There are many reasons to knit with solid or nearly solid colored sock yarns. Perhaps you’re knitting for a conservative sock-wearer and don’t want to shock them when they open the gift box! Maybe you’re knitting for a guy (because guys are notorious for wanting ‘subtle’ sock colors). Many times, knitters who love knitting complicated lace patterns on the cuff love the solid/nearly solid colors because these show the pattern variations more clearly. (And really – if you’re going to knit beautiful patterns, then you want to make sure they show up well!) Here are some options for solids/nearly solids that we currently stock at The Loopy Ewe:
The Loopy Ewe Solid Series – Our favorite yarn for socks, lace and colorwork. We have 90 colors for you to choose from. 100% Superwash Merino, approx. 220 yd (55 g) per skein, with a recommended needle size of US: 0-1 (2.o – 2.25 mm). Machine or hand wash and lay flat to dry. You’ll need 2 skeins for 1 pair of socks.
Cascade - We carry many weights from Cascade, and each one comes with a multitude of solids. Since we like to carry all of the color options, you’ll find 250+ colors of the Cascade 220 Worsted, and 130+ colors of the Cascade 220 Superwash. In addition, you’ll find all of the colors in the fingering, sport and DK weight options that we carry as well.
Dream in Color - All three of the Dream in Color lines (Baby – a heavier laceweight/light fingering weight, Smooshy – fingering weight, Classy – worsted weight) knit up as a semi-solid and show excellent stitch definition and can be used as sock yarns. Try all three weights. In each case, 1 skein will make 1 pair of most sized socks.
Madelinetosh – We carry Madelinetosh in a variety of bases, from laceweight (Prairie) all the way up to worsted weight (Vintage). Most of the colors from Madelinetosh knit up as a semi-solid, which is great for showing stitch definition and texture. You’ll find a few multi-color colorways mixed in all of the different bases, but they focus most of their dyeing on semi-solids.
Malabrigo – Malabrigo is another company that has many semi-solid options that you can choose from. We carry many of their bases, from the light laceweight skeins to the bulky Mecha skeins. As with most hand-dyed skeins, be sure to alternate them as you knit, to insure even color changes in your knitting.
Spud and Chloe – Spud and Chloe comes in a fingering weight (Fine), a worsted weight (Sweater) and a bulky weight (Outer). The Fine is a mix of Superwash Merino and Silk, and the two heavier weights are a combination of Superwash Merino and Organic Cotton. You’ll find many beautiful color choices to pick from.
Stonehedge Fiber Shepherd’s Wool – This line has been very popular for sweaters and vest, and comes in a great variety of solid colors. We carry both the worsted weight and DK weight lines and re-stock them often.
In addition to the lines above, there are also plenty of other solid color options available. Try: Blue Sky Alpacas, Fleece Artist, Hand Maiden, Jade Sapphire, Kauni, Kollage, Lorna’s Laces, Manos, Mountain Colors, Prism, Rowan, Shibui Knits, Swan’s Island, The Fibre Company, Trendsetter, Universal Yarns, and Zitron. For Indie-Dyers who have some yarns in the solid/semi-solid range, try: Dragonfly Fibers, Shalimar, String Theory, Three Irish Girls and Wollmeise.