There are so many choices for sock yarn that it is both fantastic and overwhelming. We have a whole wall of choices here at the store. The most important thing in picking a sock yarn is to pick one you love. Because if you love how it looks and feels you will enjoy knitting with it.
When looking at a sock yarn one of the things most people look for is a bit of nylon. Why nylon? Nylon is added to wool and wool blend sock yarns to add some strength and reinforcement for more durable socks. They blend together great and it adds even more elasticity to your sock yarn, which is important when you are trying to get it over your heel. The other thing is wool. Wool has great memory and when treated can go through a washing machine and dryer quite well. There is nothing like a good pair of hand knit wool socks. Above you’ll see some of our solid options, the Jawoll sock which comes in great solid colours in a wool and nylon blend. The Berroco Ultra Alpaca has a bit of alpaca added to the blend. Alpaca is probably the warmest easy to get a hold of fibre you can put on your feet. If you need warm socks a touch of alpaca will go a long way!
One of the most popular kinds of sock yarns in our store are self striping and printed sock yarns because they are so much fun! They are a good wool and nylon blend but dyed so that they knit up into stripes or fun fair isle style patterns. Most of the labels have a nice little picture of what they look like knit up – it’s amazing how those blobs of colour make shapes and stripes! All the fun of crazy socks with no additional effort. They come from brights to subtle colour changes, muted patterns and bright motifs! These are a great first sock yarn because they are just so fun to knit with and the constant changing of the yarn keeps things interesting.
Some yarns also come in more luxurious blends. A bit of cashmere, more alpaca, mohair or other exotic fibres are added to lend softness to the yarn. They are just a delight to work with. Some of these fibres can be a bit more delicate. While they are strong enough to wear on a regular basis, hand washing them can help keep the delightful hand of the fabric longer.
Have you ever heard of 6-ply Sock yarns? They are a bit heavier, more of a sport to double knitting weight so you can use bigger needles and knit up fast. They make great boot and work socks!
One of our favourite things to get in at the shop is hand dyed sock yarns. They are just SO pretty. They come in all different kinds of fibre blends and colours from semi-solid colours to hand painted skeins with loads of colours. If you want something really unique and precious hand painted sock yarns are for you!
If you can’t handle wool or other animal fibres there is always cotton! We love the CoBaSi! It is a blend of cotton, bamboo, silk and with some elasticity. The main problem with cotton is it’s lack of stretch so when looking for a cotton sock yarn try to find something with some elastic so that it holds its shape better and stays on your foot well.