Free Pattern Friday: Scrappy Hat

Leftover Yarn

Does this look familiar to you?

If you’re like me, you just can’t part with your yarn. You finish a project, and even though you only have a small amount of yarn left, you wrap it up into a little ball and save it. But what will you do with it?

How about this….

Crocheted Scrappy Hat

At this time of the year when everyone is focused on cleaning out and organizing, I figured I would put my basket of leftover yarn and my free Versatile Earflap Hat Pattern to work to make something extra cute and fun to wear (plus with all the colors it will go with so many things). I love that I could make this hat from what otherwise could have been thrown in the garbage. The only bad thing about it – lots of ends to weave in!

So if you have a basket of yarn leftovers that you are looking to use, grab my Versatile Earflap Hat Pattern here and get to work. As I was making the hat pictured above, I took rough measurements of the yardage required for each round and I made a handy dandy chart for you. You can download the chart I made by clicking here.

Just measure the small lengths of yarn you have on hand to see if they are long enough for the hat you want to make. Be sure when you are measuring that you don’t stretch the yarn or else your length of yarn will actually be too short. For the earflaps and edgings, I used about 26 yards of orange for the child size hat. You may need a little more for the adult size hat, but that will be more than enough for the smaller sizes.

Additionally if you don’t like the look of every round being a different color, you can use the chart to see if you have enough yardage to add just a stripe or two to a solid color hat. I like this idea so much that I set up a station so that if I have leftover yarn from a project I can label it for a future project.

Organize your yarn leftovers for later use

Oh, the possibilities! I can’t wait to fill it up and get creating.

I hope you have enjoyed this Free Pattern Friday and that you can put your scrap basket to good use too! Thanks for stopping by!!


  1. 1

    Genius, once again! 😉

  2. 2
    Melinda says:

    Brilliant!!! Thank you so much!

  3. 3
    BCee says:

    Great idea–now if I could only figure out a way to join colors nicely.

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    Heather says:

    I crochet over my yarn ends as I am working….then there is nothing to weave in!