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The Big Book of Socks: The Ultimate Beyond-the-Basics Guide to Knitting Socks Paperback – September 8, 2009
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I have only been knitting socks over the past year and there is still plenty I don't understand about it. This book has tons of info and every type of sock pattern for man, woman or child that you can imagine. Exactly what I wanted.
In recent years, the knitting world has seen so many great sock books published, from Cat Bordi to Interweave Knit's "Best of" Sock book. There have also been some wonderful technical books for those who want the freedom to construct/design their own socks or adapt any pattern to their design/sizing preferences, such as Chrissy Gardiner's "Toe's Up!"
By that (tough) comparison, I find "The Big Book of Socks" to be rather dated. The designs themselves are somewhat basic. Not everyone is up to the intricacies of a Eunny Jang or Cookie A. sock pattern, replete with intricate cables or whatnot, but you can get so many basic sock patterns online for free through [...], [...], etc. The Big Book of socks is mostly variations off the basics, with one pattern showing one kind of heel or toe, the next another. There's a bit of lace, a few stranded patterns, but nothing really grabbed me. (I also was not crazy about the author's color palette - obviously a matter of taste, but...pumpkin, kelly green and blue on cream for a fairisle sock? A holiday sock seemed "muddy" as photographed, due to a green a red that were of too similar value and intensity.)
(Embarrassingly, I can't seem to compose a good "wrap up" here. It's really not a bad book, just suffers from having been published in 2009 instead of 1999...)
Cute sock ideas--nice mix of textures, lengths, ideas
Worsted weight sock patterns--worsted weight yarn is easiest for me to buy and this book has patterns for that instead of just fingering weight
Mix and matchability--you can do socks with different toes or heels, according to your preference, once you understand how to do each type. She gives some hints for this (knit 1/2" more before doing decreases if you're doing this type of toe vs this type, etc.).
Errors--I don't remember which pattern, but if I had followed her directions exactly, the toe of the sock and the heel of the sock wouldn't have been in the right places (i.e. if toes were flat on the ground like normal, the heel would have been on the side). This was my first red flag.
Book incorrectly/incompletely references itself--she will often refer you to another pattern or to the back of the book for various aspects (usually the toe or the heel). However, I have found problems with this in places. She'll refer you to the back of the book for the wedge toe pattern. You get going on the wedge toe pattern from the back and it ends with "rep wedge toe decrease rnds 1-2 until the proper number of sts rem (refer to individual patterns for the proper number of sts)." However, if you go back to the original pattern, there is no indication whatsoever of the number of stitches that should remain. You just have to guess and this is frustrating.Read more ›
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Love the patterns in this book. The patterns are easy to understand. They range from easy to intermediate. Multiple sizes are included. I have made a few of them already. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer Williams
Worth the price. Best book ever for someone that enjoys knitting socks. Every weight of yarn, every size. Great tube socks also.( Best for grandkids because they grow so fast.)Published 4 months ago by becquilts
Nice book. Gives lots of choices and allows for various yarn weights in the patterns. Well worth the rpice.Published 5 months ago by Mae Newman
I liked this book. It was easy to follow and gave good directions.Published 5 months ago by Ernest E. Aitchison, Esqr.
I was a bit disappointed with the pattern instruction. Pretty much each pattern refers you to the back of the book rather than a continuation on the page of instruction. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Suestelle
I just placed an order for this book because I am tired of borrowing it (and having often to wait) from the library. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Euler'sFan