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Toe-Up Socks in a Box: Essential Sock Techniques and 20 Toe-Up Patterns from Wendy Knits Cards – November 2, 2010

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Product Details

  • Cards: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; Crds edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030772039X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307720399
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.1 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wendy D. Johnson is a lifelong knitter who has since April 2002 maintained a popular knitting blog: WendyKnits.net. Her designs and articles have appeared online and she has been quoted or featured in major knitting magazines.

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As a follower of Wendy's blog, I have been waiting for this new release for quite a while. While all the patterns are those previously released in Wendy's prior two books, I love how portable the new pattern cards are. Each card has a great picture of the sock on the front, complete pattern on the inside, and the chart(s) on the back. The small size allows you to grab just the pattern you need and toss it in your knitting bag. No more having to carry the book around or worry about making copies. The technique cards give great information on everything needed to make a pair of toe up socks. I think the price is perfect for the new format, yet low enough to justify buying the patterns again. Overall, I think it's a great format and wish more designers would publish pattern cards.
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Lace socks (9): Dead simple lace socks, Lacy rib socks, Diagonal lace socks, Butterfly socks, On hold socks, Ribbed ribbon socks, Trilobite socks, Sheri's posies socks, Rosebud socks
Gansey socks (3): Diamond gansey socks, I heart toe-up socks, Traditional gansey socks
Cable socks (5): Mock cable socks, Bavarian cable socks, Heart to heart socks, Manly aran socks, Bob and weave socks
Sportweight socks (3): Vandyke socks, Labyrinth socks, Serpentine socks

Plus, an overview of techniques (dpn vs circular needle sock knitting, cast-ons, bind-offs, heel and toe types) and tools (yarn and needles types). Also, the patterns seem to contain the errata changes from her website for the previous printings (Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits and Toe-Up Socks for Every Body: Adventurous Lace, Cables, and Colorwork from Wendy Knits).

Pictures of all the patterns can be found here: [...].
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This is an awesome addition to my knitting reference library. I knit almost all my socks from the toe up and having this in an easy and portable format. I have only had it for a few days and I am already finding myself dependent on it wonderful techniques section. My particular favorite is the "Getting the fit" techniques card with the Slip Stitch Heel Sock Template, extremely helpful. What a wonderful way to have the information I need right at my fingertips no matter where I am. "Toe-Up Socks in a Box" will be a permanent part of my knitting bag, as necessary as scissors and a darning needle.
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I am a fairly new knitter. I wanted to learn to do socks, so I ordered this set of cards. The present very clearly how to knit socks. The cards are easy to understand, which a fair number of knitting books are not. The patterns are fun and give a wide variety of socks. I really like being able to stick one of the cards in my knitting bag, instead of dragging a book along. The illustrations are colorful and very clear.
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My mother bought this for me as a gift and I LOVE it!! It has all my favorite patterns from Wendy's books and they are small enough to take with me. I like that they are thicker cardstock so they will not blow away if I take them out in the car while waiting for kids. Thanks so much for making this set available!!
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Even though I love the patterns in this box, not being a very experienced sock knitter (I have knitted only 1 pr of socks), its a little challenging. For one thing, the patterns are in chart form. The cards for each pattern are small, so therefore the chart explanation is small. I wrote out each line of the lace pattern for the sock on a pad and went from there. The packaging is great, there are tips and techniques for heels, gussets, etc. I did have a problem with one line of the pattern, and emailed the author. She got back to me within a couple of hours with her answer, so no complaint there. I also didn't realize these patterns are done on 0 and 2 needles, which it doesn't tell you when purchasing. That would have influenced my decision to buy this. However, I have one sock almost completed; it has been a learning experience so now that I have these patterns, I will make more socks from these patterns.
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This is a repeat of the patterns available in Wendy's two toe up books. I guess the box front picture should have warned me. Don't look for the card for the little girl's anklets shown on the box front, it is not there. The cards are a little on the small size for my eyes (they are folded in half with a tab on the top). One card had the chart corrected (two stitches were reversed on the chart in the original book). If you don't have either of Wendy's books, this is a nice selection. The box is sturdy and the top flips up like a cigarette pack. There is no extra room in the box and after I shuffled my cards around I had to fight to get them all back in. The pictures are also directly from the books, so they are clear and well done. The idea is sound, but the duplication of patterns already available was disappointing -- would have liked to see some new patterns included. Sue Ann
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This is a must for every sockmaker. The patterns are wonderful and so portable, written in easy to understand directions. The service was prompt as well.
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