Therefore, I'm embarking on a new project I'm calling Knit All the Yarn (In my head. No one here cares about the yarn but me). I'm trying to knit through all the single-skeins, half balls, and leftovers, and wanted to share some of the best (free!) patterns.
Since most of my balls of yarn are the size of this tiny pink ball, I looked for a lot of patterns that use half a ball or less. The big winner was Smitten (A Holiday Garland) by Emily Ivey, available at Knit Picks. I was hoping to start this before Christmas, but you know how that goes.
I'm gonna keep knitting tiny mittens until I have Knit All the (worsted) Yarn, and then assemble them into pleasing garlands. After knitting the 12 above, I've pretty much memorized the pattern.
These Daisy Stitch Handwarmers from the Purl Bee were also a great way to use up leftovers. I knit these back in September. I would guess I used less than 50 yards of each color, and they're adorable.
If you've got babies to knit for, little accessories are perfect for using up extras. I've knit Saartje's Booties three times, most recently for my niece, Emlyn.
Another thrice-knit, Allyson Dykhuizen's WORK + SHELTER Cabled Headband is a great last-minute gift. I knit it so last minute (three times), that I don't have any pictures of my finished headbands (that's Allyson up there). This is the only pattern that is not free, but it's only $2, and the money goes toward an awesome cause.
Anyone want to Knit All the Yarn with me!? We can call it a KAY KAL, eh? Catchy, right?