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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Knitting heavier socks for boots and clogs on larger needles

If you have never knit socks, or just don't want to deal with teeny tiny needles, a great option is knitting heavier socks on larger needles with this free sock pattern.  These socks are great for this time of the year, when wearing clogs or boots in spring rains. It is a favorite of mine and I'm using US 4 dpn's with this particular yarn; most 6-ply yarns can use up to a US 6 (4.25 mm) needle.

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I always add polyester thread to the heels and toes of my socks, whether I'm knitting with sock yarn or not. Sock yarn most always has a little nylon in it, adding the thread just increases the strength and durability of the heels and toes.

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Just ordered a ball of this fun yarn. So next pair of socks coming right up. Sport or DK yarn, 6-ply sock yarn, using US 4 - 6 needles. Zauberball Starke 6 by Schoppel-Wolle is a great choice! It's self-striping and 75% merino wool from Patagonia, 25% nylon. 437 yds/ 150g



Here's the finished pair of heavier socks made for my husband, using this pattern; he doesn't wear clogs or rain boots, but should; he favors a heavier sock with his loafers in the spring. He also likes a longer leg on his sock, so I'm using a coordinating purple yarn for the heels and toes so I'll have enough of the fuchsia colorway to finish the socks. By the way, here's a great link for knitting sock size according to shoe size for kids and adults.

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These socks are 10" (25.5cm) from cuff to beginning of the heel. The length of the foot from the back of the heel to the tip of the toe is unstretched 10" also and my husband wears a US size 11 shoe. These sock yarns are 70% superwash Merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon from Verdant Gryphon in Maryland, 400 yds/113 grams per skein about $30. per skein.

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The free sock pattern for heavier socks, So Simple Silk Garden, is a free download on Ravelry.

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