I use KnitPicks' sock yarns or Drops Fabel because they are consistently good quality and reasonably inexpensive (especially on sale) on Addi #0 DPNs - the needles are metal but not so slippery as some.
I use 75% wool & 25% nylon in my socks as the nylon is there for strength in heels & toes. I use mostly Cascade sock yarns as they have quite a variety of colors-variegated, self striping & plain colors.
Have to use a size 0-I'm a loose knitter and use dpns.
It's not going to matter what sz needle we use for socks but for you to make a swatch to determine what sz you need. You want a firm fabric (dense) for socks & your pattern will tell your gauge. That is what you should go by. More than likely you will use a size from 0-2.
I've had good luck with any sock yarn. I think the choice of pattern is the key to a good sock-knitting experience; this thread from earlier today takes you to an exceptional pattern for only $1 on Ravelry:
I've only been knitting socks for about 3 years, so not a whole lot of experience. I use #1 weight fingering yarn. My favorites so far are: Deborah Norville Serenity, Patons Kroy, and Knit Picks Stroll. I also just recently bought some Knit Picks Felici, Opal, and Happy Feet which I haven't tried yet. I generally use 9" or 12" circular needles in size 0.
Sock knitting is an entire world unto itself, which is why one becomes addicted - its fascinating! Prepare to experience knitting socks on both 9" and 12" circulars, dpns, and also the worlds of 2 At-A-Time (2AAT) on 2 16" circulars 2AATs and on what is called the Magic Loop (ML- a longer circular)! Try a few of these ways and explore/learn several ways to knit heels and take a shot at casting on (CO) to knit Toe Ups (TU).
It took several years and countless socks before I could break away from socks. I never managed it until my niece requested "a few shawls" to wear on her honeymoon and my sister (her grandmother) wanted me to copy a pretty 19" doily our mother crocheted for her and the crocheting has really made a big difference in the way my arthritic fingers feel, so much so that I'm 3/4 finished on a second doily and I'm planning to crochet for the next several months.
Socks are wonderful! I recommend you do a Search (at the top of this page) for sockit2me's pattern and follow his advice. He's highly experienced and knows a lot more about socks than I do.
You will get as many answers as there are yarns. It is a matter of personal preference and experimenting. I used two circular 2.75mms for a few years. After I joined KP my world opened to new methods. I have tried small circulars, magic loop, and two at a time all top down with sizes from 2mms to 3mms. On my needles at the moment are toe up, magic loop on separate needles , 2.25mms and 2.75. This will tell me which will fit the best. I use left over sock yarns . Have fun.
I use a variety of sock yarns, whatever speaks to me when I am shopping for it. Depending on the yarn and pattern I use size 1-3 needles. I have made slipper socks from worsted weight and size 7 needles.
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