Extra Warm Socks


#1

I would want to knit extra warm socks. What kind of stitches would you recommend for this task? I want something warmer than stockinette, but it still need to feel nice against the foot.


#2

The socks I find are basically stockinette worked in a predominantly wool blend (wool/silk, wool/nylon) or lace. Here are a couple of patterns for hiking socks just for the idea:
https://www.knitpicks.com/hiking-socks/p/55959

And a pattern in garter stitch for comfort. It’ll add extra yarn to the sock so maybe that’s warmer?
http://www.maggiesrags.com/helix_hiker.html


#3

I had been considering to make a sock pattern with garter myself because I also believe it would be warmer. But I decided to ask here first in case someone else would have better ideas. It seems like it will become garter.


#4

I’ve been seeing patterns lately that use slip stitches ever other row all the way from toe up to make a denser fabric. Seemingly warmer because of it, I have only tried once and I took the whole thing apart half way because there was far far less give to the fabric. Can’t vouch for it myself, just passing on something I’ve seen :slight_smile:


#5

I know stranding is traditionally used to add warmth as well as decoration, because the floats across the back add extra insulation. there are lots of stranded/fair isle sock patterns around.

I’ve never tried it myself, but you might also look into “shaker knitting”/“shaker ribbing.” I think one of it’s main purposes is to create a thicker, warmer fabric, and it uses significantly more yarn than stockinette or regular ribbing, so it certainly it would.

but i suppose you could also just make socks in a thicker yarn too…