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Knit Your Socks on Straight: A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles Spiral-bound

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Spi edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612120083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612120089
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Not interested in knitting in the round? Wary of double-pointed needles? Now you can knit comfortable, attractive socks on straight needles. Alice Curtis shows you the secret to straight-needle sock knitting with her elegant technique for turning the necessary seam into an appealing design element. Step-by-step instructions and photographs introduce the stitches and explain how to make a beautiful seam. Twenty unique patterns feature a variety of yarn weights and motifs and include instructions for a range of sizes.

About the Author

Alice Curtis was the owner of The Pincushion Patch, a yarn shop in Little Falls, NY. She created sock patterns for knitting on two straight needles so she could teach her students the technique she developed. Be sure to visit the website at for updated information and tips. A complete errata page is available to make your project easier.

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The directions are easy to follow.
Lynn A. Peters
I have had the book only a short time and have already made three pairs of socks using the patterns in this book.
So if you love making your own socks, and are lazy like me, order this book!

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) on June 19, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
Knit Your Socks on Straight A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles by Alice Curtis
Wanted to read this book because 1. I love knitting and 2. I've knit socks but need to improve my skill level and thought this is a different way to knit socks.
First are the basics and then different techniques and why they might work for some socks and sometimes other methods look better in the long run.
One thing I found most helpful was the discussion of the different heels and the different toe shapes. I've done a few just following a pattern on 4 needles.
Like the layout of the patterns and what is needed, gauge and just the cleanness of how it's all laid out in front of you.
Love the magnified stitch of each of the socks, and their very colorful playful names for the socks.
Most important to me as I can wear a man's size 10 shoe, love the variety of sizes available.
Fireside would be my favorite, elegant but simple stitching.
For the more challenging there are 5 patterns that are charted. The others are all row by row written instructions.
Great book, one for all levels and you can feel great about being able to make socks if you've dreaded the complications of making them. This book makes them an easy thing to do.
Comes with abbreviations and diagrammed glossary of how to do some techniques. The spiral bound book also would be great for not losing your place as the book can lie flat.
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KNIT YOUR SOCKS ON STRAIGHT is one of those rare knitting books that actually delivers on its promise of "A New and Inventive Technique" for knitting socks on two straight needles. Dedicated sock knitters ought to have a lot of fun trying out designer Alice Curtis' creative and unusual approach to making "two-needle" socks.

In my experience, "two-needle" socks (socks knit on two straight needles) are knit flat and then seamed along the back of the leg and along the bottom of the foot to the toe (sometimes using an afterthought heel). Usually these easy-to-knit socks don't look very good, or fit nearly as well as traditional tubular socks knitted in the round.

What's so innovative about KNIT YOUR SOCKS ON STRAIGHT is that these two-needle socks are mostly designed as shaped left-foot and right-foot socks (heels knitted in), with the seam running from toe to cuff along the sides of the foot and leg. The seam itself uses a simple crochet-hook technique (no need to know how to crochet!) that disguises the seam and incorporates it into the overall design of the sock. The result? Curtis' "two-needle" socks fit snugly (if we can believe the photographs), and don't look at all like traditional "two-needle" socks!

The heels (traditional round or short-row) are knitted in prior to seaming (so that gusset stitches must be picked up). The shaped toes are also knitted in (requiring placement of markers and decreasing). At various points of the construction, some stitches are counted and left unworked (on the needles or on holders). None of this is difficult--and clear photographs and instructions explain each step--but I think that the patterns call for intermediate or very adventurous beginner knitting skills.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Zittel on June 18, 2013
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Have you seen this book yet, that just came out today? Have you admired the crazy gorgeous yarn on the front cover or the designs on the inside? Have you started knitting socks yet?
Anyone who reads my blog knows I knit a lot of socks - a lot - though I make mainly basic, easy, toe up socks and don't often challenge myself in the socknitting department... or really, the knitting department. (I'll challenge myself with crochet sometimes, but knitting... knitting is just for me, and for fun, and I really do like the basics though I do know how to do any knitting technique under the sun & teach them all on a regular basis). Now, that being said, I love to knit in the round (and regularly turn flat knit patterns into being knit in the round) but I can't wait to start the socks in this book.

OK, whew... went off on a tangent there, didn't I?

So the book begins with the basics... how to, gauge, and specific sock knitting techniques as well, such as turning the heel. Then come the socks... oh the gorgeous socks! There's 15 patterns here, from the basic worsted weight sock to the fancy, fingering weight texture or cabled socks, and there's baby socks and heavier slipper socks. Surprisingly, there's only a few intarsia designs (Coffee Break would make EXCELLENT scrap socks) & only one pair of lace socks (though admitably it's gorgeous).

Alice Curtis, who's an LYS owner (lucky girl), even explains the best way to seam the socks... and seriously... it's not hard, and the finished socks look good. Crocheters, are you listening? She's having us slip stitch the sock seam!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DeborahDarling on July 27, 2013
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Everything being said about "Knit Your Socks Straight" being a wonderful book is absolutely true...
But if you're thinking "I don't need ths book - I LIKE knitting socks on 4 needles" - then you and I are on the proverbial same page. HOWEVER - I have tried socks on one circ, socks on 2 circs, plus all the top down, toe up, start somewhere in the middle, and straight needle patterns from this century and the last. I always end up going back to my fave top down 4 needle patterns. And this is where "Knit Your Socks Straight" comes in. I travel a lot. My DH is a pilot, and he likes me to "fly along". Don't envy me - I fly standby - and I am totally over Beijing, Hong Kong, & Shanghai. I am in a coach seat for 12 to 18 hours with nothing to do but knit and pray that the 2 sleeping guys on either side of me will let me get up when I need to visit the "girls room". But I digress...
Socks are a perfect choice when you need to "knit to save your sanity" for 16 hours and you can only take 1 carry-on bag that HAS to fit under your seat. So I like to take at least 3 or 4 skeins of my current happy sock yarn (all my trips involve TWO 12 - 18 hour legs) and the obligatory sets of 4 sock needles. Needless to say - the tiny metal size zeros are a bad choice for negotiating the TSA gauntlet. I usually secret a set of dainty bamboo's somewhere in the seam of my purse or carry on. And here is my problem:
I have broken one or two just getting thru security, I've lost one or two during a hectic boarding at the last minute, I've lost one or two in flight when some clod smacked into me as he raced down the isle, I've lost one or two when turbulence hit at the exact moment that I had a needle free and on my lap..... I'm sure you've got the idea here.
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