I have been crocheting like the wind to try to finish up all of my winter weather WiPs so that people can enjoy them while it’s still cold outside. Today I will be spotlighting what I am calling my Scraptastic Afghan. This is a super simple blanket that will help you use up all of your half skeins of yarn.
This is actually the second blanket I made using this pattern. The first one I made for my husband using yarn that he had bought me for Christmas last year. So his blanket is not technically Scraptastic since I had a color scheme in mind and full skeins of yarn dedicated to making it.
Crochet Project Notes – Scraptastic Crochet Afghan
- For the first blanket (pictured left) I used medium weight (4) yarn in colors Red Heart with Love in Black, White, and Berry Red, I also used Red Heart Super Saver in Heather Grey.
- For my actual Scrap blanket I used every color that I had partial skeins for.
- I used a size L/11 8.00mm hook for both blankets.
YouTube Crochet Tutorial Links & Info
- Posted by – Jayda in Stitches
- Video Link – Easy Stash Buster Crochet Blanket
This was an awesome project for Netflix binge watching or crocheting while trying to have a conversation with someone. It is all done in Half Double Crochet stitch – and NO counting anything! This was my “I need to de-stress from stressful crochet patterns” project. This is very beginner friendly. The only unusual thing about this pattern is that you are working the stitches with 2 strands of yarn at the same time.
Another thing that I LOVED about this project is that I left my tails long at the color changes and crocheted over the top of them. So when I was done I had NO ends to sew in! I just went back over the blanket and snipped off any ends that were poking out.
The most efficient way that I found to crochet this project is to prep your yarn first. I separated the skeins into 2 piles – darker colors and lighter colors. Having a nice contrast between the two strands works best. Then I would just start making a ball. At completely random times while winding the ball I would change colors. Here is my very Low Budget method for keeping the 2 strands of yarn from getting tangled while you work. I took 2 large clean coffee cans and plunked the balls of yarn into them. I would make the yarn balls big enough to just fit into the cans. Now I know that there are fancy yarn bowls out there, I’ve seen some gorgeous ones that are made out of wood. I just don’t like spending any money that could be allocated to buying yarn on anything that is not yarn. 🙂
I liked the way that they both came out. The blanket that I used the specific colors for has a nice almost marbled effect. While the blanket that I used every color I had came out more “Boho”, shabby chic, eclectic looking.
Using the medium weight yarn, this is a very thick, warm blanket. I can see this pattern being used to make throw rugs or chair pads too.
Thanks for reading!
~Tami – Tanglewood Knots