Saturday, February 18, 2006

working on sock yarn

I want to start spinning sock yarn. What I need to know is what is the best weight for that? I will be selling it of course, at least until I learn to knit my own. so, i know we want two ply, and I'm thinking of doing a wool silk blend to add strength. Silk is fabulously strong and long wearing but very soft. I think it may be the perfect substitute for nylon in sock yarn. What do you think????

my first attempt is 12 WPI (worsted weight) is this too heavy? I just don't know...

1 comment:

Christine said...

When it comes down to it, it really depends on the sock knitter as to yarn weight. Some like house socks that are worsted or dk weight, others like sport and some like fingering, then ones like me do a little of each but like something between a fingering and sport for the majority of our socks.

I have never thought of using silk in a sock yarn. Primarily because silk is not and elastic fiber, which would be more preferred for sock knitting. Perhaps it would be best to do a ply (one of wool, the other for silk) for a house type of sock (worsted weight). I hope this helps and if you need anymore help, feel free to give me a holler!