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Sensational Knitted Socks Paperback – August 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale and Company; First Edition edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564775704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564775702
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Home: Middletown, Connecticut (near Hartford)

A lifelong knitter, Charlene Schurch is the author of four books and has worked as a knitting, spinning, and dyeing instructor for 10 years. Her work has been featured in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Knits, and Piecework.


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Charlene Schurch is a successful author and knitter. Her work has been featured in Knitter's, Interweave Knits, and Piecework magazine.

Customer Reviews

I've already made two pairs of socks from this book.
B. Rickard
I like the fact that it gives you how knit socks using 3 or 4 double points or 2 circulars.
Sheila Y. Wilson
Would highly recommend for knitters with some sock experience.
S. Westfall

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234 of 239 people found the following review helpful By Dawson5 on September 8, 2005
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The first part covers sock knitting basics, but there are charts included with ball park measurement for feet based on shoe sizes. There's another table for the number of stitches to cast on based on the circumference measurement. She covers how to adjust for different foot shapes. Then we move to sock construction. She includes directions for 4 DPs, 5 DPs and two circs!

Then we move into the sock patterns! This book is arranged more like one of the Harmony Aran guides, where the patterns are broken down by number of stitches in a repeat. The patterns are arranged like a stitch dictionary, too. Instead of every pattern verbatim, they have one pattern at the beginning of the section with the different stitch repeats and then behind that, they have thumbnails of the pattern stitches with charts and long hand instructions. The section with 4 stitch repeats has 12 patterns alone!

After that, there are sections for 5,6,8 and 12 stitch repeats. Then sections for cables, patterns for self-striping yarns, Fair Isle, "reticulated" patterns (small Fair Isles that repeat to make a bigger allover pattern look, like the green sock on the cover) and mosaic patterns. A quick count netted 72 possible patterns from this book alone!
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135 of 136 people found the following review helpful By blakdove on August 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for the sock knitter.

Here's a breakdown of some of the features of the book.

1. Gives instructions for toe-up and top-down socks so you can have your pick. Although some stitch patterns are written to be done toe-up and some toe-down, it's pretty easy to just do the sock the way you want to, using the stitch pattern you want.

2. Provides directions for different ways to do heels and toes, including short-row, afterthought, fore-thought, and flap-and-gusset heels (for both top-down and toe-up socks). Gives directions for easy toe and short-row toe for toe-up socks. This really helps with helping you discover the sock-knitting methods best suited to you and your yarn.

3. Clear directions, once you get used to the format.

4. You can knit socks in any size yarn, for any size foot, because each pattern is written for various gauges and foot circumferences. This actually makes the patterns a bit confusing at first, but once you get used to it, it's a breeze. I definitely recommend photocopying the patterns and highlighting YOUR numbers.

5. Gives charts for yarn amounts needed, foot sizes (very helpful if you're knitting socks as gifts and know the recepient's approximate shoe size, but can't exactly measure the foot), and all kinds of other useful sock information.

6. For each sock, directions are given for using 4 or 5 dpns or two circular needles. This, again, makes the patterns slightly confusing at first (see item #4).

7. There's a stitch dictionary for each pattern, including simple knit-and-purl and lacey patterns done in repeats of 4, 5, 6, 8, and 12 stitches.
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful By happy reader VINE VOICE on September 24, 2005
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Many knitting books are full of pretty pictures and patterns but rarely are they pictures of garments etc that real people might wear.

This book is WAY different. If you're a sock knitter,no matter if you're just a beginner or a seasoned expert, this book is a must. Although I will warn you that life is too short to try out all the ideas shown and different, workable patterns for every kind of yarn you might imagine. This book is definitely a keeper.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Beth B. Parrott on September 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book contains a huge amount of information about sock knitting - the basics and SO much more. You could knit from it for years and never run out of ideas.

I like being able to choose a stitch pattern and size to fit the yarn I want to use and just knit what I want to. Many books contain patterns that are only in one size or one yarn gauge or only allow for one stich pattern. There are thousands of potential combinations in this book - the choice is up to you.

I also like the way the book is organized - there is so much information packed into a modest amount of text. A lot of concrete suggestions and not a lot of extra fluff. So many books are this length and contain only a few patterns and/or a limited number of new ideas

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. I am a bit biased - I test knit some of the patterns for the author - and enjoyed every minute of it.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a must have sock book for anybody who loves to knit socks or who wants to learn sock knitting. Ms. Schurch takes the knitter from the basics of sock construction to advanced techniques with color knitting, a forethought heel (instead of an afterthought heel), and intricate cable patterns.

What prevented me from giving this book five stars are the following:

1. The book should have been done in a spiral bound so that it would lay flat. As it is, one really has to push down hard on the pages to make them lay flat.

2. Ms. Schurch covered sock knitting with two circulars very briefly. To get a better coverage of this technique, one needs to turn to the net or Cat Bordhi's booklet "Socks soar on two circular needles".

3. The instructions for the forethought heel are very unclear, especially for someone who has not tried this method. I had to rip back my socks a number of times in order to get the heel right. Ms. Schurch could have provided a few pages (and pictures) on the complicated construction and knitting of this inventive heel which utilizes a provisional cast on, grafting with Kitchener stitch and picking up stitches from the provisional cast on. The instructions indicated that frequently one would have one fewer stitch to pick up from the provisional cast on; no explanation was given as to why this is so and the knitter is further instructed to pick up an extra stitch somewhere in order to avoid a gap. This, along with four extra stitches that one needs to pick up, creates a very confusing instruction.
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