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ChroniclesofYarnia
03-09-2005, 07:58 PM
I am seeing some great colors and visions of socks on small needles floating through my head. (Not to mention it is insanely cheap! )

Are there any patterns hanging about that use crochet thread for socks, and what weight would that be considered in knitting? Has anyone used crochet thread for a project?

ekgheiy
03-09-2005, 09:33 PM
I am seeing some great colors and visions of socks on small needles floating through my head. (Not to mention it is insanely cheap! )

Are there any patterns hanging about that use crochet thread for socks, and what weight would that be considered in knitting? Has anyone used crochet thread for a project?

I've never used crochet thread for knitting before. But I will soon be in the market for some yarn to make a pair of socks. Sooooo....
:arrow: BUMPITY BUMP BUMP!! :happydance:

happenin
03-10-2005, 10:06 AM
NOT an expert opinion here, but I've been thinking to use it in knitting projects too. I've used it, but in crochet, not knitting. IMHO, I think it might be a good replacement for items where durability is an issue....like maybe a tie or a backpack. I don't personally know about doing socks with it though. My guess is that it would be alright for a summer weight sock, but winter? hmmmmmm

From what I've seen, I've been using the granddaddy size of them all; Size 3, Aunt Lydia's Cable Crochet thread, a 200 yard ball of 100% mercerized cotton. It's about as close as it gets to sock weight yarn. I just compared it to my leftover Sockotta and it's pretty close. The recommended hook size is "3.5 mm/7", but I typically use a US size 1 which is 2.25 mm. BTW, 3.5 mm converts to a US size 4 knitting needle. I'm sure larger wouldn't be an issue either. Knit or crochet.

I've looked far and wide and can only find ALCC at Wal-Mart and in Black or White (I've also dyed it to suit my needs...it dyes easily). It also comes in Natural IF you can find it. At the (few) online places I've seen it at, the price is outrageous, so I buy B or W at my local Wally World, for around $2 a skein. At this price you can experiment all you like.

Aunt Lydia's also sells a similar line called Fashion Crochet thread ("3.5 mm/E-4") which is about as plump in diameter as the Cable. It also comes in a much wider variety of colors. I used it once (which a necklace pattern called for), but realized my mistake of buying Cable was even better for the project. I'm not 100% sure what the difference is, other than the name, though the Fashion seems a little more "silky" and a little less stiff to the touch.

If this means anything here, unless I'm horribly mistaken, I've noticed that unlike knitting yarns, sizes in crochet thread vary among the different manufacturers. Size 3 in one brand may not be the same diameter with another. You will find many different makers of this stuff, which comes in a variety of skein (ball or bobbin cone) sizes, depending upon the manufacturer.

You'll definately need small knitting needles to work with it. Perhaps size 2, 3, 4 (rough guess). You might go smaller if you work with the more common sizes of crochet thread (I think it's super tiny, compared to just about ANY yarn).

I would look around the crochet sites to find patterns using the thread or use knitting patterns which (of course) call for sock weight yarn.

In case you find something in crochet, here's a few links that may be helpful:


How to Convert a Crochet Pattern to a Knitting Pattern

http://www.ehow.com/how_18631_convert-crochet-pattern.html


How to Convert a Knitting Pattern to a Crochet Pattern

http://www.ehow.com/how_18632_convert-knitting-pattern.html


Maybe? a helpful link on converting:

http://www.planetshoup.com/easy/tips/convert.shtml


Handy Worldwide knit and crochet needle conversion helpers:

http://www.knitting-crochet.com/found/conchafou.html

http://www.crochetandknitting.com/charts.htm


A TON of crochet projects==> have your browser search for "socks"

http://www.myhq.com/public/p/h/phonaker/#104704413954855369

ChroniclesofYarnia
03-10-2005, 11:30 AM
Thanks for the explanation, Happenin. It cleared a couple questions up for me.

While googling this morning I came across this little gem http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/crochetCotton.html . Looks as though there is a gauge for size 10 thread (but I am curious if their size 10 is the same as Aunt Lydia's, etc).

Why am I even looking at this stuff? I am working on a shawl and 2 separate pairs of socks. :lol: I guess I am not very mynogymous (sp?) with regards to my knitting. :thinking:

happenin
03-10-2005, 12:02 PM
After checking our your link, it looks like Lion has come out with it's own contender versus Coats Aunt Lydia. It looks like it's real close. Haven't seen Lion's in the store yet but will look for it, thanks for the info and link. :)

I've been caught up in the Size 3/Size 10 trap several times, so beware. MAKE SURE TO READ THE LABELS CAREFULLY. This is true even among the individual Aunt Lydia name labels.

If you're trying to convert one brand to another, it's gonna be hard to do, since they're all wrapped up and sealed most of the time. It's just horrible trying to guess by looking at those wound strands up on the top or down on the bottom of the ball. Not as easy as with knitting yarns to compare an individual strand with another brand.

Though Lion recommends using the gauge to compare with, I find I seldom remember those numbers while shopping! LOL It's so much easier to just pick up an item and compare it side by side, isn't it?!

See my previous comment about how the Size 3 Aunt Lydia's compares side by side with a known sock yarn.