Cotton Sock advice, please

I've been playing with a new 65%/30%/5% Cotton, Wool, nylon yarn for socks, and have been having a heck of a time with it.  This is my first attempt to knit with cotton, and i've got a feeling I'm going to have to adjust something, somewhere.  Any advice for working with cotton?

I work with dpns for socks, but hope to learn to use circs soon, even two at a time on circs!

 

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victor's picture

Knitting with cotton is to

Knitting with cotton is to tricky at the best of times to get right.  I have knitted several pairs of cotton socks on the knitting machine with much difficulty and varying results. I have one pair left (gave the others away for 'presents') that I did many years ago and they still have no give in them after being washed many, many times. I hand knitted a cotton sweater a few years ago in a very ornate cable pattern and was is as limp as a gay dick at a hetro orgy right from the start. The type of cotton yarn will also affect the outcome. The texture of the yarn I used for the sock was very harsh and the yarn for the jumper very soft.

Tallguy's picture

Any advice for working with

Any advice for working with cotton?

I work with dpns for socks, but hope to learn to use circs soon, even two at a time on circs!

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Cotton can be a bit of a problem, especially for socks.  It doesn’t have any elasticity, which means it won’t pull in, and it won’t come back when tension is released after it is stretched.  But you have some nylon and wool in the mix, which should help it a little.  I have to admit that I haven’t used that particular yarn, so can’t tell you for sure how it will hold up.

You never did say what the trouble is that you are having.  It would be easier for us to be able to help you out.

When I knit 100% alpaca socks (yarn that I spun myself) I used an all rib pattern on the sock, just because I knew it would lose its shape quickly.  That worked well.  You may find that you have to use some sort of pattern that would pull itself in.  That might make your socks more elastic.

I am knitting a pair of socks now (yes, a pair) on circular needles.  I don’t have a long enough needle, so am using two circs.  Why not?  It’s the same thing, really.  And I like doing both socks at the same time so that they are both the same!  This way, I do them alike, round by round.  I just saw a lady the other day that knits 4 socks at the same time on one long circular needle.  Now, that’s some serious sock obsession!!!  I am a certified enabler, so will be happy to lead you down the circular path!

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