For many knitters, choosing yarn for a project can be as exciting as the project itself. Sock knitters in particular have an amazing collection of yarns to choose from, with more being released every season.
With such a large selection available, where should an eager sock knitter start? These five brands all have something unique and fun to offer when considering that next pair of socks.
In Berroco’s many lines of yarn, Sox sock yarn stands out. Made from 75% wool and 25% nylon, Sox can be machine washed and dried. The nylon makes it durable, so socks will last longer than those made with more delicate fibers. With a gauge of 7.5-8 per inch on US2 needles and offering 440 yards per skein, this is the perfect yarn for everyday sock projects. The multitude of bold, bright self-striping colorways will satisfy knitters looking to add a splash of color in their wardrobes.
Similar to Berroco, Trekking XXL also gets 7.5-8 stitches per inch on US2 needles. Weighing in at 459 yards per 100 gram ball, Trekking XXL comes in an amazing variety of colorways. From variegated to self-striping, this yarn has it all. Being machine washable means that it’s great not only for socks, but also lightweight baby items or casual gloves.
Creatively Dyed Calypso
Knitters looking to get more bang for their sock yarn buck should check out Calypso by Creatively Dyed. At 510 yards per skein, this generous hand-dyed yarn can make a pair of socks for even the biggest feet. The 100% superwash merino wool fiber is durable and knits up into a firm but stretchy fabric perfect for a hard-wearing pair of socks. Each skein is individually hand-painted for a unique, vibrant color experience.
Koigu Premium Painter’s Palette Merino (PPPM)
Made from super-soft 100% merino wool, Koigu is a true treat for feet. Bright, hand-painted colors make PPPM great not only for socks, but also small lace projects. Each 50 gram skein has 175 yards, meaning that two skeins of this slightly pricey yarn are needed for every pair of socks, but Koigu is worth the money. This yarn is best knit in simple patterns that will showcase the brilliant colorways.
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock
Socks That Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts is coveted among sock knitters. Why? This line includes a stunning array of hand-dyed and hand-painted colorways in a variety of weights and gauges. Fiber content for the three most common weights-light, medium, and heavy-is 100% superwash merino wool; Silkie Socks that Rock contains 81% wool and 19% silk. The crisp, beautiful colors range from subtly variegated to bright, bold hue combinations. Socks that Rock appears in many published sock patterns and knits up into a gorgeous, sturdy fabric. Blue Moon is also the home of the Rockin’ Sock Club, a yearly club for sock knitters offering two new patterns every other month, plus fun knitter swag in each club shipment.
There are many, many more amazing sock yarns out there to try. Knitters looking for a unique sock knitting experience can check out the brands listed here or dabble in one of the other great yarns on the market. No matter what yarn is chosen, knitters are sure to enjoy their next pair of socks all the more!