If you are going to spend 15 to 20 hours knitting a pair of socks, it is important to choose a yarn that you like to look at, that is nice to knit and that is easy to maintain. Today we will see together how to choose your sock yarn!


The force of the war ! Indeed, not everyone has the time to wash their socks by hand. Most sock yarns contain some degree of animal fiber. The animal fiber should be washed by hand (or machine washed with the wool / delicate program) and for pity forget the dryer. If you do not have the time or interest to wear socks that wash by hand, look for sock yarns with “Superwash” on the label. Superwash threads have been treated to avoid the felting process and can be machine washed with your regular laundry. Always check the washing instructions on the wire label before purchasing.


It is important to choose sustainable and durable fibers. The longest sock yarns have nylon that allows the socks to be stronger and not slip on your ankles as soon as they are threaded! Sock yarns generally have a nylon content of 10 to 25%, which makes them more durable and more elastic.

A 100% acrylic sock can be really durable, but will not give you the warmth of wool and other animal fibers (and you’re likely to sweat feet on the other hand: /)

The thickness

Most sock yarns are “weight” and / or “sport” yarns. This weight is ideal if you want to be able to wear your socks in your everyday shoes.

Thicker yarns, such as worsted yarns, make them ideal socks!

The purchase

It usually takes 100 grams to produce a pair of adult socks. If you are knitting for very large feet or if you like the leg of your socks to be very long, you may need more thread than that. Keep this in mind when you go to haberdashery, as some yarns are sold in 100 gram skeins, while others are sold in skeins of 50 grams or even 25 grams.

If you buy your yarn in person you have the advantage of being able to feel the thread. Think about the feeling against the skin of your feet and calves. The skin of your feet and calves may be more or less sensitive than that of your hands and face.

Light colored threads will be easier to show and will be more difficult to clean. Dark colored threads can be a real knitting wound (especially when you lose a stitch). I advise you to opt for something in between. Patterned stripe and patterned yarns are an excellent choice as they are playful and fun to knit.

And what are your tips for choosing your sock yarn?

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