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!


61 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I would love to make these to use up the scraps in by stash. You’re right, they’re difficult to throw away. I work in Children’s Ministry and would love to give these away to the kids I serve at my church!

    —Karen Watkins on September 20, 2013
  • I have a few of scraps, but I’m sure they’ll turn out just as good with yarn right from the skein!!!!!!!!!!!

    Her patterns are adorable.

    —Su 3385 on September 20, 2013
  • What a great idea. Every knitter has scraps! And I love all of Rebecca’s patterns! So do my kids & all their friends.

    —Stacy on September 20, 2013
  • This looks like a great book. Using the left over yarn for small projects of fun would be great. They look like they work up fast!

    —Linda in Maryville on September 20, 2013
  • what a wonderful book to use up all the scrap yarn i have aquited and sure my Great granddaughter would love the creatures

    —margo on September 20, 2013
  • Am anxious to improve on my novice knitting skills this coming winter, and this book seems like it would be so much fun.

    —Rosemary Hop on September 20, 2013
  • My scraps have given birth to even more scraps. That must be the reason I have all these half skeins and even full skeins and two yard pieces of yarn in bags! I need help before the Hoarders people come to my house!

    —Judi Reiss on September 20, 2013
  • I have a great neice that I would love to knit toys for. And of course, what fun to win!

    —Camilla Hunter on September 20, 2013
  • So cute! I have so many small balls of leftover sock yarn that would work well with these patterns. Fingers crossed!

    —Diane Nishri on September 20, 2013
  • So excited to see this book all of Rebecca’s monsters are so cute. Woops is it OK to call monsters cute? I made one of her monster burp rags for a friend that it is expecting & it has been a big hit with everyone that has seen it.

    —peggy on September 20, 2013
  • I am excited about using up many of my scraps and these creatures are so cute, they would make great gifts.

    —joyce on September 20, 2013
  • That’s a tough choice! I LOVE customizing but am also thrilled when I can use up the ends. Not to mention I love little things, knitting tiny things is one of my favourite ways to knit. I’ve been really looking forward to this book!

    —Carry Perrier on September 20, 2013
  • I inherited my MIL’s yarn stash so I need lots of ideas on how to use it all! I wouldn’t be much good at customizing my own so I would love to make some of the cute patterns in this book.

    —MoeWest on September 20, 2013
  • CUTE creations and a great way to use those scraps!

    —GrrannyH on September 20, 2013
  • Let’s kill two birds with one stone – I usually use my scraps of yarn to customize my creations!
    But I’d love this book for all the inspiration I’d get from it.

    —Linda Fleming on September 20, 2013
  • Using up scraps! I have a huge basketfull that need to be used up!

    —nicole lillie on September 20, 2013
  • My hubby would rather I use up the ton of yarn I have, and the practical side of me agrees! But then, I have places nearby where I can buy scrap yarn for cheap! It’s a win/win!

    —Karen Netzband on September 20, 2013
  • OOOHHHhhh! i want to knit Cuties! I need to decrease my stash of leftover yarn and would love to own Rebecca’s new book!

    F. Castillo on September 20, 2013
  • I want to make these precious little toys. I haven’t been able to locate the book yet

    —Mary Shue on September 20, 2013
  • While I usually use these to make crazy childrens mittens and hats, I love the idea of a small creature to tuck inside.

    —Michelle McCrillis on September 20, 2013
  • I have a lot of scrap yarn to use up, so winning this ebook would be great. Thank you.

    Cindy Holthaus on September 20, 2013
  • Love using up and making new, and her videos are great. Thx.

    —Barb Peters on September 20, 2013
  • Although using scraps is good, I definitely think customizing the little creations is the best part.

    Amy Eileen Koester on September 20, 2013
  • I’m a really thrifty crafter and can’t bear to see anything wasted. I even beg scraps from my friends and acquaintances. I guess first and foremost; I’m a "scrapper"! By the way, these patterns would be perfect for creating little stuffies to go in overseas Christmas aid boxes… 🙂

    Judy

    —Judy T on September 20, 2013
  • I just love Rebecca’s projects & books. She is a really inventive designer. I am excited to use up a bunch of scraps and make some of these super cute critters!
    Betsy in the sunny Seattle suburbs

    —Betsy Pratt on September 20, 2013
  • I have just discovered Rebecca’s patterns and have a drawer full of leftovers. I would love an e-book and make may craft room look a bit tidier.

    —Vicky Rout on September 20, 2013
  • Those are so cute, I usually just make granny squares with my leftovers, but that can get very boring. These are just adorable and would make a child so happy.

    —connie on September 20, 2013
  • I’m just learning to knit, after a lifetime of crocheting – so some easy and fun patterns would be just what I need to practice with

    —Karen on September 20, 2013
  • I love Rebecca’s patterns and I’ve got tons of scraps. Win-win! Would love to win the ebook and make an army of teeny-tinies. 🙂

    —Loretta Lee on September 20, 2013
  • Patterns are like recipes to me a great place to begin. I like to be able to see what the pattern uses and where to begin and then I usually head off on an adventure of my own.
    Looks like a fun book. Off now to check out the ravelry group.

    mistea on September 20, 2013
  • I love the little creatures. They would make adorable lettings for all my coworkers.

    —Debbie H on September 20, 2013
  • Rebecca’s toys are so cute! I’m dying to make a bunny or monster or something! This book is a must-have!

    —Jean Blythe on September 20, 2013
  • Customizing! I crocheted a dinosaur in pink, and it is one of a kind. The next "dinosaur" could become a dragon with wings or a plesiosaur with fins. Or, who knows, maybe even a Loch Ness monster!

    —Lynne on September 20, 2013
  • Hi, Vicky! Rebecca’s little friends are so cute! I made one of her Chubby Chirps some time ago and it lives on my sewing machine as company.
    Today, at our front gate (we live on 35-acres of hay meadow), a friend left off a large sack of yarn left-overs. Talk about a fun gift! Now to make a few Bunny Nuggets for the Springfield, MO, NICU and a local charity (The Bag Ladies) that ministers to the needs of a women/-children’s abuse center.
    P.S. I also have the Monster book to use for the 600 Monsters Strong charity (from Sandy Hook tragedy).
    Paulette J Bergman, aka pj stitches!

    Thank you so much for this opportunity. I can make great use of Rebecca’s new book. I hope that I win!

    —pj stitches! on September 20, 2013
  • I really would love to be able to use up all my leftovers. This would be a great gift.

    —Margaret Schindler on September 20, 2013
  • I’m super excited to be able to use the scraps I have at home. Most of the yarn I have is from people my mom knows, so this will be a great way to get to use it up! This book will be great for at college because I’ll be able to finish a little creature and get to feel as if I have really accomplished something!

    —Rebekah G on September 20, 2013
  • I love Rebecca Danger’s designs & I’ve got tons of scraps. This sounds like a match made in knitter’s heaven!

    —Lynette O on September 20, 2013
  • Love stash busters which are cute and make unique gifts. Also love Martingale….local Pacific NW company!

    —Mieko Po on September 20, 2013
  • Ooohh, I would love this! I love making toys (something which I never expected when I started knitting again!) and have a new great-nephew for whom I could knit everything in this book!!

    —Sue on September 21, 2013
  • I would like to use the patterns as in the book. But I would like to customize patterns from it so that I can make use of my stash

    —Marthese on September 21, 2013
  • Very excited! Love to make toys!

    —Linda Christianson on September 21, 2013
  • I would love a way to use up my scraps. I like to knit small things for our benefit craft fair, and I have lots of scraps. I like the ability to change things for each one.

    —pjb on September 21, 2013
  • I’m a Hallowe’en addict and Christmas buff. I think that I would like to try adapting some of these patterns for holiday decorating. It’s so great to see how clever are the authors of the books which Martingale publishes, and, yes, winter evenings are just perfect for a knitting project.

    Gail G on September 21, 2013
  • I loved your Bunnie Nuggets and have made three bunnie nuggets! I am so excited about your new book 50 Yards of Fun. YOU are FUN! And using up wonderful pieces of yarn scrap is AWESOME!! Fun Fun Fun!

    —Francesca on September 21, 2013
  • This would be so fun to win! What an awesome book!

    —Sunnie on September 21, 2013
  • What cute ideas Little ones love holding on to these soft cuddly animals.

    Evelyn Edmisten on September 21, 2013
  • I’ve been looking for some cute animal patterns and there are a lot in this book.

    —Cindy S on September 21, 2013
  • I would love to win a copy of this book. I mainly knit socks, but this would be GREAT to make gifts for my kids and nieces and nephews … and my grandson! Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Vicki on September 21, 2013
  • I would love to win this book and use my leftover balls of yarn.

    —knittingdancer on September 21, 2013
  • I love these animals. I knit a lot for charity and just know the children from Make a Wish foundation would be delighted with these on their trip to Lapland in December!

    —BarbaraAW on September 21, 2013
  • They look so cute- can’t wait to start knitting!

    —Ginger H on September 21, 2013
  • I would love to knit some of Rebecca’s tiny creations. No way could I come up with such cute creatures on my own! I love her designs!

    Meghan on September 21, 2013
  • Love it! What an inspiration to knit little buddies for the children taken from their homes in crisis situations. A little buddy of their very own to help them to feel not so alone.

    —Deloris Baldwin on September 22, 2013
  • I have both of Rebecca’s other book. I picked up some mini skeins at our LYS. They will be perfect for the projects in this book. Would love to win this book. These little projects would make great stocking stuffers.

    —Susan C. on September 22, 2013
  • I would like to use the patterns in the book to use leftover yarn:)

    Geri on September 22, 2013
  • Finally a good way to use up scraps. Can’t wait to make the cute creatures, all of them,lol!

    —Betty on September 23, 2013
  • OMG! These little creatures are adorable and I would just love to knit some up for my 3 nephews! Rebecca what an awesome idea and I love that you just started in 2009!

    —Sarah on September 23, 2013
  • I would love to try my hand at customizing these wonderful creations!

    —Vanessa on September 24, 2013
  • I LOVE Rebecca’s patterns! Each time one is released, I can’t resist the urge to buy it. This book would be awesome to use up the leftovers from the monsters I’ve already knit 🙂 A little wrestling man…too cute!

    —Kathy on September 25, 2013
  • I absolutely do have stash that I could use to make these little creatures! I would love to win the book, "50 Yards of Fun" to learn how to make these. I have multiple sclerosis and we sell a lot of little goodies such as this for our support group. The funds earned through the group are use for group activities for those with MS and their caregivers.

    —Star on September 26, 2013
  • cant wait to make creations for my children. my friends kids kids at my church. love to see the smiling faces with a new toy. Lanett Bair

    —Lanett Bair on September 29, 2013

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