Bust your Stash – 11 of the best Stash-Busting Crochet Patterns

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My yarn stash is OUT. OF. CONTROL. Just ask A- he’s got an endless supply of vacuum bags he keeps cramming ball after ball into, and I’ve made countless promises to use what I’ve got before I buy anymore… yeah, right! I do have the best intentions though, so I’ve put together this list of my favourite stash-busting crochet patterns!

This year I’ve already started to cut down on yarn by setting myself the challenge of finishing my crazy Mandala Madness. It takes me an hour to go round the blanket now so this is something I’ve decided to come back to in the New Year once all my Christmas presents are out of the way.

You can check out all my Mandala Madness details here.


But stash-busters shouldn’t all be about making up blankets to use up the endless scraps and oddments. So here are my 20 favourite non-blanket stash-busters for you to start your New Year a little lighter…


#1 – The Gila Backpack by Kayla Norris

How adorable is this bag, for real?! A quick little make, with relatively little crochet-mastery needed, you could whip up this bag and use a lot of scraps all at once. This is just darling. Fur/Sheepskin optional.

Find the pattern here.

PS – Read about using fur in your projects here.


#2 – Summer Wrap by Ellen Deckers

Holy moly! This is oddment central. This beautiful wrap, while not just an amazing sight in itself, is perfect for using up oddments of your stash to create this spectacular spring-time landscape. And hey, if you start now, you might actually finish it in time for spring!

Find the pattern here.


#3 – Entrelac Bag by Poppy & Bliss

Another little bag beauty- and the perfect introduction to Tunisian d!a Hook this up in a weekend and you’ll have a great accessory (or Christmas present ready to be gifted!)

Find the pattern here.


#4 – Stash to Treasure by Dora Does

How easily is it to turn your leftover DK scraps into something not only beautiful, but wearable? With this pattern from Dora Does – very easy!

Find the pattern here.


#5 – Orlando Hat by Love, Aly

Mix and match your favourite colour combinations to crochet this easy beginner hat in no time. I’m making too many to count for Christmas as I can make one in under an evening. No excuses!

Find the pattern here.


#6 – Cosy Cobbles Ear Warmer by Humbly Crafted

This great little pattern by our very own guest blogged Shelley is a win-win. Not only will it bust your stash, but it’ll keep you ears warm on these chilly November days.

Find the pattern here.


#7 – Carnation iPad Case by Bori Varga

This Tunisian Simple Stitch case is a great introduction if you’ve never experimented with Tunisian crochet before. You’ll need a Tunisian hook and a bit of bravery, but look how awesome the end result looks?

Find the pattern here.


#8 – Perfectly Ruffled Scrunchies by Miranda Dielsen

My favourite accessory of the 1990s is BACK. Finally! Spice up your life with a little nostalgia and an adorable little hair accessory to book.

Backstreet’s Back, alright?

Find the pattern here.


#9 – Meadow Slippers by LTK Cuties

I have no shame. I absolutely LOVE wearing slippers around the house and keeping my tootsies warm. Do I love velvet yarn too? Yes. Will I be making these? Definitely yes.

Find the pattern here.


#10 – Skydd by Yarn-Madness

Let’s be honest here. Anything baby-sized is always a great stash buster. Even better if its acrylic which means its super durable and machine washable. So go and whip these up in every colour for the babes!

Find the pattern here.


#11 – Lavender Bags by Little Wendy Crochet

Bugs hate lavender. Lavender helps you sleep better. It smells amazing. So, all-in-all, lavender is a great little versatile herb that is made even better when put in these super cute lavender sachets which can be gifted, hung up around the house, putting your dresser drawers… the uses are just as versatile as lavender itself!

Find the pattern here.

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