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Old 09-09-2007, 11:35 AM   #1
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Sock Heels and Toes
I'm new to this site and have recently begun kntting again after a long lapse. I've been reading about reinforcing the heels and toes of socks with nylon thread. I've tried nylon upholstery thread but that doesn't seem to be thick enough. Does anyone know what "reinforcing thread" (or yarn) is exactly? And where can I find it? Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:44 AM   #2
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Sometimes they sell the reinforcing thread in yarn stores-mine just got some in. Ann Budd, in the Knitters Handy Book of Patterns says regular old sewing thread.
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:55 AM   #3
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I like using Lang "Jawoll" sock yarn, which comes with a matching spool of yarn for reinforcing. I think that company also sells separate spools of reinforcing yarn as well.

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Old 09-09-2007, 12:52 PM   #5
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Thanks! I'll look for that yarn!
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:47 PM   #6
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I've used "Wooly Nylon" (available at most fabric stores) to reinforce sock heels and toes. I'm pretty hard on the toes (I have "sockiverous" toes), but I actually find that if I use a wool/synthetic blend yarn I do not need to reinforce.
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Thanks! Someone also suggested buttonhole silk twist.
I'm currently making socks with 75% orlon, 25% wool, so I'm going to try these suggestions on my next wool pair.
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Old 09-14-2007, 01:01 PM   #8
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I was wondering the same thing about what to use for reinforcement. I have poly/cotton sewing thread but I just don't think that would be much help. I also have some beautiful rayon machine embroidery thread (in many beautiful colors) that I've been thinking I could use. Do you think the rayon thread would work?
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I also have some beautiful rayon machine embroidery thread (in many beautiful colors) that I've been thinking I could use. Do you think the rayon thread would work?
I don't know what rayon machine embroidery thread is, so am not sure if it would work. Does it have some cushiness or loft to it like Wooly Nylon? Or is it very smooth and slick? One thing to try: take a short length of your yarn between the fingers of one hand and kind of saw at it with the thread you're considering using for reinforcement (kind of like playing a violin). If the yarn does not abrade or weaken, I think you could use it.

You might want to wait till someone else chimes in here...I've got lots of sock and yarn experience but zero rayon thread experience!
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I think anything will work. I sometimes add a second strand of wool (usually slightly thinner wool). In solid colour socks in a thick wool, adding a second variegated strand and an eye of partridge heel looks good.
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