I am very pleased with this yarn as long as you don't mind that your left foot doesn't match you right. I called Customer Service about it and it seemed they could care less. Oh well ...
I first got Kroy sock yarn at my LYS ( which has gone out of business) so now must order it. I have 8 yr old socks still wearable. I consider this my favorite sock yarn and i have tried a lot of different brands of sock yarn. It wears like iron, softer yarns dont wear as well.
My husband picked out this yarn in Ragg shades. I loved the way it knit very very fast, I use a sock loom, another plus was the 75% wool made spit splicing it a breeze. I was able to make a pair of socks that the pattern matched almost perfectly. But, it's a rough yarn with a crisp hand. and I paid almost 6.00 a skein and for the yardage which I felt was a little scant I won't buy this again unless I can get it at a deep discount.
Using US#1 needles, I knitted one pair (adult women's)per skein of the Ragg Shades, but when I used the Jacquards, I was only able to get one and a half socks from a skein, even though the label has the same amount of ounces and yardage. I do love not knowing how the pattern will evolve, and the patterns do repeat so that you can make the second sock match. The socks wash up nicely, and I air dry them flat. I also love the fact that the yarn does not split when knitting. I too would love more solid colors.
I bought 1 skein to learn to make socks. I only got 1 sock out of the skein and I made anklets. I don'y have enough to make a second sock and no stores in my area carry the colorway I bought. I wore my one sock as an experiment to a football game that was cold and windy. I wore 2 cotton socks on my other foot. The sock kept my foot warm and my toes of both feet were equally chilly after the game was over. I was wearing tennis shoes. I am very pleased with this yarn. It isn't the softest but I want warmth and if the slightly scratchy wool will keep my feet warm I do not care. They were comfortable to wear. I will wear my single handmade sock again with pride till I can make a matching pair with 2 skeins of Patons Kroy.
I'm disappointed in my recent purchase of Kroy Socks. These balls are rougher than the balls I purchased only a few years ago. And, based on other reviews, I shouldn't expect it to soften up over time. I'm also disappointed in the yardage. I expected a 50g ball to make one women's sock (it always has in the past) but I will have to knit the toes out of a contrasting yarn as I'm out of yarn with an inch and a half to go.
I loved the colors of the new FX yarn, but I like my socks to match and I could never find a repeating pattern in this yarn.
This yarn wears well but never really softens up- its on the harsh side. Kroy offers lots of pattens/colors so there's plenty of choices. But.. the yardage is poor. I originally had bought two skeins to make socks for my son- a sz 13, but ended up with socks for me. There is enough to make plain socks for a woman's sz9.5- I ended up with 6" cuffs. It would not have been cost efficient to have had to buy 3 skeins. For a large size male's socks the yardage needs to be at least 210yds (and even that only gives you about a 6" cuff). If socks were for me, I'd probably buy this again but only when it was on sale.