Knitting with sock yarn: it’s not just for socks! (+ giveaway)

Martingale's Knit & Crochet Friday

Sock-Yarn Shawls IIHow much sock yarn do YOU own? Whether it’s a few balls, a dozen hanks, or more skeins than you can count, sock-yarn shawl patterns are a versatile—and stunning—way to put those luscious beauties to good use. And you won’t have to worry about overcrowding the sock drawer!

Jen Lucas of Knitting Like Crazy is the author of the blockbuster best-seller Sock-Yarn Shawls. Now she’s back with 16 more unique lace knitting designs in Sock-Yarn Shawls II. Knitting with sock-yarn just might be your new addiction.

We’re welcoming Jen as our guest blogger today. She’ll share an inside look at Sock-Yarn Shawls II and her inspiration for these brand-new sock-yarn patterns. Read on to see stunning photos from Sock-Yarn Shawls II, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

When it came time to start Sock-Yarn Shawls II, I had just one thing in mind— include as many shawl shapes as possible. My first book, Sock-Yarn Shawls, has lots of cute one-skein shawls to knit but focuses on just a few traditional shawl shapes. With this second installment, I wanted to write a book that contained a wide array of shawl shapes and sizes. Here are some of my favorites:

Mondara shawlMonarda (left) was born of a lace pattern I found in a stitch dictionary many years ago. I made this top-down shawl specifically to show off that beautiful pattern. I love how the whole piece came together, from the overall construction to the lace edging flowing from the body of the shawl. Monarda is written as a small one-skein pattern, but I included notes on how to make a bigger one—which I plan to do!

>> See this + 15 more sock-yarn shawl patterns in Sock-Yarn Shawls II.

Sparrow shawlSparrow (left) combines two traditional shawl shapes into something unique. The shawl is worked from the top down and starts with half-circle shaping. After that shaping is complete, you move on to a wedge construction typically seen in top-down triangle shawls. I love the way this shawl drapes. There are so many different ways you can wear it.

>> See more sock-yarn shawl and scarf patterns in Sock-Yarn Shawls II.

Daylily shawlDaylily (left) is a full circular shawl that I’ve been dreaming about designing for years. You start with a circular cast on (you can see a video tutorial here) and work in the round until the shawl is complete. Since you’re working in the round, there’s no turning the piece to purl on the wrong side—great for those of us who don’t enjoy purling! You can also make this shawl larger by adding extra repeats of the final feather and fan edging. Just keep working to your desired length before binding off.

>> See more stunning lace designs in Sock-Yarn Shawls II.

There are so many shawl shapes to explore in this book. You can read about all the shawls in the Sock-Yarn Shawls II blog series on my website.

Capretta yarn in Harbor*GIVEAWAY ALERT*

Knit Picks has donated 5 balls of Capretta yarn in Harbor to give away! The winner will receive an eBook PDF copy of Sock-Yarn Shawls II plus enough yarn to knit the Daylily shawl.

Thank you to Knit Picks for sponsoring this giveaway. Don’t forget to leave your comment at the end of this post for a chance to win!

Author Jen Lucas admits to wishfully purchasing yarn for "someday" projects—which is what inspired her to create shawls from her stash of sock yarn. (Read more about Jen’s inspiration and process in her first book, Sock-Yarn Shawls.) Do you buy just enough yarn for your current projects, or do you fill your stash with yarn for "someday" knitting? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a prize pack with 5 skeins of Capretta yarn in Harbor from Knit Picks plus a free eBook PDF copy of Sock-Yarn Shawls II. We’ll pick a winner one week from today and notify the winner by email.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Robin, who says:

"I usually buy what my pattern calls for, but I’ve learned to buy yarns that really ‘grab’ me when I see them!"

Robin, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!



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