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Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters (New Pathways for Sock Knitters) Paperback – October 1, 2009
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Well, now it has. Ms. Bordhi has written the perfect sock book with a sock so easy to knit, a beginner knitter could do it. I have just finished a sample pair of socks and they are stunning! There are no gaps or holes at the heel and I was able to knit a sock in a day! When I blocked them, they were flawless. I must admit I was terrified of cutting the "mouth" for the cuff but that was effortless with Ms. Bordhi's wonderful suggestion of a lifeline. The instructions were so clear and, for once, right on the money. If you are a knitter and follow the instructions as written, you cannot fail!
I'm done with my quest. Making socks with Ms. Bordhi's instructions is now a way of life for me. I am working on my third pair and will always have socks in progress. Thank you, Cat. I don't know you, but I love you!
I feel almost ashamed to make that admission because I feel that sock knitters are the main reason the recent resurgence of knitting has been so long-lasting and deep. (Once you work up a small garment on size 1 needles, you know you can knit ANYTHING on size 6's!)
But I don't knit socks very often, and hardly ever for myself.
After reading this book that will change. I'm selecting yarns for a new pair of socks for myself right now!
Cat has a way of making perfect sense of the sock mystery. Her clear concept of a way to measure your foot, to take into consideration the rise of your instep, and the very interesting patterns make this a book that MUST be on the shelf of every sock knitter.
(And also on the shelves of the sometimes-sock-knitters, too!)
It's always wonderful to see a designer take into account that one size does NOT fit all, even with socks, and offer an excellent plan for creating a well fitting sock.
This method of sock construction is wonderful because you can avoid a lot of the things that I consider a hassle in knitting.
1- minimal row counting for the foot section.
2- no heel turning (which I know for some is a huge factor)
3- extremely stretchy leg opening which is particularly important for people with diabetes or have water retention issues.
Bordhi is fantastic about making sure that no matter what your needle preference is, this system works for you. She shows how you can use it with one large circular using the magic loop method, how to use it with the two circ method and how also to use it with dpn's. While the double knitting method isn't covered, I believe if you start the two socks separately and knit a few rounds, you can then merge them onto one set of needles to continue in the traditional double knitting method.
The other reason this book is great is because some of the patterns are very much one of a kind. I haven't seen anything like it anywhere else. It's worth the money and I think I will be holding on to this book forever.
However, this approach will appeal to only a limited number of knitters. You cannot knit these by shoe size or by foot measurement - you have to make a blueprint first for which you need numerous try-ons so these socks could only be knitted for someone to whom you have such access.
Furthermore, the blueprint is very specific--it only works for a specific gauge. Different yarn--different gauge--you have to make a new blueprint.
This will appeal to you if you don't like a flap heel but have a high instep so that regular afterthought heel socks are tight around the ankle.
However, you could incorporate the idea of additional instep increases in the foot into a more conventional approach as well.
Glad I borrowed this from the library first - I wouldn't use it enough to justify purchasing it on my limited budget of both $$ and bookshelf space.
However, it is definitely worth reading.
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This book is not for everyone, but does provide you with the techniques to make your customized socks. Very Clever!Published 25 days ago by Andres P. Nevarez
Lots of great, straightforward ideas to make sock knitting easier - actually to get the fit right. Makes sense!Published 3 months ago by KarenD
I've been knitting for more than 50 years and this book turns your head upside down about socks and how they can be made. I loved it.Published 3 months ago by sherri831
If you are a passionate knitter, you will LOVE this book. The way to make sock patterns for yourself and others for whom you knit more than make this book worth getting.Published 5 months ago by MDAMXOX
Cat is the master of inventive knitting. Lots of great ideas for sock design.Published 9 months ago by JLH
I live in Florida but most of my family lives in colder climates - Northern States and France - and I love to knit socks for them. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nancy O. Dickson