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
- 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.
- 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.