How to combine 4 different weights of yarn to make this cuddly stash buster blanket for baby

Lilac Spring stash buster baby blanket

It's time for spring cleaning! Let's use up some yarn and make a stash buster blanket for your little tater!

Last month I gathered every yarn of which I had one or less skein. My intention was to figure out what to do with it!

As I lay them all out on our ping-pong table (love that huge work surface!), I categorized them by color, regardless of the textures.  Then I began to play matchmaker!

Have you ever just known that some items are meant to be together? That no matter the difficulties, you’ll find a way for them to be BFFs?



That’s how I felt with these yarns! Such diverse backgrounds, but with commonalities that would easily overcome the difficulties eventually. An arranged match, to be sure, but a felicitous one! (Can you tell I’ve been reading a historical romance lately? Lol)




This amenable combination of yarns includes the following:

  • Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly – White
  • Red Heart Sofspun Pompadour – White (Just discovered that Lion Brand has a Pompadour just like this! Mine is an old skein)
  • Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly – Silly Sprite (lt. green)
  • Red Heart Soft –  Lilac (I think; yarn had no label)
  • Bernat Pipsqueak – Pixie Pow (lilacs and lt. green)
  • Bernat Baby Blanket – Lilac
  • Caron Baby Dazzle – White (I used this near the end when I ran out of the white Snuggly Wuggly)

All of the yarns are machine washable and dryable. And as you can tell, the colors are lilac, green and white. Oh, but the textures!

Four weights of yarn ~ It is a stash buster blanket, after all!

The Snuggly Wuggly yarns are just that, a lightweight baby-soft yarn from the Michaels store. The superfine weight RH Pompadour I had bought at a yardsale, and the labeling was pretty old. The Pipsqueak is a furry bulky weight yarn and so soft! Then there’s the squooshy-soft, super bulky Bernat Baby Blanket yarn that took some trial and error to include in this baby stash buster blanket. (I used the fine weight Baby Dazzle-also old from a yard sale- near the end when I ran out of the white Snuggly Wuggly.)

But I believe I overcame all obstacles to present to you this super simple

Lilac Spring

Stash Buster Baby Blanket

Here’s how

The stash buster blanket pattern I had in mind was designed by Katie Rose Pryal of the Knitty Professors. She called it the Sediment Scraps Blanket and posted it on Ravelry. I diminished the size to about 30 x 36 inches, perfect for little bitty bunkies! And this knit blanket pattern is sooo easy! It's all garter stitch! (I much prefer easy crafting! See my Crochet on Knit baby blanket here.)

What you'll need

  • Your chosen yarns
  • Knitting needles size 11 (I started on regular needles but switched to circulars when I needed more room for all the stitches)
  • Yarn needle (to weave in the ends)

Simple stitch code

Kfb – knit into the front and back of stitch. Increases by one stitch.

K2tog - knit two stitches together as one. Decreases by one stitch.

How I used the different weights of yarn

You can tell by the vaguely irregular edge that using 4 different weights of yarn is not necessarily perfect. But hey, it's a stash buster blanket!You can tell by the vaguely irregular edge that using 4 different weights of yarn is not necessarily perfect. But hey, it's a stash buster blanket!

Prior to starting the pattern, let me explain how I used the different weights of yarn so that all would come out evenly in the end. If all your yarn is the same weight, you’re golden! Proceed to the pattern! :-)

  • I used a strand of Snuggly Wuggly white with a strand of Pompadour TOGETHER. This increased the “weight” of the yarn to about medium weight.
  • I also used a double strand of the Snuggly Wuggly lilac, as well as double strands of lt. green. 
  • The Pipsqueak I used one strand as is.
  • I used the Bernat Baby Blanket yarn as is also. However, being super bulky, I knit a few rows of the blanket to see how they would bunch up. And they did, like waves on the sea. (Should have got a picture for you!)  So I frogged those rows and tried again. This time I k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, all the way across. This still bunched the rows up. So I frogged again (!), then k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, across the row. This lay much flatter, and I stuck with this method. [To begin using the narrower yarn again, I had to use the same pattern but with increasing, like this. Kfb, k2, Kfb, k2, etc.]

Do the math if you want!

I also tried a math method of figuring out the Bernat (using ratios), but I won’t bore you with that. The results matched my trial and error method, with which I am quite satisfied.

(For every 4 stitches, make them into 3. When ready for the thinner yarn again, make every 3 stitches into 4. It's not perfect, but I'm quite happy with it!)

Now for the stash buster blanket pattern

I began at the lower right corner. The blanket kept growing!I began at the lower right corner. The blanket kept growing!

Cast on 1 st

Row 1: Kfb

Row 2: Kfb, k1

Row 3: Kfb, k to end of row

Repeat Row 3 continually. Your stash buster blanket will begin looking like a garter-stitch triangle. When your blanket is the width you want it to be (mine is 30 inches), then you’ll start working up (length-wise) only.


The stash blanket is as wide as I want it, so I started working up the side.The stash blanket is as wide as I want it, so I started working up the side.


Row 4: Kfb, k to end of row

Row 5: K2tog, k to end of row.

Repeat rows 4 and 5 until your blanket is the length you want (I wanted 36 inches, so I knit rows 4 and 5 for six more inches in length.)

Now the stash blanket is as long as I want it, so I am decreasing. Nearing the finish line!Now the stash blanket is as long as I want it, so I am decreasing. Nearing the finish line!
Finished except for weaving in the ends!Finished except for weaving in the ends!



Row 6: K2tog, k to end of row

Row 7: K2tog k to end of row

Repeat rows 6 and 7 until your rectangle is complete. After you knit the last two stitches together, bind off and weave in the ends.










Your stash buster baby blanket is complete!

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