We all have them. Treasured in boxes, stored on shelves, lovingly collected, often taken out and admired, never used. I’m talking about our yarn stash – and not just those random leftover balls of yarn from prior projects, but those precious one-time purchases from random boutique yarn shops, or travels across the country/world, or colorways that you bought thinking “this is AWESOME, I’m sure I can find the perfect project for purple/green/mauve/mulberry yarn!” And of course, since you only bought one (because it was probably $25 and it’s not like you need two balls of purplegreenmauve yarn), and said ball of $25 yarn is, I’m sure, in a special dye lot, there you have it, that now lone ball that can never be multiplied, never turned into anything larger than a small scarflet or hat or MAYBE a pair of gloves. It just sits on the shelf, enticing you with its possibilities, begging to be used but somehow begging more to be left alone and simply admired for the things that might be, but never are. That’s how it is with my Malabrigo merino yarn, purchased in my home town in upstate New York on a quick three day leave from Beijing. It’s so soft, so beautiful, so variegated, that I’m pretty sure I’ll always just keep it, a lone hank of wonderful yarn that I occasionally pick up and rub. I know, I’m weird, but I have a feeling you yarners out there will understand.
There’s a word in Chinese: she bu de (捨不得), that best translates to “hate to do/hate to part with” that perfectly sums up my attitude towards my precious stash. I am she bu de to use it up and commit it to something solid. Sometimes I prefer to just look at the un-knit/un-crocheted yarn and simply consider the possibilities of ‘what if’?
However, today I’m here to not just wax poetic on really expensive fancy yarn, but also to submit my personal collection (across Pinterest, Ravelry, and Etsy) of potential she bu de yarn busters. These all fast, almost all free, and yarn-budget-friendly, with simple stitches that showcase said yarn, and hopefully are pretty enough to deserve that skein you’ve been holding onto since 1998. I’ve done some of them, others I’m still holding on to for future she bu de yarn purchases. One can never have too many cowls… right?
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If you’ve REALLY got a lot of time, colorways, and desire to make sooper rainbow mitts, here you go.
I love pretty much anything from the Purl Bee, and their yarn is always gorgeous. Plus, free patterns!
If you’ve got just a bit of extra luxurious soft yarn, whip up this hat for a baby.
First cowl of the day! I love the wooden buttons.
So maybe this doesn’t necessarily need luxury yarn, but omg c’mon, this pattern is awesome.
This is one of the most popular patterns on Ravelry, and for good reason – it’s hard to find a very manly yet cool standard hat that any guy will be willing to wear. Ask my husband.
I’ve had this one saved for ages, and even bought eight skeins of Bernat roving to make it. I just got distracted by the forty other projects in the time it took the yarn to come in the mail. #toomuchyarn
For your super bulky yarn, this one whips up in a jiffy and is gorgeous with the repeating leaf pattern.
If you’ve got a bit of extra yarn, this baby jacket is wonderful. It’s classic and works well for both boys and girls, and can be embellished to the nines with buttons or flowers or trim.
I could go on all day, but for the sake of your tired eyes I’ll stop. What are some of your favorite patterns for fancy yarn??