Scrap Yarn Stash Buster: Knitted Throw with Tassels
Use your scrap yarn stash to create a lovely knitted throw or shawl with tassels using this free pattern.
My yarn stash is ever-growing and as any knitter or crocheter knows, we always have unused yarns tucked away for “future use” but seem to keep collecting. Here is a tutorial for using those yarns to make a throw/shawl that is variegated and textured for the chilly nights that will soon be upon us! This project is perfect for beginners who are familiar with basic stitches. With so many yarns and textures it’s a very forgiving project! Click for our complete Knitting Basics series.
I’ll also show you an easy trick for making tassels for your project.
I’m not kidding when I say I have A LOT of yarn. Some of this yarn is from projects I did twenty years ago but I still love it all. Does anyone else have so much yarn you could fill up a bathtub? I’d love to hear if you do! Also, fyi, I don’t always keep my yarn in the bathtub but the photo-stylist in me couldn’t help but get this great shot of my stash!
So for this sampler I chose jewel colored yarns of all textures, sizes and colors. I really wanted to mix it up and not make it complicated with increasing or decreasing stitches. I knew the result of using such different yarns would mean some rows would have much looser stitching and other rows would be denser. This is the look I wanted for my throw. To complete the scrappy look of the throw, I altered between knit and purl stitches pretty much at random. If you wanted a more consistent look you could alternate knit and purl stitches with each change of yarn.
I also enjoyed adding an easy-to-make tassel fringe on the sides which is super easy to do—see below to learn how!
Note: My throw/shawl is 39” x 44” without fringe. You can easily make yours bigger or smaller by increasing cast on stitches, using looser or tighter tension, or varying the number of rows.
Materials for Scrap Yarn Stash Buster Knitted Throw Pattern:
Various yarns in colors of your choice
Size 10 (6mm) straight knitting needles
Crochet hook (for weaving in ends of yarn)
Instructions to Knit Throw or Shawl:
Knitting the throw:
1. Cast on 80 stitches using yarn of your choice.
2. Begin by Purling across and then alternating Knit and Purl stitches as you like.
3. When you have a few rows done and are ready to change yarn, do not tie knots. Always start a new yarn at the beginning of a row, leaving ends long enough to weave in later. Good finishing techniques make a big difference!
4. Repeat Knitting and Purling each row till you reach desired size. For my project I stitched 88 rows and used pretty loose stitches.
5. When you have finished knitting a piece you will still have a row of loops on your needle. You’ll need to bind off (fasten down) these loops or your work will unravel.
Binding off stitches: Knit the first two stitches of the row. Using the point of the left needle, lift the first stitch up and over the second stitch and off the end of the right needle. Now one stitch has been bound off and one stitch is remaining on your right needle. Work the next stitch in the row. You will now have two stitches on your right needle. Lift the first stitch over the second and off the needle. Continue this way across the row. It’s very important to work your bind-off row loosely. It needs to be elastic, just like your knitting.
6. Weave in ends of yarn on the sides to prevent raveling or holes in your work. A crochet hook is useful to do this.
Making Yarn Tassel Fringe:
1. Decide how long you’d like your fringe to be. You’ll be cutting your yarn strands twice this length. An easy way to cut lots of yarn strands at once is to find a hardback book in the correct width. You’ll wrap your yarn around this book as many times as you’d like and then slide your scissors in the indention of the book pages and snip strands.
2. Now you’ll have your lengths of yarn and you can decide how many strands you’d like for each tassel. I used two or three at a time. Fold the yarn strands in half and make a loop.
3. Holding looped yarn in your hand, find an opening from your stitching and slide the looped yarn through this hole. Sometimes it’s helpful to use a crochet hook to do this but my stitches were loose enough that I just used my fingers.
4. Pull yarn ends through the loop and tighten. Add as many tassels as you’d like, alternating yarns or using the same yarn for your fringed tassels!
As you can see, anything goes with this throw. It’s a fun and easy project which can easily be altered to your taste, color palate or size. Do you have any ideas for using yarn scraps? Please comment below or send me a picture!