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Yarn Along – 3/30/16

March 30, 2016

Oh 2016, you are flying by!

I am prepping for an early April craft show, so mostly I have been doing production knitting. But I just had to have something fun to work on when I sit down and take a break at the end of the day.

I have seen many versions of sock yarn blankets out there and had never been tempted, but darn it if it didn’t get under my skin after all!

I think the first person I heard about it from was Paula Emons-Fuessle on the Knitting Pipeline podcast. Here’s a link to her project. I thought it was cool, but I didn’t think I’d ever have enough leftovers to make a decent size blanket.

I have since been sucked in by projects by Dani of Little Bobbins Knits, Jennie of Tiny Paper Foxes and Molly of A Homespun House. I was powerless against the tide, I tell you!

Here’s my first row under construction. It is a little wonky, but my technique is improving over time.

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The blanket is made with mitred squares which are picked up and knitted onto the ones next to it, so there is no sewing together at the end. It only takes a small amount of yarn per block, so great for leftovers.

Last week I finally went down and pulled out my leftover yarn bin to see if I had enough to get a good start.

I did! Combining all my fingering weight from socks as well as other projects I have a nice selection. The colors are pretty mellow with a good deal of gray and black mixed in to keep it subtle. Some hits of purple and turquoise make it fun!

There is not much to look at yet, but I did finish one width, so I am adding on a second row.

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I have looked at a number of tutorials and ended up combining ideas from all of them to figure out how to do mine.

If you are interested in the madness, just search Ravelry for “Sock Yarn Blanket” or “Cozy Memories Blanket” or “Mitred Square Blanket.” No one pattern told me everything I needed to know. It’s an adventure!

I have just started reading The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman. Looking forward to sinking into this mysterious, art-centered story.

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2016 11:31 am

    The blanket looks good! I was less crazy than most and did it with DK/sport sized yarn. Still too a long time and a lot of yarn. I loved making it and so long as you sew in the ends as you go along it’s done with the last square. Good luck!

    • March 30, 2016 11:36 am

      Makes good sense to use a heavier yarn! I am sewing in the ends every 3 or 4 blocks. I agree; leaving them would be a nightmare!

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