- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Interweave; First Edition edition (October 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0934026971
- ISBN-13: 978-0934026970
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear Paperback – October 1, 1994
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Join the sock knitting revolution! Many knitters today, too pressed for time to knit large garments, are turning to knitting socks-- thanks in part to this lively book with its easy-to-read directions for socks from many European traditions. An hour with this book will have most knitters hunting up their needles to begin a pair of Scottish kilt hose or colorful Estonian socks. Includes precise techniques for various heel and toe shapings, along with a wealth of information on the history of sock knitting. A wonderful book for your collection or as a gift for the knitter in your life.
"These aren't just any old socks!" - Knit Today
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One thing I noticed in the update was the use of four rather than 5 double point needles. I HATE knitting with three needles, a triangle just doesn't work as well as using a set of 5 needles. It's SUPER easy to adjust this just by putting the front of the sock on two needles and the back on two needles - or however to divide the sock into quarters with half the front on each of two and half the back on the other two.
Nancy Bush has other great books out there too.
While I have not knit any of the patterns precisely as printed in this book, I have used many of the ideas and designs in my own sock patterns...with great success. As a matter of fact, while I do own many sock pattern books, I rarely follow a pattern precisely. I know the sizes to knit for the various people I knit socks for, and only use these books for ideas and will often incorporate portions of patterns, or combinations of patterns.
I've read complaints about this book in that some of the patterns don't seem to fit well. For me, sock pattern books are much like cook books...one doesn't need to slavishly follow a recipe, but rather one uses it as a roadmap to achieve a particular result. Since socks are knit following simple math guidelines, once those are committed to memory, socks can be knit using whatever yarn or needles you fancy. Having a book such as this can help you turn a generic pair of socks into something very stylish, or even spectacular!
This book is a fun read, has lots of interesting ideas and techniques, and should be on the bookshelf of every sock knitter!