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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale; Spi edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604680466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604680461
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a comprehensive handbook for knitters who love, or would like to love, knitting socks. It's loaded with information appropriate for beginners and experts alike, yet it's compact enough to fit easily in a small knitting bag. The opening line of the introduction sets the stage, "All things are difficult until they are easy." Schurch and Parrott aptly apply this to sock knitting, which often mystifies even experienced knitters, and they go on to offer a wonderful guide to make the process easy. The photographs of the different types of heels are reason enough to spend time with this book! --Knit 1.2.3 Magazine

Socks are fun to knit. Toe-up, cuff-down, double pointed needles, circular needles, one at a time, two at a time and then there are still creative decisions to be made. Sock knitting is addicting. You have either made many pairs or never knitted a pair but, socks have crossed your mind.


Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott have come out with The Sock Knitter's Handbook, expert advice, tips, and tricks. "All things are difficult until they are easy." Socks compromise several diverse techniques that are each knitter friendly, in their own way.


The book itself is small enough to carry in your knitting bag. It is also spiral bound, allowing the book to lie flat when in use. The many photographs are clear and close-up to show detail.


From the architecture to the construction, you will learn all you need to know about knitting socks. There are different variations for casting on, binding off and a variety of heels and toes. There are answers to repairing socks, changing the gauge, avoiding color pooling, adding a motif, special fit issues, improving the durability of the sock and much more.



As if this wasn't enough, there is a stitch dictionary section with 29 stitch charts to help you design a sock with stitches of your choosing. If you are a sock knitter or want to become one, this book will answer your questions and offer helpful solutions to creating a great sock. It's a sock handbook reference guide. --Paula Moliver for the Hartford Knitting Examiner

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Love knitting socks but sometimes hit a snag? Carry this little answer book in your knitting bag! Learn to cast on, bind off, work the heel and toes, and more. Stitch dictionary included.

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The information I have found in this book has helped me with my knitting.
SaLarr
Love sock knitting and this book provides much information on heel flaps, turns, toes, etc.
B H
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to expand their sock knitting knowledge.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2012
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Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott have joined forces to author a new book: The Sock Knitter's Handbook: Expert Advice, Tips, and Tricks. I am familiar with Ms. Schurch's prior books and they are excellent. This new book is definitely up to her prior standards. Anyone who knits socks would benefit from having this book in their knitting library.

The book starts out with 'sock architecture', identifying each part of the sock. This is useful for knitters as they may not know the difference between a gusset and a heel flap versus a heel turn. I definitely found it an informative section. The next section is 'materials' and in this the authors discuss the different types of yarn that a knitter may choose for making socks - fingering, sport, DK or worsted. Along with types of yarn, the amount of yarn in yardage for each type of yarn is provided for different sizes. Next is 'gauge'. We all know that gauge is indispensable for having the finished piece come out the right size. The authors discuss the importance of stitch gauge and row gauge. 'Sock Construction' is discussed next, both top down and bottom up. Different types of cast-ons are are evaluated with a focus on the importance of casting on looselr, Different heels and toes are also evaluated with clear pictures throughout. 'Knitting Techniques' comes next. First off, is the type of casting on for top-down socks with accompanying photographs. Their are diagrams of the various cast-ons that are discussed. Cuffs are discussed, again with clear photos and the various types of cuffs utilized in sock construction. Heels and toes are explored in depth with excellent explanations and photographs.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By AMSunColorWorks on April 14, 2012
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I have been a fan of Charlene Schurch and her sock patterns since I began making socks 2 years ago. Having never knit anything before in my life, i was able to use her instructions and make a pair of socks, with only minor issues. Had this book, a collaboration with Beth Parrot, been available at that time, there would have been no issues at all! It does not include patterns, but assumes that you have a pattern or two already, so just be aware of that before you make your purchase. It covers everything you need to know from yarn selection and the reasons some are more suitable than others, to finishing techniques and everything in-between.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Beverly on April 3, 2012
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My copy came yesterday. After thumbing through to check the content, I found it to be a good reference for the new sock knitter or for someone who wants to carry a reference in their knitting bag. However, if you already own Ms. Schurch's other sock knitting books, you probably already have much of the information presented in this book including the stitch patterns. There is some new content, but not enough to warrant purchasing a new book. I'll most likely save mine to give as a gift to a new knitter.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Schad on March 30, 2012
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My copy came today, and this is one beautiful book. Spiral bound, compact, full of information, information, and yet more information. No patterns, but more toes, heels, cast ons, bind offs than I knew existed. Outstanding.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DReviewer on September 7, 2013
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This book would have been great had it not been flawed with significant errata. I was attempting to do a reverse french heel using the instructions in the book. The instructions as written (if you could even follow them) would 1) place the heel to one side of the sole and 2) create a narrowing at the heel making it impossible to wear the sock. I looked online for an errata page. I found a link to someone struggling to make the heel as written, but I also found the following link:
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With the corrected instructions, this book is an excellent reference book, but may not be the best one for a beginner. I have never done an Old Norwegian Cast-on until seeing this book. (I actually learned and taught someone else at the same time.)
I would appreciate it if anyone owning the Kindle version of this book would check the above link and see if the errata are corrected in the electronic version and leave a comment to let interested buyers know.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EnglishMajor on December 5, 2013
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Do NOT buy this book for Kindle. I strongly recommend the book itself. It has extensive & clear illustrations of the different parts of sock construction & detailed how-to's for casting on & off, different cuff patterns, shaping, etc., & you can click on page links to move back & forth - but unfortunately, with some difficulty, b/c the screen is not always responsive. You can also zoom in on illustrations & figures, which is nice. So, why not 5 stars? Because if I'm knitting, both my hands are already occupied, & I can't keep tapping on the Kindle screen (which is not always responsive & sometimes simply throws me back to my home screen) & fiddling with the little magnifying glass, & of course, as with every other Kindle book I've ordered, the index does not have page #s. You have to press down HARD on the word(s) in the index, & then you get a screen with all the pages in the book where the word(s) have appeared. I wish Amazon would give reviewers the option to review content separately from how easily the reader can navigate through a book like this. Anyway, if you're interested in sock knitting, this is the BOOK for you - but not the Kindle reader.
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