Scared of socks? 6 other ways to use sock yarn

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

Stash Dash: Fingering-weight yarnsWelcome to another installment of Stash Dash! We’re covering all the bases and rounding up patterns for every type of yarn in YOUR stash. If you missed the worsted-weight roundup, check it out here.

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Last time we asked you to tell us what you’d like to see next—and you overwhelmingly said you wanted us to feature patterns for fingering-weight yarn. Lighter-weight yarns are commonly used for socks and lace knitting, but many of you are looking for alternative patterns including knitting patterns for baby gifts and patterns specifically for crochet.

But before we show you the patterns…what IS fingering-weight yarn, exactly? 

Fingering-weight yarn, sometimes called sock yarn, is a 2-ply or 3-ply yarn of a lighter weight than other types of yarn. Here’s a handy chart from the Craft Yarn Council:


So did you stuff your stash with more sock yarn than you need (realistically) for sock knitting or crocheting? We’ve all been there. But the good news is that sock yarn and lighter-weight yarns are great for many other things, including a knitted baby jumper or a crocheted shrug. Check out these fabulous patterns for lightweight yarn:

From Sweet Baby Crochet From Grammy's Favorite Knits for Baby From Knit Pink
From left to right: from Sweet Baby Crochet, from Grammy’s Favorite Knits for Baby, from Knit Pink.

From Crochet Pink From Sock-Yarn Shawls II From Crochet Pink
From left to right: from Crochet Pink, from Sock-Yarn Shawls II, from Crochet Pink.

Which yarn weight should we feature for the next Stash Dash? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Oh, don’t be scared of socks – I was ‘terrified’ of the heel, but when I got there it was just so easy! Now I love making them for everyone. Be brave!

    —Carole-Jayne on May 8, 2015

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