The long waited Kureyon Sock is here and it is everything I had expected plus some.
I actually had a skein of Kureyon Sock for the last month or so. I knitted a swatch and then gave the rest to a customer of ours for a review. I wanted to have an independent perspective on the yarn. Below are my thoughts on the yarn and then his feedback.
Kureyon Sock is a single ply yarn much like the regular Kureyon line. It is also spun roughly and has a slight thick and thin texture. Each 100 gram skein has approximately 457 yards of yarn, which is sufficient for a pair of average size socks. I have been asked often if the yarn is too rough and/or itchy and my answer to both questions is no. However, if you are looking for a soft sock yarn or a super soft knitted sock this is not the yarn for you.
On the skein Kureyon Sock feels slightly softer than the regular Kureyon but with a twine like texture. When I knitted my swatch with my skein (color #180), I started with US size 1 needles, which I found too small for the yarn. So I switched to US size 2 needles and that worked much better. On size 2 needles I got 6.5-7 stitches to an inch and I was able to enjoy the texture of the yarn much better.
Before blocking my swatch had a slight overall fuzz, much like other single-ply wool yarn. The swatch was softer than I had expected, definitely softer than the yarn as it was on the skein. I blocked my swatch by soaking it in cool water and then gently pressing the water out. The gauge or the size of the swatch did not change but it did get slightly softer.
The sample sock was knitted by Steven and I did not block it (the photo to the left is pre-wash). I wanted to find out what would happen if I were to wash the sock. While the yarn band recommends gentle hand-wash only I have read multiple posts on Ravelry that this was not a must. So I threw the sock in with the heavy wash in warm water with jeans.
I was surprised to see that our sample sock came out OK. It did not shrink at all but the fiber became a little fuzzier and looked more like it was felted. The colors held steady and none of the yarn came loose. So I threw the sock in to the wash one more time and again nothing much happened! I did not machine dry our sample sock both times I simply laid it flat to dry.
While our sock survived machine washing well I would not recommend this process for your socks. I believe our sample sock did not change in size due to Steven’s tight gauge – he knitted the sample sock with size 1 needles, which did not leave an allowance/space for felting.
I also had my 2.5 year old wear the sample sock all around the house for a day (pre-wash). If you know little boys you know that they can clock in quite a bit of mileage on an average day. The sock held and with one day of use it did not pill at all.
What appeals to me the most about Kureyon Sock is the richness of the colors and the way color lines show on the knitted fiber. Currently Kureyon sock comes in 12 colors that are same as the regular Kureyon colors lines. However, given the yardage on each skein colors show a little differently on Kureyon Sock; one gets a wider range of colors for each skein. I know I should not single out one color line but I cannot help myself, color #188 is simply dreamy. I love the combination of deep moss greens, lilacs, deep lavender and finally amethyst like purple with occasional silver like beige.
In summary, if you like the regular Kureyon line you will like the Kureyon Sock line. If you have never used the Noro line and you would like to try the Kureyon Sock be ready for a unique experience. It is my humble opinion that with its new line Kureyon Sock, Noro will have a dedicated following. One final note, if you would like to have a small sample of Kureyon Sock please let us know, we will include one with your next order.
With all that here are Steven’s thoughts: