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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680326
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Budd and Merrow's book will appeal to this [sock knitting] fan base and may even convince reluctant knitters to take up the sport." - Library Journal

"I love sock books that have a covered spiral binding so I can lay the book out flat while I am knitting." - All Info About Knitting.com

"The publishers that started the whole sock phenom have put out a greatest sock hits book...presented in a fantastic package." - Knitty.com

"Good patterns. Classic. Timeless." - Cast-on.com

"Tired of trying to remember what issue that sock pattern was in? This collection solves that problem." - The News & Observer

"Those double points will be flying. Each succeeding sock tickles your must-knit list." - Yarn Market News

"Five out of five stars! I really like this new sock book." - Knitting News

"These are patterns sock knitters will be using repeatedly, mixing and matching the techniques as their confidence and ability grows." - Monsters and Critics.com

About the Author

Ann Budd is the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine, the author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, and the coauthor of Wrap Style. Anne Merrow is a book editor for Interweave Press and a devoted knitter. They both live in Boulder, Colorado.


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Ann Budd is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She is the author of Best of Interweave Knits, Getting Started Knitting Socks, The Knitter's Handy Book series, Simple Style, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and a coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style, all published by Interweave Press. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her website and blog at www.annbuddknits.com.

Customer Reviews

Easy to follow directions, and wonderful pictures.
Jennifer Webster
Anyone who has already knit at least one or two pairs of socks will do well with this book.
Bonnie Brody
I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves to knit socks.
Helga McCann

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
These 25 sock patterns are taken from various issues of Interweave Press magazines such as "Interweave Knits" and "Piecework" and "Spin-Off." These magazines are foremost in the world of fibers and once in a while, one of the magazines issues features a sock project. I predict that, just like the earlier book of Spin-Off contest socks which became a best-seller in the knitting world, this book of favorite socks will take the knitting world by storm. It is definitely time for a new, pretty sock book!

There are literally socks here for everyone; classic patterns in Austrian style running stitches (rather like aran patterns), a shadow knit sock with X's and O's (which is what I plan to knit first.) There are lace socks, patterned Latvian socks, padded footlets, longer cabled stockings and an anatomically comfortable fitted sock by knitting guru Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. The socks I loved especially? A wave-stitch sock in sport weight wool, the Latvian sock with the Baltic motifs for Laima and Mara, and the undulating Rib sock, a new take on a simple pattern of broken rib in shadowy varigated yarn.

The book is spiral bound with a cover done in perfect binding (meaning, the book lies flat when you are working a pattern, but the spiral is covered by glazed paper covered boards.) Normally, a reviewer ignores the cover, right? But here, the binding is just perfect for a take-along book.

I would say most of the socks in this book require more than a beginner's skill. There is a nice glossary in the back and a set of drawings of basic stitches and techniques, but I believe if you have never knitted a sock before on double pointed needles, you will need to get a lesson or video in that technique before you essay to start on any of these pretty patterns.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Hakl on December 25, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
This book has some good patterns, with a good variation of men and women's socks. There aren't explicitly any kids socks, but there is one pattern that shows you how to convert it into any size you need. Make sure to check the publishers errata page, as there are a few errors in the book. I had to start a sock over, and I was almost finished!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Miller on October 26, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
The twenty five sock patterns are all winners. The photos are very good as are the diagrams, and charts. I love the spiral binding...I wish more books were done this way. The "Two-Yarn Resoleable Socks" and the "Padded Footlets" were new consepts which will broaden my repertoire of sock knitting. I was, however, disappointed that some of the patterns only had directions for one size.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on July 24, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
Socks have long been a popular item for knitters to make. Portable and requiring relatively small amounts of yarn, they can be as complicated or as simple as a knitter desires. For many knitters, they are the perfect way to try out a new technique while make something inherently useful, and ensure that loved ones' feet are kept warm.

From the second issue of Interweave Knits, sock patterns have been an integral part of the popular magazine. Ann Budd and Anne Merrow have combed the archives and selected seventeen of their favorite designs for inclusion in Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave. From Meida's Socks, Estonian-inspired lace socks by Nancy Bush (1997), to the Waving Lace Socks, a popular design by Evelyn A. Clark featured on the book's cover (2004), there is sure to be an old favorite for everyone.

Patterns have also been pulled from sister publications PieceWork and Spin*Off, offering patterns that many knitters have never seen before. To round out the collection, six new patterns have been included.

Many of the original issues of Interweave Knits have gone out of print and Favorite Socks ensures these patterns are accessible for a new generation of knitters. Besides providing many classic patterns, this collection also includes a helpful tutorial on knitting socks on two circular needles, instructions for making resoleable socks and both toe-up and top-down instructions.

Published with a hardcover and a spiral binding so the book opens flat, Favorite Socks is sure to win pride-of-place in many knitters' libraries.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on November 18, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
There are a lot of lovely patterns in this book, with good pictures. But the book is full of errors, both in the text and in the charts and either you scribble on your copy to correct them or you'll have to print the corrected pages from the Interweave website and attach them to the book. Interweave really need to sort out the quality of their books.
I would have given this 4 or 5 stars otherwise, but mistakes in knitting books are not acceptable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenni Mccarty on May 7, 2007
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I absolutely loved this book. I have always been a fan of the Interweave Knits publications, but this book is amazing. there are beautiful patterns that you would actually wear and the great thing is that you don't have to knit them all on #000 size needles. I loved at least 1 thing about all of the patterns in this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to knit socks.
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