Different types of fibers are use in socks for different reasons. Look at the table below for the differences.

Type Reason Used Uses
Cotton Absorbency, Hand All types of socks
     
Nylon Gives bulk, strength, stretch Used as a plating yarn for socks, sheer hosiery
     
Acrylic  Wicking action moves moisture away from foot, gives bulk Used particularly in sport socks
     
Wool Gives warmth, absorbs moisture Used in winter socks, usually blended
Elastic Gives stretch to sock tops Used in all mock rib socks and sheer hosiery

 

 

 

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