If you’ve gotten into crochet, you might have noticed that your house very soon becomes full of scrap yarn pieces that have been left over as spare from multiple different crochet projects and that they just kind of pile up, waiting to be used.
It might seem like these pieces of scrap yarn are unusable, but binning them would be an absolute waste.
Scrap Yarn Crochet Patterns
The truth is, there are plenty of crochet projects that can be done using pieces of scrap yarn, so that you use every last piece, and waste nothing. They also tend to be very small projects that are very easy and fast to complete, as they only require a small amount of yarn, meaning the scrap pieces are ideal.
There are plenty of patterns available for these types of small crochet projects, ideal for scrap yarn. So many that it can be overwhelming to choose one! So to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite crochet patterns, perfect for making use of all your scrap yarn. Let’s get right into them!
If you need more crochet inspiration, make sure you check out our other lists of great crochet patterns. Things like hooded scarf crochet patterns are great for gifting. You might also like these crochet gift ideas or even this simple list of crochet dish towel patterns!
Free Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
I have to start with this because it is one of my all-time favorite things to crochet, plus it is ideal for using up small amounts of yarn. This crochet dishcloth pattern is super easy to make, takes just an hour or so for most, and is ideal for those who are beginners to crocheting.
Easy Puff Stitch Boot Warmer Crochet Pattern
This is a new pattern here and I am loving it! It takes a bit more than some of the others but is still ideal for scrap yarn leftover from bigger projects. I love this brightly colored yarn she used, but you can make it with any color or pattern of yarn.
Easy 3D Crochet Snowball Motif
This one is so fun and a great way to use those itty bitty scrap pieces of yarn. Whether you use them as snowballs on hats for the wintertime or turn them into addition in bright colors that look like a ball or even add extra yarn to make them a balloon, this is super fun and ideal for those times you have a shorter length of yarn to work with.
Dendrite Snowflake Motif Crochet Pattern
While this is ideal for the winter months, it’s just a fun addition to many of your projects. Sew this onto a hat, scarf, or sweater for a bit of something extra. Or, my favorite option is to use this as an ornament for your holiday tree. If you make them every time you have scrap yarn throughout the year, you can have a colorful lot of snowflakes to hang on the tree!
Crochet Egg Ornament
Easter is another time of year when ornaments or little decor comes in handy, and this crochet egg is super cute and super easy to make with scrap yarn!
Small Drawstring Bag Crochet Pattern
First on our list of top favorites we have a cute and practical drawstring bag crochet pattern, by HCK Crafts, small enough to be done with the scrap yarn that you have lying around the house.
Great for holding those spare coins, small items, or even dice if you’re into board game nights! The finished result is 6 inches by 7 inches.
The pattern is available as a downloadable PDF file, with step-by-step instructions that are easy enough to follow even if you’re a complete beginner at crochet.
Crocheted Mouse Bookmark
It’s so ugly and cute at the same time! What a fun little bookmark idea and perfect for scrap bits of yarn. These make excellent gifts to make throughout the year and tuck into stockings at Christmas!
Source: The Crochet Space
Small Crochet Bear Stack Pattern
If you want to turn your scrap yarn into a cute piece of decoration for your home, then we highly recommend this popular crochet pattern by Northwest Stitch. The end result is a beautiful small stack of little bears, to be done in whichever color you choose!
The pattern itself is classed as easy, so it is perfectly doable by those with beginner crochet skills. It comes as a downloadable PDF file, with all the necessary instructions, and some information on how to change the bears slightly so that you get different types!
Fall Tiny Pumpkin Crochet Pattern
If it’s nearing the Halloween season, and you want to put your scraps of yarn to good use, why not create some tiny pumpkins?
They’re incredibly easy to make and require only a few scraps of orange yarn (or any other color really, it’s up to you), and they look amazing as decoration on your windowsill, or to gift to friends when trick or treating!
The pattern is very easy, with only basic crocheting skills required, and the pattern itself is available as a downloadable PDF file.
Crochet Bookmark Pattern
This simple video tutorial is a great choice for making use of smaller bits of fabric. I love how easy this is for beginners!
Small Face Scrubbies Crochet Pattern
Another option for turning your scrap yarn into usable and practical face scrubbies, is to follow this pattern by Jennifer Gail Crochet. In fact, this product comes with three different patterns, as a 3-in-one purchase.
That means you can have slightly different face scrubbies, all of them perfect for cleansing your face or removing makeup.
Easy and fast to complete, the crochet pattern comes as a downloadable PDF file with all the necessary information and instructions.
Small Dog Sweaters Crochet Pattern
Do you have a small dog? Then you can absolutely re-use scrap pieces of yarn to create a comfortable and warm sweater so that your furry companion can go outside during the winter. This pattern by DR Crafts is super easy to follow, and ideal for beginners.
The crochet pattern itself comes as a downloadable PDF file, with step-by-step instructions and helpful tips, so that you can complete the project and dress your pet!
Scrap Yarn Crochet Bag Pattern
This is so fun! I love that it not only uses different scrap pieces of yarn but also multiple stitches. It may be a bit eclectic once finished, but it is an excellent project for practicing your skills on new stitches.
Source: Creative Crochet Workshop
Mermaid Tail Keychain Crochet Pattern
Keychains are some of the best crochet projects for using up the small scraps of yarn you have leftover from other crochet projects. With this pattern by Kats Crochet Wonders, you can create a beautiful mermaid tail crochet keychain, perfect for sea lovers.
The pattern is classed as easy, and therefore accessible to beginners. It is available upon purchase as a downloadable PDF file, with all the necessary instructions that are super easy to follow.
Scrap Yarn Crochet Rug Pattern
I grew up with a rug like this in my kitchen but never thought about making one of my own. It’s a great option for smaller bits of yarn and it never matters if the colors match. Just look how great it looks once finished!
Source: Traverse Bay Crochet
Small Crochet Cactus Keychain Pattern
Another cute and unique crochet keychain idea to be made with scrap pieces of yarn is this pattern by My Cactus Adventure. And yup, it’s a cactus! (The soft kind, no danger of pricking your finger.) Easy to follow and perfectly suited to beginners with very basic crochet skills, this can be completed in no time.
The pattern comes as a downloadable PDF file, full of step-by-step detailed instructions, and a link to a video tutorial that is even easier to follow along with.
Small Cherry Fruit Crochet Pattern
If you’re wanting to make some cute crocheted decorations for your home, out of small pieces of scrap yarn, then we recommend following this pattern by KK Enjoy the Moment. The end result is a small cherry fruit, perfect for hanging by a mantlepiece or for arranging within a fruit bowl!
The pattern is incredibly easy to follow, ideal for beginners. It is available as a downloadable PDF file, with not only instructions but also step-by-step pictures to make sure you are on the right track.
Crochet Hexagon Scrapghan Pattern
I LOVE love love this! Of course, it has a distinct pattern to it but is still using scrap pieces of yarn. It’s super easy, can be done with practically any yarn and color, and looks gorgeous once complete.
Source: Cookie Snob Crochet
Small Strawberry With Leaf Crochet Pattern
Another small fruit you can crochet out of scrap yarn is this pattern, also by KK Enjoy the Moment. (You could end up with a collection of small fruits for a small faux fruit bowl!)
Easy and fast to complete, the pattern is available as a downloadable PDF file, complete with detailed instructions and step-by-step photos to help you along the way.
Crochet Cat Bookmark Pattern
With very little scrap yarn you can create a cute and practical bookmark, with a cat design, by following this pattern by HCK Crafts. Great for book lovers and cat lovers alike, this bookmark is unique and perfect for keeping the right page of the book you’re reading.
The pattern is available as a downloadable PDF file, and it is super easy to follow. This means that even complete beginners can give it a go and be successful!
Jagged Scrap Yarn Afghan Crochet Pattern
My great-grandma made this same pattern when I was a child. She did it on purpose with fresh skeins of yarn, but I love the idea of doing it with what is scrap yarn in my basket. An easy pattern that is cozy and warm as well as brightly colored!
Source: Meladora’s Creations
Slanted Puffs Bookmark Crochet Pattern
Another bookmark crochet option to be made out of scrap yarn, that follows a more traditional design, is this pattern by Rhelena. The end result is a bookmark measuring 6.25 inches by 1.5 inches, with a slanted puff design to be made in a color of your choosing.
It is completely accessible to complete beginners, and the pattern is available upon purchase as a downloadable PDF, with all the necessary instructions.
Baby Headband Crochet Pattern
Headbands are an ideal project for scrap pieces of yarn, as they are small enough, and do not require much material. This pattern by Nelly Crochet Patterns allows you to create a cute baby headband, both beautiful and practical. It is also very easy and fast to make, so complete beginners can give it a go!
The pattern is available upon purchase as a downloadable PDF, and as well as instructions it also comes with plenty of pictures, to make it easier to follow along with the process.