When last we saw my old handknit socks I was busy cutting them into little squares. What can one make out of little squares of worn out fabric? Why not a crazy quilt!
I tried my best to salvage any fabric that wasn’t worn through: cuffs, tops of feet, bottoms of feet in the case of the sock with the missing mate.
Then I ironed them all flat:
I don’t block my socks after every washing, so this was the first time in a LONG time these stitch patterns were smoothed out! They seemed to like it. Then I re-clipped the squares so they were nice and even. My goal was for straight edges, in some cases where the fabric has a bias to it this means I’m not cutting between stitches or rows. A professional seamstress might worry about the effect this will have on the fabric. But for a crazy quilt of knitted goodness I don’t think it’ll matter. Then I laid each square onto some scrap jersey fabric* and cut out a backing.
I wanted to back all these squares for two reasons. The most obvious is to keep the edges from unraveling. But I also hope the backing will even out the textures. Some of these socks are heavily felted stranded colorwork, other socks are practically worn through dainty lace: the variations were a bit extreme.
Then I was ready to sew them together
With wrong sides together I seamed along three edges of each square. Next I clipped the corners:
And turned the square right sides out. Next I sewed the open edge closed, then stitched all the way around the outside edge again to create a nice flat edge on all 4 sides:
They’re going to need to be ironed again before I sew them all together. I have a plan for that too, but haven’t gotten there yet.
I have an unrelated aside:
Yesterday I told you my Boyden cardi was available for pre-order. I didn’t want to make a big fuss, because it’s not fully finished yet. I posted about it here, but no where else. Not on facebook, not on twitter, not even on any ravelry forums. But you (and the people who stumbled across it on Ravelry anyway) have pushed it into the top 5 patterns on Ravelry. Thanks everyone! I’m glad you all like my new sweater!
*my scrap jersey fabric is from worn out t-shirts. Other than thread, everything here is old and reused!