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Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures With Judy's Magic Cast-On Paperback – September 30, 2011
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--- Ann Budd, author of Sock Knitting Master Class
When it came time for me to write a book on toe-up socks, the only cast-on I considered was Judy's Magic Cast-On. I use it all the time, and not just for socks. Beyond Toes will bring this cast-on into a whole new light by demonstrating the flexibility of this unique method for everyone to experience and enjoy!
--- Melissa Morgan-Oakes, author of Teach Yourself Visually Circular Knitting
Judy's Magic Cast-On has been my "go to" technique for socks for years. Beyond Toes is a wonderful next step: further refinements on the techniques and a collection of delightfully creative patterns that use them.
- Wendy Johnson, author of Wendy Knits Lace: Essential Techniques and Patterns for Irresistible Everyday Lace
[Beyond Toes is a] beautiful book containing a delicious selection of enticing projects from some of the most exciting knitters of our time. Sampling these patterns will not only introduce you to Judy s most liberating cast-on method but a number of other exciting techniques and styles of knitting that you will wonder how you ever managed without!
--- Lucy Neatby, author of Cool Socks Warm Feet, Cool Knitters Finish in Style, and the Learn with Lucy DVD series
For knitters in search of adventure, Beyond Toes is just the ticket! Each of the eclectic designs is a tempting destination. Knits to cover heads, toes, and all points in between provide exotic ports of call. Using Judy's Magic Cast On as the point of origin, each designer brings his or her unique skill and style along on the voyage. These projects will inspire and challenge knitters of all kinds with their fresh perspective and clever interpretations of the "Magic" of Judy
--- Mary Scott Huff, author of The New Stranded Colorwork
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The patterns include hats, wraps, bags, cowls, a few socks and some mittens. I particularly liked "Monica's Seaman's Scarf" (which is knit from the center in two directions) and the stuffed pig--an unusual knitted toy and always welcome for little kids. A "treasure map" takes you through the new techniques in an amusing manner.
This book is more worth it for the techniques than the patterns; I didn't find the patterns all that unusual, but the techniques used in them can be applied to other knitting, so they are good tutorials, even if the socks are nothing special. But applying those methods of cast on to your own sock designs can be useful. So the designs are good for application purposes. All in all, a book with new things for me to learn, and I've been knitting for decades. Recommended.
There are sections on hats, neckwear, mittens, socks, garments and wraps, bags and cozies, and comfort things.
In the hat section, head bumps is lovely. It is knit in bright blues, greens and purples. In the neckwear section, the magic cowl and wristlet is very feminine and lacy. Monica's seaman's scarf in a earth-toned brown is lacy and practical. The bobsled mittens look warm and pretty in a bright cobalt blue. The sock section does not disappoint. Spring fever socks are cabled and bobbled in a lovely shade of blue. In the garment section, the November street shawl is spectacularly knitted lace in a green/golden hue. Mokosh is a beautiful shawl in a striking shade of blue that would keep the chill off the wearer in any time of year.
The book ends with a nice section on references and abbreviations. There are also nice little bios about all the designers who contributed to this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the designs and the techiniques offered.
The directions a re done in a way any beginner would feel comfortable with and designs going from basic to... Read more
from the title and the author I thought there would be more sock instructions the patterns. very disappointing. not what i was looking for.Published on March 30, 2013 by nancy schrieber
This is one of the most stimulating and fun knitting books I've seen in a long time. Can't wait to try these patterns and it has got me thinking of many more applications of... Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Andrea P.
There is simply nothing more to say than Judy Becker is a knitting genius. Her Judy's Magic Cast-On has been praised by luminaries in the knitting industry including Cat Bordhi... Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by KNITGIRL111