Just about everyone who crochets ends up with lots of small balls and partial skeins of leftover yarn. Projects call for certain amounts of a specific yarn, but a complete skein rarely gets used up. Use simple stitches like chain stitch and double crochet to create a rainbow-striped afghan to use of all of your leftover yarn. It's such an easy project that you can create it while watching television, and kids will love the bright colors and randomly spaced stripes. Keep all of your yarn in worsted weight, or use two strands of sport weight if you have some of that yarn to add.
Things You'll Need
- Leftover worsted-weight yarn
- Size H crochet hook
Make a loop in your first color of yarn and begin to make chain stitches. Continue until the chain measures 3 feet long.
Double crochet in the third chain from the hook. Make a double crochet stitch in every chain in the row. Continue double crocheting until you reach the end of the row of chains.
Chain two and then turn. Skip the first stitch, then double crochet in every stitch in the row after it. Continue making double crochet stitches until you reach the end of the row.
Connect a new yarn when you reach the end of the first ball. Tie the tail end of the first yarn to the beginning tail of the second yarn using a square knot. Make sure that you leave a 2-inch tail on both pieces of yarn.
Continue making double crochet rows, adding on new yarn colors when needed, until the afghan measures 4 feet long. This will make a lap afghan for reading or television watching.
Pull the yarn through the last loop on the last stitch and clip the yarn end. Pull the end to tighten and secure the knot. Use your crochet hook to weave in all of the thread tails from attaching new colors of yarn.
Tips & Warnings
- This afghan can easily be made wider by making a longer initial chain stitch or longer by adding more rows.
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