Holy Toes and Soles

sock holes

Why is this happening?? I NEED INPUT PLEASE!!

These are hand knit socks made using pattern suggestions for needle size and yarn. Are hand knit socks known to have a short lifespan? Is that why people knit drawers full - so they don't wear them often? Are they meant to be worn for everyday or only for special occasions or when mostly sitting?

Or is there stuff I don't know yet? Mistakes I am making?

Top yarn is Shibui sock yarn knit using 2.75mm needles. Both pair knit in this gorgeous yarn had holes in the toes and soles in relatively short time. Bottom sock, was knit using a Churro DK and 3.25mm needles. I also have a pair of Knit Picks Swish worsted weight socks knit using a Knit Picks pattern that is about to have a hole in the sole.

I have found that fingerling weight sock yarn with a tight twist as well as stranded Yarnia PDX yarns perform well as socks. Socks knitted with Regia and Ziawoolz yarns seem to be nearly iron clad.

Any thoughts, advice, shares would be most welcome. Thank you!

Hi, Pam, Not every yarn that

Hi, Pam, Not every yarn that is marketed as "sock yarn" performs well as a sock yarn. I looked up the Shibui and saw that it's 100% merino. Merino is a lovely soft wool, but not known for its durability. As for the Churro, 3.25mm is quite a large gauge for socks.

In my experience, the most durable socks are knit with 2.5mm needles (resulting in a fairly dense fabric with less room for the yarn to move around and abrade), from a highly spun, multi-ply yarn made of Corriedale, Rambouillet or other sturdy fleece.

The old standards like Regia and many of the traditional Swiss sock yarns perform well. I've used sock reinforcement thread with good results. I found an article that covers all these points (http://knitbettersocks.blogspot.co.il/2014/06/bring-on-reinforcements.html). Good luck!

Oh Avital, how wonderful to

Oh Avital, how wonderful to find your comment and suggestions.  I have lost track of nearly everyone over the past few years.  Just haven't had it in me to blog.  

So happy to see you here.

Thank you for your thoughts.  Yes, I have learned the hard way about choosing sock yarn and needle size.  But I look at it like this...I had lots of fun.  I am debating whether to darn the 100% wool or to unravel and use for something else.  I love the yarns.

The larger needle was used because I have a pattern using DK,  which this yarn was, and I wanted something a little heavier from this yarn.  But now that I am a bit wiser, I realize it was a disasterous sock yarn.  Doubt it was ever meant to be!

Thank you for the link!  Incredibly helpful.  I really do appreciate you taking time to visit and share your knowledge.

I knit wool socks when i

I knit wool socks when i knit i add a poly ester tread to the wool and knit the two treads together . i find the socks last longer . i hope this help

Norete, thank you!  This is a

Norete, thank you!  This is a huge help! Very useful idea.

Dear Pam, Forgive me for

Dear Pam,

Forgive me for having a little giggle, but there is a reason that antique shops are full of darning mushrooms.... it's because we stopped wearing handknitted socks and stockings! So I suppose it's a case of saving the leftover yarns and getting out those vintage needlework books to learn how to darn now!
I admit to having given up my first sock at the turning the heel part, and I struggle to wear socks except when the weather is at its very worst, ( my mother in law used to know where I'd been because her friends would report back to her that they had seen me, and I WASNT WEARING ANY SOCKS! )
However, the socks I gave up on were Regina wool, and it has a 20 % nylon content. Perhaps that is important????
I miss your posts here????Love, Gill

I have missed being here,

I have missed being here, Gill.  Lots of adjustments and changes these last few years.  Little impetus to blog much. And I am on Instagram which is so much faster and easier.  But of course worthless for tutorials. lol

Nylon is definitely important!  The socks that have worn out quickly are all 100% wool.  My lesson has been learned.  And I am definitely going to learn to darn.  Antique shops you say???  Good tip! That is one thing my great greatgrandmother did not pass on to me but I am sure she had a darning mushroom.