In between the near-constant sweater knitting I’ve been fooling around a bit, trying to put together a plan for the Ravelympics. A lot of what I’m going to do will depend on time; whether to go top down or toe up on the socks, whether to knit plain or patterned. But I figured it might be a good idea to get something basic out of the way first. How many plies.
There are pros and cons to each, obviously. 3-ply is nice and round and smooshy, will provide more yardage than a cabled 4-ply, and spins up faster. But, at least in sampling, my 4-ply was much more even, and in doing a 4-ply, the ends can be andean or handy plied so that there’s no waste left over. A cabled 4-ply is also sturdier than 3-ply, although it is a bit thicker than I normally like for sock yarn.