To all the sock knitters out there do you use a reinforcing thread in the heel and toe area if so what do you use.?
I've read of people also using Dual Duty poly-cotton sewing thread for reinforcement, but can't vouch for it myself. I've only knit socks with a nylon component in the yarn.
Thanks for the tip Milard
Thanks for the tips guys
I normally just go with yarn that has nylon or mohair in the blend. [Mohair makes it wear like nylon, interestingly enough.] But, 100% wool should be okay if you rotate them around on a regular basis. Which makes a great excuse to knit more socks. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.
I've used Wooly Nylon too and it works fairly well, I've also just used regular nylon embroidery thread as well. I recently discovered Jawoll Aktion Sock yarn... it comes with a bobbin of reinforcing thread (that matches the yarn perfectly) inside it!
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I started to reinforce the heels with the same or similar yarn, but I can tell you that even the socks that are 100% wool are ok not reinforced. If you plan to wear them very often, it would be wise to reinforce them heels and toes. otherwise you will be fine. Others may have different opinions, hope this helps.
I generally use a wool/nylon blend but always knit a reinforced heel.
I use a wool nylon blend...sometimes it's a small card of yarn from the knitting store...sometimes just a lace weight yarn from my stash. There is a sewing thread called "Wooly Nylon" that works well. it's a stretchy thread made for sergers.
I usually use a sock yarn with some nylon in it already so the socks wear better. I suppose one could just piggyback a strand of nylon thread along with the wool yarn when needed.
My first socks were just knitted with whatever I could afford but once I got good at it, I started buying more durable, and sometimes washable fibers.
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