There are people I knit for who do not like the feel of wool, for some of them I would even hazard mentioning the dreaded a-word – allergic. In most yarn categories a knitter can suss out man made alternatives, sure the knitting purists turn their noses up at such humble fibers, but they definitely have their place in the knitting world. The one yarn category where this doesn’t hold true is sock yarn. Finding unwooly sock yarn is the proverbial needle in a haystack endeavor.
Keeping in mind that I want traditional sock weight and am not a fan of cotton, Bernat Sox is the only sock yarn I’ve found that doesn’t have any wool. I’m not saying there aren’t more out there, but they aren’t easy to find, wherever they are. While in Britain, I asked at all three yarn shops in Ely and no one could find any.
I’ve been happily working on a fun pattern for my balls of Bernat blissfully unaware of the treachery that awaited me, until today when I went to their website and discovered Bernat Sox is DISCONTINUED! Argh!
I understand that yarns come and go, and who knows this may have been discontinued for a while now, but when it comes to the big producers – Patons, Bernat, Lion Brand, etc – I have an expectation that their yarns will be around a looooooong time! Now, I’m miffed. Irked. Annoyed. Etc.
Now that this humble yarn is off the market there seems little point in telling you what it’s like, but since I’ve knit with it (and you may still have a ball in your stash) I will share anyway. It is easy to work with, rather on the thickish side for sock yarn, but it knits up nicely with 3.25 mm needles. I haven’t found any knots in either of the balls I’ve worked with. It’s economical, one ball makes a pair of socks, and it was nicely priced, as of right now you can still get some on Amazon for less than $5, now that’s some inexpensive sock yarn.
My only complaint about the yarn is the color pooling. You have to alternate two balls if you don’t want blobs of color, maybe one of the reasons they took it off the market.
I can’t say how well it wears, maybe the socks fall apart in no time and that’s why it is off the market? I’ll report back on that.
Now, I’m on the hunt for new unitchy sock yarn, in a quick search I found On Your Toes Bamboo; does anyone have any other recommendations?