Check out these ideas, and free patterns, for making gorgeous afghans using up all your leftover yarn scraps.
If you're often working on crocheting baby blankets, perhaps you have piles and piles of scrap baby yarn accumulated. If so, this heart sampler pattern is a good way to use those up. It's a fantastic design to have in your afghan pattern stash.
Granny Squares and Granny Afghans
Seems to me that the phrases "Scrap afghan" and "Granny squares" are almost (although not quite) synonymous. Sure, you can use brand new yarns to make granny squares, but I think it's even more fun to try out spontaneous (and possibly "unwearable") scrap yarn color combinations. It's always fun to experiment with different ways that color can be used, and scrap yarn + granny squares = the perfect way to approach a multitude of color and fiber experiments.
- Basic Granny Square Tutorial -- If you don't already know how to crochet a granny square, you will after you work your way through this photo tutorial.
- Rainbow Granny Square (Pictured at left) -- When I made this granny square, it was actually a combination of scrap yarn and new yarn. If you have a small amount of yarn scraps but you're looking for something interesting to do with them, this pattern is a good one to try.
- More Free Crochet Granny Square Patterns
- More Free Crochet Granny Afghan Patterns
You can have a colorful, eye-catching afghan without having to know how to do intermediate / advanced techniques like tapestry crochet -- and without resorting to basic stripes.
This pattern is just one example of what you can do with the simple single crochet stitch, some scrap yarn, and a little creativity.