Oh sure, why not cast on a new project in the middle of December? When I was digging through big of scrap sock yarn balls, I remembered that I wanted to knit one of those scrap memory blankets, the ones made with little squares of scrap sock yarn. Once I had that in my head, there was nothing to do but cast on. Sarah was the most recent one whose blanket I’d been admiring, so I found her project and downloaded the free pattern (Rav link) and cast on Sunday night.
Guys, those squares are TINY! I had no idea. One on the one hand, OMG it’s adorable, but on the other hand, OMG it’s going to take forever. And yet last night I added two more because right now this is potato chip knitting. Today I’m going to weigh some of the teeniest scrap balls I have, to make sure I use up those first. I need about two grams per square, so I’m delighted to have a use for all the bits that have no other good use but I can’t bear to throw away.
Have you made one of these blankets? How many years will it be before I have a blanket-sized object? This one doesn’t quite cover Duncan yet!
I have been admiring Sarah’s blanket, as well as her discipline! I am doing something scrappy with my leftovers. I am crocheting a granny stripe blanket. I am not really a crocheter, but combined with the pretty yarn, it really looks great. I don’t want the project to end. Don’t be fooled, Duncan has already claimed that blanket for himself!
I’m going to do this, too. Can’t you just make the squares bigger? I don’t know, because I’ve never made one.
Oh I’m sure you could, just be casting on more stitches for each square! I’m just stuck with this size now, since I’ve done three already.
I am slooowwly making my way through a square – mine seem to be a bit bigger – I start with 45 stitches.
Oh yes, these are with 32 stitches. I do like how quick they are!
I make bright random socks and hats with the scraps. My young adult kids love them.
That would be a lot of fun too!
As with Kath, I’m also working on one of these blankets, but I think my squares are bigger than yours. I start with 41 stitches per square. Though, that does also mean that for my smaller bits of scrap yarn I may have to combine two yarns to get a full square.
I’ve also crocheted a scrap sock yarn blanket, that one is my Babette blanket. It turned out good too, though I like the process of knitting the one I’m working on now better than I liked the process of crocheting the Babette.
Yeah, there are pros and cons to doing tiny squares vs bigger squares. And I do love the look so far, so I think it’ll be worth it, in the loooooong run!
Nice! I’m planning for mine to be a very long-term project. For one, I want it to be a big blanket. But for two, I’m going to keep knitting socks, so I’ll have more scrap sock yarn to use up!
Oh yes, my scrap pile will be continually growing!
The hazards of being a sock knitter!
As I am weaving more these days than knit or crochet, I end up with scrappy short bits from when I cut from the loom. So, mine I am saving to hopefully card back to fibre and spin into some odd coloured yarn.
Oh wow, that’s awesome! I love the idea of no-waste!
Yep, the Kemper West Coziest Memories blanket is on my list. Thankfully, I have got any scraps small enough yet (give it time!).
It looks great! It will grow faster than you think. I think it is because it just becomes something you pick up and you don’t always pay attention to the size until WHAM you have a blanket. Of course, it takes about two years knitting one square a day, so WHAM maybe isn’t the best way to describe it.
HAHA yeah maybe not exactly WHAM but that’s okay. So far I’m doing a couple of squares a day so I’m getting ahead of myself.
I started making squares but now use them as stitch-marker holders. Then I started a northwesterly blanket but ripped that out. Now I’ve decided to just make mini ornaments like hats, socks and mittens out of scraps because with my small feet I can get 2 pairs of socks from one 100g skein so making a blanket would take me a decade to have enough scrap yarn, never mind the actual making.
At least you’re not letting good scraps go to waste, that’s the important thing! I’ve thought about knitting little ornaments too. Maybe I’ll do that as gifts next year.
I have also been admiring Sarah’s scrappy blankets! Looking forward to seeing how yours turns out 🙂 I have a ton of scraps and really have to figure out what to do with them.
Super adorable! I wish you all the joy and patience in the world so these tiny babies become a blanket at some point.
I love the idea of using this for yarn scraps…thank you for sharing! (And the teeny squares + pupper face = so much cuteness)
I’ve been pondering it for a while but hesitated to commit to such a big project. Glad I did though!