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Getting Started Knitting Socks (Getting Started series) Hardcover – August 6, 2007
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"Essential for all knitting collections." - Library Journal
"I strongly recommend this book for anybody who wants to become a sock knitter." - Knitter's Review
"The best beginning sock book that has been published so far. That is all. Go buy it." - Knitty.com
"No detail is ignored and Ann anticipates questions as if she is sitting next to you. This is a finger twitching book--it makes me want to drop everything and knit something from it right now." - KnitPicks Podcast
"One of the best sock knitting books to come out in a long time." - Knitting News Cast
"Photography is sharp with a tight focus providing an excellent reference for those needing a visual guide through every step." - Monsters and Critics.com
"With this book from Interweave Press, you'll be knitting gorgeous socks in no time." - Let's Knit (UK)
About the Author
Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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it took some time to get the hang of using dpns and maintaining the tension. The first sock was on 4ply 100% cotton, 50g ball, only ankle and foot, and had to be pulled out cause the toe was BAD! Still, it fit well enough that I was able to see my foot required changes in the pattern for a better fit. So the next sock was knitted. and changes yet again. and then the third sock was knitted and it was good! They are going to be bed socks as the material doesn't lend itself to really being shoe socks. The next sock was in an acrylic/wool blend and what worked in cotton didn't work in this lighter and stretchier material. Fortunately, was still working in waste yarn and made appropriate changes with the next socklet. Perfection!
The instructions are based on guage of yarn, with lots of options for making a basic sock. There is still, obviously, differences in how certain yarn behaves over others, so be prepared to rip out and adjust as needed. Once you've done a pair, the confidence level rises and then you can go on and do some the fancier stitches. Almost feel ready to do two together - but not quite!
Once you have learned basic knitting skills, there are a few new skills you need to learn to knit socks: picking up stitches, short rows, and grafting, aka Kitchener stitch. All of them are clearly explained.
Ann's book is easy to use no matter who you are knitting for, man, woman, or child. She gives you basic patterns for yarn gauge (stitches per inch), with sizes in parentheses. Later in the book she has photos and graphs of lace and cables, with ideas about how to incorporate them into the sock design, so that you can easily customise any pattern.
When I decide to start a pair of socks, I photocopy the pages I need and then write my working notes on them.
One slight criticism. She does introduce the various needle options (double pointed needles, circular), but the instructions are based on dpn. I don't like working with dpns at all, so on my first pair, I had some difficulty translating the instructions for needles 1-4 into my two circulars. A nice thing to add to a future edition might be some sort of key or illustration that shows how the stitches are arranged on the two types of needle after turning the heel.
I can't recommend this book highly enough!
plain ribbed sock
in sizes for toddler, child, teen, adult S, M, L, etc.
in fingering, dk, worsted, chunky, etc.
lace sock in all sizes, weights
anklet sock in all sizes, weights
Then in each section it will give you a few different stitch patterns, so it'll be 4, 6, 8-st repeats for rib, for lace, etc. The patterns are written out with enough detail that an intermediate or advanced-beginner knitter (which is what I consider myself) could just pick out the combination of style, size, and yarn weight to suit materials at hand and make some very credible socks right off the bat. A more skilled knitter could use these as a template for lots of innovation.
It explains the basics concepts of how purl/knit boundaries create draw-in or stretchiness, and how you can use a stretchier yarn to make up for lack of draw-in in your stitch pattern. It is targeted to the top-down, dpn, heel-flap knitter, however. If you prefer toe-up, magic loop or 2 circs, or short-row heels, you will need to do some work to adapt these patterns. I would have given it five stars if the book had done that work for you, but then it would probably be double the price. My only other slight peeve is that the photos have a sort of 80s look to them, but I understand that they are not meant to inspire with exotic designs and lush photography, they are mean to show details very clearly for instructional purposes.
This is a very complete book. Nothing about socks has been left out.