Making Use of Wool Leftovers - Part II

I have several boxes of wool leftovers. With every piece I knit, I get more. I organised the leftovers according to colours in different boxes, thinking that I will use them again. Once I even tried to make myself use all my leftovers before buying new wool. Yeah right... never did that. So here I sit with lots of leftover wool, thinking of what I can do with it. I have several ideas which I plan to implement within the next couple of weeks.

Idea No. 2 - Sample Knits

If I only have a small amount of wool leftovers I like to knit small samples of new patterns. I love trying new patterns, learning new techniques or just getting an idea of how a pattern actually looks in real compared to an image. Usually I’m very caught up in my knitting project(s) and rarely find the time to sit down and knit a sample. Also, most of my knitting is done in the train where I prefer to knit a known pattern for which I don’t have to read instructions and re-count stitches all the time. However, I have started to take the time - mostly during quiet evenings - to flip through my books, magazines and of course social media (mostly instagram and pinterest) to find patterns I like. I then google for instructions and just give it a try.


I use the newly learned patterns for future projects. For the moment these are mostly blankets or hats as I have not yet designed bigger items myself. I might give it a try in the future and I guess the more patterns I know, the better!


I plan to write a short blog post for each sample, including the pattern, instructions, tipps and (in the future) a video. Stay tuned! 

Some tipps for knitting samples:

  • For a pattern which is “in the middle” of the piece, such as a cable, start and end the sample using garter stitch. For example: knit 10 stitches - knit cable according to pattern - knit 10 stitches. For the back row repeat, knit 10 stitches - knit cable according to pattern - knit 10 stitches. The advantage of using garter stitch is that the edges don't roll up and you’ll have a nice, flat, sample of your pattern. As you can see, I didn't use garter stitch for the below sample that's why it rolled-up at the edges...
  • Whenever you see a new pattern you like, be that in books or online, make a note so that you can look it up again when you find time to knit your sample. I see lots of patterns I like, mostly when browsing through social media with my mobile. I have started to take screenshots of everything I like. I save the images to my “Inspiration” album so that I can always go back to it.