Keep it together: organizing knitting projects (+ free pattern)

Posted by on January 31, 2014, in crochet & knitting, , ,

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

Under the bed? In shoeboxes? Stuffed in various nooks and crannies?

How do YOU store your yarn? How about your current knitting or crochet projects? I’m ashamed to admit that mine are currently stuffed in a magazine caddy underneath my bedside table, but I’m pretty sure today’s free pattern will change all that.

All you’ll need to create a special place for your current projects is this free download, some felt, and a cute dollar-store basket. You might even have those items around the house already!

Cozy Knitting Basket free pattern

Download the Cozy Knitting Basket free pattern

If you have some extra time and want to try something new, you could make your own felt for this project. You can find detailed instructions for felting in these books available right now at

Pursenalities Crocheted Pursenalities Pursenality Plus

Plus, you always get the eBook version for free right away when you buy the book.

Enjoy this easy weekend project! Tag your photos @martingaletpp on Instagram so we can see your yarn’s lovely new home.

Do you have a go-to strategy for organizing your yarn stash and projects? Tell us about it in the comments!

10 Comments (leave a comment)

  • love this project. I am a beginner quilter, but when I am watching tv I like to have something to knit or crochet. this little basket would be perfect, and a sightly better that a plastic grocery bag. thanks for sharing

    —Marilyn Bishop on January 31, 2014
  • Unfortunately, the answer to where I store my crochet yarn and projects is not what most would want. I keep my yarn and unfinished projects either in a garbage bag tied up under my bed, or in my oversized rolling needlework cart (it looks like a piece of luggage).

    —Trish Wall on January 31, 2014
  • It seems like everytime I go to the grocery store I end up bringing home one of their totes….so finding that I had accumulated about 15 of them I took all my yarn stash and sorted it into the projects while writing it down on a notepad….8 totebags later all my projects for the next 4 months was stored away…with bag no 1 in front….as I finish a project I can go on to the next bag….refillable later when all but the last one emptied…..this might actually work and if I keep refilling them I might not run out of yarn either…..

    —Darlene Krystal on January 31, 2014
  • WIP storage is a glazed plant pot. It is wide enough for an 8-oz ball, deep enough to keep balls from climbing out, and glazed on the rim to keep the yarn from catching. There is also a large zip tote for taking WIP visiting.
    The charity stash has its own box. The main stash lives in several boxes and tote boxes, although skeins creep into the charity box when my back is turned.

    —Lynne on January 31, 2014
  • I keep my projects in various cloth bags as I never have just one project going at once since I both knit and crochete. My stash is in two huge baskets organized in colors and types. I’ve done both for probably around 40 years so I have an interesting stash.

    Jane Achilles on January 31, 2014
  • I have a collection of plastic totes and drawer units that I use to store my yarn. Current projects I keep in canvas bags that are easy to travel with. Make sure they will hold the finished project!

    —Linda Towers on January 31, 2014
  • Lovely book with some wonderful projects I would love to make for my kitchen. The projects look easy enough for a beginner and I like the color pallets the designers used bright and cheery. This book would be a nice one to own.

    —Lisa Sachs on January 31, 2014
  • To store my yarn, it would take about 100 of those little baskets. I do have some in very large baskets (3 of them), large pretty canister jars, about 4 of them on display, a huge glass canister (also on display), a bankers box in my closet, and an underbed chest. My project yarn and project are in a large magazine holder beside my chair. But thanks for the hint.

    —Peggy on February 1, 2014
  • My stash is stored in a book case I bought a while ago, I realised when I got home that it was useless for my books but the partitioned ‘cubes’ were great to store wool in. I have been able to divide the colours up and each is given it’s own cube, it’s almost like a piece of art (almost) 😉

    —Janet on February 2, 2014
  • Very cute idea- but as someone else said us the would need more than dozen of them- I use the large totes= one for soft chenille, one for baby yarn- one for varagated= one for bright – one for pastels- one for varagiated= but sometime there are more than 1 of each – pagtterns are all in 2 to 2 1/2 binders- all in plastic sleeves- make it easy to take pattern with you, and it does not get messed up – trying to get the materials for my quilts seperated- just starting that so not as many totes to worry about right now- now how to have the totes easier to get to= sstacking them- is fine- but then have to move around to get to the ones on bottom

    Martha Hood on June 21, 2014

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