Passing Down Crazy

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The Mini Skein Project


Ok, I have a plan!  As you may have read a couple of posts ago, I’ve started swapping mini skeins of sock yarn.  There are oodles of projects out there using these mini skeins, but I had to forge my own trail.  Or in this case, zig zag my own trail.

My blanket is about 50 inches wide.  I did a sample swatch to determine how many stitches a 5 gram skein would do.  I based it on Socks That Rock, because it has less yardage per gram.  There are 351 stitches per row.

I based it on this pattern by Joanna Johnson.  I changed the stitch count, the depth of the zig zags, and instead of it being all garter stitch, the color rows are stockinette.  I’m using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd sock for the black.  There are two reasons.  I love this yarn, and I could find five skeins of it in stock at The Loopy Ewe.  Sheri’s shipping is so fast, it’s almost instant gratification!

I’m still trying to decide if it’s really pretty or really ugly!  I’m using every color in this thing.  I haven’t received any of the minis I’m swapping yet, so I’ve just dug through all my old leftovers to get started.  Here’s what I’ve used so far.

I told you I’m using every color!!!

I do need your help though!  If I’m going to be working on this thing til I’m 96 years old, it needs a name.  I’d be forever grateful if you’d leave a suggestion in the comments!

Here’s one more look!

And now I think it’s time to add another two rows of color!


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

23 thoughts on “The Mini Skein Project

  1. “I’m still trying to decide if it’s really pretty or really ugly!”
    Well I’m not trying to decide…It is most definitely pretty!! The dark rows really make the color ones pop. It reminds me of the stained glass windows in the church I grew up in. Love it!

  2. Not for me,too much dark.Maybe if there was twice as many rows in the color sections.
    I’ll pass on this project.

  3. Stained glass windows blanket, definitely.

  4. It’s beautiful! The black will separate the colors enough that any color will go just fine. I’m stuck on Bunting in the name (the drapes they used to use for celebrations that are usually flag colored). It seems rather passe however. The alliteration of Black Bunting just won’t go away!

  5. Alliteration led me to ‘Rainbow Ripple,’ but I think Skye is right about the stained glass windows . . . they’re there, too!

  6. ooohhh awesome. I’ve been working on something similar with scarps…for oh say 8 years lol. I call it my Joesph’s Coat. Love the black, stained glass is a perfect name

  7. yeesh… scraps not scarps…

  8. Joseph for its name….I,too, immediately thought of the coat of many colors.

  9. Love it! Stained glass very suitable name or perhaps kaliedoscope?

  10. “Give it all you’ve got”

  11. I’m calling it “The Wild Thang”

  12. Oh, I love the “kaleidoscope” mentioned above. Beautiful and colorful!

  13. Your blanket is really beautiful and reminds me of stained glass. That’s what I think it should be called – Stained Glass.

  14. Pretty. How about “Rainbows and Shadows”? But I like all the stained glass references too.

  15. Looks like “Wild Thang” won – PERFECT! I love this project and have just queued it for a scarf – no way I’m ever going to knit a blanket (for that I’ll pull out the sewing machine!)

  16. PRETTY! (not ugly!)
    Although… I would like it better with more of the variegated yarn and less black, but the black is necessary!

  17. This is really, really beautiful! The black makes the colors pop, and I love the smaller chevrons. Gives it a delicate jewel-tone look. I agree with “stained glass” or “kalidescope” in the name; perfect! Wow. I hope I’m around when you finish this; I really want to see it fully finished!

  18. It reminds me of stained glass, and I LOVE it!!

  19. Thanks for helping me start a new Project!!! Me the Queen of WIPs. I LOVE this blanket and have loads of leftover sock yarn that I will enjoy revisiting. Off to get new tires for my car and looking forward to the hour wait.Keep up the good things. LOVE your blog

  20. Maria’s Fancy.
    Lovely, as always

  21. Yes it reminds me of stained glass – how about “church window”?

  22. I hear the tune of “When I’m 64” by the Beatles in my head whn you said it would take you until you’re 96, so with a nod to the Beatles, I say the blanket should be names “When I’m 96”! Very colorful…..and pretty!

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