This crochet basket made from scrap yarn is the perfect craft project to use up all those leftover yarn ends that just seem to multiply.
After making several Scrappy Crochet Blankets a little while ago I’d almost depleted all my yarn scraps. All I had left was a random pile of yarn that was totally unsuitable for blanket making.
Left with some fairly ugly yarn that was too scratchy, too thin or too thick for making blankets, the options were either, throw the yarn away or make something useful.
I’m not a yarn snob, but sometimes I seem to find myself with yarn that is just truly awful.
Maybe it was passed on from a friend’s cousin, or found in a thrifted bag of craft supplies. In the end, someone didn’t want it, and now it’s taking up room in my craft stash.
I’m talking yarn that is so acrylic that it feels like plastic, wool that is too scratchy to wear against the skin, variegated yarn that looks like vomit when its knitted, or yarns that just aren’t enjoyable to knit or crochet with due to their texture.
Go look in your stash, I bet you have a few balls of yarn that you really hate.
If you’ve acquired a pile of not very nice yarn and don’t know what to do with it, making a Scrap Yarn Crochet Basket could be just the yarn project you’re looking for!
1. Any yarn weight is suitable
Because its crocheted using several yarns held together, you can really use nearly any thickness of yarn to achieve the desired yarn weight. Hold 2-3 strands together for thick yarn or 5-6 strands for thin yarn (or any combination of the two). I’ve used yarn as thin as 4ply (fingering), right through to Super Bulky.
2. Colours don’t matter
It doesn’t matter what colours you use because mixing up the yarns makes a pleasant speckled effect which disguises even the ugliest of colours. Variegated yarns seem to work especially well.
3. It’s ok to mix fibers
Don’t worry about mixing fibers, it’s unlikely you’ll need to launder this project, so combining cotton, acrylic and wool is fine.
4. You won’t spend a cent
Using up yarns from your stash is free, so it’s the perfect money saving craft project to keep you busy right now.
5. Uses up a lot of yarn
This crochet basket is a real yarn eater! In short, making a scrap yarn crochet basket is the perfect way to use up leftover yarn from random projects and get rid of all that ugly yarn taking up precious space
I’ve already found so many practical uses for this crochet basket.
It makes a perfect craft project bag . Nice and big to hold lots of supplies and whatever I’m working on. The handles make it easy to move everything from room to room.
One can never have too may storage baskets and the large size of this crochet basket makes it perfect for storing toys, blankets, yarn, and clothing. When not in use it packs away nice and flat.
I really like how it looks with a plant in it. This handmade basket is a great way to hide ugly plastic pots, and the colour and texture certainly cheer up a room. Don’t forget to add a plastic tray to protect your crochet planter basket from getting wet.
How to make a Large Crochet Basket from Scrap Yarn
Rather than a crochet basket pattern, I’ve written more of a ‘How to make a Crochet Basket’ recipe. No matter what kind of yarn you use, my crochet basket instructions will help you make a super practical scrap yarn basket every time.
I’ve included a finished size and hook recommendation, but once you know how, you can make your own basket in any size you like.
You’ll need to know some crochet basics to make this basket, but it’s fairly beginner friendly and stress free to make.
I used a 9mm hook and held about 4-5 stands of DK (8ply) yarn together to make a really firm fabric with Single crochet (US) stitch, (Dc UK).