Of all the knitting projects in the world, the modest pair of socks is one of the most timeless and practical. Great as a gift for all the men in your household, or as a cozy treat for yourself during the winter months, there are many reasons why you should knit your own instead of buying cheap pairs of these items in your local department store.
However, choosing the right type of sock yarn for your project can be difficult, and there is no wonder why. With so many different weights and materials on the market today, it can be difficult to know which ones are suitable for your specific needs.
The first thing to do is decide who wears the socks you make and why. You can decide to make a pair for a family member who likes to walk in a thick pair of socks, or as an alternative for a child who wants to wear a tough and decorative pair at school. Deciding which function the socks will play is very important.
You can then choose the thickness of the sock yarn that you will use for your creation. The lighter yarns such as finger-weight yarns are ideal for making thinner, more decorative socks. These are perfect for wearing inner shoes and will be cozy and comfortable without being bulky.
On the other hand, yarns that are thicker than sports and DK weight are more suitable for boat socks and provide more & # 39; knitted & # 39; feel when worn. These are best for wearing hiking shoes as mentioned above, which offer more room in the shoe for this type of thick knit.
After you determine the weight of the material you use to make your shoes, the next thing you need to do is decide whether to choose angora, cotton, synthetic or any other material. All of these provide a pleasant or uncomfortable experience for the wearer, so think about this carefully.
For those who live in a colder environment and are looking for the perfect cozy socks, choose a sock yarn made from angora wool, as this can significantly heat the feet where other materials fail. For warmer climates, cotton and cotton blends are great in providing breathability that can cool the feet.
It is worth noting that if you choose cotton or angora sock yarn, there will be considerably less elasticity than other materials such as nylon or wool. If this is a problem, try investing your money in a yarn that is a mix of a more elastic material and less elastic material. Be warned that synthetic materials can damp the feet.
That said, synthetic fabrics are some of the most durable materials out there when it comes to sock yarn, so don't write them off completely. By combining one of these materials, such as nylon or a cyclic, with wool or cotton, you get a combination of comfort and breathability with durability and elasticity, to varying degrees, depending on the yarn you are content with.
When you have smoothed out all these details, you can finally choose the perfect color for your creation and then go shopping! Your choice in this area all depends on the patterns you follow and the taste of you or the wearer of the socks.
Perhaps you prefer plain, autumnal colors for boat socks or brights or white for school socks for children. For more inventive creations, why not experiment with multi-colored yarns for an unusual look? Whatever your choice, by following the few tips above, you can make the right selection for you and your specific needs.
The most striking feature of women's sweaters in the 80s was how BIG they were. In general, sweaters and cardigans were long and roomy and & # 39; sloppy & # 39 ;. There was plenty of room to move in and hide in them if you felt it was necessary! The 1980s were also the era of large, often padded shoulders that contributed to the bulky look.
Mohair, as a yarn for ladies' sweaters, was very popular at the time. It is not difficult now to see why it is no longer used so often, given Mohair's tendency to shed fine hairs that stand out especially on dark clothing.
Another feature of 1980's sweaters and cardigans for women was the patterns. Geometric patterns were very popular, especially clear and bold triangles. But not just triangles ... there was also a mix of broad, colorful stripes and diamond shapes mixed together to make a bold and confident statement. Dramatic photo knitting was also popular, with mainly birds and flowers as motifs.
Women's sweaters are now more modest. Bold patterns are much less clear and solid colors are the order of the day. There are many classic styles to see, such as long-sleeved polo neck, round neck sweaters and v-neck. These are available in a wide range of solid colors, with wool, wool mix yarns or cashmere and machine-knitted in stockinette stitch.
Contemporary fashion jerseys are characterized by a closer fit than twenty years ago and the cardigans have large buttons ... sometimes only one. A style of knitting that is common nowadays is the use of cable stitches of various sizes and shapes and also ribbed knitting. As far as sweaters are concerned, many examples of loose, turtleneck lines can be seen and a few hooded, knitted sweaters and cardigans are also available.