Around here, the obsession with sock yarns not only continues, it grows.
Then, like a person on an old TV commercial realizing that they could have had a can of sodium-flavored vegetable juice instead of whatever else they were having, we smacked our foreheads as we realized: we could’ve knit a shawl with sock yarn! What about sock yarn shawls?
Sock yarn shawls are an even bigger mountain of knitting patterns than sock yarn sweaters. Shawl and scarf designers love these beautiful yarns, in all their colorful variations and their practical washability. There must be, literally, thousands of them.
We’re going to try to keep the focus on newer patterns that you might not have seen yet, but we’ve got two older favorites, from MDK Field Guides, that we will never, ever, wever get tired of.
What’s your part in this? Suggesting your favorite shawls for sock yarns in the comments, of course!
Indira by Vanessa Smith
Have you noticed the latest trend? It’s called halo. It’s achieved by knitting with two strands: one of a smooth fingering-weight yarn and one of a laceweight mohair blend. The result? Lightweight warmth, depth of color, and that fabulous fuzz of mohair. To make this, we’d pluck two skeins of Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock and two skeins of Neighborhood Fiber Company Loft off the MDK Shop shelves, and go. We love the drape and understated elegance of this design.
Can you see the halo?
Here is a small, joyful shawl that gives the knitter the choice of two sizes and two stitch textures: stockinette (smaller) and garter stitch (larger). Neither version calls for more than 467 yards of sock yarn.
The garter version is great for variegated sock yarns because the purl bumps interfere just enough to break up pooling or flashing.
Don’t forget the tassels! Tassels are every bit as on-trend as a mohair halo.
Bonus: Safiyyah Talley is donating proceeds from this pattern to a compassionate cause.
A collection of MDK Field Guides can come in handy when you’ve got a couple of skeins of sock yarn and need a zippy plan for them. Pair two matching skeins of fabulous sock yarns, or combine two different skeins for a striped version of Kirsten Kapur’s Colorwash Scarf from MDK Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns. The openwork mesh ensures that all combos are harmonious. This pattern is a perennial favorite knit and an always-welcome quick gift.
I know! The original version of Cecelia Campochiaro’s magnificent sequence knitting sampler, the Corrugated Shawl, from MDK Field Guide No. 5: Sequences, is sublime in the smooth, subtle tones of Crave Caravan. But Ann Shayne has taken this addictive pattern to a whole new technicolor place with her new version, in Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock.
If a co-bloggette can brag on her co-bloggette (I can, and I do), this is just: wow. Look at the way she did stripes to make a mini-fade transition between the sections! I love the Corrugated Wrap plain, and I lurrrrve it all colored up in hand-dyed.
Lay ‘Em On Us
What are your favorite shawl, wrap, or scarf patterns for sock yarns? Share the love in the comments.