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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760339694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760339695
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About the photographers: Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel are the authors and photographers of Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Patterns from Vesterheim Museum.About the photographers: Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel are the authors and photographers of Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Patterns from Vesterheim Museum.About the photographers: Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel are the authors and photographers of Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Patterns from Vesterheim Museum.
Annie Modesitt taught herself to knit at age 25. Her work has appeared in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knitters Magazine, Cast On, Family Circle Easy Knitting, McCalls Needlework, and several family-oriented magazines. Author of Confessions of a Knitting Heretic, Knitting Millinery, and editor of the 2006 Accord Crochet Pattern A Day Calendar and the collection of fiber essays, Cheaper Than Therapy, she has also contributed to many knitting books including Stich N' Bitch, Scarf Style, Wrap Style, the Vogue Knitting Book, Weekend Knitting, and Holiday Handknits, Twist & Loop, and Men Who Knit And The Dogs Who Love Them. Annie's the inventor of the astoundingly clever Flip Knit, a low tech, portable alternative to knitting videos.

Editor Kari Cornell has been knitting and collecting vintage patterns for years. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two sons, and a beagle.

Jennifer Simonson is a photographer in Minneapolis, MN. Her photographs have appeared in Sew Retro, published by Voyageur Press, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

About the photographers: Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel are the authors and photographers of Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Patterns from Vesterheim Museum.About the photographers: Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel are the authors and photographers of Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Patterns from Vesterheim Museum.

Sue Flanders has been designing knitwear for more than twenty years. Her patterns have appeared in many publications, including Interweave Knits, Knitter’s magazine, Cast-On and in two books by Melanie Falick, Knitting America and Kids Knitting. She is co-author of Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum (Voyageur Press, 2009) and Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs (Voyageur Press, 2012).

Janine Kosel is an accomplished knitter who has studied under greats like Alice Starmore, Meg Swansen, and Candice Eisner Strict. Janine works at Three Kitten\u2019s Yarn Shop in St. Paul and teaches knitting and tatting workshops at many Twin Cities area knitting and needlework shops.

More About the Author

Heather Ordover is a writer of stories, teacher of things, knitter of socks, and mother of boys.
She can be found on her weekly podcast CraftLit® and at her knitting blog, Mama O Knits too Much.

Ms Ordover can be booked for signings, readings, and knitting classes from her website http://crafting-a-life.com/shop/
and you can find sock patterns for our Magnifcent Seven along with an invitation to write shawl patterns for Rosie at http://groundedseries.com/updates.
Everything else Ordover's up to can be found via her hub http://cra$ing-a-life.com.

She lives, teaches, and writes in Northern VA with her supportive husband, goofy sons, and far too many devoted mosquitoes.

"What Would Madame Defarge Knit?" is the first book in the WWMDfK? series.
"Grounded" is the first book in The Seven series.

Customer Reviews

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This book is for the experienced knitter as well as the beginner.
mathwizard
This is a good selection of 25 knitting patterns from around the world, nicely designed and I'm sure you'll want to knit quite a few if you are a sockaholic.
K. Platt
What I love about this book is the fact that you can find sock traditions organized geographically.
Susan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shirley M. Hooper on July 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just received this book, which I had pre-ordered back in early March, and I am so jazzed! There are 26 patterns representing or inspired by geographical areas such as: Scandinavia, British Isles, Europe, the Far East, and the West. Designers include: Nancy Bush, Anna Zilboorg, Janel Laidman, Chrissy Gardiner, Anne Carrol Gilmour, Candace Eisner Strick, Pinpilan Wangsai, Tatyana Chambers, Annie Modesitt, Elanor Lynn, Donna Druchunas, Star Athena, Beth B. Parrott, Teva Durham, Beth Brown-Reinsel, Helene Magnusson, Kristin Spurkland, Heather Anne Ordover, Dawn Brocco, Wendy Johnson, Gretchen Funk, and Elizabeth Ravenwood.

Techniques include: cuff down, toe up, colourwork (stranded, intarsia and mosaic), cables, twisted stitches, lace, tvaandstickning (two-ended or twined knitting) assorted types of heels, separate soles...and more! There are traditional socks, tabi socks (Chinese and Japanese), anklets and kilt hose. There are patterns which use charts only, and patterns which have both charts and text for the design.

The negatives: Although the photographs themselves are very nice, in many cases the socks are clearly too large for the model's foot, and the socks could be shown to better advantage had they been blocked. It's a shame for the designers that their efforts were not handled in a better fashion. Fortunately, their reputation will override the shoddy photo shoots. And a dust jacket would have been nice as my brand-new-out-of-the-box copy was showing scuff marks within the first hour in my hands.

These annoyances notwithstanding, the socks in this book are definitely not in the SAME-O, SAME-O class of patterns and designs, and I've already cast on a pair!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mathwizard on August 16, 2011
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Being an experienced knitter I am always on the look out for new and challenging patterns. This book is for the experienced knitter as well as the beginner. The challenges are there as well as new things to learn. I see how to adapt the patterns for my circular needles as I don't use double points unless really necessary. The pattern selection and techniques are excellent. I am working my way through the book doing all the patterns. I recommend it to all who enjoy making socks!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DFE on October 14, 2011
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I think it important to note that most of these socks call for dk or worsted weight yarn rather then sock weight yarn. The upside is that you will have fewer stitches to the inch so the socks will be quicker to knit. The downside is that you will not be able to wear this socks inside your shoes unless you routinely buy shoes 1 - 2 sizes larger than your foot to accommodate very thick socks. I have knit 24 pairs of socks to date and can tell you that only socks made out of the lightest weight fingering yarn will fit in most peoples regular shoe size. Typical sock yarn requires the wearer to go up a half to one full shoe size. Most of these socks will be much thicker and some quite uncomfortable - I spied one pattern that called for 220 wool and my feet are itching just thinking about it. Other then the question of whether most people would actually find many of these socks wearable, the patterns in the book are attractive and offer a wide variety of styles, although most include color work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sock knitter on December 5, 2011
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I'm very enthusiastic about the designs selected for this book, most especially the kilt hose are the most stunning pair I have ever seen (& I have made a life-long study of hand knit kilt hose). I only wish they had taken better photos of some of the projects & on models that the socks fit better, it would have been nice to see the back views of some of the socks that had involved calf shaping, for instance- other than these few complaints I am revving up my needles to knit every single pair and am looking forward to seeing the next volume in this series...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2014
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This is a great sock book if you love ethnic patterns and designs. The patterns range from the Baltic and Scandinavia, to the Andes and Asia. Most of these socks, except for the Scottish kilt hose, require colorwork. There is some history of the craft of sock knitting for each region.

There is a wide variety of technique included: two-ended textural knitted from Sweden, intarsia, color stranding, various heels, toes and traveling stitches and cables. The gamut of techniques you find in socks--all in one book. Other than Folk Socks by Nancy Bush and Ethnic Socks & Stockings by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts) hardly any other book has as many techniques or as many regional ethnic designs. If you love knitting socks, you'll want this for your knitting library.

If you purchase the hardbound copy, you can purchase the Kindle copy for an addition $2.99. However, the book is better in hardbound--as I was not able to expand the pictures in the Kindle version and some of the illustrations are VERY small. Nevertheless, I enjoy being able to have it on Kindle to read, but I'll be working from the hardbound copy for knitting any of the patterns.
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