Knitted sweaters are probably one of the first things to come to mind when you think about wool craft ideas. Anyone who regularly knits or crochets will have plenty of leftover or half-used balls of yarn that can be used in many small projects. Small, quickly completed projects are also suitable to use as an introduction on how to use wool in craft projects for children.
Both large and small pom-poms are simple to make and are ideal trims for such items as bobble hats or on the ends of scarves. Pom-poms can also be used as Christmas tree ornaments if you make a pom-pom with white wool and include a few silver or gold threads as you are wrapping the template. Sew pom-poms together to create novelty animals, with finishing touches such as glued-on wiggly eyes or pipe cleaner legs.
Cut an equal number of notches along opposite sides of a cardboard square, then wind yarn around the cardboard, slipping it into each of the notches in turn. Thread a needle with a contrasting colour of yarn and weave this through the strands around the cardboard, going under the first strand, over the second, under the third and continuing in this way to the end of the row. Thread a second length of yarn for the second row, then weave as before, but this time go over the first thread and under the second. Continue to weave yarn lengths in this way until the cardboard template is full.
Use three different colours of yarn to braid a friendship bracelet. Cut the yarn into 26-inch strands, cutting two strands of each colour if you are using thin yarn. Line up the yarn strands so the ends are together and tape the ends to a tabletop. Separate the yarn strands into three groups, keeping similar colours together, then braid them together until the braided section is long enough to fit around your wrist. Tie a knot in the end, so the braiding doesn't unravel.
Knitting and Crochet
Knitting or crocheting small items, such as dolls clothes, toys, or even decorative jewellery items such as crocheted flowers to make brooches or as embellishments on headbands, are wool crafts that are quick to do and make ideal projects for learning new skills or stitch types. Such small projects are also useful items to make for charity sales.