How Rebecca Danger uses leftover yarn (+giveaway!)

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

50 Yards of FunLet’s be honest. How big is that pile of scrap yarn you own anyway? If you’re like us, you’re perpetually holding on to those last few yards of yummy yarn, hoping for a rainy day (that’s raining patterns with minimal yardage requirements, that is!).

Dear reader, that day has arrived. Rebecca Danger, best-selling author and pattern designer, knows that many knitters can’t bring themselves to throw out even the smallest amount of precious fiber. So Rebecca created a solution: a book of more than 30 petite knitted animals and characters that you can knit with those leftover scraps.  These small designs with larger-than-life personalities are available in Rebecca’s brand-new book, 50 Yards of Fun.

Today Rebecca’s here to explain how she developed this collection of scrap-knitting patterns, and how you can use the basic patterns in 50 Yards of Fun to create your own unique creatures. Welcome, Rebecca!


Rebecca DangerI am so excited that 50 Yards of Fun is out! This book is so special to me and I can’t wait for you to start busting through your leftover scraps and knitting all the cutie-pie little creatures.

This book was a really interesting project I had been thinking about for a long time. I released my pattern for Bunny Nuggets when I started writing knitting patterns back in 2009, and it has been a huge hit with knitters ever since. I designed the pattern to be a way to use up all of your leftover scraps of yarn. For me, one of the most enjoyable things about this pattern has been to watch it on Ravelry and see all the variations knitters have created using Bunny Nuggets as the base. I’ve seen people create everything from cats and dogs to lions and tigers and bears! This got me thinking about how fun it is to have one basic body shape that can become dozens of different creatures, all made using just leftover bits of yarn. All that thinking led to a whole book of patterns based on the idea!

Projects from 50 Yards of Fun

As you delve into the pages of 50 Yards of Fun you’ll find five basic body shapes, each of which has been turned into about six different creatures. I know you’ll love how the same shape can be used to make everything from a monkey to a cat wearing pajamas, a squirrel, a Mexican wrestler, or a ninja. Not only is it fun to see all the variations from the same shapes, but all this variety means that there is definitely something for everyone. And, all the projects are made using approximately 50 yards or less of yarn, which means you finally have a whole book of projects to use up those scraps of yarn that every knitter I know can’t let go of! Whether you’re starting with a basic body shape that can be knit with about 50 yards of total yarn, or knitting one of the cute characters whose accessories make use of multiple scraps of your leftovers, you’ll find this is truly the perfect scrap-yarn playground. These projects are also perfect for all the spinners out there who end up with just a little bit of beautiful hand-spun yarn, which might not be enough for a full-sized project (but is definitely enough for a 50 Yards project).

Projects from 50 Yards of Fun

With so much variety and such quick little knits, the projects in this book are perfect for gifts, holiday decorations, party favors, ornaments, pocket-sized toys, baby toys, and so much more. I know you will find at least a couple of fun little knits to make and keep for yourself, and I hope that these basic body shapes can springboard you to creating dozens more creatures of your own.

Projects from 50 Yards of Fun

Happy knitting!


Thanks, Rebecca! You can pick up your very own copy of 50 Yards of Fun now at ShopMartingale.com—and remember that when you purchase the book, you get the eBook version to download for free right away.

And to celebrate a no-longer-neglected scrap-yarn bin, we’re hosting a 50 Yards of Fun knit-a-long in our group on Ravelry! You’ll find all the details to get started in this thread, where you can also post your photos and enter to win a free eBook of your choice from ShopMartingale.com. If you’re not a member of Ravelry, it’s free to sign up!

Need a little help getting started? Rebecca Danger has demonstrated a variety of techniques used to make the toys in 50 Yards of Fun, and you can find them on our YouTube channel, or click through to watch each video below:


Watch Rebecca’s how-to videos on YouTube

Here’s a list of techniques that Rebecca covers in her new videos; click through to watch each one.


Are you more excited about using up your scraps for the patterns in 50 Yards of Fun, or customizing your creations? Tell us in the comments and you could win an eBook copy of 50 Yards of Fun! We’ll pick a winner one week from today and notify you by email if you’ve won.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Mieko, who writes:

“Love stash busters which are cute and make unique gifts. Also love Martingale…local Pacific NW company!”

Mieko, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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