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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

How to make recycled thigh high socks inspired by the book Color Knitting The Easy Way

Last week's post was about knitting thigh high socks. Well, this being Sweater Surgery and me being a tad impatient and reading the new book Color Knitting the Easy Way.
I decided to....
sew some socks!

This page in the beginning of Color Knitting the Easy Way talks about different color combos and I tend to go pretty color coordinated but it really shows how a wide variety and diverse set of colors can look cool together.

I would also like to point out at this time trying this project was a GREAT excuse to clean out my sock drawer. Bonus- crafting and cleaning.

I wasn't going for perfection here I was "test driving" and trying to play with color. I had two arms of a sweater that I really liked the blue and green stripe of, a really old pair of Hello Kitty socks that the bottom of the foot part was completely worn out in holes but the Hello Kitty part was in perfect condition and finally a gray pair of socks with fun little animals that picked up a third section of one of the "color combo wheels" I was using as my guide.

I pinned and sewed each section together right sides facing using a stretch stitch and there you have it. Three color combo recycled thigh high socks.

This book is packed full of great color theory and a whole bunch of great stitches to feature the colors. You really can't go wrong with a book from the super talented Melissa Leapman!

More about the book from Potter Craft:
Color Knitting the Easy Way: Essential Techniques, Perfect Palettes, and Fresh Designs Using Just One Color at a Time
Melissa Leapman

"Embrace color with simple techniques from knitting and colorwork master Melissa Leapman! A cozy hat and scarf set to match a winter coat, mittens in a young child’s favorite colors, a sweater to bring out the blue of a friend’s eyes, a throw pillow that revives the look of a room. Selecting and combining just the right color palette makes any project extra special-and makes our knitting even more fun. In Color Knitting the Easy Way, renowned knitwear designer, teacher, and author Melissa Leapman explores the simplest and most popular ways of knitting with two or more yarn colors—using just one color in each knitted row. No more juggling multiple yarns in your hands as you knit! One-color, one-row stitch techniques allow for a minimal learning curve but can yield maximum impact. From basic stripes to intricate slip stitch and mosaic patterns, Leapman’s clear, easy-to-use instructions explain the foundations of color knitting and how to combine basic stitches to achieve texture, vibrancy, and patterns that will wow family and friends. Ten original projects, including an everyday clutch, dress, jacket, sweaters, and more, allow you to practice each new technique and are do-able for even beginning knitters.

And more than 70 unique stitch patterns will inspire knitters of all skill levels to create their own custom designs. Throughout, Leapman reveals tips and tricks to help you avoid common problems and to answer the questions most asked by knitters in the popular workshops she teaches around the country.
In addition, Leapman demystifies the color wheel and shows you how to use it to get the look you want for your finished projects, whether you want to highlight stitchwork, bust through your sash, or even camouflage a figure flaw! With sections on general knitting techniques, chart reading, and every color combination around the color wheel, Color Knitting the Easy Way has all the tools you’ll need to knit patterns for two or more colors the fun—and easy—way.

About the Author

MELISSA LEAPMAN is a widely published knitwear designer, whose patterns have appeared in every premier needlework publication in the country, including Vogue Knitting, Knitter’s, McCalls, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Interweave Knits. She has been a featured guest on DIY’s Knitty Gritty, Lifetime TV’s Handmade by Design, Shay Pendray’s Needle Arts Studio on PBS, and HGTV’s Sew Much More. Her knit, crochet, and design workshops are popular nationwide."


Heather - said...

What a cool project! I'm linking to it this weekend at Dollar store Crafts! Thanks for sharing!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [15 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Cute project! I'm surprised you have any sweaters left in your sweater drawer. Haven't you cut them all up already??? lol.

Angela Flicker: The Art of Making a House a Home in Utah said...

I love your idea. They turned out so cute! I wonder if I could try this for baby leggings? Hmmm, I might try.

We’ve been busting up our stash like crazy and are really enjoying it too.

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