Compulsive Knitter

May 23, 2007

Knitting with bamboo sock yarn?

Filed under: knit-a-longs, knitting — Marie @ 4:09 pm

So, I’ve been mulling over what pattern to choose for sockapalooza. Like me, my pal lives in a warmer climate, so I’ve been thinking of trying out bamboo. I’ve never knit with bamboo before, however, so I’m a little nervous about picking out a pattern. Is it shiny or have other qualities that would detract from a busier design? My pal doesn’t want anything girly, so lace is out. I know I said I wanted to pick something out from my copy of Knitting Vintage Socks that is back in Michigan, but I’ve been looking and Magknits and Knitty and seeing lots of possibilities there as well. The contenders include Tweeds, Tech, Jaywalker, Snicket, Hourglass, Diamante, Thuja, and Widdershins.

Any thoughts on knitting with bamboo or on these particular patterns would be welcome! I’ll be back in SE Michigan next week, so I hope to pick up some yarn and start knitting then.



  1. Bamboo is nice, but the Panda Cotton which is 55% bamboo knits up tight, especially on size 1’s. I learned my lesson when I knit an entire pair on 1’s. If you use that yarn I would suggest a looser pattern, not jaywalker. I hope that helps.

    Comment by KnittingHawkeye — May 23, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

  2. Bamboo is very lovely to work with. I’d choose a wool/bamboo and maybe nylon blend–trekking pro natura is a little different than the rest of the bamboo pack (made with bamboo fibers rather than bamboo pulp) and I think it is a very lovely yarn. I would first decide on a color (solid, stripes, varigated, etc) and then find a pattern to suit it. The bamboo won’t detract from a busier design…but the color choice just might! 🙂 happy knitting….

    Comment by sb — May 23, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

  3. Is the sock yarn you are looking at 100% bamboo? I find that the bamboo yarns can have very different hands depending on how they were processed for yarn production. I haven’t worked much with bamboo sock yarn, but the other bamboo I’ve worked with has had a hand much more like cotton or linen depending on the processing.

    If it has some wool in it, then most of the patterns you’ve listed should work well (depending on the busyness of the colorway of course). Good luck!

    Comment by Seanna Lea — May 24, 2007 @ 4:40 am

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