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WIP: Sock Blanket

January 7, 2016

It’s been a while since I shared my progress on the sock blanket, in part because there wasn’t much progress. Luckily it seems that despite my low knitting desire right now the little squares seem to be just the right amount of knitting to keep me happy and feeling like I have finished something.

When I started the blanket I didn’t have any real idea in mind concerning how big I wanted the finished piece to be; instead I simply was trying to use up scraps. Of course running through the colors I had available was accomplished quicker than I expected and thankfully a knitting friend came to the rescue with some of their own scraps.

Because I didn’t have an idea of how big I wanted the blanket, I don’t think I went about casting on squares in an efficent manner. I have seen quite a few podcasts where people show their blanket off and for all of them the knitters have worked in a row or column pattern. That’s to say they work a set of rows until it reaches their desired length and then start building up. This seems to be rather effective because then you can see just how far along you are in the progress of the blanket. I have also noticed that all of them are making their squares significantly larger than I am which probably helps in terms of time it will take to complete the overall project.

Regardless, here is the blanket the last time I posted it on the blog:IMG_1623

and here it is as of this morning. (Yes I made a point to finish a square before taking a photo, don’t judge.)

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I have tried to clean it up a little bit and get it to resemble a blanket shape instead of a jagged set of blocks, ala Minecraft. Color wise I am having to double and triple up but I am more okay with that now, it probably helps that the entire thing is bigger which helps to “hide” the repeats.

Are you working on one of these sock blankets? Did you adopt the row/column idea, or do you think it might be a more efficent way to consrtuct the piece?

Happy crafting.

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7 Comments
  1. I love making mitered square blankets with scrap yarns. I tend to extend it out only 4 or 5 rows on one side and only 6 or 7 columns across then fill in the squares jaggedly and as the “right angle” corner fills in, I add more rows & columns. I do it that way (a) so that the repeated yarns are more spread out & (b) I get bored and overwhelmed. If I was to knit a column of squares for the entire length of the intended blanket, I’d get that “screw it, I’ll never finish so why bother continuing” feeling and toss the whole project. The one problem I have discovered by doing it my way is that I end up with a lot more giant dog bed sized blankets than human bed sized blankets.

  2. It’s coming along beautifully! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’m avoiding the issue by making hexagons, which can be joined in all directions 🙂 But I’m knitting them in stripes and then I’ll connect them with a single line of hexagons

  4. Beautiful blanket. I haven’t seen instructions for one so just looking and trying to guess how it is done? Sewing squares together or joining each square as it is knit? Are all your scraps the same gauge and fiber?

    • The pattern is based on the cozy memmories blanket. It’s a join as you knit mitred square blanket. The yarn is all fingering weight (with the exception of one square that of handspun I didn’t catch while knitting. The fiber is a mishmash of scraps so a little bit of everything tossed in. I know it will be a hand wash only kind of thing, which I am totally okay with. I chose the join as you go because my sewing up skills suck and I knew I would keep putting it off.

  5. shellssells permalink

    It has, indeed, grown quite a bit! I agree with the whole “One square is satisfying” when you aren’t feeling the knitting mojo. That’s been entirely my goal lately with my entrelac lace project. Just a square. One square a night. It helps feel like I am still doing something I love, but not hating every minute of something I love.

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