If you're anything like me, you have odds and ends of left over yarn skeins laying around your craft space. I seem to always have bits of yarn left over from crochet projects, but usually I don't have enough remaining to make a completely new project. I stumbled across this granny square crochet pattern a few months ago and decided to challenge myself to use up most of my yarn scraps by making a multi-colored full size afghan with this pattern.
The great thing about this pattern is that by making each round of the square a different color, it really is possible to use up every last bit of yarn. The center of each square only requires a small amount, so event those little scraps get used. To unify the multi-colored blocks I decided to make the final round of each block the same color. I'm making it a game for myself and trying not to have any two squares that are exactly the same...so far I've been successful!
In the interest of full disclosure, I did have to buy a couple additional skeins of yarn for this project, I needed quite a bit of the oatmeal color which is used in every block. And, after I got into the project, I realized that I didn't have quite as much of some colors as I thought, so I bought a couple additional skeins just to round out the color palette. I must admit that each time I finish off one of my balls of scrap yarn, I feel a great sense of accomplishment. :)
If you decide to make a blanket like this with a variety of yarns, just make sure to pay attention to the care instructions for each skein...It would be a shame to invest so much time into the project only to have random sections of it shrink in the washer. :(
I'm only about a third of the way done with this project, so I'll be working on it for a while. I'll post about it again when it's done...