The best sock yarns for knitting

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Making socks is one of the most popular knitting projects. To make the perfect pair, you’ll want to choose a skein of yarn specially spun for the task. Sockmaking works best with a yarn that offers some stretch, and generally knitters prefer wool-nylon blends with at least 20% nylon for guaranteed stretch. If you prefer thin socks, choose a fingering weight skein, and if you prefer thicker socks, choose a bulkier ball. Beyond that, you need to choose the yarn that best suits your taste. Available in a plethora of material compositions, colors and gradients, there are plenty of sock yarns to choose from. Browse our roundup below of the best options on the market.

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1. Patons Kroy sock yarn

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Made from 75% wool and 25% nylon, this yarn is a great choice for sock-making projects. The ultra-fine, four-ply wool blend is available in a range of 33 solid and gradient colors. Gradient options allow you to knit stripes and other fun patterns, while solid colors are a more classic choice. With a fine gauge and machine washable composition, this yarn is ideal for knitting and wearing socks.

Buy: Patons Kroy Sock Yarn

2. Lion Brand Yarn Easy Fit Yarn

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Like the option above, this traditional fingering weight sock yarn is 75% wool and 25% nylon. But it’s a bit of an upgrade choice: for about twice the price, you get yarn finished with aloe vera. The resulting twine softens your hands while you crochet or knit, and you won’t have to worry about scratches. Durable and tangle resistant, it’s also fully machine washable. Available in a range of sophisticated solid and gradient colors, this yarn is vibrant and can be used to knit a variety of multi-coloured designs.

Buy: Lion Brand Yarn Sock-Ease

3. Knit Picks Hawthorn Sock Yarn

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This fingering yarn is made from 80% wool and 20% polyamide to provide a pleasantly bouncy and comfortable yarn that won’t scratch the skin. What sets it apart is that each skein is hand painted, resulting in singular, beautifully saturated, self-patterned gradients that knit together to make beautiful socks. You can always throw them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle; just be sure to flip your designs upside down first. Choose from 16 colorways, with each 357-yard skein featuring individual variations.

Buy: Knit Picks Hawthorn Sock Yarn

4. Malabrigo Sock Aniversario

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Although this yarn has no elastic properties, it will knit an ultra-comfortable pair of socks suitable for even the coldest temperatures. This yarn, which is treated to be machine washable, soft and smooth, is available in a range of solid and multi-colour options. Spun from merino wool, this yarn is a great choice for those looking for an all-natural option that looks good and feels good to boot. Buy it in 440 yard skeins.

Buy: Malabrigo Sock Aniversario

5. Regia Arne&Carlos design line

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With 17 color gradients inspired by Edvard Munch paintings, this yarn makes beautiful patterned stripes. Made of 75% virgin wool and 25% polyamide, this high quality yarn is very stretchy and machine washable. Superfine gauge makes for thin, breathable socks.

Buy: Regia Arne&Carlos Design Line

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