20 Insanely Clever Yarn Hacks That Will Make Your Next Project Easier!
I have to warn you that today’s post is a long one! I thought it was time I shared my favourite yarn hacks with you, I have employed lots of these little hacks and charts and they really do help to make a project easier. Some can even stop cats from picking up your ball of yarn and wandering off with it! That happens to me every single time I start a project. I can also never leave it unattended (I’m sure I’m not alone!).
There are so many ways you can organise yarn and create your very own inexpensive yarn bowl. Some of these projects are fabulous! The CD holder is especially genius and cat proof!
I bought myself 2 cream enamel, retro style colanders. One for yarn and one for the kitchen!
This plastic basket is an amazing way to organise your yarn for a project that requires loads. My cat hates it because she can’t steal the yarn and booby trap the house! Especially since I found these baskets with lids, so I’m able to store my WIP’s with their yarn and she can’t steal anything. Bahahahhahaa.
This blogger did an amazing job of hacking those little Tupperware tubs. All you need is an eyelet setting tool (use with a hammer) to make sure that the plastic doesn’t catch on your yarn as it’s fed through.
7. Soften Scratchy Yarn
This is a great tutorial to get your yarn all fluffy. Since a lot of yarn projects in my house are blanket-related, I stopped using acrylic yarn because of its scratchiness and moved to the more expensive 100% cotton yarn.
I would be tempted to use this tutorial on some acrylic yarn from my old stash and see how it goes. Let me know if you decide to try it.
8. Unravel a sweater
There’s nothing worse than your favourite sweater starting to unravel. Or, you might find a wooly jumper in a charity shop that is the most gorgeous colour you have ever seen, this tutorial will teach you how to unpick the sweater and get a gorgeous skein of yarn.
9. Create your own T-Shirt Yarn
Don’t forget to use different scissors that you ONLY use for fabric. If you’ve got glue and bits of tape caught in the scissors, you will end up with straggley yarn.
10. Laundry Labels
This is possibly one of the best infographics you will ever see, containing all the info you need to know when picking yarn for projects!
11. A yarn stand! From the Craft Alternative
An alternative to the yarn bowls is a stand made from a toilet roll holder. This is another cat proof one (sort of, they can still pull the yarn until it is all over the floor). I think this is a gorgeous yarn holder and the perfect height for when you’re sitting on the couch!
You could use a toilet roll holder like this metal one and store extra yarn in the bottom. With a little spray paint you’ll be all set! The best spray paint IMHO, is Montana Gold Matte Spray Paint, look at all the lovely colours–
12. Blocking Your Crochet Squares
This is one of my FAVOURITE tutorials! When I first started crocheting granny squares, they were all different sizes and looks insane. I tried joining them together and well, you can imagine. Just laugh, it was laughable!
This is a great tutorial that teaches you how to make them the same size. I usually use spray starch for this type of blocking now 🙂
13. Crochet hook conversions
Crochet Hook conversion is something I tend to google regularly when I’m looking at patterns or choosing my next project!
14. How To Pull the centre of a ball of yarn
Learn how to wind a ball of yarn with a centre pull! I just roll it in a ball and let the yarn bounce everywhere when I’m working, I will definitely be trying this tutorial.
15. Organize Your Yarn Stash
Organising our yarn stash can be a time-consuming exercise but it’s totally worth it. Especially when you want to start a new project and you recall a gorgeous yarn you used two years ago and you wish you could remember what it is. That’s when this type of organiser comes in handy!
16. Protect knitting needle ends
If you’re stopping a knitting project mid row, sticking two corks on the end is a genius idea to make sure you don’t drop any stitches by accident! Quick! Grab the wine!
17. Yarn Colour Combos
I am the worst when it comes to having the vision required to choose colour combinations for a project. This guide is great! There are many ways you can figure out colour combinations but this little chart is very handy.
18. How Much Yarn Do I Need For A Project?
How many skeins of yarn do I need? It’s handy when projects already tell you how many you will need but if you’re changing sizes or making it up as you go along, this chart is handy to refer to.
19. Make Gigantic Pom Poms!
If you’re planning to trim a blank with pom poms, this tutorial from Flax and Twine will help you figure out how to do it in a relatively painless way! (It saves a lot of time!)
20. More Gigantic Pom Poms!
I don’t know why I would possibly need gigantic pom poms but I’m going to keep this in mind. I’m tempted to create big massive gold or pastel pom poms, depending on the yarn bargains I can find on eBay!
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