As most of you probably know, I've been using my leftover sock yarn to knit squares for a blanket/afghan . I've been asked several time about a pattern for the squares so I decided to post here in case anyone else is interested. The squares pictured above were just knit up using the leftovers I had from my Chevron scarf. Both squares are knit from Socks That Rock in the medium weight variety. The square on the left is in the Farmhouse color and the square on the right is Watermelon Tourmaline.
I knit these squares in the round using two circular needles. I've only used double pointed needles to knit in the round one time and I didn't like it. Now I only use them to knit i-cord. Everything else is on circular needles. I'm sure that if you prefer double pointed needles that this can be adapted very easily.
Sock Yarn Square
Needles: two addi Turbo US#1 needles (24 inch)
Yarn: Leftover sock yarn. The amount needed will vary depending on the weight of the yarn. I've knit a square that weighed as little as 10 grams and as much as 26 grams. For example squares knit out of Opal sock yarn typically weigh about 12 grams, squares knit with Koigu KPPPM weigh about 16 grams and STR medium weight squares will weigh about 26 grams.
Cast on 12 stitches and divide them evenly between two needles. (6 stitches per needle)
Round 1 - Knit around
Round 2 - K1, YO, K1, YO, K1 (repeat 3 more times)
Round 3 - (and all odd #'ed rounds) - Knit around; knitting all YO's through the back loop
Round 4 - K2, YO, K1, YO, K2 (repeat 3 more times)
Round 6 - K3, YO, K1, YO, K3 (repeat 3 more times)
Round 8 - K4, YO, K1, YO, K4 (repeat 3 more times)
Round 10 - K5, YO, K1, YO, K5 (repeat 3 more times)
Round 12 - K6, YO, K1, YO, K6 (repeat 3 more times)
Round 14 - K7, YO, K1, YO, K7 (repeat 3 more times)
Round 16 - K8, YO, K1, YO, K8 (repeat 3 more times)
Round 18 - K9, YO, K1, YO, K9 (repeat 3 more times)
Follow this pattern of increases until the square is as large as you'd like. End with a odd numbered row. Block all the squares to the same size and seam together. I haven't decided how I'm going to connect them yet and probably won't cross that bridge until I have to start seaming. I've also thought about adding a border once the squares are together too.
If you have questions you can e-mail me and I'll do my best to answer. If you find any typos let me know and I'll correct this post.