Noro, a Japanese yarn company, is known for rustic texture and fabulous self-striping colourway but they also produce some solid coloursways. Laughing Hens asked if I was interested in trying the new Silk Garden Sock Solo and of course I said yes. Earlier this year I had two designs published using Silk Garden Sock (see below) so I'm familiar with this yarn and I was curious what the solid colours would look like. I love the rich blue colour I've been trying out but the other colours in the range look gorgeous too.
Silk Garden Sock Solo is a rustic yarn with an uneven, slubby texture which I really like but if you prefer smooth, even yarns then this isn't for you. There are a few things you ought to keep in mind when choosing which project to use this yarn for. Although it's called 'Sock' it's thicker than most of the other sock yarns on the market. A 100g ball has 300m (400m is average for sock yarns). This means that it's slightly thicker than most sock yarns.
First, I knitted up a swatch in stocking stitch with a few rows of garter stitch. The texture of this yarn works perfectly with both garter stitch and stocking stitch, creating an interesting, rustic fabric. The yarn has good drape and is a blend of 40% wool 25% silk, 25% polyamide and 10% mohair. It is a single ply yarn and hand wash only. Because of this, I wouldn't personally use it for socks but it's perfect for garments, shawls and other accessories.