Got a ? about socks

do you HAVE to use sock yarn for socks?

I haven’t made socks, but I can tell you that you don’t have to use sock yarn. Sock yarn is just thin–and the self-striping sock yarn, I believe is dyed to form the stripes on sock-sized things.

I always use sock yarn because the yarn is reinforced, about 20% nylon in it. I would not knit socks (and I knit many of them) without reinforcement, so much work/time to knit, and hole in it at once when you start wearing them.
Babysocks I do knit of ordinary babywool, of course!

Aha!! I didn’t know that! Listen to Virtuella, Carmell. :wink:

ok thanks!!! i was really wonderin about baby socks! u read my mind, Virtuella! :thumbsup:

Babysocks… so sweet to knit, I made a heap of them for a friend some months ago…

… and I used babywool.

awwwww!!! they are so cute. mine wouldn’t be that good!!! :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

Sorry :blush: , difference of opinion! You don’t have to use sock yarn exclusively; as a matter of fact, if u are 1st starting out, it is recommended that you use a larger size yarn (ex. sport, dk or worsted wt) and with larger dpns than those used for sock yarn. I do, however, when using fingering wt yarn, that is 100% wool, for example, reinforce the heel & toe with wooly nylon…this is something that is generally found in fabric stores & used alot with serger sewing machines. Many sock yarns on the market come with reinforcing thread that matches the yarn that you are buying. My problem is the palette that I ordered from KnitPicks is a fingering wt yarn, but essentialy for fair isle, so I am going to have to look for the wooly nylon to match my colors at our local fabric store Although, before I knew about reinforcing socks, I knit several pair of socks from knitpicks natural, dyeable fingering wt yarn & didn’t reinforce & so far, so good :smiley:
virtuella, I didn’t mean to step on your toes, just relaying my experiences, k?! :wink: And your socks are beeeautiful!! :heart: :heart: them!
Carmell…never say never…of course your socks will look as nice…practice makes perfect, my friend…now, :fingerwag: don’t let me hear you say something like that again…I will go “mother” on you in a minute :wink: …FYI, meaning acting like a mother :wink:

i gotcha rebecca!!! :thumbsup:
i did do one baby sock… :oo: needless to say… i am too embarassed to put it on here!!! :help:

There’s a knitty Gritty episode that makes a thick pair of socks without sock yarn. If you want a videotape of it, I have it and I could send it to ya.

no no no… i hate socks and if i wear them i wear thin ones!!! but thanks anyway. i was asking because i have some fingering weight left over and i wanted to know if it was ok to make some socks out of something other than sock yarn!

got a ? about socks

They go on your feet :smiley:

ha ha you’re funny! :twisted:

EZ used regular wool and some nylon thread f or knitting heels and toes, for reinforcement. If you get a hole, though, it’s quite simple to mend them using duplicate stitch.

EZ used regular wool and some nylon thread f or knitting heels and toes, for reinforcement. If you get a hole, though, it’s quite simple to mend them using duplicate stitch.

Another reason to use “sock” yarn though is because most of it is machine washable. For babies I would use about anything though…especially if you have some leftover.

Sorry, had a few to many drinks last night! :wink: