- Publisher: Acorn Creek Press (2012)
- ISBN-10: 0984801200
- ISBN-13: 978-0984801206
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Embellished Sock: Knitted Art for the Foot Paperback – 2012
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Charles Gandy's collection of whimsical socks includes detailed instructions and close-up photos of techniques including bobbles, twists, knitted-in-I-cords, and special finger cords. Softcover.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a pattern book for experienced and expert sock knitters. I love many of the innovative technical ideas, for example: (1) adding vertical, knitted-in ruffles to a sock leg, (2) making spaghetti-thin cords with your fingers to create organic-looking two-colored fringe, (3) using three-needle technique to invisibly attach a knitted ruffle around a sock leg, (4) attaching beads as you go, using a crochet hook, (5) creating funky little knitted-in "twisties" as fringed embellishments, and (6) invisibly attaching knitted-in i-cord to sock parts.
However, the boxed, step-by-step, photo-illustrated instructions for the techniques are difficult to follow, because the technical how-to text inside the boxes is printed in tiny type in a light orangey-red color. Fortunately, designer Gandy saves the day with printed links to his excellent You Tube videos that clearly illustrate each special technique. In watching the video for "Three-Needle Attachment", I was particularly charmed by the "Julia Child moment" in which he dropped one needle completely out of his stitches--and thus ended up demonstrating how to replace stitches as an "extra" technique.
As a knitting book collector, I really love this book--both for the fresh, funky designs, and for the intriguing technical ideas that should inspire many knitters to invent their own unique designs for "decorated" wearable art socks.
But though the creativity and sheer exuberance of these designs is what drew me to this book, it is the attention to technique that I suspect will keep me coming back again and again. Gandy is a TKGA Master Knitter (there are only 240 worldwide and only l other male) and it shows. My favorite feature of the book are its numerous sidebars of embellishing techniques. These feature detailed photo close-ups with step-by-step instructions. In all, there are over 80 photos in this book, many detailing such skills as 3-needle attachment of ruffles (which leaves the inside of the sock uninterrupted), finger cords, knitted-in I-cords, flawless garter stitch grafting, and picking up stitches in the ladder (for, say, a ruffle attachment), and many others. (His technique for jogless stripes in the best I've found). And as if these instructions weren't enough, he has a good index for ease in finding them later, as well as links to his U-tube videos of his techniques. I have always found sketches of knitting techniques nearly impossible to decipher, so I loved these instructional aids.
As one would expect from the former National President of the American Society of Interior Designers, the design of this book is flawless. It has knock-your-socks-off photography, liberal use of white space, playful cartouches, and unusual, playful use of typeface.
I particularly appreciate the white space. Design-wise, it makes the beautiful photographs pop; but it also provides room for notes. I never did learn not to write in books--and find it darn-near impossible not to in a knit book--but increasingly, publishers seem bent on denying us this little pleasure by either not providing room for it or using paper whose quality literally does not permit it.
In short, this is a beautiful addition to the serious (but playful, please) knitter's library.
Anne D. Mather
author and knitter