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annomalley
11-10-2007, 10:30 AM
I need a yarn recommendation.

My DS wants me to knit him a pair of socks, but I'm in a bit of a pickle as to what type of yarn/fiber content to use.

I need something that is very durable and will take a lot of abuse, because that kid is very hard on his socks. I'm always buying him store bought socks because he wears holes in them and they end up with stains that no amount of washing will get out. But I also need something that will breathe and wick away the moisture because he has athlete's foot.

I'm not concerned right now with price. Right now, it's about the right fiber content.

Thanks! :)

mwedzi
11-10-2007, 12:40 PM
Regia might be a good choice for you. Their standard wool and nylong sock yarn. I also like Meilenweit Mega Boots Stretch. Stay away from sock yarns that have no nylon content in them and stay away from merino. Actually, I'd say stay away from cotton, too, but others might disagree.

vaknitter
11-10-2007, 12:42 PM
IMHO knit socks do not hold up any better to heavy wear than the socks I buy and to knit socks is A LOT more expensive. I agree that Regia is a nice sock yarn...the ones I have made for the hubby are worn for special occassions only. I don't do darning : )

annomalley
11-11-2007, 11:14 AM
Thanks for your suggestions. :)

DS liked the gloves I did for him so much, he said, "Could you knit me some socks, too?" He spends a lot of time outside in the winter, and he said he wanted some warm socks.

hocns
11-12-2007, 08:39 AM
Get a wool/nylon blend and expect to do some patching. Also, use the smallest needle possible, as loosely knit socks will wear out more quickly than tightly knit ones. I've made socks out of Briggs & Little fine sock yarn, they wear well and the yarn doesn't cost much.

psammeadred
11-12-2007, 11:21 PM
If you can find Lion Brand Magic Stripes, I'd go for that. It's superwash wool with nylon, so it wears like iron if you knit it on the tight side. But it's also very soft once you wash it. I've knitted four pairs of socks from Magic Stripes, and it's great stuff.