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Sock Architecture Paperback – August 25, 2014
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"While this book could be used by a new sock knitter (Neel's Training Wheel Toe instructions are included to get a newish sock-maker started on toe-up socks), there is so much meat here that it will definitely be of interest to advanced sockateers and sock designers. I mean, how can a sock nerd's heart not beat faster at seeing chapter headings like "How flaps and turns affect gussets"? "- Knitty.com, Lynne Sosnowski
"PHENOMENAL, and - spoiler alert - you need it. (Brilliantly done, Lara!)"- Jasmin and Gigi (The Knitmore Girls)
"She's math-oriented, so not only does she give you...a magic size, which is the size where you can do a little bit of math and have customization...there are also three lengths for the toes...all in one pattern."- The Fat Squirrel Speaks, episode 121
"The book is a great resource for toe-up and cuff-down heels, toes, and sock knitting techniques, that also includes 17 patterns that use the techniques explained. Learn about socks and then apply it!"- Stockinette Zombies, episode 144
"First off, it is beautifully written and a surprisingly fun read. The tone of the book is friendly, approachable, and humorous. One would not usually use those words to describe a book that not only is a treatise on sock techniques, but goes in-depth into the historical beginnings of sock knitting but they are totally warranted in this case. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book."- Wendy Johnson (Wendy Knits)
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I love this book because it is so clear and the principles she teaches here will help you adjust any sock pattern to make that sock that feels like it is just an extension of your own foot.
This book introduces a wide variety of heels and toes in both top-down and toe-up formats. While other books give direction for various number of stitches, as this book does, Lara Neel also gives calculation formulas. If I'm knitting socks for my giant-sized son-in-law I can select a pattern and customize it to his size 15 foot. However, if I want to make socks for my much smaller grandchild, I can likewise adjust accordingly.
If you don't like math (gasp!), never fear. The author gives instructions for the basic sizes/ stitch counts as well.
The patterns are fairly basic. If you have a good stitch dictionary, you can substitute more interesting designs using the book as a template.
My only negative comment is that a shoe size/ foot length chart is not included. Those, however, are easy to find on-line