Yarn Spotlight Addition: Winter 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.
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.
PERFECT FOR SOCKS, BABY ITEMS, SHAWLS.
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.
PERFECT FOR COLORWORK SOCKS, SCARVES, SWEATERS.
|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.
PERFECT FOR ANY KIND OF SOCKS, BABY GARMENTS, HATS, CARDIGANS
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!