Make a Giant Magic Yarn Ball from Yarn Scraps

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!

Use your yarn scraps to make a magic yarn ball with invisible joins

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.

pile of small balls of yarn

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.

Big ball of yarn - How to make a magic yarn ball

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.

Scrap yarn crochet blanket from magic yarn ball

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.

Magic Yarn Ball made from scrap yarn with invisible joins - mypoppet.com.au

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.

How to russian join yarn supplies

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).
  • Scissors

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.

How to russian join yarn steps

2. Untwist yarn slightly and insert needle though the center of the yarn for about an inch.

How to russian join yarn steps

3. Pull the tail of the yarn thorough to create a loop.

How to russian join yarn steps

4. Now thread the second yarn onto the needle, then pass the needle through the loop of the first yarn.

How to russian join yarn steps

5. Just like in step 2, untwist the yarn and insert the needle through the center for about an inch.

How to russian join yarn steps

6. Now you should have 2 interlocking yarn loops.

How to russian join yarn steps

7. Gently pull the loose end to tighten and close up loops.

How to russian join yarn steps

8. Trim off excess yarn tails, and your yarn is ready to be wound into a magic yarn ball.

How to russian join yarn steps - How to make 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.

Magic Yarn Ball - how to make a Big ball of yarn

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!

Scrap yarn crochet baby blankets from magic yarn ball

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!

LOVE IT? PIN IT!

Use your yarn scraps to make a magic yarn ball with invisible joins

Use your yarn scraps to make a magic yarn ball with invisible joins

3 Comments

  • patricia says:

    Your blankets are so beautiful! It is lovely that you are donating them, but they sure look gorgeous piled up together! It will be hard to give them away……..

  • Sarah says:

    Yes, this is beyond lovely! I have a hard time finding yarn cakes that I like so this is the perfect solution to that struggle! But that does bring me to a different struggle.. Do you perhaps also have any tips on how to roll the yarn into neat balls using only your hands?

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