Just a quick bed-sized afghan, I swear

Earlier this summer I cast on for the Liberty blanket, which is a big gorgeous project that I’ve wanted to make for years. You would think that would really be enough in the Large Projects With Indefinite Timelines category, and I really did think it would be too. But then I went on vacation with my sister at the end of July, and for a travel project she brought with her a few skeins of sock yarn that she has started crocheting into granny squares. She doesn’t knit as much as she used to so she’s rounded up her sock yarn and has decided it’s going to be an afghan instead.

So that seemed sort of neat and I was all willing to be impervious to the charms of cute and tidy little granny squares in pretty little bits of sock yarn. But then she kept pointing out that I have a whole bunch of sock yarn remnants in my stash that aren’t getting used and I could just go ahead and start making them into squares any time I wanted. And I have never crocheted a single complete project in my life (though I do know how to wield a crochet hook for knitting support purposes like steek reinforcement, single chain edgings, and so forth), but I do know how to make a basic granny square.

And that dear blog friends, is the story of how last week while I was on the couch with a cold, I started turning this:

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…into these:

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So far this is pretty fun. I’ve done more than 30 so far and it hasn’t gotten boring yet (though I know from anecdotal evidence that it will reach that point eventually). If anything, the sheer choice of sock yarn remnants is making it a pretty impervious project to boredom, because there are so many colour combinations to choose from. As long as I don’t do more than 2 or 3 in a row with the same colour combination, it’s all good.

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My only rules were to eliminate any true yellows (which was only a few bits), anything not plied (for stability), and anything in a true ‘light fingering weight’ category as opposed to fingering weight (for consistency of size). There is quite a lot of variation in colour still, but thankfully most of these remnants play well together. Altogether I’ve got about 1700g of yarn here, which should be enough for at least 200 squares if not more. There is actually the possibility that I will run out of remnants before I reach the number of squares I’d like to get (aiming for at least 256), but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. They’ll all need to be joined up with a final background colour round along the outside of each, as well, which I think will probably be something in the cream/off-white area.

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My sock yarn remnants bin holds everything that is less than about 3/4 of a skein (the leftovers from not just socks but fingerless mitts, sweaters, and shawls), so there are some more plentiful bits in there alongside small remnants of 10g or less. It is pretty great to give these little small bits of yarn one last hurrah – congratulations guys! You made it! You’re going to get one last final project after so much waiting around! Great work everyone! I like the small multicoloured remnants a lot.

This will definitely be a big project with a long timeline on it, but it’ll be worth it in the end. A nice light colourful afghan is always a good idea, right? Right.

Happy weekend, blog friends! I hope you’ve got a great project to spend time with.

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20 comments

  1. I love granny squares but my least favorite part was always joining them-until i found this: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-asyougo-sqaures.html It gave me an entirely new enthusiasm for granny squares. Not sure if you will like this, but I love it. Your squares look wonderful! I can’t wait to see the finished blanket! Happy Friday!

  2. Yes, YES. I love everything about this!

  3. Linda A · ·

    I like the color combinations. (And you certainly don’t look like a newbie “square maker,” though I’d expect that from the achiever that you are!)

    Having trouble picturing white all around them. You’ve got sort of a contemporary look going with the colors you’ve chosen … curious how the white around the squares might change that look. Will be fun to watch your progress.

  4. Oh my. I am sure it will turn out gorgeous!

  5. Nancy Kennedy · ·

    So adorable and what a great way to give those remnants a second chance! I am thinking black yarn or dark navy might look best to join all those squares. Can’t wait to see it all finished!

  6. This is a great idea! I am incredibly new to crochet and haven’t done a granny square. Is there a pattern you’re using to make them?

  7. A few years back I decided that I wanted to make a blanket (or two) from all my sock yarn remnants. Since I worked on it off and on, it took me 4 years to finish my Barn Raising Quilt (design is in the book Knitalong), but it was well worth it. Here’s a link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/knitbyhand/barn-raising-quilt

    It barely made a dent in my leftover sock yarn bin…

  8. I cant wait to see the end project. going to look amazing

  9. Love it! Crochet blankets are great 🙂 I have quite a few remnants as well, but my mom has already reserved those for me to make her some scrappy socks!

  10. BEAUTFUL! And. Now, I want to crochet sock yarn granny squares! As if I didn’t have enough going on already!

  11. I learned a crochet join that is accomplished from the top and zigs back and forth..in a slip st. ..hard to describe…it always bothers me that someone would sew together grannie squares

  12. This is just fun!

  13. I think I have leftover sock yarn envy. I love your congratulations to the small bits of leftover yarn. Perfect. I throw my teeny bits into a mason jar and their only job is to look pretty. I like the useful concept better.

    The Liberty blanket is showing signs of great beauty. That big a steek scares the steek out of me.

  14. Oh look at that stash! You’ve done it justice, the squares are going to come together beautifully with a cosy white border. Looking forward to seeing the result!

  15. Patricia · ·

    You crochet/knit like I do……at least three on the sticks or hooks and more in my head. But I have never done granny square’s …….yet.
    What about joining them in black. Give it a stained glass look.
    Love your color selection,

  16. splendid idea! though if you are anything like me, it could be a few years in the making *looks sheepish* i started knitting granny squares with DK weight two yearsago and sewing them together as I go….got a while ahead of me still! Projects that can be finished much sooner just keep catching my eye :p your granny squares look wonderful and will come together to make a wonderful blanket though 🙂 jenny xx

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