When casting on this latest pair of socks I was determined to make them scrappy. After all I've got about a shoebox full of odd balls of sock yarn that I need to work through. I'd picked out the pattern Gentleman's Shooting Stockings in Fluted Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks, with the half-baked idea that I'd work odd rounds in dark grey and even rounds in scrap colours. But recalling this advice from Weldon's vintage patterns - when changing colors, the first RS row or round of the new color must be knitted plain - I quickly realized that wouldn't work. Given that this fluted pattern is constructed from knit and purl wedges, working plain knit rounds with any regularity would entirely disrupt the pattern. And I wasn't prepared to ignore the advice and let purl bumps of the previous colour disrupt each successive round, so wide stripes it was. That one knit round after every 18 rounds of pattern just disappears into the work.
Until you try it you just never know whether the colours are going to work together. When combining scraps I try to think about how quilters do it. In this case I gathered all my cold coloured and neutral coloured scraps. Working in my favour is the fact that most of my scraps are solid colours or subtle tonals - they'll all play together fine. I've also tried to make sure there's sufficient contrast between adjacent colours and tried to avoid putting blues side-by-side. So far I'm pleasantly surprised by the effect. I'd wear that.
It's Work-in-progress Wednesday and I'm linking up with the group at Tami's Amis. Please take a few minutes to click the links and see what the others have been working on. You may find the next great idea for your stash yarn!