Have you ever wanted to turn some old, holey socks into something useful? Turns out you can cut them up and turn them into something resembling thick yarn. You can then use this yarn – which I’m here terming “sarn” (from sock yarn) – to crochet or knit something super thick and durable. I decided to make my sarn into a dog sweater. So if you have some old, holey socks and a medium- to large-sized dog that you’d like to humiliate, then this Instructables project is for you!

As a side note, years ago, I’d seen somebody make yarn from cut-up plastic bags, which has been termed “plarn,” but I have never seen anybody attempt this with socks. So, I gave it a try for this Instructables, and it worked well! I will probably make a separate Instructables just on making yarn from socks, or sarn.

Step 1: Materials You’ll Need

You’ll need the items pictured above, as well as a few other things – here’s everything you’ll need to gather:
  • Old socks. I used 35 socks to make a small sweater for a leggy, athletic, 30-pound dog (a golden retriever-poodle mix). They were a mix of men’s and women’s. One of these socks, unstretched, roughly made about 135 cm (53 inches) of yarn/sarn.
  • Scissors.
  • A friend to help you cut up some old socks! This is optional, but truly helps.
  • Large crochet hook. I used a Q/16 mm but you could try something bigger. I got mine through Amazon.com.
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • If you want to make it light up: Sewing needle, sewing thread (that matches the neck’s sock color), a battery-powered LED, and epoxy that works with plastics. You can purchase a set of ten of the LEDs that I use in this project from Amazon.com for just $10.
  • A patient dog you want to humiliate. Because this sweater is relatively heavy, I’d recommend the dog weigh at least 30 pounds and be young and healthy.
This is so cool! I never thought it was possible to create a yarn with socks...I've seen it done with t-shirts, but definitely not socks :D Great job!
Thanks! I've honestly never seen it done before, but have made "plarn" from plastic bags before and didn't see why it couldn't be done with socks. (I even did Google searching and couldn't find anything on yarn from socks.) It works well -- if you use a size Q/16 mm hook, it is very sturdy/stiff stuff, so a larger hook might be needed to make it "softer" and more flexible. Thanks for checking out my Instructables project! :)
Do you think using way smaller strips of the socks would make ut possible to make a sweater for a teacup puppy?
<p>That's a good question, ShelbyH. Using smaller strips would probably give it more flexibility, yes, but the strips will probably also break more easily (since they'll be thinner). Maybe try baby socks, or another type of sock that is made with thin material? If you used a larger hook it'd probably help give it more flexibility -- part of the &quot;tightness&quot; of the dog sweater I made was likely due to the hook size used, and using a larger hook would make it looser. I hope that helps. It ultimately will probably need you to play around with some sarn to see what works best. </p>
I too am impressed. I was drawn to the way the sock material just pops out from the crochet stitches, from the inside of the sock to the outside. It makes for an eye-catching piece. Really! I would have never thought that socks could have been crocheted, nor would it be something useful in the end. Great job!
Thanks, DeandrasCrafts! It was really surprisingly easy to crochet with this stuff, and, like you said, it has a great texture to it. Great to finally have something useful to do with all those holey socks... (though I think it'd make an even better tough dog toy than it did a dog sweater!)

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