NORO Sock Yarn

Hi there, everybody. My favorite LYS just got in a very reasonably priced shipment of NORO Sock Yarn and I am tempted to break my "No buying until stash is reduced!" rule. What do those of you who have knit it think of it? Is it a decent sock yarn? Easy to work with? Fairly constant color changes? Long wearing - or something for special occasions rather than constant use? Any feed back will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. [P.S. - I think it would be great to knit into a Clapotis...and I don't have any inclination to even knit one of those. LOL]


vsidart's picture

If you're not sure, you can get some for me- I'll let you know how I like it!

Thepook's picture

Well, Joe, here's the thing. And I think it was our revered Harlot who started this: Sock yarn is not stash. So buy till your little heart is content! I also took it a step further: If sock yarn is not stash, then socks are not projects and you can have as many as you want going no matter what else you're working on. Rationalization is one of the knitter's bestest of bffs!


WillyG's picture

Ha, Noro! Now that's a topic for controversy! Here are my personal feelings. I don't always like a yarn to be super-silky; Noro fits the ticket with a nice amount of grit. I've really enjoyed a couple of their colorways. Some of their colorways have secret colors thrown in that can make a person hate the skein (some people have grown accustomed to cutting that part out and continuing on). Don't be surprised to find a knot that completely interrupts the colorway, or as in my case, reverses it; it's a bit arbritrary, and not perhaps great if you want everything to match perfectly (as in a pair of socks). Noro tends to have a good bit of variation in thickness, as well. So, it depends on what you want. While I've found that their yarn pulls apart easily, I have a pair of Noro socks knit at a fairly tight gauge that I have thrown in the washer (and sometimes the dryer), and they didn't shrink but have proven to be my sturdiest socks so far. I feel very happy with that pair of socks, except that they aren't very stretchy (which could be the pattern??)--and I love the colors.

There are other yarns out there that are much more consistent in thickness and color changes, and that are softer and stronger. However, I still feel that no one does colors like Noro, and their colors can be rather adventurous and not really predictable. I feel like there's something very earthy in the composition and feel of the yarn and look of the color transitions, and that makes for a nice treat. I doubt whether it will ever be my go-to yarn for projects, but I think it's worth a try. But then, I've never been a fan of having every hair in place, either.

YarnGuy716's picture

Echoing Thepook, sock yarn is not stash. Sock yarn is the yarn you buy when you aren't buying yarn. It's like the methadone of yarn buying, just one little ball to take the edge off. :-) Of course I won't mention that I have a small dresser with 3 drawers stuffed full with sock and lace weight yarn.

I can't speak for Noro sock yarn, as I have never used it. But the beauty of sock yarn is it only takes one or two skeins to make a pair of socks. So it isn't a big investment to try it out. Not like if you were trying a new yarn for a whole sweater.

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I like they way Noro looks, but Noro Sock yarn is not the nicest of yarn when it comes to feeling it on your feet. I would buy it for anything but socks.

I'm thinking noro is handwash only. Do you really want to handwash socks?

I avoid handwash sock yarn since socks are most certainly a wash after wear item unlike many other items.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, everybody. I have to say that "Sock yarn isn't stash." is what my twin used to say about the subject...until I used that to justify my last big purchase of sock yarns a month ago! ;-) I have read some of the reviews that warned of uneven spin, easy pull apart, etc. but figured I'd get more germane comments from you all. Washing by hand isn't a problem as all my handknit wool socks are washed that way. I may go ahead and pursue it for a pair of socks (thanks for the insights, Willy and Andy) or may just get 2 balls of it and work on a shawl. [Other than a Clapotis, though.] As to rationalizing buying more yarn...Why do you think I had to put a moratorium on buying? -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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WillyG's picture

One ball may be sufficient for a triangular shawl; there are a number of shawls designed specifically with Noro sock yarn in mind. I did a quick ravelry search for "Noro shawl" and found some interesting uses:

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks ever so much, Willy. I just love the way we all help each other with research and ideas. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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