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Dec 6, 2017 06:45:43   #
tatesgirl (a regular here)
 
Last night my brother asked me to knit him "some long-wearing" socks. He said he wears a 13 shoe and wants his socks to "come up my leg 7 or 8 inches." He wants the soles "double-thick so they won't wear out fast" or "get holes the minute I put them on."

I'm thinking Red Heart worsted would do the trick for "long-wearing" and wonder whether a 5 needle would eliminate having to make trial swatches.

Does anyone have experience with this problem and agree Red Heart worsted is the best choice? And the needle you used?

Thanks for any and all input.
 
Dec 6, 2017 06:57:42   #
Fundogknit (a regular here)
 
No, his feet can’t breath in acrylic yarn. Sock yarn is stronger, it has some nylon in it.
Dec 6, 2017 06:58:41   #
pommom2
 
I would not use that yarn for socks. Best bet is wool with a little nylon for strength. Will wear much better than acrylic. Needle size will depend on what weight your choose. Need to be tight.
Dec 6, 2017 07:03:54   #
yooperdooper
 
Y would use red heart for slippers, but not socks.
Dec 6, 2017 07:04:58   #
yooperdooper
 
I meant I not you, I hit wrong key.
Dec 6, 2017 07:10:31   #
Tutleymutley (a regular here)
 
Agree with what others say - for socks, you can't beat wool yarn with a little nylon included. Double soled would make for lovely sock-slippers - my all time favourite pattern is Bev Galeskas' felted clogs - I've knitted them so they come up over the ankles, but they have a really, really comfy double soles. For those you need huge needles so they knit up quick, and hundred percent pure wool guaranteed to shrink. I knitted them for my son's huge feet and put leather soles on to make them last even longer.
 
Dec 6, 2017 07:23:52   #
susanmjackson (a regular here)
 
I would use sock yarn. For a heavy sole, I would simply go down a needle size to get a more dense fabric. I regularly use a smaller needle for the toes and heels of my socks, the gauge is not too much different and I feel it adds an extra bit of strength to those areas.
Dec 6, 2017 07:38:24   #
JulieBoylan
 
If you need a recommendation for a good, tough, long wearing sock yarn that is easily found and inexpensive (with or even without a coupon), you can't go wrong with Paton's Kroy Sock yarn. It comes in manly colors and it feels nice but it's incredibly durable if it is knit at a tight gauge. You'll need at least three or maybe four 50 gram skeins for that size.
Dec 6, 2017 07:40:22   #
WendyMargaret (a regular here)
 
Kroy sock yarn knit on 0 or 1 needles. (It is a heavier sock yarn) Don't double the sole. He won't get his foot comfortably into his shoe. You can reenforce the heel and toe but not really necessary.
Dec 6, 2017 07:57:00   #
solshine (a regular here)
 
I reinforce the heel and toe with nylon. I always used good yarn that was straight wool. Have learned that if you reinforce the heel and toe the wear is good. Keep extra yarn and if he does get a h
E ythen frog back to the problem and reknit. Its what we did in Maine. Every August go through socks, frog to the hole and redo the foot.
Dec 6, 2017 08:23:14   #
nanaakb1
 
That is going to be a lot of yarn. Use sock yarn.
 
Dec 6, 2017 08:25:25   #
nanaakb1
 
That is going to be a lot of yarn. I agree. Use sock yarn. Figure something you wear often with shoes rubbing against the Sox is going to wear out sooner than another article of clothing.
Dec 6, 2017 08:36:21   #
tatesgirl (a regular here)
 
susanmjackson wrote:
I would use sock yarn. For a heavy sole, I would simply go down a needle size to get a more dense fabric. I regularly use a smaller needle for the toes and heels of my socks, the gauge is not too much different and I feel it adds an extra bit of strength to those areas.


Since I have heard of using smaller needles for the soles, I'm surprised I hadn't thought of it. I have a substantial stash of Opal sock yarns and a couple other brands. It was just that I was thinking his desire for "long-wearing" meant a heavier yarn because some men just don't understand some things the way we women do. An example is: I've wondered occasionally whether my SIL meant the worsted wool and nylon socks I made for him to wear when he wore his hunting boots were too thick, not "too hot for my feet and hard to get on" as he had said. About a year ago I suggested he give them to a friend so they didn't go to waste. When he saw a couple pair (Opal fingering) my daughter came home with recently, he told her if I'd make him a pair LIKE THOSE he'd love them. I immediately made 3 pairs and received a picture of his feet last weekend, encased in my hand knit socks in his favorite color: green. She texted that he had worn them all day and wouldn't take them off. I LOVED IT!!

I think I'll try to find a thrift store leather purse to fashion patches for under the toes and heels of the Opals I'll make for him. Next question is: Do I sew or glue them on?
Dec 6, 2017 09:41:17   #
jmcret05 (a regular here)
 
Is he looking for socks to wear in shoes, or slipper socks to wear around the house? I think one of the things that determine the wearability of socks is also the fit. Take the time to really get accurate measurements for his feet, rather than going by the shoe size. It sounds like you are quite adept at knitting socks so my advice may not be needed at all.

If he wears the socks around the house, without shoes, they will naturally wear out sooner. Abrasion against carpets, floors is hard on hand-knit socks.
Dec 6, 2017 11:05:26   #
Dangrktty (a regular here)
 
tatesgirl wrote:
Last night my brother asked me to knit him "some long-wearing" socks. He said he wears a 13 shoe and wants his socks to "come up my leg 7 or 8 inches." He wants the soles "double-thick so they won't wear out fast" or "get holes the minute I put them on."

I'm thinking Red Heart worsted would do the trick for "long-wearing" and wonder whether a 5 needle would eliminate having to make trial swatches.

Does anyone have experience with this problem and agree Red Heart worsted is the best choice? And the needle you used?

Thanks for any and all input.
Last night my brother asked me to knit him "s... (show quote)


Do yourself a favor and spend $1 on the "Fish Lips Kiss" sock pattern on Ravelry.
A size 13 shoe tells you what size shoes he normally wears. Unless you are knitting a pair of shoes, this info is incidental.

You can knit thick soles and reinforcements, on any sock,by adding a strand of wooly nylon, on the toes, soles, and heels. It is sold on cones, alongside serger thread.

Red Heart worsted ? For socks or slippers ? If he is going to wear these as slippers, indoors, Red Heart worsted is probably fine. For shoes, use sock yarn with at least 15% nylon. Someone mentioned Kroy, and I agree, Kroy is a wonderful long-wearing sock yarn brand.

If he "get holes the minute I put them on", the socks are not the problem. A pair of toenail clippers and an emery board will fix that problem.

I don't understand how 5 needles will eliminate the need for swatches. I use a#1, 40"circular, Addi turbo, magic loop, toe up, 2 at a time. This is my go-to needle and I never have to make a swatch for a pair of socks.
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