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GrumpyGramma 02-01-2013 03:51 PM

Reinforcing sock heels/toes
I thought I'd ask before I start another pair....

How do you reinforce toes or heels of socks? I think there is more than one way to do it and I'd like to check them out. (One way I saw, as I recall, has you weave a reinforcing yarn throught the knitted stitches, I know that heel flaps can be slip stitched.) Do you use the same yarn you're knitting with or something else? I've decided I love handmade socks and want to get the most mileage possible out of them.

One other question. Knit Picks has cotton/acrylic sock yarn. Will the acrylic do the same thing as nylon? I think lots of commercially made socks have acrylic and no nylon.

Lizars1735 02-01-2013 04:25 PM

I've only done it once, and that was just on the heel turn. All I did was knit with 2 strands of yarn. I can't tell you how it works because I haven't worn the socks yet. I haven't finished them, but that's another story...

I don't have much experience with socks and sock yarn. I only have the KnitPicks superwash merino/nylon yarn.

GrumpyGramma 02-01-2013 04:48 PM

Lizars, were the heels a lot thicker? I think that would be OK on heels, I'm not sure about toes. Hmmmm.... I've only made a few pairs of socks, only 2 w/sock yarn. My pink sox are so warm I don't wear them much. The others aren't as warm but they're still warm enough I can only wear them when it's pretty chilly. I think both were made with LB SockEase. I'm thinking of cotton sock yarn so I can wear handmade socks all year. That would be luxury!

Lizars1735 02-01-2013 04:58 PM

Definitely thicker, but not a problem on the heel. I haven't tried the toe. I agree with you that it might be a bit awkward, but sock yarn is pretty thin, so it might be OK. I was using fingering weight and size 1 needles, so it's all relative as far as thickness goes.
Do you do socks from the toe or the leg? I just ordered some toe up books from the Knit Picks sale, but haven't gotten them yet. If you do toe up you could always try doubling the yarn and see how thick it is before you get the whole sock done.

Jan in CA 02-01-2013 05:23 PM

I haven't done it, but there are reinforcing yarns for socks.

Also look up "wooly nylon". It's a thread used in sergers

GrumpyGramma 02-01-2013 05:26 PM

I do toe-up. I don't like to do Kitchener stitch and I know how much yarn it takes to make a sock but I'm afraid of running out because I used too much on the cuff. I keep thinking I should look at some books but so far have just done the Lifestyle Sock thing, no swatch, make to fit. I want to try some mini cables on my next pair so I've been playing with twisted stitches. I think there is some kind of reinforcing yarn you can use but I'm not sure. I need go google and see what I can find out. Right now I'm working on a shawl I need to get done, a google break sounds like a good idea.

Size 1 needles, that's what I used last time and ended up with 000 dpns to do the cuff.

GrumpyGramma 02-01-2013 05:35 PM


Originally Posted by Jan in CA (Post 1368840)
I haven't done it, but there are reinforcing yarns for socks.

Also look up "wooly nylon". It's a thread used in sergers

I looked up "wooly nylon" and think I better check out what JoAnn has. I'm planning a trip to town and a stop there anyhow. It looks like it would be a lot less expensive than the other stuff made for the purpose. Maybe if I get some I'll have to get a serger to go with it. That would save me a lot! :mrgreen: One thing leads to another. Such is life.

Jan in CA 02-01-2013 05:44 PM

A serger would only be useful if you sew. Do you?

GrumpyGramma 02-01-2013 05:49 PM

I don't sew much lately, I used to sew a lot. I made every day stuff and dance dresses for my DD when she was in HS, her friends wanted me to sew for them when they saw her clothes I made. Part of my not sewing thing is I really need to replace my sewing machine, I've looked and thought about which one I would get, but if I spend $$ on a new sewing machine I can't spend it on yarn. My GD has quilt squares that she's started sewing together, I've got to have her come work on them some more or send them home with her. When the sewing bug bites, all I do is sew. Lately the knitting bug has the upper hand. I do see a sewing daybed set in my future.

Jan in CA 02-01-2013 05:52 PM

Ohhh I see. I forgot about that. I used to sew, but not anymore. Way too fiddly and it's just so much easier and quicker to just pick up needles and yarn.

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