Sock yarn scraps

For a long time now, I’ve thought about the best way to use up some of sock yarn scraps that I’ve collected over the years.  The idea of a blanket – one made of smaller strips or squares – appealed to me, because it would be conveniently portable on the train to and from work.  I bookmarked a few patterns on Ravelry, including Bear’s Rainbow Blanket, Pathways Blanket, and Triangles, Diamonds, & Squares, Oh my!.

At the end, I decided to give the Triangles, Diamonds, & Squares, Oh my! a try.  I knew I had a lot of neutrals in my stash, so they would serve as the main color.  Various other colors, whatever I happened to grab, would be the contract colors.

Happy little pile of happy little squares.

The square are worked using short rows, but the pattern doesn’t give any explicit directions for making and picking up the wraps.  As we all know, the most invisible short rows of all are detailed in Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters (in my opinion, at least).  For this particular project, however, I decided to work a variation that would allow a visible seam on one side of the squares.


I can’t decide whether I like the totally squeaky clean side (left) or the side with the visible wraps (right) better.  What do you think?  What project are you knitting or crocheting to use up your sock yarn scraps?


21 thoughts on “Sock yarn scraps

  1. Lissa

    I prefer the clean version myself, especially based on the sample design combinations done for the pattern, which are very flat and graphical. I’m sure whichever you do will be lovely. 🙂

  2. Anna

    I think I like the wrapped side better–more textural interest. I’ve been working on a Beekeeper’s Quilt off and on to use up sock yarn scraps. Every once in a while, I’ll just knit a bunch of hexapuffs and toss them into a jar. Eventually I’ll have enough to start sewing them together.

  3. Katie Lynn

    I prefer the clean side best, but I am also a perfectionist, so take that with a grain of salt.

    I am making a domino star stash buster afghan, which has a terribly clever construction with multiple sized diamonds radiating from a center knit piece. I like that the diamonds are pick up and knit, so no long hours of mattress stitch lie in my future.

  4. azterya

    I think I like the clean side best but the other is good too. Any chance of seaming it so it’s reversible?

    My sock yarn scraps are going into Knitted Patchwork Blanket. Little mitred squares but no sewing up – a billion ends though.

  5. Linda

    I kind of like the visible wraps. I finishe a pi shawl with my sock yarn scraps, knitting them kbew witth a strand of black Knit Picks Gloss fingering. I did buy the black, but it unified the scraps. Too heavy for a shawl, but it is a great blanket.

  6. Samina

    I’m voting for the clean side, too. I think the wraps are too distracting, although they could be a neat design element in another pattern.

  7. Ginny

    I like the squeak clean side and I’m not sure why.

    I use my odds and ends of sock yarn (and anyone body else’s odds and ends) to make MORE socks for my oldest son who is disabled. Wool socks for skinny little legs are hard to find in Florida so I knit one of a kind stripey like a bug socks. And his Dad doesn’t worry too much about matching them when he dresses him. Also, leg warmers and wristlets.

  8. Rebecca P.

    I’d go with the clean side. It looks tidier.

    As for my sock yarn leftovers, I’ve used a bunch of them on a Log Cabin blanket (the Mason-Dixon one). I’ve also used cotton worsted weight leftovers on a Ten-Stitch blanket. My current sock weight leftover project is a Beekeeper’s Quilt. I’ve got a box with finished hexipuffs on the bottom and sock yarn leftovers on the top and since the leftovers are outnumbering the hexipuffs I had better catch up on that.

    Because I’m compulsive about my yarn, I also keep the little teeny balls of yarn that contain probably no mor than 10 yards each. I think I’ll use those on some crazy striped socks at some point, but I might use them on legwarmers for my baby girl instead.

  9. Laurie

    A Beekeeper quilt has been tempting my sock yarn scraps and me, but who am I kidding – I know I’d never seam it together.

    My daughter recently did this:
    and this:
    with lots of her leftover sock yarn.

    The pattern I always wanted to do is the Rambling Rows:

    And by the way, I like the “squeaky clean” side of your sample in the photos, but I bet that the other one looks good too “in person”.

  10. Kelley Green

    I’m doing the Bee Keeper’s Quilt (hexipuffs) with some of my scraps and Pretty Twisted Cuff with others. I make odd little bags and I want to try the sachets from More Last Minute Knitted gifts. So many odds and ends but *way* too little time. 🙂

  11. Mary K. in Rockport

    The left, clean side most definitely. Why distract from the clean shapes? My sock yarn ends – hmmmm. I keep some for mending socks, some I give away to those making sock yarn blankets (!!) and my favorites I use doubled to make canning jar/Cuppow cosies. Those things are great for hot or cold drinks. (If you’re not familiar with the Cuppow, it’s a sort of sippy cup device for adults, and keeps your drink of choice from slopping all over. And the green company is right in Somerville.)

  12. Louise

    I like the clean side as well, looks neater.

    I use my left-over sock yarn to make pot holders. I start with one stitch and increase at the beginning of each (garter) row until I have a triangle that I like, then decrease at the beginning of each row back to nothing and I then have a nice firm square. Lots of times when I am down to only four stitches, I work an idiot cord for a bit and after a few inches I sew one end back to where the idiot cord started, making a loop. I give these away to people by the handful and they are always appreciated. 🙂

  13. cath

    Slogging along on a beekeeper’s quilt, with all the fingering remnants, and a good excuse to keep buying sock yarn, since I almost never knit socks these days.

  14. MelissaPurls

    Count me on the “clean side” camp!

    I’ve been just doing a log-cabin style blanket, making up squares that are something like 9-10 inches across.

  15. Nellie

    I am making the Sock blanket by Jang. It is little mitered squares and I have about 50 done so far. It will be a life long project, I am sure. Its pretty cool. You can see the start of my blankie on my ravelry page. Nellie

  16. Julie Lanner

    I like the “cleaner” version on the left. I knit maybe 50 pairs of socks a year and I never have leftovers. That is because as soon as I bind off one pair, I start new toes with the leftovers. I use the left overs for contrasting toes and heels on the next pair. Cuffs too if there is a lot left. Lots of socks, no leftovers. Occasionally I have a few leftovers, so then I make monster socks, as in Frankenstein. I take a little ball and start two at a time, toe up on a long circ, using both ends of the ball. When that ball is done I go on to the next, tieing on both ends. So the socks have many bands of color, but they match each other. These are the ones people ask for. The most fun.
    Julie in San Diego

  17. Elaine Caron

    I like the “clean” side best. And all my sock yarn scraps are going into Wendy Johnson’s Leftover Cowl. Can’t stop knitting on it because the combination of colors and patterns are simply fascinating!

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