This is a silk blend sock yarn from Online Linie 2 Trend Collection – Supersocke Silk Color. This colourway is # 0111
55 % Superwash Merino 25% Nylon 20% Silk, ~ 200 m/50g
The top pair is size Medium, knit with the 54 cylinder on the Verdun 47.
The lower pair is size Medium +, knit with the 72 cylinder on the Legare 400.
I’m always suprised there isn’t more silk blend sock yarn on the market. Especially this year when silk seems to be enjoying an ‘it’ status. I guess it’s an expensive fibre and may not be in the target markets sited by the commercial sock yarn companies.
I bought, um, several colourways of this series, but chose to knit this one first because I was on a turquoise kick.
Knitting requires a wee bit less tension to accomodate the lower elasticity of the the silk, but its a breeze to work with. Very consistent gauge, very very few knots (I think it was only 1 in a bag of 10), lovely feel that you would expect from a silk blend.
Silk yardage doesn’t go as far as pure wool or many other blends, but I was able to get a Medium + sock easily out of 50 g, and very close to Large (not shown).
The most interesting thing about this yarn to me, is the red/white jacquard mini-stripe that is set within the broader solid colour stripes. If you look close (click for larger if you like) you’ll see that these mini stripes are actually a partial stripe – they don’t go right the way around the circumference. This happens on both the Medium and Medium +, and what I haven’t worked my brain around yet – on the good side you can see this stripe is just one row, but it takes two rows of knitting to make that row, and the jacquard lines up with itself on both rows, whether knitting in 54 or 72 stitches.
I’ll have to contemplate that further when my brain is more receptive. For now, I’m thrilled to see a new twist that I hadn’t seen before!