Stashbuster Knits: Tips, Tricks, and 21 Beautiful Projects for Using Your Favorite Leftover Yarn
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There’s no such thing as too much yarn.
As renowned knitwear designer Melissa Leapman knows all too well, every knitter has a stash of yarn that they just can’t bear to part with: the one or two extra balls of yarn bought “just in case,” or the bits and pieces leftover from completed projects.
Stashbuster Knits gives you the absolute best way to use—and enjoy—your treasured yarn collection guilt free. Leapman offers valuable step-by-step guidance on organizing and shopping your stash to inspire creative new knitting ideas and color combinations. Then she gives you 21 ingenious projects for men, women, children, and home that are designed so no one will ever guess they were made from odds and ends.
Included are projects both large and small, from a glorious Fair Isle sweater for your favorite guy to a chic little scarf made with a Magic Ball. Each yarn weight has its own chapter, from super fine to super bulky, ensuring that knitters will find a way to use every piece of stored-up yarn. Filled with tips and hints on customizing projects and ideas to use even the tiniest bits of yarn, Leapman’s Stashbuster Knits will help transform your beloved stash into projects you’ll love even more.
So dive into your closets, dig into your bins, rifle through your drawers, and bring your precious yarn out of hiding. Let’s begin putting that stash to good use!
needles, or size needed to obtain gauge Size 6 [4mm] circular knitting needle, 16" [40cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge 1 stitch marker Blunt-end yarn needle The sample project uses Plymouth Yarn’s Jeannee DK (3-light/DK weight yarn; 51% cotton/49% acrylic; each approximately 1¾ oz [50g] and 136 yd/[124.5m]) in #54 Zinnia (A), #55 Lime (B), #25 Petunia Pink (C), #53 Tangerine (D), and #56 Sunshine (E) GAUGE 22 stitches and 32 rows = 4" [10cm] in stockinette stitch with the larger
than 2 stitches, and then purl them together into 1 stitch. Stranded Technique In this color knitting technique, 2 colors are worked across each row, and when a color is not in use, it is carried loosely across the wrong side of the fabric, creating horizontal floats. Knitters can choose among three possible methods for holding the yarn: Holding One Color in Each Hand: Here’s the most efficient way to work stranded knitting: Hold one yarn in each hand, wrapping them around your fingers to
knitting maneuver. Cables, obviously, are worked over more than one stitch, so cable symbols occupy several adjacent squares. In the charts in this book, each line or dot within every cable symbol represents one of the stitches being crossed, so you can quickly tell at a glance the number of stitches involved. For instance, three lines crossing three other lines would symbolize a six-stitch cable. In the cabled Boho Bangle, for instance, three lines crossing three other lines symbolize a
temperature to allow potential eggs to hatch, and then refreeze it to kill the larvae. Help! My Stash Runneth Over! If you own more stash than you can possibly store (let alone use in one lifetime), you must reel things in. Try the following suggestions to cull your collection. Throw a “stash bash” for you and your friends. Invite everyone to your place (since you have so much yarn to spare), and swap yarn. After all, one person’s trash is another’s treasure! One cardinal rule: No one goes
knit across until 1 stitch remains in the row, ending the row with M1 knitwise, k1. To decrease for the base of bag, k1, ssk, knit across until 3 stitches remain in the row, ending the row with k2tog, k1. STITCH PATTERNS Garter Stitch (any number of stitches) ROW 1 (RS): Knit across. PATTERN ROW: As Row 1. Openwork Pattern (multiple of 2 sts) ROUND 1 (RS): With a contrast color, knit around. ROUND 2: With a contrast color, *p2tog, yarn over; repeat from the * around. ROUND 3: With A,