Scrap Projects: Yo-yos

Pile of Yoyos

One of the easiest of scap projects is the humble crocheted yo-yo. I’ve always enjoyed these fun little circles of color and find them a terrific learning project for new crocheters. When worked in worsted weight yarn with a size I-9 (5.5mm) hook they use just under 2 yards of yarn each.

Beginning chain 4, arrow indicates 4th ch from hook.
Beginning chain 4, arrow indicates 4th ch from hook.

I make my Yo-yos by starting with an adjustable slip knot, then chain 4,

11 dc in ch

11 double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook,

Tightening center, arrow indicates beginning tail.
Tightening center, arrow indicates beginning tail.

Tighten the center of the stitches by pulling the beginning tail snug,

Insert hook in top of Tch

Insert hook in top of the beginning chain 4,

Sl St completed

Slip Stitch to close round of stitches. Fasten off.

Weave in beg tail

Weave in the beginning tail in the center. You can weave in the ending tail as well, or use it for sewing the yo-yos together. For my yo-yos I did weave in the ending tail, because I will be crocheting these yo-yos together.

Weaving in the ending tail. Arrow indicates the slip stitch.
Weaving in the ending tail. Arrow indicates the slip stitch.

To weave in the ending tail I like to insert my yarn needle thru the top of the chain stitch that I had slip stitched to.

Weave in end tail 2

Then I turn the yo-yo over and weave the tail thru the back bumps of that beginning chain and on around the center of the yo-yo. I pull this end gently when weaving it in so I don’t collapse the side of the yo-yo.

Finished Yoyo

I trim off the excess yarn from the yo-yo and it is ready to join my other yo-yos. I will fill a bag with yo-yos until I have collected enough to make them into a project.

You can use yo-yos in any number of projects. My favorite is to make scarves with them. You can also make yo-yos in other yarns or threads. You will need to adjust the size hook you use to get a yo-yo fabric that you find pleasing.

I’ll show you some fun ways to use yo-yos once I get enough crocheted up again.

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