LYCRA® Fiber Selection for Hosiery / Socks

LYCRA® fibers offer the world’s greatest variety of stretch fibers for legwear. With a fiber for every fabric, LYCRA® fiber can improve the comfort and fit of any legwear garment. Whether for pantyhose, tights, hold-ups, knee-highs or socks, the consumer appeal that LYCRA® fiber brings to a garment has inspired fashion designers worldwide. Find the LYCRA® fibers that are best for your legwear applications, and then count on industry-leading technical support when you use LYCRA® fibers for legwear.

Fiber Technologies

FUSION Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Dtex: 12 - 30 Segments: Hosiery Availability: Worldwide
  • Helps make hosiery run resistant
  • Can improve the durability and wear life of hosiery
  • Exceptional comfort, fit, and shape retention
  • Hosiery with good, uniform layout

LIVING LIGHTS Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Dtex: 11 - 22 Segments: Hosiery Availability: Europe
  • Increased on-tone color uptake
  • Deeper, more saturated fashion colors or more natural skin tones
  • More uniform, consistent appearance

SOFT COMFORT Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Dtex: 45 - 1145 Segments: Hosiery, Socks Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • High elongation, low hysteresis elastane fiber for soft, comfort stretch
  • Garments are easy to don but fit firmly
  • Preferred elastane fiber for hosiery bands, control tops, sock tops, and knee-high tops

STEAM-SETTABLE Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Dtex: 16 - 20 Segments: Hosiery, Socks Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Worldwide
  • Based on LYCRA® T178C fiber, which enables legwear to be more easily steam-boarded for an aesthetically pleasing layout
  • LYCRA® T178C fiber is the preferred fiber for producing hosiery in which LYCRA® fiber is knit into every course
  • In sock bodies, the efficient boarding performance of LYCRA® T178C fiber produces garments that are sized convincingly for enhanced counter appeal

T400® Technology by LYCRA® Brand

Dtex: 33 - 660 Segments: Socks Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • Ideal for socks and opaque tights when low-to-moderate stretch is required
  • Greater and more durable stretch than textured yarns, the perfect upgrade from standard textured yarns
  • Excellent resistance to chemicals, including chlorine and UV radiation
  • Dyeing characteristics similar to textured polyester
  • Also available as a producer-colored black fiber (dtex: 83, 165, 330)

Standard Fibers

LYCRA® T136B Fiber

Dtex: 22 - 470 Segments: Hosiery Availability: Europe
  • High-power fiber to create compression for medical hosiery
  • Good uniformity and consistent quality

LYCRA® T136C Fiber

Dtex: 22 - 1880 Segments: Hosiery Availability: Europe
  • High-power fiber to create compression for medical hosiery
  • Good uniformity and consistent quality

LYCRA® T137C Fiber

Dtex: 280 - 420 Segments: Hosiery Availability: Europe
  • High power for use in high compression, medical hosiery
  • Available in 280 and 420 dtex

LYCRA® T162C Fiber

Dtex: 22 - 1880 Segments: Hosiery, Socks Availability: Asia, Europe, North America, South America
  • Combines high elongation, high tenacity, and high uniformity
  • For hosiery panties and legs
  • Excellent for graduated compression hosiery

LYCRA® T163A Fiber

Dtex: 20 Segments: Socks Availability: Europe
  • Cost effective fiber with good elongation and tenacity
  • Specially designed product with high put-up for use in air-jet covering for sock bodies
  • Available in 20 dtex

LYCRA® T906M Fiber

Dtex: 30 Segments: Hosiery Availability: Europe
  • High elongation
  • Soft, comfortable stretch for hosiery legs
  • Available in 30 dtex