Socks Yarn review

The Big Sock Yarn Review

groupI have been knitting socks, lots of them.

Ever since the maths of socks suddenly made sense to me I have become slightly obsessed with their anatomy, the different heels and toes, the way patterning moves across the structure and all the amazing yarns out there.

I put a call out a while ago to review some of the sock yarns because I wanted to know if there was much difference between the different products on offer. I didn’t want to knit too many pairs so I scaled down a basic sock with a heel flap and tried each yarn by knitting a mini sock to give me a feel for the yarns.  I have had way too much fun putting this review together as you can see.

I tried Regia 4 ply, Bergere De France Goomy 50, Artesano Definition Sock Yarn, Coop Knits Sock YeahKnittinginFrance Sparkles, John Arbon Alpaca Sock and Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock.

sock lengthAs you can see from this picture each yarn knitted up slightly differently.  I used the same 24st pattern for each on 2.25mm needles, but some yarns give a ‘longer’ result so I would suggest a tension square is a definite must if you aren’t using the yarn specified in your pattern.

Regia 4 ply 100gm ball – 75% Wool, 25% Polyamide

regia

This is a nice even yarn with a bit of bounce .  I would categorise it as a good quailty staple yarn for your everyday sock.  Given the excellent stitch definition I think it would do well with cable designs.

 

Bergere De France Goomy 50 – 75% Wool, 25% Polyamide

This was the only variegated yarn I tried and I loved the colours and how they knitted up.  When you knit with Goomy it has a nice bit of life in it making it a pleasure to work with.  In fact I enjoyed knitting with this yarn so much I am making socks for myself out of this one.

Artesano Definition Sock Yarn – 75% Wool, 25% Polyamide

While the colour palette for this yarn isn’t huge it is very well balanced so there is something for every knitter. It has a very nice and even stitch texture and the yarn itself is satisfyingly full. It would be ideal for Fair Isle socks.

Coop Knits Sock Yeah yarn – 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon

This yarn is a little thinner and finer spun than the others that I tried so I would consider socks with 2mm needles to give a denser fabric or socks that feature lace to bring out it’s real beauty.  It does have a lovely drape to it so might be worth trying in shawls as well.

KnittinginFrance Sparkles – 75% Superwash Merino, 2o% Nylon, 5% Silver Stellina

This was my absolute favourite yarn of all the samples I knitted.  The stitch definition was superb and the semi solid colour looks fantastic.  I can’t wait to choose a pattern for it.  The Silver Stellina gives a subtle sparkle which I really like

John Arbon Alpaca Sock – 60% Alpaca, 20% Exmoor Blueface, 20% Nylon

Because of the high proportion of Alpaca blended with the delicious Exmoor Blueface fleece, this yarn it is quite hairy as you can see so I’m not sure whether you would lose detail on cable and lace.  But for Fair Isle and rugged walking socks I think it would be ideal.

Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock – 75% Wool, 25% Polyamide

I loved the colours in Debbie’s new yarn – she is such a master at putting shades together.  My only concern, because this is more of a roving yarn, is that it might pill, but you can always use a different yarn for heels and toes so that you can indulge yourself in the lovely hues.

I have learned so much from trying all of these yarns so a huge thanks to everyone who sent me samples.

sock group

6 comments on “The Big Sock Yarn Review

  1. Must try some Goomy socks myself! Not seen that colour knotted up – look great 😀

  2. josiekitten

    This is really interesting. For everyday socks, I generally use Regia and Opal, as they wash and wear so well. I’m knitting a pair with the Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury yarn and am finding it quite splitty. The colours are lovely though. Not come across the sparkly yarn before, I do love twinkly toes!

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  5. Sarah Jane

    This is a fantastic review of these socks wools! As all too often it is hard to decide wether the Sock Yarn you see for sale online is the right one to use – especially if you’re knitting the Socks as a gift! As so often reviews are given in craft magazines and on social media that the manufacturer has supplied but not often is there a review that a knitter has tried knitting with the different sock yarns that are available at yarn stores online, this is important especially as when you buy online you are putting your trust in the magazine and/or social media reviews of the yarns and sometimes you discover that the Yarn isn’t as good when you receive it as the advertisement was!

    By comparison your honesty written reviews of these socks yarns is brilliant! Thank you so much! Your substantial efforts are really appreciated 😀

    • Sarah Jane, thank you for taking the time to comment. The results were not all what I expected so I’m glad I took the time to try them all out, especially as I haven’t knitted many socks and am usually seduced by colour rather than yarn.

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