆😆😆😆🙋🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️ #happyHOOKER #crochetLIFE

  46. I am making the blanket now. The blanket coming out nice. Plus, I am also using black yarn for the main color. All I am doing just grap the yarn without looking what color the yarn.

  47. If I make one of these blankets, would it be ok to use both regular acrylic yarn as well and leftover blanket yarn? I know the blanket yarn is quite a bit thicker and I don't know how it would work out.

  48. Thank you. I have a storage box full of baby yarn and now I know what I am going to do with it. Keep up the great work.

  49. Save those little smidges of yarn in a ziplock and use it for stuffing your next teddy bear or snowman, whatever your craftiness comes up with. Then you have NO waste at all❣️

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