Holding together two strands of worsted weight yarn while using a 10mm crochet hook makes for a quick and easy crochet scrap blanket.
I’m sharing with you all of the details on this bulky crochet scrap blanket I am working on and my tips and tricks for making a scrap blanket!
Bulky Crochet Scrap Blanket
- I used two strands of worsted weight yarn held together throughout the entire project.
- One strand of yarn was a “cool” color (blue,green, purple) and one strand of yarn was a “warm” color (red, pink, orange, yelllow).
- 10mm crochet hook
- Double crochet rows
- You can start with any chain you would like. I chained 110 and is roughly 5′ in width. I’m still working on the length as I actually ran out of scrap yarn! I used 40 oz of yarn total and it’s about 4′ in length so far.
Tips and Tricks
You want to dig out all of that scrap yarn you want to use ahead of time so you can see what you have. You may have more scrap yarn than you realize!
If you’re like me, once you start crocheting, you do not want to have to stop to find more yarn or to untangle.
Having a yarn winder helps, but you can also roll up your scrap yarn into neat balls so you aren’t stopping after every color to untangle.
Pick a Pattern You Will Finish
I don’t think anyone ever chooses a pattern that they know they won’t finish, but think about it!
Do you like the stitch you are planning to use? Will it take a long time? How likely are you to stick with the project?
After I pulled my yarn out and organized it, I immediately thought GRANNY SQUARES! I love me a good granny square. I even said to myself, I’ll do join as you go – that way there will be no joining to do at the end.
What I didn’t think through was how much of a buzz kill the “join as you go” method can be. When I crochet, I want to CROCHET. I don’t want to stop after every few rows to join. Even though join as you go IS crocheting them together, it still slowed me down.
However, instead of frogging everything or just leaving it as a never to be returned again WIP (work in progress), I added a few more squares to finish it up as a blanket for my dog.
This bulky blanket is MUCH more my speed. Continuous crocheting, I have a ‘vague’ color plan, it’s a basic stitch I love to crochet, and it worked up quickly by holding two strands of yarn together.
Another bonus was I was MOTIVATED to finish it. Having the random colors come together was very satisfying to see and I wanted to keep going to see the final outcome. It was almost like working up a striped yarn cake – you want to get to that next color to see what it looks like together.
Look At Your Yarn
Look at it. See what you have. I’m willing to bet most of your yarn is worsted weight. You may have some other weighted yarns in there or textured yarns. Do you want them to be mixed together? Do you want to stick with one weight of yarn?
For this blanket, I stuck with just my worsted weighted yarn and held two strands together to make the crocheting go by quicker.
I picked out only the colorful yarns and left the neutral colors to the side. This is my personal preference. I wanted this to be a colorful blanket and did not want to drag the browns and taupes into it.
Do you see a trend with what you have? Could you make a rainbow pattern with it? Maybe an ombre pattern?
Looking at your yarn can help you decide if you want to plan your colors or if you want to just randomly pick colors as you go and hope for the best.
For my blanket, I seemed to have an equal amount of “cool” colors and “warm” colors. I decided between the two strands of yarn I would hold together, I would make one strand just “cool” colors and the other strand “warm” colors.