Gradual and steady

Thank you all for the lovely sweater comments on my previous post! It’s great to get fall started with a nice cardigan. Now that that one is well off the needles, my knitting brain wants me to cast on immediately for four more sweaters, naturally. (Specifically, another Venezia pullover, another Jurisfiction cardigan for me (the original sample now lives with the knitter friend who modelled it for me), something with some Miss Babs Yowza from past Rhinebeck purchases, and something cabley from my Ravelry queue that i’ve been staring at for the last month. So many sweaters, so little time.

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Instead of giving in to the new project impulse (at least right away), I’m leaning in to the small shreds of willpower that remain in this almost-fall time of start-itis, and putting in some work on my ongoing granny square afghan. I’ve calculated that I’d like to have a little over 300 squares for my ideal size, based on the final squares being a little under 4 inches in width. I’ve been proceeding with just the colourful centres for the moment, but once I passed the 100 squares mark (which feels like the one-third-of-the-way mark if you forget that said squares still need borders) I decided to start alternating making new squares with adding border rounds.

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In the beginning I flirted with the idea of a charcoal grey, but eventually decided I preferred a cream colour and I’m glad I went in that direction. The majority of the sock yarn leftovers I’m using for the colourful parts of the squares are fairly dark in tone, so the paler border colour gives it a nice contrast. I like how these are coming out.

The border yarn is Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock, birch colourway. This is a superwash merino/nylon blend that behaves very similarly to most of the sock yarn I’m working with and has a semi-solid look that also plays well with the colourful leftovers. I’m estimating one skein will be enough for the borders between 50-60 squares, which sounds like a huge number except when I remember I want to get 300 of these suckers. I’ll be headed back to the yarn shop for more in due course!

But, I’m still using up leftovers and that’s the important thing, right? Yes I thought so too. 😉

Happy knitting this weekend!

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Project: Granny square afghan squares (classic granny square pattern – tutorials widely available on the web and YouTube), 3.0mm crochet hook

Yarn: Miscellaneous sock yarn stash leftovers, including Tanis Fiber Arts sock, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock, Madelinetosh sock, Dream In Color Smooshy, Van Der Rock sock (no longer available), Indigodragonfly sock, Miss Babs sock, and more.
Border yarn is Sweet Georgia ‘Tough Love Sock’ in birch.

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9 comments

  1. Ya know, I like the white borders better than I thought I would. Good choice! Good progress,
    too!
    Also like your new sweater from your previous post! When I first saw the pic, I thought,
    “Gee, Glenna looks different.” I honestly thought your sister was you! Well, there is a
    resemblance.

  2. As a long time Granny addict, may I suggest that it might be time to start assembling? Its the most tedious part of the project, and far less aggravating when you do it as you go along. It is tempting to try for the perfect arrangement, but when doing a mix like this, all arrangements are perfect. Put them in strips, occasaionally sew two strips together, and so on. That still leaves room for rearrangement by switching the strips around. Plus, I find that sometimes I need to experiment about what method I use to do this: sewing up, crocheting together, doing it with a visible join or invisibility. You’ll thank me.

    PS, I loved the sweater, too.

  3. I made a granny square blanket last year from all my sock scraps and gave it to my daughter for X-mas. the blanket fit a double bed and I still had leftovers in the closet. I found myself missing the blanket after I gifted it and made another the same size. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mjm/leftovers-2015
    I used the crochet as you go method to join the squares to save on the sewing up. another suggestion is to weave in ends as you go because it is hard to sew in ends if you leave all of it till the end(don’t ask how I know this)
    love your colors it is really beautiful.

  4. The cream border is the perfect foil for your rich center colorways. I feel it gives it a very modern look. Well done.

  5. twistedsticks · ·

    I love granny squares and never thought of using up left over sock yarn for this! Actually I took a bunch to local charity cupboard which is good also as we live in a poor area and lots of people can’t afford nice yarns.

    What size hook are you using for the project?

  6. I love the granny squares. I have many things on the needles but keep thinking that I may use some yarn I have in my stash – Madelinetosh Eyre Light – I have been making some hexipuffs for another blanket and will not use all I have.

  7. There is something about white or cream borders – it sets brightly coloured yarns off so wonderfully!

  8. Wow…one day, I too will have an awesome stash of sock leftovers.

  9. Lynda in Oregon · ·

    May I make a comment about the new format? While the content remains immensely readable and the designs are, as always, stunning, the new format just doesn’t feel as reader-friendly as the old one did. Teasers come up, but if you want the whole article, you have to click the link and then go back to the main page if you want to read past posts. Not sure why this is considered “better” than just scrolling from newer-to-older all on one screen.

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