What 'wool' for socks?

Have you made something and want to show it off? This is the place for your photos or just talk about the things that you have made or would like to make. All crafts from knitting and crochet to woodwork, in fact anything that you have made!
User avatar
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1608
Joined: Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:12 pm
Location: Co Galway, ROI.

Re: What 'wool' for socks?

Post: # 220298Post JulieSherris »

Rosey, I'm using 2 strands of DK acrylic rubbish for my socks, or 1 strand of chunky acrylic - and so far, so good!

I have been making welly socks, so they are knee-length, but I also have a pair of short thin socks on first, so maybe that's why these are lasting ok.

As for the heel - did you ever check The Crochet Crowd out on youtube? Mikey's way doesn't create such big holes on the turns.
Mikey has done the vids for sock making here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=iv ... ion_479442

He has made a full complete video, then he chopped it up into individual row steps & is very easy to follow. Oh he's a superstar!

And aren't long looms great? I have the bed cover on the round orange loom, but have found that even the long looms can be used the same way & have made a 2nd 'handy' (think fingerless mitt) this morning while doing everything else - superwoman day for me :lol:
The more people I meet, the more I like my garden :wink:

User avatar
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1743
Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:55 pm
Location: East Yorkshire

Re: What 'wool' for socks?

Post: # 220716Post Rosendula »

Thanks everyone. Julie that's the same link I put above.I couldn't follow it at the heel - I can't tell what he's counting and he looms in the opposite direction to me. One day when I have a decent level of concentration (and a bit of peace and quiet) I'll take another look, but for now I'm happy to sew the holes up.

Next time I go out buying wool I'll take notes from this thread and hopefully I'll end up with some nice strong socks. Thanks again friends :cheers:
Rosey xx

User avatar
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1765
Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:05 pm
latitude: 51.253841
longitude: -1.612340
Location: Wiltshire, on the edge and holding

Re: What 'wool' for socks?

Post: # 220720Post snapdragon »

sheep wools:- Merino is too delicate, but Romney and Cheviot are pretty tough so far

there are some 4ply (4fahig) yarns in the shops (and on ebay) 70/30 or 80/20 % or thereabouts with nylon or acrylic that I'm knitting just now
but havent foot-tested them yet as most of the latest makes were Yule presents so I'll have to wait for the recipients to complain or otherwise.

All acrylic lasts and doesn't felt but it's just not wool (I have noticed how amazing proper wool socks are)
as Berti said the 'sock yarn' wools are tighter spun and should last better

I have a couple of pairs that I added a sole knitted with rug yarn and stitched it to the sole - probly good as welly socks but I've been wearing them as slippers

enjoy your sock making :mrgreen:
Say what you mean and be who you are, Those who mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind

Tom Good
Tom Good
Posts: 70
Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:43 pm

Re: What 'wool' for socks?

Post: # 225059Post PlainQB »


Whatever wool you use try switching to slightly smaller needles on the heel and ball of the foot. This makes the fabric denser and tougher. If you're also using a yarn with wool in that's a little fluffy you'll find that these denser areas mesh together to form a type of felt. The result is tough, thick, non-holey and hard wearing.

Post Reply