Friday, January 23, 2009

Sock Yarn Afghan

I have found an afghan that will use up all the leftover sock yarn. It's the Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang. It uses a mitered square. The pattern is on her blog. I've made my very first square. What's interesting about this afghan is there is no sewing of the squares. You knit the squares together as you go. I'm a member of a group on Ravelry dedicated to this particular afghan. Since this afghan takes a lot of different colored yarns, they have sock yarn swaps every month. This is certainly one of those afghans that will take a long time to complete. Because it's made with fingering yarn, it's very light. This afghan can also be made with worsted weight yarn.

I've also started crocheting the Cat Afghan for my grandson. I want to give it to him for either Christmas or his birthday.

The quilt bug has been nibbling at me again. I'll probably do some quilting while I'm knitting and crocheting. Usually I work on one craft at a time.


Jane said...

I am hoping to start a sock yarn blanket as well. I want to use the scraps from all the harry Potter sock yarns that I have/will order. I will have to check out the construction of the one you are talking about. The thought of not having to sew the squares together sounds great!

Laurie said...

I found it to be much easier to use a crochet hook to bring the new yarn through the square in order to put it on the knitting needle. You will get a ridge on the "wrong" side. That's normal.

When you knit the squares together the diagonal will automatically go from top right to bottom left. If you want to make sure that all squares go in the same direction, my other suggestion is for you to stop and think about which way the diagonal will be going before you "cast on". This suggestion is for the bottom row because the other squares will naturally fall correctly.

I have a spare square that is not attached to the afghan that I use to check diagonal direction.

Good luck with yours. I'm finding this afghan to be very addicting.

Net said...

Thanks glor. I'm using all my rolled scrap acrylic yarns - a mix of Red Heart, Bernat, Sayelle, Lion Brand and Vanna's.

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