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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 purchased this in the ebook format to have the patterns on my tablet and then purchased it in hardcopy, to read, make notes and have as a beautiful resource. I'm halfway through knitting my first pattern from this book and it has been effortless. I can't wait to work my way through the book and I've never done that before!
Thank you, Lara Neel, for working so diligently to produce such a marvelous book.
I am the first to admit that I am not a 'numbers knitter' and I love to follow patterns that are straight-forward, but I do like to have command of structure in my knitting -- to know and understand how things are put together. After 20+ socks last year, I felt like I had a pretty good handle on this in socks.
Where Sock Architecture excels is that it not only takes everything you already know about sock knitting and breaks it down into easy to access measurements, formulas, and patterns, it goes a step beyond. This book takes sock knitting to a new level -- approaching heels and toes and structure in completely innovate ways. Beginning with in-depth discussion & dissection of measurements, how different heels fit, and the basics of both toe-up and top-down socks -- these first 50pages are well worth their weight in reaching a true understanding of comprehensive sock basics. This may actually overwhelm a new sock knitter if taken in one sitting, but as a reference it would be invaluable. More seasoned sock knitters with an eye for detail and an interest in really knowing sock construction -- and all the possibilities therein -- will love this wealth of info.
I am currently working the Bootstrap Sock and I can honestly say that there appears to be a lot of text with each pattern which can be daunting for some (I know some knitters like to get-in and get-out of patterns), but the patterns are very direct and clear. Even with the unique construction of the Bootstrap Sock, I had no trouble navigating and quickly memorizing the necessary instructions so I could just enjoy the knitting. There are 10unique sock designs, but 17 actual patterns as 7 of them include both toe-up and top-down patterns. This, I think, is an excellent teaching tool for really getting at the heart of sock construction. It should also be noted that each of these patterns comes with calculations for 5 different sizes as well as the formulas (and information on taking accurate measurements in the introduction) necessary for customizing each individual pattern. This makes this book very practical for knitting socks for all shapes & sizes of feet.
Overall, while this is not a book everyone will want to read cover to cover, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a solid & comprehensive sock knitting resource book. A lot of patterns have bits and pieces of what this book contains, but never before have I found all this information in one place presented in a fashion that allows the full range of knitters to use it as a very practical resource. Whether you just want to try out the very innovative designs, you are interested in really dissecting sock construction, or you are seeking an all-inclusive customizing guide, Sock Architecture will be a welcome & frequently used addition to your knitting library.