I 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.
As 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
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.