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Socks are great fun to knit. Everyone needs socks and they can be personalised, so they can be a fun gift.
Weavers, knitters, crocheters and other fibre artists all buy and use sock yarn. Each group uses sock wool in a slightly different way, as many people use this strong and flexible yarn weight to make far more than socks.
Types of sock yarn
The term 'sock wool' refers to 3-ply wool, which is designed for use with 2.25-3.25 mm needles. Naturally, the size of the needle used affects the size and density of the stitching, but generally, whatever you knit or crochet with sock knitting yarns will be relatively thick. However, some sock yarns available are designed to be used with 4.5mm needles. Modern yarns are still usually 3-ply, but some are more tightly wound, which means they are finer than many traditional sock wools. There are also some 4-ply yarns available in this wool weight.
The yarns come in a wide range of colours, and there are some truly beautiful multi-coloured yarns available, which produce interesting finishes. The fact the yarn is designed for socks means it is very sturdy and durable, so sock yarn is great for making gloves. Many people also make hats, shawls and pullovers with it.
These beautiful yarns are made from a range of fibres, both manmade and natural. Silk is great for fine work; merino wool and mohair make wonderful warm garments. However, for some jobs sock wool made from fibres like Polyamide or Viscose is a better choice. They tend to be easier to care for, so are great for kid's socks or clothes, and you can make really funky dog sweaters with this yarn.
At Black Sheep Wools, we are constantly updating our selection of sock knitting yarns to make sure you can find the perfect yarn for the job. Our prices are good too, so why not buy some today?