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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Xrx Books (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933064188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933064185
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's a book showcasing more than 50 winning designs from the Knitter's Magazine international knitting contest. The collection of innovative, fine socks features patterns from around the world and includes colour work, cables, lace, Latvian braids plus toe-up and top-down designs. Complete with detailed instructions for socks that range from fashionable to traditional, this guide is not only inspirational but also a comprehensive survey of contemporary trends in sock knitting. Extensive charts and diagrams, illustrated explanations and detailed photographs are included.-Machine Knitting Monthly Containing more than 60 patterns, this book should keep sock knitters busy for a good while to come! It showcases the winning desgins from a contest organised by Knitter's Magazine in the US. These range from the classic to the innovative; whether you like lace, colourwork or cables, there's plenty to choose from, while the section of 'novelty' designs features incredible embellishments, shaping and patterning. This book would make a great buy for anyone wanting to explore the endless possibilities and challenges of sock knitting.-The Knitter A sock worth $6000! That was the first prize in this competition and the winner also picked up a further $500 for a category prize as well. Modular knitting, Fair Isle, entrelac, cable, lace, mosaic (slip stitch), intarsia, and spot dyeing all feature in this collection of knitted socks. The socks are modelled on real feet and fit was one of the judging criteria. Several of the prizes were sponsored by sock yarn producers so that the majority of the patterns can be worked in any standard 4-ply sock yarn. So far, this is my book of 2010.-SlipKnot

About the Author

Elaine Rowley is the editor of XRX Books and the author of Babies & Toddlers: A Knitter’s Dozen, Bags, The Knitter’s Handbook, and Socks Socks Socks. Alexis Xenakis is the publisher of Knitter's Magazine and XRX Books. His photography is featured in all of XRX books. They both live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


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Best sock book I've bought in a long time!
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I think that only advanced intermediate or experienced sock makers will appreciate this book.
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Every pattern in this book will be as fun to wear as it will be to knit them.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2010
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When Knitters Magazine publishes a new book it's usually time to celebrate, and this is no exception. 'Knitting Outside the Sox' is a great resource for sock knitters with a wide array of wonderful patterns for just about everyone.

The first chapter is called 'Classic' and there is a wide array of classic socks with a smidgeon of change - think colors, zippers, length.

The second chapter is called 'Holes'. Here we have lace and cable socks. One pair even has buttons on them. My favorites are Hester's Socks, a beautiful lace pair knit in handspun 3-ply Shetland. I also love the Wandering Vine Socks knit with Mountain colors. This pattern is lace but looks very much like traditional aran cable with a vine pattern.

The third chapter is called Twist. Here come the cables. They are exquisite. The Interlochen Cables knit with Zitron Trekking XXL are colorful and practical. The Twisted Mosaic is colorful, knit with Regia 4-fadig Mosaik and is definitely for the advanced knitter.

Chapter four is called Color. All I can say is WOW! The Drip Candles Socks are bright and cheery, knit with Cherry Tree Hill/Louet Gems Fingering. The Mirrored Fair Isle is photographed in a pair of high heel shoes. Just right for a night on the town. Snow Under Cedars is knit with Zitron Trekking XXL and is a classic Norwegian pattern, lovely to look at in black and white. Jungle Socks look to me like a colored panel window. They are knit with Zitron Pro Natura and are exquisite. The brightest pair in this chapter is the Fancy Gaiter, knit with Cherry Tree Supersock. You might want to put your sun glasses on to look at these.

Chapter five is called Outside. I believe that the chapter takes its name for being outside the beaten track.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sherry M. on May 10, 2010
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Like many sock knitters I had seen pictures of the hexagon socks from the cover of this book, and the contest-winning cheetah spotted socks. They're far from the only stand out patterns, though. There's lace, cables, color work, unusual constructions, and several patterns for using up yarn leftover from previous socks. Even the simpler patterns suitable for beginners are pretty and interesting enough to hold the attention of experienced sock knitters.

I didn't know much about Knitter's Magazine and didn't have any particular expectations about this book, so I was surprised and pleased by the excellent overall quality and variety of patterns. Best sock book I've bought in a long time!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Campbell on May 14, 2010
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This is a one of a kind sock book, and it's one of the few I whole-heartedly recommend to anyone. There's socks for all skill levels, a detailed glossary in the back for various techniques, and surely at least one sock to tickle your fancy. They're sorted roughly by category, and it's such a pleasure to just flip through. Most of these patterns are one of a kind--you probably haven't seen another sock that looks like it. There's construction methods to suit anyone, both toe up and cuff down. Sure, there's a few I dislike (why would I make a sock to graft up one side of it?) but really, out of 60 patterns, one or two misses is hardly anything at all.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Christine E. Peterson on July 27, 2010
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My copy of SoxSoxSox is very well-worn, so I couldn't wait for Think Outside the Sox. Unfortunately, I'm a little disappointed by this book. It just feels a little slapped together. There are some terrific, innovative designs, but not much background. Knitter's Magazine's previous contest publications always featured an essay about the designer, and his/her process for developing the design. The book directs the reader to [...] for commentary, but if it's there, I sure don't see it -- and I don't want to go to the Web for it in the first place. My other gripe is the photo gallery of socks, some winners, some honorable mentions. Directions for the honorable mentions aren't published here. If they're going to show me pretty pictures of cool socks, I want patterns. I spent several minutes searching before I caught on. If page space was an issue, I'd say skip the technique section at the back of the book and provide more patterns. Great patterns, but presentation is not up to XRX standards.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Emma Antunes on September 12, 2010
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I was very excited about this book. I wanted to like this book. Instead, I was underwhelmed. Why? What didn't work for me were the lack of introductions and the poor photo choices. For example, look at the very first pattern in the book, "Forgettable socks." There was no introduction, no context. What makes them forgettable? What's so special about these socks? Why did they win? The photo chosen to accompany the text shows the back of the sock, which looks like your run of the mill ribbed sock. Apparently the interesting part about the sock is the front - something shown in a postage-stamp sized photo in the corner. (I really couldn't see enough detail to tell what was going on with the pattern and see why I should spend my time knitting it). This is consistent with the rest of the photographs - they're artful, rather than informative. I can see pretty clothes all day in fashion magazines; for a knitting book, I expect the photos to show me the important/key parts of the pattern. I expect introductions to the pattern to tell me a little bit about it - this sock uses the xyz technique for the heel, this sock uses a common lace pattern in an unexpected way, this one has interesting technique, and so on. Without these key details and better photographs. I know I can make a sock from the pattern, but what I don't have is the confidence that I'll actually be happy with the result. Also missing - bios or any information whatsoever about the designers. This was a contest. Can we learn a little about the winners, please? What were they thinking when they designed the sock?

This is a book of patterns with no context and OK photography. If that's enough -- you knit socks all the time and just want something different, buy this book. If you want to learn about what makes a sock special, this is not the book for you.
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