I’m engaged in a constant quest to use up odds and ends of yarn and subtly get my kids into fiber arts. We read “10-Minute Yarn Projects” by Sarah L. Schutte and were inspired by the “Stick To It!” project. We accessed the e-book via my daughter’s elementary school library and their partnership with Capstone.
Yesterday was a beautiful day. My daughter and I took a little walk in the neighborhood to find good sticks to use for the project. She initially wanted to make some kind of room divider for her little reading nook. Her room isn’t all that big. But you don’t want to discourage kids from executing their creative dreams. I let her choose her own stick. I choose smaller sticks for mine and my son’s projects; approximately 12-15″ . When we returned home we dove into my leftover yarn scrap bin and made our new Yarn-on-a-stick hangers! (See below for a tutorial!)
Crochet Hook (Optional)
Yarn Needle (Optional with use of Beads)
Get a Stick
It doesn’t even need to be a real stick. A dowel, a discarded knitting needle, a piece of re-bar, an embroidery hoop, a curtain rod. Use your imagination: any object that you can wrap yarn around and hang up is all you need. I recommend a length between 12-30″. But this is your project, it can be as large or small as you want. For this tutorial I’m using a size 19 wooden needle. Its raining today, and I didn’t want to go fetch a wet stick.
I’m using some scraps of Lion Brand Thick and Quick for these photos a Super Bulky weight yarn. In the original projects, we used Worsted/Medium weight yarn.
You can either cut all of your lenghts at once, or cut them as you need them. We’ve done it both ways. Neither is a superior method.
The length you need depends on how long you want your hanger to be. We will be folding each piece of yarn in HALF when we attach it. So your cut length will be twice your desired hang plus double the circumference of your “stick”.
The length in the tutorial is approximately 27″ long . The one over my desk, those lengths were about 22″ long. For the largest one, approximately 6 feet for each length (trimmed after installation). Go ahead and test a couple lengths out before you commit, err on the side of too long. You can always trim at the end, but you cannot reasonably add length at the end.
Step 1: Fold each piece of yarn in half, with the loop facing up, the tails facing down. Place it behind the stick.
Step 2: Pull the loop over the top of your stick with the tails between the loop.
Step 3: Pull the yarn tails through the loop.
Step 4: Pull the tails down to tighten the yarn around the stick.
Repeat Step 4 until the desired amount of fullness is achieved. You can use as much or as little as you want.
You will need to add a hanger. I choose to crochet a chain for aesthetic reasons, but you can simply knot a length of yarn to each end for hanging. My hangers are between 20 and 36 inches. If you are unsure of your knot skills or just desire additional stability, please feel free to glue the hanger knots to the stick (optional). If you are using glue, please allow the glue to dry completely before hanging!
At this point you may desire to trim the tails of your Yarn-on-a-Stick hanger. You can make them even, or irregular, or angled.
If you want to get extra fancy, add some beads to your project (also optional)! I used random beads we had in the bead box. I threaded a yarn needle (a large eyed needle) with the yarn tail, pulled through the hole in the bead and made a knot to secure. If the hole in your bead is particularly large, you may need to make a knot AROUND your bead, this will prevent the tail from hanging completely flat.
Hang Your Project and Admire!
Please choose a hanger appropriate for the finished weight of your project! All of our Yarn-on-a-Stick projects were relatively light. A command hook, a push-pin, a ceiling hook, and a mounting for a baby monitor were all sufficient to hold the weights of our hangers. You may need to anchor your project into a wall stud depending on the weight of your finished project (if your project is particularly large or you’ve used re-bar or some kind of metal rod).
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will share your own Yarn-on-a-Stick projects to Instagram using #yarnonastick.