I love the scrappy sock yarn blankets out there. I do not usually have enough sock yarn scraps to knit a blanket. Honestly, that would take years. I had recently knit a shawl using Lion Brand – Shawl in a Cake. I noticed that the fabric would be a close fit to the sock yarn blankets. It is DK, but I would call it light DK. It comes in curated colors that stripe, and the colors fade into each other. It is available in many different colorways. I picked up one of each that was available at my local JoAnns.
You could knit straight from the cake, and would end up with a beautiful blanket. I decided to separate the colors into mini- skeins to make it more scrappy. Plus, one of the appealing parts to the process is picking minis and maybe adding one or two a day. I ended up with a colorful basket of minis weighing between 13 to 17 grams each. Perfect for any scrappy blanket project!
I decided on the Northeasterly by Skeinanigans, Melissa Alexander-Loomis. This pattern is a paid for pattern on Raverly. It is well written, and she includes links to helpful tutorials that make your project stress free. I chose this one , because it allows you to use up all your yarn . ( It would be silly to have scraps left over from your scrappy blanket . Right? If you were making your scraps …..). A Granny Stripe blanket is a great choice too
I am loving this project , and I can not wait to see my blanket grow!
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December Cast On
I completed my Christmas knitting ( shh just in time). I had a need for a me, myself and I project. I have had the In Good Company Wrap in my Raverly cue ( like you do) for a long time now. It is a beautiful design by Espace Tricot . Grab yourself a copy here. I am a low budget knitter, and one thing my local box stores have been lacking is something I could substitute fingering weight yarn and mohair held double. Yarn Bee ( Hobby Lobby ) has been killing it with their yarn line lately, and they are staying on trend! I was super excited to find their new 44th Street yarn. They are calling it DK, but I would call it fingering. It has a really pretty fuzz to it ( I wouldn’t call it halo , I am not delusional!) Super soft and they have some great colors. Finally! All those fingering weight/ mohair patterns out there; I am coming for you!
It is 70% Acrylic/ 30% Polyamide . You get 100g and 540 yards/ 500 meters. At $4.29 a skein that is some bang for your buck! And it makes my little thrifty heart happy.
I got gauge with two strands held together. I think the reason for this is the yarn used in the pattern is wool which will bloom with blocking. Acrylic yarn will get softer but the gauge usually does not change much ( not a firm rule, just an observation). I had first decided on two colors that were far apart in value. It was looking more marled and I thought it was taking away from its intended design. I quickly ripped it out and started it again with colors that were close in value. I think it is a better fit , and it has more tonal look to it. It gives depth to those beautiful patterned stitches. The colors I am using are Camel/ 03 and Ivory/ 01. I am happy with the way it is knitting up.
I have made it through the patterned stitches just in time for holidays. Looks like lots of conversational stockinette to keep my hands busy ( eat less cookies that way).
I have noticed that I seem to be losing some fuzz factor from knitting ( probably my gauge). I think I can fix that with blocking. I will tie my ends in good and run it through the wash a time or two ( like any respectable acrylic knitter). I will let you know how it turns out.
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