Sweater from Sock Yarn

Hi guys,
I am planning on making a sweater out of sock yarn and could use some help in fiber selection. I just made a sweater from my son out of acrylic and I don't want to do that again. Acrylic tends to sag under its own weight, so I ended up ripping a lot out to shorten things. I will post more about that later.

This sweater is for me. I was wondering what you guys think. Living in Florida, a thin garment is the way to go, but I'm not sure if I should use wool or cotton. I know from knitting washcloths and blankets using cotton, sometimes the fabric isn't as controlled as I would like it to be, so I was thinking maybe a superwash merino wool. I would like to wear the sweater as a sweatshirt while doing my daily walking and hiking. I would only wear it in the winter as we have some days now and then where there is no sun and it's a bit cool.

What do you guys think? I want to make something that holds its shape but is lightweight but still sturdy.

Thanks in advance. I know you guys are always so helpful.



Bill's picture

Mark, you might consider a wool.linen blend like this:
Classic Elite Soft Linen is a touchable wonder in a surprisingly soft blend. Linen adds durability and cooling properties, wool adds elasticity, and baby alpaca softens this squishy, multi-ply yarn. Soft Linen is great for spring and summer garments you can wear into the cool evening.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Bill. I'll look into it. It sounds like a nice blend. I see that they only offer DK weight, but I'll keep it in mind.

Bill's picture

do a search for wool/linen...they had quite a few...

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, will do!

Give this site a visit SkeinYarn: http://skeinyarn.com/pages/our-yarns they have really nice sock yarn. They tend to be very popular and their yarn runs out very quickly. But you can request an order.

Mostly nature fibre wool, cashmere but other fibres too. I like it as the variations in the hand dying make for some nice texture change in a plan jumper. Plus the fibre are easy to care for and some are machine washable.

Good luck with your search and let us know what you do find or select.


CLABBERS's picture

Hi Anth,
They do have nice yarn. I will certainly check them out more closely as I continue my search.

Also 4ply makes a nice light weight jumper while 5ply to 8ply for heavier weight winter jumpers. Being in Australia 4ply is all I use.

I like sock yarn because it will be easier to care for in terms of washing and while also being comfortable on the skin. Merino wool is good, alpaca is softer but tends to require hand washing.

If you like man-made fibres bamboo is probably worth a try, it is durable, soft and easily to care. Good Luck.

Also cotton tends to have no elastic ie "springiness" so if you decide on cotton go for a blended cotton maybe with nylon. So that if stretched it springs back.

I made myself a cotton vest but the lack of elasticity means it wrinkles easily and ribbing tended to be loose.