Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Squares-From-Sock-Yarn Afghan

I usually have quite a bit of yarn leftover from knitting socks so the question is, what should I do with the rest of the yarn?  I set aside 8 yards to make a block on my Sock Yarn afghan and I save some for my friend's afghan, too.  That afghan is in my storage unit right now and I'm looking forward to getting back to the project.  It's addictive, close to being completed and I miss it. 

One day, while browsing knitting blogs I came across another sock yarn afghan that I like a lot.  Check it out at Gail's Good Yarn.  It's it stunning?  It looks like a quilt.  So, I decided to make one that's very similar.

Here's what I did:

With 2.75 mm needles I cast on 1 stitch.  Then, I increased by knitting into the front and back of the first stitch on every row until I had 45 stitches on the needle.  Next, I k2tog at the beginning of every row until I was back to 1 stitch left and secured it.  Easy:  make the square bigger until it's the size you want, then make it smaller until you're back to 1 stitch. 

The square on the left is from the Fabel socks that I just finished.  The square on the right is from the S&S Socks from a few months ago.  And so the new adventure begins.

Like Gail, I plan to sew these squares together right away.  I'll make the seam as flat as possible so that the afghan will be almost the same on both sides, reversible.  When I started and finished the square I left a long tail which I'll use for the seaming.

This is going to be a long, slow project.  All yarn will be from stash, mine or others.  No new yarn will be purchased for this afghan.  I expect that it'll take a couple of years, at least, to finish up.  I won't count this as one of my Rule of Four projects.  Instead, it's a P.S. at the end of a pair of socks.

What I don't have is a name for this afghan.  I already have a Sock Yarn Afghan so I need something different.  Suggestions?


Anonymous said...

How about PS afghan?

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...


Kourtney said...

"trip around the sock drawer"? There's a Quilt named "trip around the world" that's composed of small squares, and while this won't be the same because you're sewing as you go, it might just look like my sock drawer looks - a lot of color!

(note: I only wish my sock drawer were full of nothing but hand knit socks. I'm working on it. But even the store bought tend to be loud, or busy, or at the very least argyle!)

Carol said...

Di Agnes