Yarn Spotlight Addition: Winter 2011

Dec 16, 2011

Sure, crocheted socks are great for lounging around fireside. But can you really tuck them into shoes? Yes, you can! The secret is to use sock weight yarn.  Sock yarn ranges in weight from fingering to sport (see the Yarn Standards Chart for comparison). Yarn designated for socks often included nylon for added strength; socks see a lot more wear than other crocheted apparel!

In the Winter 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet, we an overview of a five sock yarns and how they measure up to the task of crochet. Here are three more.

Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock

Content: 80% merino, 20% nylon Put-up: 3.5 oz, 100 g/430 y, 393 m Construction: 3-ply CARE: machine wash gentle and cool, lay flat to dry  Color: winter birch Hook: D-3 (3.25 mm)

Soft, smooshy, and pretty to look at, all at once! This yarn is as strong as it is beautiful. Yarns are dyed to order, with enough yardage per skein to make a pair of socks. That means each pair you make will be unique! And if the color isn't enough to make you swoon, the crocheting will take you over the edge.



Cascade Heritage

Content: 75% merino superwash, 25% nylon Put-up: 3.5 oz, 100 g/437 y, 400 m Construction: 4-ply Care: machine wash gentle cool, machine dry gentle and low Color: 5610 camel Hook: D-3 (3.25 mm)

A tight twist led me to experiment with a lacy pattern, which it held up to nicely. The solid and lacy portions are both quite stretchy. It looks a little like a Suess sock there, but made large, this would be a happy design. The yarn is sturdy with a silky feel. Available in more than sixty solids and a baker's dozen of quatros (four colors plied together), this yarn is an excellent choice for colorwork garments.

Dream in Color Smooshy

Content: 100% Australian merino wool superwash Put-up: 4 oz, 113 g/450 y, 411 m Construction: 3-ply CARE: machine wash, lay flat to dry or tumble dry and remove while still damp Color: 310 petal shower Hook: D-3 (3.25 mm)

The name says it all: Smooshy. This yarn, spun and hand-dyed in the United States, has spring to spare. It crochets like a dream as well. Sometimes bounce and stretch come at the expense of softness--but not with this yarn! Subtle toning prevents the colors from pooling or striping, making it a great choice for garments as well. Yum.



Also in the Winter 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet, you'll find three sock patterns, including a Basic Recipe for Cuff-Down Socks. In the Spring 2012 issue, we'll have a Basic Recipe for Toe-Up Socks.

Want more? Check the Crochet Me store for more crochet sock patterns.

Happy sock crocheting!

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jjennifer143 wrote
on Dec 16, 2011 11:40 AM

Thanks Marcy!  I am OBSESSED with crocheting socks, and even signed up for the Sock Crochet class at Stitches West.  I am experimenting with all kinds of socks, and want to have some experience to prepare for the class.  

For Christmas I made 3 sets of pedicure/spa socks for friends.  They are unique, and have no heel gusset and no toe - no-brainers!   See pictures at www.craftsy.com/project/view/Pedicure-socks/17481

As much as I love crocheting socks, these spa socks took 3  hours each (6 hours per pair).  Has that been everybody's experience??