How to Choose the Best Yarn for Socks?

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With the continuous development of society and the improvement of people's living standards, people have put forward higher quality and functional requirements for small clothing items in daily life. The socks we often wear are mainly divided into cotton yarn socks, wool socks, stockings and various types of chemical fiber socks and other types of stockings, medium tube socks, boat socks, etc. Although the materials and shapes of socks are different, they all play a role in protecting and beautifying the feet. At present, people are no longer satisfied with the protection and beautification functions of socks. People hope that socks can have good nursing and treatment functions, such as preventing beriberi, preventing skin cracking of the feet, and preventing foot odor. So what kind of yarn can meet more people's needs? Nylon yarn or cotton? Today we will discuss the selection of sock yarn.



1. Blend


This may be a key factor in obtaining a pair of socks that can make your feet easy, last for years, and keep you warm, and if you also have ethics, this is very important. Today, with so many yarn foundations, it is now much easier to find a fiber mixture that suits your requirements.


1)Wool and other animal fibers (renewable and biodegradable)

Merino wool – Nylon 6 DTY is required to be used as sock yarn. You will see a lot of sock yarn being sold, which contains 80% merino cotton and 20% nylon 6 yarn (probably super-washed (SW)). If you are looking for a very stable yarn, and it will not cause you any trouble during use, then this is the right yarn for you.


BFL and other long and short fibers-These fibers do not need to contain nylon filament yarn to make them suitable for making socks, but they must be spun with high twist. It is warm to make socks with this yarn.


Alpaca – This is a very strong fiber, soft, warm, and abrasion resistant, which absorbs moisture. People who are allergic to wool often use it.


2) Natural fiber

You will encounter a lot of natural fibers, such as silk, bamboo, cotton, flax, nettle, corn, soybean, hemp... If you don’t want to use animal fiber for socks, then these are good choices.


3) Acrylic acid (non-renewable and non-biodegradable)

Acrylic acid is a man-made fiber derived from crude oil, so it is not renewable. There are many acrylic stockings in the market. Acrylic acid is also used to blend with natural fibers and animal fibers to form more durable socks. Sometimes by adding nylon 66 yarn to the mixture (usually with wool blends), sometimes by super-washing treating the fibers to make them more durable.



2. Twisting (Nylon Twisted Yarn)


This is how tightly the yarn bundles are tied together. Generally, high-twist yarns are smoother, less fluffy and feel less plump. The low twist yarn will be hairy, elastic and soft. Why are socks so twisted? It helps to reduce the wear of socks, reduce wear and pilling, so the life of socks is longer.



3. Elasticity


This is one of the biggest problems people face when wearing crocheted socks. Crocheted socks are stretched differently than knitted or commercial socks.


To solve this problem, you must understand the anatomy of the foot and how to make a suitable sock. Your choice of sock yarn can also play a role. Choose something with a certain elasticity so that when you put on the socks and take them off again, there will be some movement in the yarn. Making the right choices in yarns and patterns, and understanding the shape and size of your feet will help your socks succeed.



4. Nylon Yarn Weight


This is a very important factor when selecting yarn. The essence of crochet is to make the fabric dense. Most crocheted sock-designed soles use direct current (sc US), extended direct current (extended sc US) or linked direct current (linked sc US). This makes the soles of the feet really comfortable, but the DC pins are very dense. If you want to crochet socks suitable for your everyday shoes and boots, then I strongly recommend you to use 4 strands/finger weight yarn.



5. Matters To Be Paid Attention To


1) You can put your yarn band in a safe place and wrap a strand of yarn around it to remind you of washing precautions, or just buy yarns that can be washed in the same way so that you always know how to maintain them.


2) You don't need to wash handmade socks often. To be honest, it doesn't sound so severe. After two days of use, I will wash mine because I use good yarn. It has no smell and I can wear it longer to extend the life of the socks.


3) If there are holes in your socks, don't throw them away, just mess them up. This is definitely harder with crocheted socks so I would personally take a different approach and go down the visible mending route.  If you do an internet image search on ‘visible mending socks’, you will see hundreds of images and places to look further.  Using a contrast yarn, you can really show of your mending skills. 


Jiayi mainly produces various kinds of nylon yarn, which can be used in various clothing items in daily life. If you want to know more information about nylon yarn, you can contact us.





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