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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Swatching non-wool sock yarns

Kertzer's On Your Toes Bamboo
Content: 75% bamboo, 25% nylon
Care: Machine wash and dry
Origin: Made in Turkey
Put Up: 100 grams/3.5 ounces
Yardage: 328 yards/300 meters
WPI: 15
Needle/Hook recommendation: 3mm/US 3, no crochet hook recommendation
Cost: $12.60 at LYS

My colorway is a beige/blue. The yarn is super soft!

Bernat Sox
Content: 60% acrylic, 40% nylon
Care: machine wash and dry
Origin: Made in Turkey, Packaged in Canada
Put Up: 100 grams/3.5 ounces
Yardage: 425 yards/388 meters
WPI: 14
Needle/Hook recommendation: 3.25mm/US 3, D crochet hook
Cost: $6.35 at AC Moore

The colorway that I selected is "Hippi Hot" a medium blue/aqua/lime/pink. It's not quite as soft, either in surface texture or "squishiness".

Cascade Fixation
Content: 98.3% cotton, 1.7% elastic
Care: cold wash, dry flat
Origin: Made in Brazil
Put Up: 50 grams
Yardage: 186 yards (spandex) /100 yards (relaxed)
WPI: 11 relaxed
Needle/Hook recommendation: 4.5 US 7/ Label says 1.75, which is a steel 6. That's not right. I'd say a 2.75, C or a 3 D would be best.

I bought a minty-green, and then a variegated with green, pink, purple and white. Think Easter and spring time!
This yarn is thicker than the others, but it has super stretch. The trick is not stretching too much when crocheting, therefore leaving that nice stretch to help the socks hug your feet and legs.

I think that the On Your Toes bamboo feels the best and would be soft and the most comfortable for wearing, but I'd have to vote for the Cascade Fixation for it's great stretch and would stay up the best.


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