A few months ago, I finished my very first pair of Scrappy Socks. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Kay, the Crazy Sock Lady, makes tons of these using scraps or leftovers of yarn in her stash. Considering my amount of leftover yarn is growing bigger every day, I decided it was time to try my first pair. (This comes from the fact that I hate to throw away any amount of yarn. I’m quite OCD about saving it all, in fact.)
For this first pair of Scrappy Socks, I had a very specific idea in mind. I cannot, after all, just throw a bunch of random yarn into a sock and be happy. The colors need to coordinate to soothe my OCD-ness. So…..I had a very good idea. I would use the leftover yarn from my Slipstravaganza shawl!
I loved the yarn I used for that shawl – and there was some left, though not a ton. So this was the perfect, color-coordinating solution for my first Scrappy Socks. I even had another half-used skein of yarn that I added in that coordinated.
I didn’t really use a pattern for these socks. I just relied on my formula from Charlene Schurch and watched videos of the Crazy Sock Lady to see how she knit her Scrappy Socks.
Pattern: Basic Top Down Socks with Heel Flap by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibers Sock in Ink (navy); Stitch Together Smooth Sock in Lioness; Have Wool We Will Travel Carry On in Havana at First Light; Emma’s Yarn Practically Perfect Sock in Don’t Call Me Peaches; Cat Sandwich Fibers Trustie in Italian Ice
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Made for: me
Time to Completion: 2 months
I didn’t work exclusively on these socks, so they took me a bit longer to knit. I casted on using 2.5 mm needles to get a stretcher cuff. I’m still trying to find the perfect number of stitches so I cast on 72 and then decreased to 70 after the cuff. Then, after the heel, I decreased to 68 on the foot. And these socks fit great!
The only thing I don’t love about how these turned out is the joining of the various colors. There are a lot of ends to weave in after knitting only 5 rows of each color. So the join on the bottom of the foot isn’t ideal. I need to re-watch Kay’s video to see what she does.
But I love how these socks turned out!