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LovelyRita07
« on: October 12, 2007 06:59:48 AM »

My dad and brother are going on a hiking trip and I thought it would be nice to knit them a pair of hiking socks. I asked them and they said they just need something thick, warm and comfortable.

Anyone have a pattern for men's hiking socks?
If not, anyone have suggestions or tips on making sure the sock is nice and thick?
I'm not really sure what type of yarn to use, any suggestions?

Thank you in advance for any help!! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2007 07:27:11 AM »

Use wool.  I like Shelridge Farms for mens socks.  Its cushy, yet warm and absorbant.  But mainly,  use wool.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2007 07:46:04 AM »

Use wool.  I like Shelridge Farms for mens socks.  Its cushy, yet warm and absorbant.  But mainly,  use wool.

Thanks! I figured wool, but I wanted to make sure. Are those your dogs in the picture? They're adorable!!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2007 07:54:10 AM »

Knitty's Thuja is a men's sock pattern that uses a thicker superwash wool yarn, not the normal sock-weight. The result is a thicker sock. You could also pick out your wool, then do a toe-up custom pattern for the measurements. I see commercial socks with a thicker fabric on the contact areas, so maybe a textured stitch on the bottom, toes and back of the foot with plain stockinette on the rest would be good.
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dandelionwine
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2007 10:12:25 AM »

there's a pattern for men's hiking socks in "knitting with balls".  it's just a basic ribbed sock patterns that calls for worsted weight yarn and size 7 dpns i believe.
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2007 06:16:39 PM »

Thanks! I figured wool, but I wanted to make sure. Are those your dogs in the picture? They're adorable!!!

Yep, them's my dudes.
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2007 09:44:26 PM »

I went on a backpacking trip last summer - we planned for 9 days but knee problems took us off the trail on day 5 - and while I LOVE handknitted socks, there is no way I would wear them for a serious hiking trip.

Commercial socks have several advantages for hiking - they have terrycloth-like loops on the inside that cushion and wick, which helps avoid blisters, which are the most common reason people have to leave the trail early. They are very uniform and even, also important for avoiding blisters. They also come in various thicknesses so that you can switch to a thinner pair as your feet swell up.

That said, a pair of nice warm socks just for sleeping in can be quite welcome, and wool or a wool/silk blend are the best choices for that, since even if they get wet they retain warmth. Also, for hiking in high altitudes, a handknitted cap is a wonderful thing to sleep in and to wear on cold mornings.
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2007 02:06:09 AM »

I'd choose a thick wool and make anything to fit. Try this if you can't do socks without a pattern:

http://home.earthlink.net/~bruxknits/pats/BasicSockChart.pdf
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