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Ravelry Roundup: Uses of Variated Sock Yarn

Well I haven’t done one of these for a while, it’s about time. I’ve been poking around Ravelry as you do and now I’m going to reveal my finds.

Like many of my round-ups, this one has been driven by the question “what the hell do I do with this spare yarn??”. Specifically crazy sock yarn. Crazy sock yarn is a very marketable product. You only need one skein to make something useful with it, therefore dyers can go absolutely nuts without fear of not selling it. There are two main types of crazy sock yarn:

Skein-dyed: Here the dyers have wound the yarn into a skein about a yard long, and dyed directly on to it. It looks terribly pretty in a skein as a result, and knits into a fabric with very short streaks of constantly changing colour. Like this example from the Yarnyard


Self-striping: Yarn with much longer colour runs, giving you stripes as you knit, with none of the effort. So much fun! Recently I bought a great example from Easyknits.


So what can you do with this stuff that’s interesting? I have found several examples. They are roughly arranged in ascending order of complexity/mentalness. Let’s begin.

Slip-stitch patterns

With short colour runs, the occasional slipped stitch produces a very small break in the colour. A single slipped stitch may not be noticeable, but a repeated pattern produces a magic-eye effect quite nicely!

Confetti socks by Mimi Hill

Pair with a solid

Sometimes, when you have particularly crazy sock yarn, it needs a sensible straight man to play off. You can have a 50/50 split of crazy and sensible, like these socks here:

Ugly Duckling Socks by Karin Aida

Or you can really punch up a basic colourwork pattern with no extra effort. Nice!

knitschygirl’s Paper Dolls jumper

Use on biased lace patterns

By biased lace patterns, I mean ones where the pairs of yarnovers and decreases that form lace are distinctly far apart, causing the fabric to pull in different directions. Works particularly well with self-striping, like in this version of Cookie A’s well-known sock pattern, Monkey.

gretchenknits’ Monkey socks

Show off odd construction

Getting a little crazier here…if you have a pattern with an unusual twist in the knitting, nothing will show it up like crazy sock yarn. Look at Skew. Q.E.D.

Skew by Lana Holden

Planned Pooling
Ok this is like, ninja-level knitting. Do you have the patience to measure colour runs? Do you like maths? Are you possibly operating on a higher plane of conciousness? Then line up your crazy sock yarn and see what happens.

mamapantsx3’s Stack of Zombies project

That’s right, this was done with just a regular commercial hank of sock yarn. And magic.


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Ravelry Roundup: Not just a load of lace shawls

Recently I’ve been wondering what to do with the cobweb-weight yarn in my stash. I had a project all planned out but it was clearly a poor match. So what now? Lace shawls are extremely popular amongst lovers of fine yarn, but I do not do shawls. Or stoles, neckerchiefs or wraps. I have one wrap, it gets used as a scarf.

So I have asked for recommendations on Twitter, I have searched Ravelry myself, and I have found a selection of patterns that make good use of 1-ply and 2-ply yarn, with no shawls in sight!

Spring Cloud by Sachiko Uemura

Aphrodite by Jamie A. Besel

Osmena by Jenn Jarvis

The ever-popular Featherweight cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Perseids by Asami Kawa

Tuva84's take on Ysolda Teague's Veyla gloves


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Ravelry Roundup: Stripes

I have accumulated a great deal of stripey things in my day-to-day wardrobe. That’s because I think they’re great. Need a brutally minimalist geometric pattern? Stripes! Need to break up an otherwise plain and boring top? Stripes! Want to look like a giant angry bee? Stripes!

Tilted Heart Top

Eileen Casey's Tilted Heart Top

Poison Oak

SweetMama's Poison Oak

Ribbon Candy Cardigan

Jennifer Lang's Ribbon Candy Cardigan

Delancey Cardigan

Alexis Winslow's Delancy Cardigan

Sideways Striped Slouch Hat

unraveling's Sideways Striped Slouch Hat

Crazy Mad Love

hoarder555's Crazy Mad Love


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Ravelry Roundup: Halloween

Ah, it’s almost Halloween, that time of year that most gladdens my cold black heart.

Usually I like to celebrate this day by tearing up a charity shop outfit and drenching myself in fake blood. This year I shall be doing so in the context of the Bristol Zombie Walk. Splendid! You don’t have to get trashed to add realism to your zombie walk, but it’s a valid option.

Out of fake blood? Real blood not an option? How about just celebrating Halloween with  a selection of ghastly knitting goods instead? Joke! They’re all great!


Moipouf's Hallowpuss. You definitely wouldn't want it crossing your path.

Put skulls on EVERYTHING with the handy Domiknitrix Skull Chart!

Cold hands? That's nothing compared to witnessing the unyielding hellish void between worlds but Diana Stafford's Cthulhu Mittens will warm you up nicely.

To hell with subtlety, put Ann-Marie Dunbar's Jack O' Clava on your head.

For the classy goth in all of us: Emilee Mooney's Bat Shawl

Not strictly Ravelry, but isn't the Zombie BBQ colourway by Lorna's Laces the best halloween yarn?

ANSWER: NO IT ISN'T. Insubordiknit's Vitreous Humor wins Halloween. The end.

I hope you enjoyed the roundup and that you are now in the mood for Halloween. Are you not? Then please, let Mr. Vincent Price set the tone.


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Ravelry Roundup: Dresses

Because if you start them now they’ll be ready for next year!

Oh if only I had the stamina for some of these….

Snowden Becker's Hill Country

Heidi Kirrmaier's Igloo

Iona Dress

Heather Dixon's Iona

Melvie Sweatshop of Love

Allyson Dykhuizen's Melvie

Mary Quant minidress

justcallmeruby's Mary Quant mini

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It’s a…Ravelry Roundup

That Ravelry site is pretty neat right? With all those fancy projects and patterns and suchlike?

God knows I like me some good pattern browsing, so I figured I’d get a little ‘best-of’ going on. There are just too many things I like on there not to do this. I’m going to do it in themes because I enjoy themes very much.

Away to the internet-machine!

Theme: Mustard

Veera Välimäki's Different Lines shawl

GraceIvy's Banana Slug

domesticat's Rambling Rose

Heidi Kirrmaier's Vitamin D cardigan

Pamina's Knitter's Delight

Alicia Paulson's Lemon Meringue Liza

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