By Christina Behnke
My favorite thing about knitting socks is that they’re reliable. Whether I’m working top-down or toe-up, on double-pointed needles or a long set of circulars, I know that the basic size and shape is always going to be the same. Just when I’ve had enough of the continuous rounds of the leg or foot, the heel turn will always be there to spice things up.
Sock weight yarn is reliable, too. Any yarn intended for knitting socks is designed to be durable, machine-washable, and to have enough yardage to complete a pair. I can purchase a skein on a whim knowing exactly what I can make with it.
And while I may throw in a pattern stitch here and there, or change up how I knit my heel flap, the real joy is in anticipating how the colors in a self-patterning sock yarn are going to knit up.
With all this in mind, Yarnalia’s Stormy is the quintessential sock weight yarn. Made of an easy-care blend of superwash wool and nylon, each 100g skein contains 437 yards of fingering weight yarn, which is more than enough to knit a pair of socks. Best of all, Stormy comes in a selection of nine space-dyed shades, which are designed to create effortless tonal shifts as you knit.
While Stormy may look like a typical sock yarn, there are a few subtle differences that set it apart. While most classic sock weight yarns feature a 75/25 wool/nylon blend, Stormy is made of 70% superwash wool and 30% nylon.
This slight adjustment makes a world of difference: Completely smooth and free from any woolly guard hairs, the 4-ply strand maintains an even thickness throughout the skein. And thanks to the added dose of nylon, Stormy is not only more durable than its counterparts, but it also maintains a silky feel and supple texture. This results in fabrics with lots of drape, making Stormy a great choice for garments and accessories as well as socks.
Stormy adapts to a versatile range of needle and hook sizes. Basic stockinette, knit in the round on US 2 needles, is stretchy yet firm and perfect for socks, which could be sized down to a US 1 for even more warmth and durability.
Garter stitch and double crochet, worked on a suggested US 4 needle and E/4 hook respectively, feature an ideal balance of elasticity and drape. With its space-dyed colorways doing the heavy lifting, Stormy would be right at home in a simple sweater or shawl.
Will you be knitting socks with Stormy, or do you have another type of project in mind? Remember to tag us (@yarnalia) when you post your WIPs and finished projects!