This week I added a whole bunch more sock blanks into the web store. Sock blanks are the serendipity of knitting. They are fun to pick out and you really don’t know what the end product will be. Of course it all depends on what you are going to make. Are you making socks with a 60-70 stitch round? Or are you making a cowl that has a 150-190 stitch round? Or of course if you are making a shawl that increases with each row you will get another different look.
And if you are ready to dive in and try making something that will be surprise, click here for all the options. They are all one of a kind, so be sure to grab your favorite before someone else gets it.
What are they? A sock blank is a pre-knit fabric that is then used in an entirely different way than it’s first rendition. It is not a sock. It is not in the shape of a sock. It is a rectangular shape. Does that make sense?
Why are they call “sock blanks”? I think this name was originally coined by the manufacturers of these fabrics. They were made with sock weight yarn for the hand dyer to dye, paint, or print onto. And there simply hasn’t been a change in name and really there should be. I think there would be less confusion that way.
How do they come? There are “double” sock blanks and “single” sock blanks. Doubles are made with 2 threads in each stitch. Singles have just 1 thread in each stitch.
What can I do with a double? With a double you can knit Two at a Time socks. This way you will get matching socks. You can also just reknit the blank, holding the yarn double to make a cowl or scarf. If you don’t know how to make socks TAAT, then you can knit with one of the threads and you will ball up the other one as you go along. And if you do this you can make socks, scarves or shawls with the single thread.
What can I do with a single? You can reknit this fabric into anything you desire; a cowl, scarf, shawl or even a cardigan.
How do I work with the blank? There is a “live” end that unravels and the cast on edge that doesn’t unravel. So work from the live end. Unravel the stitches as you knit your new garment.
Why would I do this? I hate to rip out knitting! Well the fun part about knitting with sock blanks is that it is a mystery. Your finished product will NOT look like the original. If the sock is dyed in a gradient fashion, it will stay a gradient but will have some striping in it. If it is printed or dyed with a pattern, that pattern will not be maintained. You will have a more spreckled, freckled look to your finished product. What I love about these fabrics is that as I knit, the new fabric is coming into focus. It is becoming its own new fabric. This mysterious nature keeps me knitting. I want to see what will happen next.
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We are located in Frederick MD
9/14-21 Black Sheep Yarn Shop in Timonium MD
We are at the following fiber shows:
Shenandoah Valley Fiber Fesival: September 28/29: Arts and Crafts Building
Fall Fiber Festival at Montpelier Station: October 5/6 Tent III
Rhinebeck Fiber Festival: October 19/20: Building A