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Old 01-29-2010, 02:56 PM   #1
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I love knitting socks, but........
I have a love hate relationship with handknit socks. I love knitting them but I hate sock yarn cause its so thin. I like a thicker, at least worsted weight yarn, to knit with. I have not been able to find any chunky type wool other than WoolEase but it doesn't hold up very long for socks. However these socks( ones made with WoolEase Chunky ) are really nice and warm. I got to thinking about my wool sock yarn ( the real stuff ) and how it would be nice if it were thicker.

Do you think I could use 2 strands of the same yarn to make it thicker? I know the socks would be more expensive but maybe more to my liking? I don't think it would matter if the yarn were self striping as it would blend together into a different pattern( I don't much like the stripes anyway, as they remind me of the old Wizard of Oz movie evil witch stockings, or Pippi Longstocking stockings ).
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Old 01-29-2010, 03:27 PM   #2
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If you double sock yarn that will be a light worsted or dk weight which work fine for socks. They'd be a bit thick for shoes, but might be okay for loose boots and for wearing with slippers around the house.
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Old 01-29-2010, 03:34 PM   #3
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All of my socks are thick as I wear almost nothing but running shoes so the extra padding would be great.
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:22 PM   #4
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Are you on Ravelry? Because you can search by weight and use the term sock and you get all kinds of choices. Here's a few in various weights bigger than fingering.

sport
http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-cr...FQcQagodnC2y0Q

DK- hmm..if these links don't work right go to advanced search and select sock yarn and then type in DK or whatever in the keyword blank.
http://www.simplysockyarn.com/servlet/Categories
http://www.simplysockyarn.com/servlet/Categories
http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.ph...lection=000005

There's actually too many in the heavier weights to list.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:09 AM   #5
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I just finished a beautiful pair of heavy worsted weight socks today out of new Stitch Nation Alpaca Love - 80% wool and 20% alpaca. They are thick and warm. I highly recommend this yarn. Made a pair of mitts too. I have made a few pairs of socks from Encore worsted from Plymouth yarns. One yarn I plan to try sometime is Raggi, a heavy worsted in several tweeds and solid colors, machine washable wool. I recommend a plied yarn for strength. Don't use woolease or you'll be sorry.
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KnitPicks has sport weight sock yarn. It's great! I also like to double sock yarn to get a nice weight.
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Blue Moon Fiber Arts has a sock yarn called Socks that Rock-Heavyweight which is sport weigh. Not as thick as worsted but thicker than fingering. I have never tried it but it comes in gorgeous colorways, I am asking for some for my birthday.

Knit Picks also has wrosted weight superwash wool that they have a pattern written for for toe up two at a time socks.
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Thanks for all the replies. I hadn't realized that wool yarn came in different weights like normal yarn does. I thought it was all made into really anorexic diameter stuff like the sock yarn. I hesitate to order online because I can't really "see" the colorways. I can see just fine but the colors show up different on a monitor, and, what looks good on the screen may not look good when it finally gets here.

I have bought wool sweaters in colors I like to take apart for the yarn, but the yarn still looks/feels so thin, even when the sweater looked so thick. The closest LYS that sells good yarns is 3.5 hours away and I don't go there often anymore (mom used to have chemo there). I guess I will have to bite the bullet and give the online stores a shot or make the 3.5 hour drive to Little Rock, Memphis or St Louis and see what they have in colors/weights I like.
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I make socks from Lorna's Laces shepherds worsted 4.5 sts, works for me. The pattern is from Knitting Pure and Simple. They have several basic worsted patterns for this wool. I also double up the heel so it doesn't wear out. I am a new sock knitter so this pattern is VERY basic, but comes in lightweight, worsted and bulky. Good luck. Oh, Jimmy Beans Wool.com is great because they have a tool that matches up yarn with your pattern and gives you choices, or you can choose a weight and find a pattern.
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Many commercially made sweaters are made from thin yarn and they're machine knit at more of a sock gauge. So you could use 2 strands of it to make your socks, and that would get you the thicker ones you want.
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