Left Over Sock Yarn.

I made a huge shawl or medium blanket out of sock yarn that was left over from other projects. The finished blocked size is 72 inches. I used a 5 mm needle and started in the centre with dpn's. When I ran out of one colour I just added another by knitting the two together for 10 stitches and after it was blocked I cut the ends off. I had 150 gm of ugly orange, green, and hot pink sock yarn that I used for a 6 stitch sideways border. It sat around for about year and when I finished a project I would just add the yarn that was left to the shawl.

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JRob's picture

Ron, I absolutely love the concept. Reminds me of the granny squares my grandmother made with her yarn scraps and assembled in afghans. Jrob

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Thunderhorse54's picture

How beautiful, and what a great idea!!! There wouldn't happen to be a pattern somewhere??????? I think this would be a great idea for my knitting group to donate their leftovers, and then create the afghan and raffle it off for charity!! Terry

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It's from Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitter's Almanac". In the February chapter.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

So that's why the pattern looked so familiar. Knitter's Almanac is my favorite book by her. My favorite shawl from it is the Pi Shawl.

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ronhuber's picture

Yes, it is the baby shawl (basically) and you just knit it as big as you want.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That turned out really great, Ron. I just wish my sock yarn leftovers were extensive enough to do something like that...I usually have enough to do an emergency darning, if that.

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ronhuber's picture

I knit socks for nieces and nephews and those socks don't take up much yarn. Not much left over from mine!!!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That's a great thought. However, if I knit just for the little relatives, my friends and other family members would scream the house down because they never receive any of my socks. So, I remain selfish and knit for myself, giving away only when something doesn't fit me. [Which is rare.]

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Tallguy's picture

That is perfect! You put some patterning into yours. I did one like that a few years ago, with all my bits and pieces of short lengths. But I had to be different! I did it as a hexagonal -- not one of my brightest ideas, but it worked nonetheless. I did it all in stocking stitch -- boring!! -- but will put in some patterning, if I do this again.

The most interesting thing I discovered was how colours interact. That is, they all look a bit different when placed next to other colours! The same yellow I used here and there took on overtones when placed next to a red, or brown, or blue. The same with all the other colours.

I finished it with an icord edge... and with over 2,000 stitches on that last round, it took a very, very long time to do that cord! But we do have to learn from our mistakes, as they say, and I wonder if I will remember this lesson years from now!

You can see my blanket here: http://tinyurl.com/5wupbhs

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Very nice shawl. I have done 4 or 5 of these and they are lovely mindless knitting. I put all the balls of left overs in a bag and and when I needed a new ball, I put my hand in and pulled one out at random without looking. As you say, interesting how colours interact. The patterning was just yok2tog every tenth row to keep me awake.

bobinthebul's picture

Really nice. I have lots of sock ends lying around, and always thought about doing "crazy socks" but this makes just as much sense and it looks wonderful.

KenInMaine's picture

That's a great idea and a cool use of "scrap" yarn...love it!

Tom Hart's picture

You are a real master, Ron Huber. Even your scrap-work is stunning. Exquisitely done. Beautiful work.

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Thanks, you guys.

New York Built's picture

Ron, you are to be thanked. All too often, I need a gentle reminder, (AKA a swift kick in the butt!) that small and tiny variations ramify into enormous change. Magisterial!

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Kerry's picture

Great loooking blanket Ron, and such a good use for left-over sock yarn.

chipsir's picture

Well you are a clever man Ron, I have been saving my left over sock yarn, I guess I have discovered what it can be used for. I have just kept adding it to the ball and the ball is getting pretty large so I had best get moving. Well done on a marvelous job and a worth while project.

MMario's picture

It turned out oddly cohesive; looks great!

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I, too, have a ton of left-over sock yarn----I have all of Elizabeth Zimmermans books, and now you have pointed out the happy route to take so that all my sock-yarn-ends may result in a shawl/blanket creation. Thank you for pointing it out.