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The Sock Knitter's Handbook: Expert Advice, Tips, and Tricks Hardcover-spiral – March 20, 2012
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Socks are fun to knit. Toe-up, cuff-down, double pointed needles, circular needles, one at a time, two at a time and then there are still creative decisions to be made. Sock knitting is addicting. You have either made many pairs or never knitted a pair but, socks have crossed your mind.
Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott have come out with The Sock Knitter's Handbook, expert advice, tips, and tricks. "All things are difficult until they are easy." Socks compromise several diverse techniques that are each knitter friendly, in their own way.
The book itself is small enough to carry in your knitting bag. It is also spiral bound, allowing the book to lie flat when in use. The many photographs are clear and close-up to show detail.
From the architecture to the construction, you will learn all you need to know about knitting socks. There are different variations for casting on, binding off and a variety of heels and toes. There are answers to repairing socks, changing the gauge, avoiding color pooling, adding a motif, special fit issues, improving the durability of the sock and much more.
As if this wasn't enough, there is a stitch dictionary section with 29 stitch charts to help you design a sock with stitches of your choosing. If you are a sock knitter or want to become one, this book will answer your questions and offer helpful solutions to creating a great sock. It's a sock handbook reference guide. --Paula Moliver for the Hartford Knitting Examiner
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The book starts out with 'sock architecture', identifying each part of the sock. This is useful for knitters as they may not know the difference between a gusset and a heel flap versus a heel turn. I definitely found it an informative section. The next section is 'materials' and in this the authors discuss the different types of yarn that a knitter may choose for making socks - fingering, sport, DK or worsted. Along with types of yarn, the amount of yarn in yardage for each type of yarn is provided for different sizes. Next is 'gauge'. We all know that gauge is indispensable for having the finished piece come out the right size. The authors discuss the importance of stitch gauge and row gauge. 'Sock Construction' is discussed next, both top down and bottom up. Different types of cast-ons are are evaluated with a focus on the importance of casting on looselr, Different heels and toes are also evaluated with clear pictures throughout. 'Knitting Techniques' comes next. First off, is the type of casting on for top-down socks with accompanying photographs. Their are diagrams of the various cast-ons that are discussed. Cuffs are discussed, again with clear photos and the various types of cuffs utilized in sock construction. Heels and toes are explored in depth with excellent explanations and photographs.Read more ›
With the corrected instructions, this book is an excellent reference book, but may not be the best one for a beginner. I have never done an Old Norwegian Cast-on until seeing this book. (I actually learned and taught someone else at the same time.)
I would appreciate it if anyone owning the Kindle version of this book would check the above link and see if the errata are corrected in the electronic version and leave a comment to let interested buyers know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this for instructions. It wasn't helpful, since I was a beginner and didn't have a clue. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Smith
It's all good information. I find its organization to be somewhat confusing, with instructions for top down and bottom up mixed together. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
My go to sock book. This book has toe up and top down techniques. It provides you with different toes and heel options, ribbing patterns, and general sizing guidelines. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dinah
Thrilled! Straight forward, no fuss no muss. Written directions as well as graphs. Good photos.Published 8 months ago by L