Have you ever had a project that you are literally completely & utterly addicted to? I sure do!! It’s Ashley’s Sock Yarn Blankie. I don’t want to knit on anything else. I used to be so addicted to knitting socks, and I probably will come back to them at some point, but right now all I can think about is Ashley’s Sock Yarn Blankie! Here is the latest picture….
It’s amazing, right?!? I’m using the Knitted Patchwork Recipe on Ravelry but I did make a few modifications. First, I’m using a US 2.5 (3.0 mm) needle. I’m actually using two Signature double pointed needles and they are amazing! I think they might be part of why I love working on this project so much. Anyhow, I’m using a little bigger needle than called for in the pattern because I tend to knit tightly.
Also, I’m casting on 60 stitches for each square. I figure the larger squares will help Ashley’s Sock Yarn Blankie grow a little faster, which is good if I’d like to finish this before Ashley is 30 (she’s 23 now, lol!). I also thought that the larger squares would be a great way to showcase some of the 40 yard minis I get from various swapless swaps on my group, Sock Yarn Swappers.
By the way, if you’re working on a Sock Yarn Blankie and need more minis then I would totally suggest you check out the Sock Yarn Swappers group over on Ravelry. I have a TON of awesome swapless swaps posted currently, with lots of great ones in the works as well. You simply sign up for the dyers you are interested in, pay the fee, and then I make & send you the minis. It’s a great way to build your mini skein stash.
So anyhow, back to to the modifications I’m doing on Ashley’s Sock Yarn Blankie. The last modification is in regards to how I’m making the edges look, which makes picking up stitches so much easier. Regardless of whether I’m knitting on a right side or a wrong side, I slip the first stitch as if to purl with the yarn in the front & I knit through the back loop on the last stitch. This creates a set of “v” looking stitches that run down the edges and are very easy to pick up.
Speaking of picking up stitches, in case you aren’t familiar with this particular pattern that is how you connect all the squares. Instead of having to stitch them together later, you simply pick up stitches from the previous square as you’re adding a new square. If you’re adding a square on the edge of the blanket then you also have to cast on a few stitches.
You might have noticed the stitch markers in the picture above. I’m using those as a way to track how many squares I make each month. At the end of the month (or when I remember, lol), I’ll count & remove the stitch markers and update my Ravelry page. Then I’ll start over for the next month.
Speaking of tracking my progress, I also created this page in my planner as a way of visually seeing how I’m progressing…
Each month, when I update my Ravelry page I will also color in the number of squares I’ve completed. Once all the squares are colored in that means Ashley’s Sock Yarn Blankie is finished! I’m hoping to end up with it being about a full/double size blanket. As you can see, I have a total of 204 squares to make, lol!
If you’re addicted to a Sock Yarn Blankie like I am then I would love to hear about it! And if you haven’t started one then I would highly recommend that you do. It’s so much fun and so addictive. Plus, if you’re like me and you LOVE to start new projects this might be just the ticket. Every squares feels sorta like a new project since you’re using new yarn! Also, be sure check out my post about the Summer of Squares KAL that is going on as well! It’s loads of fun!