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Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles: a Manual of Elegant Knitting Techniques and Patterns Paperback – July 1, 2001
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It takes literally moments to learn Cat's method. So why do you need her book? It contains handsome patterns for both men and women, and explains clearly how to translate the old kind of pattern to her method. That way you can still use your favorite sock patterns (one of mine is a Nancy Bush design). It's so simple (Cat even says so) that you scarcely need the book. But you do--because of the vaariety of patterns she offers, as well as pages and pages of tips and tricks that you'll use later for socks and collars and sleeves and all kinds of other knitting.
One more thing--she is funny and gentle, and she understands that you need good explanations. The photographs are so beautiful you could frame them. Get this book, and your feet will have more socks!
1. The technique of using two circulars to knit a sock in the round is easy to do, but rather hard to explain. Author Bordi does this with clear pictures and great step-by-step explanations. I was totally flummoxed by this technique until I read her book.
2. Knitting on two circulars rather than 4 double-points results in a smoother gauge. This is especially important for colorwork knitting.
3. The pictures are clear and show some beautiful technique. The cover is in color, and the photos inside are a very good gray tone that shows detail. The patterns are endlessly adaptable, using them as a template with your own colorwork or textured knitting designs.
4. There isn't just technique in this book. Bordi has a number of really lovely patterns including some textured work, color work and picture knitting. Charts are large and easy to read. Only the leaf-and-tendril is not charted (it's row by row.)
5. Here's a list of the sock patterns:
a. Simple Sock in three Sizes (easy)
b. Indoor Felted Boot (easy)
c. Gardener sock (easy)
d. Columbine Peak (intermediate, textured)
e. Two Alert Cats (intermediate, cat chart really useful!)
f. Cable Top (intermediate)
g. Alpine Meadow (intermediate, nice colorwork)
h. Bavarian Twisted Stitch (intermediate, lovely textured)
i. Leaf and Tendril (textured, advanced.)
j. Not mentioned in the contents, but there is a "fleet foot" sock with a design like Mercury's wings on the cuff.
There are only 44 pages in this book, which makes it seem a bit pricey, but every page is loaded with content.Read more ›
There are also errors in the Basic Sock pattern, which I find almost unforgiveable. I know errors in knitting magazines and books are inevitable, but if I were writing a sock knitting book I'd go to extraordinary efforts to make sure the beginner's sock is error-free. Luckily you can find the corrections on the net, just go to google and search for "Corrections for Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordi." (Use the quotes and type in exactly that, only one page will show up and that's the page you want.)
Another complaint I have is the lack of uniformity among the patterns. She sometimes uses different words to describe the same step from pattern to pattern, which could be confusing to beginners, and sometimes her directions slip into silliness, such as the "bloops" in the felted slipper pattern. However I do enjoy her overall conversational tone and it doesn't grate on my nerves (though I can easily understand why it would bug some people).
The two circular method is GREAT and very simple and I now knit all my socks/sleeves/hat tops/etc using it, but I learned it from the Summer 2000 Knitter's magazine, I didn't need to buy this book to figure it out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The two circular needle technique is a great one. Not so much maybe because it's only two needles, but because the circular needles you can buy, like Addi Turbo, are so... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Margaret A. Cleary
I bought this to teach a friend of mine how to knit socks. I originally bought this book several years ago and knit socks constantly from it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eeyoremio
This is a great book with good illustrations! Will be of great help to get me knitting!Published 12 months ago by K. Wasserlein
Cat Bordhi has completely revolutionized sock knitting! Now you can knit without feeling like you are wrestling a porcupine the way you do with double points. Read morePublished 16 months ago by KnitSim
gave it to a friend- too much of a science project.Published 18 months ago by D O WilshynskyDresler
My introduction to sock knitting began with this book and I still refer to it after knitting pair after pair after pair. :)Published 21 months ago by BigRed