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May 04, 2011


Candice Hope

Oh my gosh! I can totally relate to this train of thought so I feel I am justified in saying, "you're crazy!" haha! This is totally a project that I would start and then quickly set aside. In that case, I have two suggestions. 1) maybe a baby, kid or dog sweater? 2) hold the pretty sock yarn together with a solid worsted weight yarn for an adult sweater. You'll still see the pretty handpaint or whatever you chose, but it will go quicker and you might be able to wear the thing eventually! :)
Good luck!

Shana Wernow

I've personally knit a couple of sweaters out of sock yarn. I really don't enjoy knitting socks but I get so inspired by the beautiful colorways that you find in sock yarns.
While they do take longer than knitting a full sized garment from a heavier gauge yarn, I have found that especially with variegated yarns that watching the colors change has kept my interest going. If choosing a variegated colorway, I would stick with a simple stockinette design and let the yarn do the work for you. I used a sweater wizard for mine to design a simple crew neck and I love it. Good luck!


I do knit the sweaters for myself from sock/fingering yarns because I don't care for heavy weight anything. Book suggestions for patterns: Knitting in the Sun by Kristi Porter and Knit So Fine by Lisa R. Myers and others. Currently doing "Monet's Garden Quilted-Lattice Top" from Lorna Miser's Knitter's Guide to Hand-dyed and Variegated Yarn using Sundara Fingering Silky Merino. Enjoy yourself - you will love the results!


The fingering / sock wt. yarn would make a beautiful sweater!! I would love to try that some day (my knitting bucket list) and it would take longer to knit BUT when finished it would look WONDERFUL and last forever. A one of a kind boutique sweater. Maybe if it seems too long to knit - you can "break up" the knitting by squeezing a quick knit project in here and there just to have that feeling of a finished item - then back to the sweater. I say if it's on your mind - then go for it. I would use a plain pattern and use a plain pattern - unless you wanted to do a pattern around the neckline and sleeves.


I am working on the Featherweight Sweater, which is made of laceweight. It has gone quickly, though, because it is a simple pattern and knit at a bigger gauge. Something like that may be a good way to do it without it taking forever. It's also showing off handpainted yarn beautifully.


"Thermal" is a great free pattern for a sock yarn sweater. You can find it in the Knitty Winter 2006 issue. There are over a thousand finished Thermals on Ravelry, with many different variations on the original pattern. I think they all look awesome! Go for it!


While not free, Knitters Magazine had a bunch of sweaters using fingering weight (sometimes doubled) in their last few issues.


You might try a summer sweater with short sleeves...that would take less time and yarn. Also, if you don't belong to Ravelry - join! They have so many wonderful patterns. Or before you tackle a sweater - try a shawlette...they are quick and soooo much fun! Whatever you do...enjoy!


My favorite sweater is a sock yarn sweater- go for it!


I think there may be a couple more sweaters on Knitty in fingering weight yarn. It may not take as long to knit as you think because I think most of them are knit at a looser gauge thaan normal. They are supposed to be loosely knit & squishy. One I remember mentioned carrying it around in your purse in case of cold AC or something I think most are summer sweaters - cardis usually. I don't have time to look right now but, if you can't find what you are looking for, Allison knows how to contact me & I'd be happy to google around - I don't have the time right now.

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