Crochet Leftovers…By Veronica Smith – 39 Comments
As a person that crochets, I have plenty of silly little bits and parts of skeins / balls left over. I am assuming you do too. There are only a certain amount of tiny projects you can do to use them up. So let’s investigate the “magic ball”. A magic ball is like a leftover dinner, if you like leftovers it can be as good, if not better than the first helping. For those of you that have no idea what I’m going on about, a magic ball is the consolidation of all your leftovers.
To make a magic ball…
- Gather all your little bits – I would suggest a minimum of about 20 inches / 50cm pieces up to whatever your heart desires (see rules below).
- Find a big space – preferably the floor. If you wish you can separate them into similar color ways or you can just be adventurous.
- Now the fiddly bit – join them together. Start by winding up the first piece in a ball. Before you reach the end join the next piece on. I use a “Russian Join” so it is neat and I don’t have to fight with ends later. You can of course just tie knots – this is really quick and simple now but a headache later when you have to weave them in. Remember to leave the ends long enough to weave in or your work will unravel. I have seen people leave the ends not sewn in and used the ends as a “feature”. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I would make sure it was washed carefully though.
- Continue picking different yarns and different lengths, and adding it to your ball. Don’t think too hard about what piece to use next, just randomly pick one up.
Eventually you’ll have a large ball made up of random combination’s of assorted yarns.
RULES OF THE MAGIC BALL
- There are no real rules, just suggestions.
- Any yarn can be used, however take care if you mix natural fibers with man made as it will mean obeying the natural fiber washing instructions.
- You can use similar weight yarns and the appropriate hook. Alternatively be bold and mix different weights and use a hook to suit the thicker yarn.
- If you are going to make something small, like a beanie, then I suggest you use pieces no larger than 9 – 12ft / 3 – 4 meters. If not your finished item will be basically be one color. Remember it probably only takes 1 – 1 1/2 “normal” balls to make a beanie so if you use a 1/2 ball somewhere in there it is going to be very plain!
- Obviously if you are going to be making an afghan or sweater then larger pieces mixed in with the small are appropriate.
- There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just go with your instinct.
- Having said there are no real rules – joining the yarns, or sewing them in properly is VERY important.
- Choose your stitch to suit your ball – just all sc, dc, tr etc. if you have fancy and/or textured yarns as the feature will be the yarn combination. If you have all similar, plain yarns, like all worsted weight acrylics in varying colors then a fancier stitch may be in order.
The magic ball may not be for everyone. If you like the sound of it just make a little one and something small, like a scarf. Have fun if you haven’t already.
As you can see the only things i have to take photos of are in monochromatic colors. They are also well loved and well worn by my daughters.
Have you done any “magic ball” projects with your crochet leftovers?