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