Greetings, fellow fiber enthusiasts! Welcome to the first installment of our new blog series, "All About That Base." Today, we're diving into the details of one of our most beloved bases, Merino Sock. Let's get started!


Merino Sock Fundamentals:

  • Blend: 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon
  • Weight: Fingering or Sock
  • Structure: 2-ply, high twist
  • Yardage: 400 yards per 100g skein
  • Recommended Needle Size: US 1-3, 27-32 stitches per 4 inches
  • Recommended Hook Size: B-E, 21-32 stitches per 4 inches
  • Care Instructions: Hand wash cold, dry flat
  • Available In: 100g and 20g skeins & 100g, 50g, and 20g sets


Merino Sock pictured in Candied and Ochre 


Merino Sock has always been a favorite among us and our customers, and for good reason! This yarn has numerous qualities that make it exceptional. The high merino wool content ensures rich and saturated colors, while the addition of nylon makes it ultra soft with a beautiful drape but durable enough for socks. And with 400 yards in a full skein, you can create a myriad of projects with just one skein.



The ply structure of Merino Sock is one of its standout features. The 2-ply twist gives the yarn a delicate yet distinct texture, resulting in incredible stitch definition when knit or crocheted. This makes it an excellent choice for lacework, cables, ribbing, and other decorative stitch patterns. Merino Sock will truly make your stitches pop!


Solution Socks by Amanda Stephens knit in Pistachioimage courtesy of Ravelry user arly1983


Falling in love with Merino Sock is easy, and fortunately, its popularity ensures that it will always be available in all our speckled and semisolid colorways, sets, and collections!


Here are a few pattern suggestions that would be perfect for Merino Sock, but if you want more ideas, be sure to check out our Ravelry Bundles! 

1) Head Sock by Amanda Steck, image courtesy of Ravelry user SheepShaved
2) Maema by Megan Nodecker, image courtesy of the designer
3) Wild Bees Socks by Helen Stewart, image courtesy of the designer
4) Dotty by Elena Fedotovaimage courtesy of the designer


Some additional tips: 

  • While Merino Sock and our Spun XL bases have slightly different blends, they have identical ply structures so they can be used together and interchangeably in your work.
  • When held double, two strands of Merino Sock create a DK weight yarn, opening up a whole new world of pattern possibilities and color mixing with this delightful base.
  • The overall look of our Merino base is soft but slightly textured, great spring and drape.


Thanks for joining us today, and make sure to tune in next Tuesday when we dive into the ins and outs of another superstar base, Phyllis Sock!


June 06, 2023 — Sarah P
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