In all the years I've been a knitter, I've yet to finish more than five projects without having leftover yarn - and those five projects were scarves or cowls, knit until I had no yarn left!
So what do you do with all those leftover bits of yarn skeins once your original project is done? I tend to save them in a giant glass jar until that's full, and then I work those skeins up into striped hats. To be honest, I don't even always follow a pattern - I simply grab my size 9's, cast on 80 stitches, work a 2x2 rib for a few inches, and then knit every row striping as I go.
If you're not that adventurous, or this will be your first scrap hat, here's a few patterns you can use to get you started using up those leftover bits of yarn!
Bella's Eclipse hat, modeled after one from The Twilight Saga.
Traveler's Hat - the perfect striped slouch!
Hello, New York uses bits of one leftover color and lots more of a neutral color.
A Most Bespeckled Hat - perfect for the smallest bits of leftover yarn.
From Norway With Love is perfect for using up bunches of similar yarn colors.
As I get closer to filling up my scrap yarn jar, you'll surely see more of these hats making their way to this blog! Do you do something different with your yarn scraps? Know of any other good scrap-worthy hat patterns?