Monday, March 15, 2010

༺ Socks ༻

This posting is all about sock yarns and my experiences with them. I'm just starting out knitting socks and have a healthy curiosity about all the yarns available to make them. Which yarns work best with which needle sizes? Will I be able to make thicker boot socks that hold up over time? Will shoe socks be too scratchy? How in the world will I learn to knit with size #0 needles?

If you have sock yarn experiences you'd like to share, please feel free to leave comments so that the readers will have a ton of good information to use in their journey into sock knitting.

Vanna's Choice Yarn:

Color, Weight and Material: Oatmeal, #3 Worsted Weight, 92% Acrylic 8% Rayon
Needles: Two #5 Circular Needles
Knitting Ease: Excellent, didn't split, glided easily, no knots or problems with the yarn
Laundry: Machine wash, holding up very well
Comfort: Excellent. I use this pair as 'sleeper socks' to keep my feet warm at night. They are cushy and very comfortable.
Recommendation: Use it !

Lion Brand Wool Ease Yarn:

Color, Weight and Material: Blue Heather, #3 Worsted Weight, 80% Acrylic 20% Wool
Needles: Two #2 Circular Needles
Knitting Ease: Good, had some drag to it, no knots or problems with the yarn. My fingers are sensitive to wool, so I needed to use a lot of hand lotion to keep my skin smooth.
Laundry: Machine wash, holding up very well, getting softer over time
Comfort: Excellent. Husband socks, no complaints. He wears them in work boots and reports they are comfortable.
Recommendation: Use it !

Red Heart Heart and Sole, with Aloe:

Color, Weight and Material: Mellow Stripe, #1 Super fine, 70% Wool, 30% Nylon
Needles: Two #1 Circular Needles
Knitting Ease: Pretty good. It was smooth and didn't irritate my skin. It seemed like the yarn got thinner in places. I would like to try using #0 needles in the future.
Laundry: Have not washed yet, will update after more information available
Comfort: These socks are proving to be popular. My MIL told me she wears them and enjoys them a lot.
Recommendation: Use it !

On my needle now: I plan to make another pair of socks from Red Heart. These last pair turned out a bit too large for me, so I'm going to reduce the foot measurement and try again.


Doris Sturm said...

Oh, so you use a circular needle - I always knit socks with 5 needles. I must try using a ciruclar needle. I don't do a lot of clothing, but I have crocheted baby blankets with circular needles and been wanting to knit an afghan with one.
I've always wanted to try the bamboo or soy yarns with Aloe. I'm also intruiged with the sock yarn that's actually antibacterial to prevent athelete's foot. Here's a great place to check it out:
Of course, If I invested that much money in a skein of sock yarn, I'd give them to a family member or friend for a present because I can't imagine myself selling a pair of $40 socks on Etsy, do you?

Have a wonderful day and congratulations on your new knitting venture ;-)

Doris :-)

CrochetBouquet said...

Thanks for looking at my post Doris. I use the method outlined by Cat Bordhi in her book "New Pathways for Sock Knitting". I don't think socks will be something I sell, as sizing seems so unique to the person I'm making it for. Plus, they really are just a labor of love for friends and family.