Your Favorite Sock Yarn

After I finish my first pair of socks, I want to buy some good sock yarn for another pair of socks. Frankly, I have been overwhelmed by the number of different "sock" yarns available. I bet everyone on this site has a favorite sock yarn. Please share your favorites with me. Thanks. Happy knitting.


Austermann Step

Opel sock yarns are my favorites, also like Berroco-----will also use any others that take my fancy. The variety is, indeed, overwhelming and what joy it is to just jump in and be overwhelmed!!

ronhuber's picture

Although I use almost exclusively "Kroy" and have socks that I wash every week and were knit 6 years ago, I am sure most yarns are as good and the only difference is colour choices. Most are made up of 75 to 80% wool and the rest nylon. Most are machine washable. You could pick out 4 or 5 kinds, knit socks from each, and then you would have a better idea of what you like. However, it will probably take years to find out how durable each one is.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I keep trying whichever yarns happen to strike my fancy at the time I'm shopping. I've enjoyed Malabrigo, Happy Feet, Trekking XXL, a couple of other German brands, jaWoll, and Mountain Colors. The main thing I go for is how the yarn feels as I handle it and while knitting it up and whether the color[s] appeal to me. A good thing is that most sock yarns have a tight twist and that helps them wear better, above and beyond nylon content. It's great that we can experiment until we find a particular yarn that we want to use more often. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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james's picture

Generally I like the indy dyers. The only problem is that a lot of their skeins will only have about 380-385 yds. Not really enough for men's socks. The Sanguine Gryphon's Skinny Bugga, however, comes with 450 yds, amazing colors, and a luxurious feel. You'll find a large selection of indy dyers at The Loopy Ewe. Sorry if I sound like a commercial. I've been lucky enough to have The Loopy Ewe (one of the internet's largest yarn retailers) as my LYS. Sadly for me, the shop is moving to Colorado in the fall. :-(

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I forgot to mention yardage in my post. Good point, though. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Knipper's picture

CrazyFoot by Mountain Colors; BlackBunny sock yarn. All of these can give me an average size pair of socks with a little left over. Also Dorchester Farms (an independent dyer like Black Bunny) - great color sense - 2 skeins for a pair of socks. Also, I am willing to experiment. Feel of the yarn is important. My sock yarn stash is considered separate from my regular stash. Happy knitting.