If you are drowning in yarn scraps leftover from various knitting and crochet projects, I’ve got a fun and resourceful way to use them. Make a Magic Yarn Ball!
Using an easy invisible yarn joining technique, hundreds of little scraps can be joined to make a giant continuous ball of yarn, in a fun rainbow of colours.
Over the years, I’ve accumulated so many yarn scraps. Some of it ends of balls left over from bigger projects, some of it thrifted, others frogged and reclaimed from unwanted knitted projects. After a while it piles up.
As a big proponent of using up craft supplies from my stash, I thought it was time to tackle the leftover scrap yarn pile, and make something useful. Time for some Scrap-busting Stash-busting!!
The annoying thing about using short lengths of yarn in any project is having to weave in hundreds of ends. I don’t know about you, but I loath weaving in ends, so the idea of a giant ball of yarn that was ‘end free’ made me very happy.
With some scrappy crochet baby blankets in mind, I set about joining all my leftover yarn scraps using a handy invisible joining technique called a ‘Russian Join’.
In the past I’ve also joined yarn by needle felting ends together, but this technique only really works for 100% wool.
How to Russian join yarn scraps to make a Magic Yarn Ball
A Russian join works well for joining most styles of yarns together without knots or very obvious bulkiness.
It works best for joining yarns of the same weight, but I’ve found it works fine even with yarns that are a little lighter or heavier than your main yarn weight.
For example, most of my yarn scraps are DK (8ply) weight yarn, but I’ve also included some random bits of worsted (10ply) and sports weight (5ply) yarn.
If you plan on joining several different weights of yarn scraps, just make sure they are just one step up (or down) in thickness, from the yarn you are joining to.
Depending on how ‘magic’ you want your yarn ball to be, you can either join scrap yarns randomly (like I did), for a surprise result on your finished project.
Or if you like a more orderly approach, maybe group your yarns by colour theme, or in rainbow order.
You will need:
- leftover bits of yarn (lots of them)
- Tapestry (wool) needle with a large eye (a blunt one works fine, but I prefer a sharp pointed tapestry needle for this).
How to invisibly join yarn with a Russian Join:
1. Thread your needle with first yarn. As you continue and wind up the joined yarns, the first yarn will be the end (tail) yarn in your ball.
2. Untwist yarn slightly and insert needle though the center of the yarn for about an inch.
3. Pull the tail of the yarn thorough to create a loop.
4. Now thread the second yarn onto the needle, then pass the needle through the loop of the first yarn.
5. Just like in step 2, untwist the yarn and insert the needle through the center for about an inch.
6. Now you should have 2 interlocking yarn loops.
7. Gently pull the loose end to tighten and close up loops.
8. Trim off excess yarn tails, and your yarn is ready to be wound into a magic yarn ball.
Make the ball as big as you like. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it grows.
I quite like joining scrap yarn while watching TV, then when I have some motivation to start a crochet project, it’s ready to go.
Here’s a sneak peek of the Scrappy Crochet Baby Blankets I made using my Magic Yarn Balls and all my yarn scraps. They were entertaining to make and I really liked how the random coloured yarns made cool stripey patterns.
Not having to weave in ends meant that these crochet blankets were done as soon as I finished the last stitch!
They turned out really fun, and I’ll be sharing the crochet pattern for them soon. They will be donated to St Kilda Mums.
Now off you go and gather up all your yarn scraps. There’s a magic yarn ball to be made!
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