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Fancy Feet: Traditional Knitting Patterns of Turkey Hardcover – October, 1994
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Likewise, I have found her charted renditions of Turkish patterns to often be incomplete and/or inaccurate. There is nothing quite so disappointing and aggravating to discover several rows later that the diagram one has been following faithfully has been carelessly rendered, necessitating tedious (and sometimes impossible) corrections.
The photographs are very nice, but the flat front view of the socks do not present them in their entire complexity.
All in all, while this is an inspiring book in ways, I would not recommend it to anyone except the most die-hard ethnological knitters.
My only complaint is with the layout of the book itself. The title font is difficult to read and the graphs are ... weird. They are very large, say 5 stitches per inch as opposed to 10 per inch you usually see. So it's hard to see the whole pattern in a single glance. Second, the symbol used in the graph to indicate the patter is weird, a tilde ~ and it again makes the pattern hard to see at a glance. I found it most useful to copy and reduce the pages and then color the pattern squares in with more readable symbols.
This is not a book for beginner knitters. If you don't already know hot to knit socks you'll have a difficult time. If you already know how to knit, you'll love the patterns and find many uses for them beyond socks.
A must for anyone who enjoys two-color or ethnic knitting.
The book features the cast-on method for Eastern (Turkish) socks and it is a bit wierd; even after a lesson I had difficulty to do it. But this book explains it very well.
I personally don't knit Turkish socks if I want a pair of utilitarian socks in a hurry. But I do use this book if I want a special pair for clogs or sandals, or a pair of slippers in bright colors. You can use the charts for other things, like vests. There is a companion book of mittens using similar techniques. If you love colorwork, this book is inspiring.
As in most of her knitting books Anna Zilboorg gives (and admits to it) only sketchy directions for knitting in general and sock knitting in particular. So what? There's a mountain of instructional books for beginners and weathered knitters alike, not to forget the endless supply of free tutorials on the internet (just try youtube or the ravelry). You should be comfortable knitting in rounds though, otherwise you may get disheartened soon. If you are beginner fearless and adventurous enough to take Anna Zilboorg's patterns on I suggest you try something that doesn't require a lot of shaping before taking up sock-knitting, maybe wristlets or a watch cap. The patterns work for flat-knitting too, but for that you need to be able to purl with two or three strands.
The photos of the socks may look intimidating but most of them are actually quite benign, for intricate colour knitting that is. There are very few patterns that use more than two colours at the same time, one for the pattern itself and one for the background which changes after a number of rounds (mostly somewhere between 10 and 20 rounds). The photos are always opposite to the large and clear graphs, if you are not sure if you are still on the right way you can easily check how your sock should look.
As for me, I'm insanely happy with my Fancy Feet. I have been looking for it for years and now I got it for an extremely reasonable price.
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Anna Zilboorg's designs are gorgeous and lovely to look at. If you enjoy having knitting books just to admire them, you will love this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Berg
New way of making socks. But the pattern graps are hard to se because of the way they are made. I bought the book rarely used, and there were som folding in the book. Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by Gerd J. Isaksen
I bought Anna Zilboog's "Knitting for anarchists" a few years ago from Amazon and found it to be one of the most helpful and, yes, inspiring knitting books I had ever bought. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by J. Smith
But it's not for beginners. Nor is it for those that Elizabeth Zimmerman calls 'blind followers'. You will not find line by line instructions here on how to make the socks as... Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by History Teacher