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Around the World in Knitted Socks: 26 Inspired Designs [Paperback]

Stephanie van der Linden
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Sept. 14 2010
International sock knitting sensation Stephanie van der Linden shares an irresistible collection of 26 original designs inspired by global knitting traditions. In Around the World in Knitted Socks, you’ll travel through world cultures by foot and try your hand at new patterns and techniques.

Using stitch motifs and colors, knitting techniques and construction details, the socks blend regional knitting traditions with Stephanie’s unique design flair. Drawing inspiration from signature local textiles such as Turkish kilim carpets, Japanese sashiko embroidery, Belgian lace, American quilts, and Scottish argyle tartan, each pattern is distinctly tied to both country and culture. You’ll also learn traditional knitting techniques including Estonian and Latvian braids, Norwegian stranded knitting, and Austrian twisted-stitch designs.

Though each pattern in Around the World in Knitted Socks draws on a different global inspiration, the thoughtful construction and attention to detail are signature elements of Stephanie’s work and are showcased in both detailed photography and an illustrated glossary.

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"If you like learning about the knitting traditions, motifs and inspirations of different countries around the world, you're sure to enjoy Around the World in Knitted Socks...This book would make a great gift for a sock knitter or someone who is interested in knitting history and traditions. It's also just a pretty book that's sure to inspire knitters -- sock knitters and non-sock knitters alike -- by illustrating the wide range of techniques and motifs in the wide world of knitting." — About.com Knitting

"Stephanie Van Der Linden has created a fabulous collection of foot-sized knitted treasures that will inspire and tempt socks knitters as they flip through its pages." — Knitty.com

"Make room on your sock book shelf for Stephanie van der Linden's Around the World in Knitted Socks, previously seen on this blog in the original German. I'm so excited that English speaking knitters can now see Stephanie's genius in familiar terms." — Twist Collective

"A top-down sock knitter looking for sophisticated, fun, and challenging patterns will want to take this book home for sure!" — Knit Circus

“If I was a faster knitter, I'd have a drawer full of these already, but until then, I'll be paging through and sighing at the lovely photos and descriptions. - Austen Gilliland, Canadian Living

"If you like to learn about new cultures and have a passion for sock knitting, hotfoot it... and order a copy of this book now.” - Knit Today (Dec. 2010 Issue)

"Elements of national costume appear alongside beautiful folk patterns, but it's exotic touches such as the Sashiko embroidery on the Japanese sock that set these designs apart. Offering clear advice on the advanced techniques used, this is a delight for the confident heel-turner." - The Knitter (UK)

"The designs are gorgeous. They strike the perfect balance of being both unique, and recognizable enough to associate with the country they represent...I think the true value of this book is in the colorwork patterns. It's not just the use of more than a single color of yarn that's noteworthy; it's the addition of complementary cuffs and heels, interesting gusset shaping... all the details that take a stitch pattern and turn it into a complete sock pattern." - Grumperina blog

About the Author

Stephanie Van Der Linden is a knitwear designer based in Friedberg, Germany. Her designs have appeared in Twist Collective and Anna Crafts magazines. She is the author of six knitting books in German; this is the second book of her designs to be published in English.

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I just received the book today, and I've already picked out 12 patterns I'd like to knit. The only thing is that almost all of the patterns are cuff-down, whereas I prefer toe-up, so I'll have some work ahead of me to convert them! There is a nice variety of different styles of cuffs that look interesting, too. The other issue is that none of the patterns are larger than a women's size 10, so if you want to knit these in larger sizes, you're on your own. It's a shame, because some of these would make nice "guy socks".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely patterns for fun and beautiful socks July 19 2012
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I love this book and plan on knitting at least half of the sock patterns in it. The pictures are great and the patterns are pretty well written.
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By Hayley Cann TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a book filled with 26 attractive socks designs. Most of them are done in stranded colourwork (sometimes referred to as fair isle), and a nice variety of heel turns (a lot with short rows, some with a square heel). This isn't a book overly concerned with technique and how to knit different toes and heels, it's a sock design book. Also its focus is not on original (de)construction, (although there is one pattern that is very unusual). And that is not to say that the patterns are not gorgeous, because they are.

It isn't much of a global effort, Northern Europe inspired the bulk of the patterns, but it is hard to complain when the designs are so pretty and interesting. The author shows a real flair with her personal touch on what might be deemed traditional patterns. The colour assortments are nice too. There are lace stitch patterns, travelling stitches, knit and purl combinations, stranded colourwork, sashiko inspired embroidery, argyle socks, and one pair that doesn't quite fit in any category of socks knitted on the side with (it looks like) decreases on each side of the heel, and it looks as though the toe and the ribs are picked up afterwards.

Which brings me to a possible improvement of the book. I understand this is originally a German language book, and it's not unusual for German patterns to be a little more direct, but a few patterns (the argyle and the "missoni" inspired sock could have had a diagram to show the direction of the work, it would have improved the reading comprehension a great deal. Of course, it's not as though the instructions are not there, they are, but it is nice to be able to understand before casting on how the pattern works in a glance. There's a number of socks books out there to set the good example.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sock book of hte year Dec 27 2010
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I want to make almost every pair of socks in this beautiful book. There are lace, colorwork and traveling stitch socks, each one a work of art. The pictures are beautiful, the instructions are clear and there is supplemental instructions at the back of the book. The short row heels are worked in a new manner that turned out the neatest and easiest short rows I have ever worked. There is even a sock worked side to side. Various sock sizes are achieved by changing gauge (different needle sizes). I'd recommend this book for experienced knitters or adventurous beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful April 19 2011
By Annie
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Beautiful sock patterns. I love the book. I can't wait to get a handle on socks so I can knit every pair!
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