Your Cart is Empty

Cockled | 80/20 Sock

A bouncy and versatile yarn

80/20 Smooth Sock is my most versatile yarn base: a plump, color-loving merino/nylon blend. It knits up beautifully for both socks and shawls and creates a plush fabric with optimum stitch definition.

Colorway: Cockled

Inspiration: part of the Bookmarked collection, developed in collaboration with Hunter Hammersen.

Color notes: a watery grey-blue that is layered and complex. This colorway loves to come out of the dye pots differently each time I make it, so some skeins are more watery blue, some are more grey blue, and some have bits of lavender, others have bits of teal.

Although I have a good number of skeins available, no more than 5 at a time are what I would consider "matching." This means that they're perfect for one skein projects, sweaters where you will hold the yarn double (and thus, blend color differences) or for projects requiring fewer than 5 skeins.

I've taken a few photos in different lights to show the variations.

Gauge & deciding what to make

This yarn is beautiful as socks (7 to 8 sts per inch), as a lightweight sweater fabric (6 to 6.5 sts per inch), and if you hold it doubled, it works beautifully at a worsted gauge (4 to 5 sts per inch)

My making recommendations are:

Socks. Some of my favorite sock patterns are the Pebbles & Pathways and Intersections socks by designer Marceline Smith (Hey Brownberry).

Fingerless mitts. My favorite pattern for mitts is Crisp Apple Strudel, which I co-published with designer Katy Carroll. Hold your yarn doubled to get the required gauge.

One-skein scarf or shawlette. The Sun & Fog Winter 2021 collection has nine beautiful single skein projects.

A sweater.If you want to make a sweater but don't yet know which pattern, use Stashbot to figure out how much yarn is a sweater quantity for you.

Yarn specifications

80/20 Smooth Sock is my perfect workhorse fingering weight yarn. It's plump and robust, and creates a bouncy fabric. Use it for anything from socks to shawls to lightweight garments. You can also hold it doubled for a DK/worsted weight gauge.

80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon
420 yards | 115 grams
3-ply construction
Merino wool grown in New Zealand; nylon created in Italy
Yarn spun in Canada

Do you need to alternate skeins?

For socks, no. For garments and shawls that use more than one skein, yes. All of my yarn is dyed by hand in small batches of four skeins. There will be variations in color intensity and placement. I think that’s part of what makes each skein perfect – they’re not identical. If you will be using more than 1 skein in your project, alternate skeins to blend any color differences.

Caring for your finished item

My yarn should always be hand-washed with a gentle wool wash and cold-water rinse.

Depending on the difference in chemistry between your local water and mine, there may be some color residue in the wash process. Washing and rinsing in cold water will help to minimize this.

Always let your knitted item air dry to prevent shrinking or felting and to keep your item looking its best.