Tuesday, August 23, 2016

By hook or by crook...

Several months ago, okay maybe it was over a year ago, I got the idea to make a sock yarn blanket.  If you visit Ravelry very often, you know that sock yarn blankets abound.  It seems that the most commonly produced version is one with a bajillion little mitered squares.  I don't like mitered squares that much, nor am I a big fan of picking up stitches.  So, no thank you.

It is no secret that sock knitting is probably my favorite.  That being said, it should be painfully obvious that there are loads of bits of leftover sock yarn lying about...or stuffed unceremoniously into a plastic tub in the basement.

Back to my blankie:  no mitered squares and no picking up stitches...solution:  something like 300ish (I've forgotten the exact amount and it doesn't really matter as you will soon see) stitches on US2 needles and the ever popular garter stitch.  What could go wrong?  How about:  garter stitch is beyond boring, tiny needles (nothing more need be said about that), eyeballs that are growing older and have trouble with tiny stitches,  the pain in the arse that it is to pick up a dropped stitch that you find after several more rows are done, and most importantly that lonnnnnng row of garter stitch does absolutely nothing to highlight the gloriously beautiful sock yarns that I love to purchase.

So, I did what I do best...ripped it out (sort of).  Instead, one day (the 4th of July to be exact)  I grabbed a hook and began crocheting a granny stripe blanket with the end of the latest yarn bit in use.  Two rows in and I was hooked (hahahaha).  Why did I not do this in the first place?  What was plain and boring stripes of random bits of color in the blanket quickly transformed on the hook into a beautiful colorful metamorphosis of yarn that was perfect.

Simply create a chain that will make the desired width and go to town with the basic stitch of granny squares all over the world.  Mine is about 4 feet wide.  I will keep going, adding new yarn leftovers as desired, until I think it is long enough.  In my mind's eye, a simple border will be added.  It's a yarny version of a crazy quilt.

What a difference technique makes in showcasing beautiful yarn color ways!

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