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Knitting Socks from Around the World: 25 Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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Techniques include: cuff down, toe up, colourwork (stranded, intarsia and mosaic), cables, twisted stitches, lace, tvaandstickning (two-ended or twined knitting) assorted types of heels, separate soles...and more! There are traditional socks, tabi socks (Chinese and Japanese), anklets and kilt hose. There are patterns which use charts only, and patterns which have both charts and text for the design.
The negatives: Although the photographs themselves are very nice, in many cases the socks are clearly too large for the model's foot, and the socks could be shown to better advantage had they been blocked. It's a shame for the designers that their efforts were not handled in a better fashion. Fortunately, their reputation will override the shoddy photo shoots. And a dust jacket would have been nice as my brand-new-out-of-the-box copy was showing scuff marks within the first hour in my hands.
These annoyances notwithstanding, the socks in this book are definitely not in the SAME-O, SAME-O class of patterns and designs, and I've already cast on a pair!
There is a wide variety of technique included: two-ended textural knitted from Sweden, intarsia, color stranding, various heels, toes and traveling stitches and cables. The gamut of techniques you find in socks--all in one book. Other than Folk Socks by Nancy Bush and Ethnic Socks & Stockings by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts) hardly any other book has as many techniques or as many regional ethnic designs. If you love knitting socks, you'll want this for your knitting library.
If you purchase the hardbound copy, you can purchase the Kindle copy for an addition $2.99. However, the book is better in hardbound--as I was not able to expand the pictures in the Kindle version and some of the illustrations are VERY small. Nevertheless, I enjoy being able to have it on Kindle to read, but I'll be working from the hardbound copy for knitting any of the patterns.