Try a fun and frugal knitting technique: Magic Ball Yarn
Have you heard of Magic Ball Yarn? This is a frugal knitting concept that can be a lot of fun as well. Basically, the idea is to take multiple bits of leftover yarn, tie them together, and make one big ball of yarn that can be used for a project.
It sounds good, but if you’re like me, you might wonder how this would work. Is there any way you can make a Magic Ball without creating a project that looks like you threw everything including the kitchen sink into it?
As it turns out, there is a method to the madness of making a Magic Ball. I’ve combed through articles online (and even dipped my toe into the Internet Wayback Machine) in order to find tips and tutorials for Magic Ball knitting. Read on!
Making a Magic Ball
Obviously, in order to try Magic Ball knitting, you have to make a Magic Ball first. Fortunately, I’ve uncovered two articles that offer a tutorial and tips for creating a Magic Ball.
How to Turn Yarn Scraps into a Magic Ball: This article provides a fantastic step-by-step method for converting scrap yarn into a Magic Ball. Click here for page 1, and here for page 2. (The separate links are necessary because the article is no longer available on the website where it was originally published, but cached copies were found on the Internet Wayback Machine.)
The Magic Ball Tutorial: This article is also quite detailed (and also had to be retrieved via Wayback). Although it doesn’t provide step-by-step instructions like the first article, it does offer joining tips that are really helpful. Since joining is a significant part of Magic Ball creation, you’ll find this quite useful.
What to Make with Your Magic Ball
Once you have your Magic Ball, you’ll need to carefully consider what to make from it.
The first thing you’ll need to know is how much yardage you have. Now, before you think “oh NO, how am I going to figure THAT out??” — never fear, this handy tutorial is here to your rescue. This article will show you how to calculate the yardage (or meterage) of your yarn by weight. Hurray!
Ravelry actually has 27 free knitting patterns that are especially suited to Magic Ball knitting. You can find that collection here, if you like a lot of possible choices. But if your head would spin from looking through 27 patterns, you can keep reading, as I’ve chosen the two most popular patterns each of hats, scarves, cowls, and shawls, and listed them below.
Magic Scraps: Here’s an adorable beanie that comes in a variety of size options.
Magic Ball Hat: Though this hat was designed for an actual yarn called Magic Ball, the yarn is designed much the way Magic Balls are constructed, so this pattern should work nicely for your own Magic Ball.
Magic Scarf Recipe: This Classic Elite Yarns pattern allows you to create a diagonally-knit scarf from your own Magic Ball.
Feather & Fan Magic Ball Scarf: Another Classic Elite Yarns pattern, this one offers the option of using a feather-and-fan stitch pattern to give even more interest to your Magic Ball knitting.
Funky Multi-Yarn Cowl: If you have a particularly wild, perhaps even random, Magic Ball yarn, this cowl is a great way to show off the craziness!
Magic Cowl: This pattern creates a larger, cushier cowl that can be worn either long or wrapped around the neck a couple times.
Northern Lights: Yes, believe it or not, you can create this breathtaking shawl with Magic Ball yarn.
Magic Mohair Shawl: This rectangular shawl pattern is available in both English and Dutch. While the pattern calls for a particular yarn called “Magic Mohair,” you’ll find it works quite well with any fiber of Magic Ball yarn.
So if you’re looking for a fun way to use scrap yarn and create something unique, why not give Magic Ball Knitting a try?