Socks Materials/Yarn Knowledge 2018年4月11日 – Posted in: Sock knowledge

How much do you know about sock materials/Yarn? Many yarns can produce socks, It takes a lot of time if you want to know it in detail. Here are some guide to common materials.

There are six kinds of socks that are most commonly used. But usually a sock does not contain all of these materials.

This is a common material:

cotton:organic cotton, mercerized cotton, combed cotton, modal cotton




wool:sheep wool, goat wool, alpaca wool, rabbit wool



Cotton is the material that we often see, very soft and comfortable natural fiber, Absorb sweat and keep warm.

Different types of cotton:

  • Organic cotton: grown organically in subtropical countries such as Turkey, China, and parts of the USA from non-genetically modified plants, and without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides.
  • Mercerized cotton: The modern production method for mercerised cotton, also known as “pearl” or “pearle” cotton. After special treatment, increases lustre, strength, affinity to dye, and resistance to mildew. On the other hand, it also increases its affinity to lint.
  • Combed cotton: Combed cotton is adding a sophisticated carding step in the process of spinning. The practice is to comb to the shorter fibers, and remove the impurities in cotton to create a smooth yarn, so that cotton is more tough, difficult to pilling, and cotton quality is more stable.
  • Modal cotton: Modal is a type of Rayon and is smooth, soft and breathes extremely well. it’s cool to the touch, absorbent and similar in texture to Silk or Cotton. Unlike Cotton, however, it is resistant to shrinkage and less likely to fade or pill.


Polyester is synthetic, It is very durable, fast drying, and can maintain the best condition in bad environment, and it is easy to clean. If you need strong socks, polyester yarn is the best choice.


Elasticity is the biggest advantage of nylon, and it is lightweight and tough. stockings or elastic socks made of nylon.


Spandex, also called Lycra, Lycra spandex. A benefit of spandex is its significant strength and elasticity(stretching up to five times its length) and its ability to return to the original shape after stretching and faster drying than ordinary fabrics.


Wool is obtained from sheep and other animals, including sheep wool, goat wool, alpaca wool, rabbit wool, etc.

Wool feel soft and luxuriously gentle next to your skin, warm, extremely breathable and less prone to clamminess.


Note:We usually don’t use these six yarns on a sock. They need a certain percentage to make socks best. Your vision and your sense of touch are different. For socks, most of the time you need to touch and feel it. That’s why we tell our customers to see samples, and then you will understand.

Anyway, If you need to know a sock material in detail, the best way is: find it and touch it.


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