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« on: August 14, 2007 10:35:51 PM »

I want to knit some hunting socks for my boyfriend and I want to make sure they are VERY warm.  we're in indiana and i know it is very cold in the mornings when he hunts.  I figure I should start them now so I will actually finish them in time for deer season.  I was thinking alpaca unless there is something warmer I should use.  But I was wondering if anyone knows of a pattern for a double layered sock, or something?  Would I just knit from the toe up and then back down and put one inside itself?  I'm thinking it might work but I don't want to try it and then it not work.  I may not have explained that very well.  Anyway, I'm open to suggestions.  I want them to be very nice, warm, and durable. 
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2007 10:40:43 PM »

chunky weight wool? 
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2007 05:39:36 AM »

You could try double knitting. That way you're basically knitting two pieces of fabric at once. I googled double knitting and came up with some tutorials and I'm sure you could search craftster for some too. Using double knitting you could use whatever pattern you want and get a double thick sock.

http://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=142
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8542.0
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2007 09:58:09 AM »

Cables and ribbing pull the stitches closer together and make the socks warmer.  Knitting with needles smaller than the recommended size for the yarn will also make a nice tight and warm fabric.
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2007 10:24:51 AM »

alpaca is too fine of a fiber to withstand the wear and tear a man might put the socks through

if he's wearing hunting boots, you can use a superwash worsted weight wool like Knit Picks swish. that can go into the washer and withstand the abuse a boy will put the socks through. or use a wool/acrylic blend like Lion Brand's wool ease... that stuff is warm when knitted on size 6 or smaller needles and the acrylic will help it survive hunting and washing.
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2007 07:39:02 PM »

thanks for the suggestions guys.  i actually got the same advice about alpaca from someone earlier today.  i didn't realize it wouldn't be that durable.  i may try double knitting. with a superwash wool probably. i've never done it before but i'm sure it isn't that difficult.
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2007 07:09:41 AM »

Yeah, definitely use wool! One of the amazing things about it, for hunting or hiking or whatever, is that wool will continue to insulate and be super-warm even when soaking wet.  If you want extra durability, try reinforcing the toes and heels with either "reinforcing wool" (hard to find these days) or something called "Wooly Nylon" that you can find in cones in fabric stores -- it's designed for use with sergers, but I hear lots of people use use it knit in with their regular yarn for sturdy heels.
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2007 09:14:28 AM »

Stranded colourwork? Thick wool? Or... thrummed socks!
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