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55 Yarn Crafts without Knitting or Crochet

These easy yarn crafts are perfect for adults and kids alike!

55 Yarn Crafts without Knitting or Crochet

If you're wondering what to make with yarn but you aren't big into knitting or crochet, you've come to the right place! Discover the best yarn crafts without knitting or crochet. 

Perhaps you ARE an avid knitter or crocheter, but you can't find the right scrap yarn projects to use up that last bit of a skein. These easy yarn crafts are perfect for leftovers!

Our collection is broken into crafts for adults and for kids. Discover top tips from our bloggers on crafting with yarn, and learn about the different types of yarn, too!

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Bonus: are you a visual learner? The quintessential yarn craft without knitting or crochet would be making a pom pom! Learn how to make the Fuzzy DIY Pom Pom in the video tutorial below.

Easy Yarn Crafts for Kids

Raffia DIY Headband

Knitting and crochet can be challenging for kids depending on the age of the child and the intricacy of the pattern. But kids can still work with yarn! These easy yarn crafts for kids are perfect for a range of ages, and they are so much fun. Kids can make a wearable project like the Raffia DIY Headband, holiday crafts, fun trinkets, and more. These yarn craft projects are so much fun and kids will love to make them!

String Art Projects

String Art on Wood

String art is one of the things to do with yarn and fingers that we thought warranted its own section. Most of the projects below are string art for beginners, but you'll find a few more challenging projects within this section as well. If you've wanted to give string art patterns a shot for a while now but haven't taken the plunge, now is the time!

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Types of Yarn

Types of Yarn for Knitting or Crochet

There are many different types of yarn you can craft with! Here is a short overview of those yarn qualities you will be interacting with most often:

Fiber: Acrylic is the most common type of yarn. It is inexpensive and great for beginner crafters! Other popular fibers are plant fibers like cotton and animal fibers like wool and silk.

Weight: Yarn weights range from very fine lace to thick, bulky yarns. Worsted is the most popular yarn weight. Learn about the different weights, how to pair them with the correct needle or hook size, and more with this handy yarn weight chart from our friends at the Craft Yarn Council.

Colors: The beauty of the yarn aisle in craft stores is unparalleled. From solid neutral colors to vivid variegated yarns and more, there are a slew of colors to choose from. Choosing colors is the part that's the most fun!

Learn more about different yarns in our article, Types of Yarn for Knitting or Crochet.

Are all yarns safe?

Are all yarns safe?

This is an important question to address! The short answer is that the vast majority of yarns are safe for kids and adults alike, but there are a few issues to keep in mind.

Wool Sensitivites: Did you know that wool allergies are actually allergies to lanolin, or the oil in a sheep's fleece? (You can learn more about wool allergies at While true wool allergies are rare, many people are sensitive to wool. If you or your child has a wool allergy, making a yarn craft with wool could become uncomfortable. It may be safer to stick with cotton yarn, a wool blend, or acrylic yarn instead.

Acrylic Yarn: By and large, acrylic is the most popular yarn for crafting, and it is mostly safe, but what you want to be aware of is its flammable nature. Acrylic yarn is essentially woven synthetic plastic fibers, meaning it is flammable. It will melt under an iron, in the presence of fire, and more. Even when washing projects made with acrylic yarn, you want to be sure to dry them on a low heat setting. If you make a wall hanging out of acrylic yarn, it would be safest not to hang this over the fireplace.

How to Knit for Beginners

How to Knit for Beginners

I know, I know. This is an article about yarn crafts without knitting or crochet. It's possible that you're here not because you don't want to knit but because you don't know how to. We have a plethora of knitting resources here on FaveCrafts and over at our sister site, AllFreeKnitting. Learn all of the basics, from casting on to the knit stitch, purling, and binding off. 

How to Crochet for Beginners

How to Crochet for Beginners

If you love yarn and want to take your skills to the next level, learn how to crochet! Below you'll find a collection of great beginner crochet videos as well as our top crochet collections for great beginner crochet project ideas.

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Being a crocheter myself, I had never thought about all these yarn crafts that could be done without use of a hook or needles. It is an impressive list to say the least. My favorites are the wrapped planters, the fluffy pom pom rug, and the yarn globes that you make with balloons as the mold!


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