20 Stash Busting Crochet Patterns for 2020

We made it to the New Year after a busy holiday season of making, whether for gifts or to sell! Now it's time to make something for you or even better, to work through some of your stash. You know, to make room for more (wink, wink).

Every January I like to take a little inventory and see what I can work through. I always find whole skeins that I have no idea what to use them for or partial skeins that aren't quite enough to make something on their own.

Below I've rounded up 20 stash busting patterns to help go through the variety of yarn we have and want to use up! And it's quite a fun variety from amigurumi to wearables and accessories! Most of these patterns are free and all are sure to bring joy!

So, whether you make something for yourself or get a head start on gifts for next Christmas (we can always use a head start!) I hope you enjoy these patterns and find a new inspiring designer to follow!


1. Addictive Angles Ear Warmer from Sweet Potato 3

Christine has brought us beautiful texture in this paid ear warmer pattern! With 3 different styles to choose from this is a great make for gifts or to prepare for craft fairs all while working through yarn on hand! You can find her pattern here on Etsy!

2. Baby Jellyfish Amigurumi by Storyland Amis

Holly's free Baby Jellyfish pattern is perfect for those scraps of yarn that just aren't enough for a big project. Make them in solids or stripes for a fun stash buster!

3. Stash Buster Sweater by Two Brothers Blankets

If you've been wanting to try out a garment for the first time this is the blog to check out! Michelle will walk you through step by step to make your own sweater and use up that stash at the same time with this fun color blocking sweater! Even better, it's a free pattern!

4. Oh Bobble Tree Ornament from Made With A Twist

I know it's January but getting a head start on Winter projects can save you time in the long run. Pam's free Bobble Tree Ornament uses very little yarn, can be made in a variety of fun colors and works up super fast!

5. Elephant Doughnut Buddy from Oodles of Crochet

If you haven't seen Rachel's array of Doughnut Buddies you are missing out! It was hard to share just one from her collection but I absolutely adore this little elephant! You can find the paid pattern (and more) in her Etsy shop here!

6. Fancy Lace Bow by Woodland Stitchcraft

This free pattern from Bonnie lives up to its name! The color combinations are endless and again are perfect for those scraps of yarn needing a small project! These would be adorable added to a hair clip or nylon headband!

7. The Nanci Produce Bag from Amber Bliss

Not only is Amber encouraging to be around but she is super talented! Just about all of her patterns would be perfect for busting through your stash! With more and more states changing to reusable bags this pattern is perfect for bringing home your produce and is only $1. While Amber has made hers with crochet thread you can make yours with any weight yarn!

8. Kit the Fox from The Cozy Chipmunk

Kit the Fox is small in size, quick to make and full of personality! You can find Laura's free pattern on her blog with complete step by step instructions!

9. Pocket Panda by Spin A Yarn Crochet

Jillian is the queen of the pocket pals, I love each and every one of them! Be sure to also check out her pocket fox, bunny and bear just to name a few. Plus, they're all free patterns on her blog!

10. Beginner Friendly Ice Cream Cozy from Sigoni Macaroni

Have some cotton yarn on hand? Sigoni has a great beginner pattern that works up super quickly! I love the texture!

11. Easy Crochet Envelope by Northeast Mama

Talk about stash busting! Cindy's easy crochet envelope can be made in any yarn, color and hook. I love making projects my kids can play with and use their imagination! I can picture these being used for pretend mail or delivery play. With Valentine's around the corner they would be perfect for placing a little note and candy inside!

12. Briggs the Bear from Yarn Society

This free pattern from Katie will not disappoint! Change up the colors to make any bear you like. How cute is that bandanna?!

13. Puff Stitch Ear Warmer by Loops and Love Crochet

I'm not sure which I love more, the texture or color combos possible with this pattern! Keep your eyes on Amanda's blog for a matching hat coming soon!

14. Tiny Hearts Cup Cozy by Janet Pippin

With Valentine's around the corner these would be the perfect make plus the pattern is less than the cup of coffee to wrap it in! You can find this pattern in Janet's Ravelry store here!

15. Yarn Skein Kawaii Cuddler from 3amgracedesigns

Just look at those rosy cheeks! What better way to use up your yarn stash than to make the cutest yarn amigurumi! Bonus, it's a free pattern!

16. Scrap Buster Beanie by Cute As  A Button Crochet

The name says it all but Esther really hit this one out of the park with that gorgeous texture throughout! What colors will you make yours in?

17. Wrist Lanyards and Keychain from Stitch In Progress

These are perfect for using yarn in almost any weight and come in handy inside backpacks, purses and diaper bags. Never lose your keys again! I think I need one for inside my project bag to attach my stitch markers to!

18. Stuffy Puffy Fox Keychain from E Kay G

I couldn't resist sharing another cute little fox when I stumbled upon this keychain from Erin with E Kay G! Combine it with Lisa's lanyard above for the ultimate keychain fun!

19. Monkey Around Boot Cuffs by Through The Loop Yarn Craft

Ashley's free sock monkey themed boot cuffs are super cute and only use 80 yards of yarn! Work them up in an afternoon in your favorite colors!

20. Mini Flamingo by Grace and Yarn (that's me!)

If you have some pink yarn to use up these mini flamingos will get the job done and you can find their free pattern here on my blog! The head and body are made as one piece to save you some sewing!

I hope you have found some fun stash busting patterns on your visit here! Even more I hope you have found a few new designers to follow on your creative journey!

If you're still looking for more stash busting projects I'll be hosting a CAL (crochete-a-long) at the end of the month to work through those skeins that just don't have enough for a big project. Think colorful stripes and amigurumi! It's going to be fun!

I'll announce more details in the next few weeks, if you'd like to be notified when the announcement comes out you can sign up for our newsletter here!

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