What to do with leftover yarn?


Hello Knitters!

Today we are going to show you another idea of what to do with your leftover yarn. How about some cup warmers? The great thing about these kinds of projects is that you can use pretty much any kind of yarn for it. Whether you knit or crochet them, they always turn out great. In this post, we are going to present to you two possible designs, using the moss stitch and the rip stitch.




 This design is perfect for your coffee-to-go on your way to work in the morning. Super stylish, you won´t burn your fingers and your beverage stays warm longer.  For this moss stitch cup warmer we have used WAK Petit Wool and 8mm wooden knitting needles.


Cast on an uneven number of stitches onto one of your knitting needles (depending on how wide you want your cup warmer to be). Starting each row with a knitted stitch, you will alternate between knits and purls in each row.



Stop knitting when there is about an inch left to close the piece around the cup. Remember that your yarn is stretchy and you want it to fit tightly around the cup.

 Cast off all the stitches.



With the help of your sewing needle, sew together both ends. And that’s it! Easy, right?



For this next design, you might need a little more time but the result is absolutely worth it. We have used our “The Wool¨ yarn as well as 15mm wooden knitting needles. You will need a nice button.



Just like before, cast on any number of stitches, depending on how wide you want your cup warmer to be.

Row 1 and other uneven rows: Knit all stitches

Row 2 and all other even rows: Purl all stitches

Keep knitting until you have about half an inch left to fit around your cup. After all, you want your cup warmer to fit tightly so it won’t slide off.


After having cast off all the stitches, get out your WAK sewing needle and sew your button onto one of

the ends. On the other one, you attach a little yarn-loop to close your cup warmer. And you have finished.



Depending on which type of yarn you have left over, you can play around with different colors and stitches and create your own personal cup warmer (they are great gifts, too)

Share your creations with our knitter-community on Instagram using the Hashtag #weareknitters. We are looking forward to your photos! 

For this post, we have used 8mm and 15mm WAK knitting needles, a sewing needle, a button as well as our “The Wool¨ yarn in grey and “Petit Wool¨ yarn in natural.

  1. I don’t have a website, so I don’t know if this will go through, but the email about the benefits of knitting was ironic in timing! I just started my first knitting club of the school year with my 4th graders – TODAY! I’ve been doing this for years and it is a great joy to be able to have this time with the kids after school where we can relax and visit and just be people and enjoy each others’ company while we make something with our hands. I even have boys who eventually join once they see we have such a good time and actually make something useful such as a scarf!

    1. Hi Donna!

      Yes of course it went through! We are so happy to hear that you are instilling knitting in the next generation!

      Thanks for your comment,

      Francesca and the WAK team

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