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Ethnic Socks & Stockings: A Compendium of Eastern Design & Technique [Hardcover]

Priscilla Gibson-Roberts , Alexis Xenakis
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Jan. 28 1995 A knitter's magazine book
This resource provides a rich mixture of techniques, color, and Eastern design.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just about knitting socks! June 2 1999
I'd recommend this book to anyone who's been knitting for a while and wants to learn new techniques - NOT "just" sock knitters. It's certainly not a "how to knit" book, but it covers subjects that could improve any knitter's technique.
The subject of the book is the Art of sock knitting, as practised in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The Art section of the book is well researched and well presented. The pictures make it fun to read.
The focus of the book is on the Craft by which these works of art are created. This book includes a compendium of cast on techniques, analysis of knitting styles, detailed instruction on how to spin yarn which will wear well and maintain its shape, and great information on designing, especially with multiple colors.
The section on knitting intarsia (multiple colored pictures) IN THE ROUND is worth the cost of the book by itself. There are multiple options for shaping toes and heels, and for solving typical sock knitting and fitting problems as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastern sock parade! Sept. 30 2000
Aspiring and experienced Eastern sock fanatics! This is your book! Full color photos and charts and sketches of how to knit Eastern socks. Shows many historical beauties in enough detail to copy. Here are my thoughts on knitting these socks. They are dreamy and historically compelling--but the foot of yesterday's Eastern women is shaped totally different than my foot. I need Western socks with western shaping. Would I ever knit a pair of these socks? Why sure--when I die and go to knitting heaven and get 20/20 vision and magic knitting needles that lead my hands to create these art socks. Do I reccomend this book? Of course. I've spent many wonderful afternoons in the hammock with this book, dreaming which ones I'll knit. I usually pick the Eastern Anatolian stockings as I think the lovely russet shadings will look great on my feet as I hop from cloud to cloud. Now--down to earth ! The best part of this book is there are directions for minature samplers of the major sock styles in this book. You could knit these as a collection and display them as an art grouping--or sew them into quilt squares for a stunning wall hanging. I think it's a very pratical application if you desire to try your hand at knitting these intricate designs successfully. This is a beautifully well thought out book and has given me many hours of pleaure reading and viewing these socks and the directions for making them. :)Miz Socks Cox
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, thorough book about Central Asian socks March 12 1999
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This is a wonderful book if you've become fascinated with knitting socks. Priscilla covers the traditional, knit from the toes up socks of Central Asia. She also covers spinning your own yarn, East/West hybrids, and working sample socks to learn the techniques.
The book is well written, well laid out and the socks are fabulous! It covers some of the same territory as Fancy Feet and Anatolian Socks, but I'd recommend this book if you could only have one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just about knitting socks! June 2 1999
By S. Pirkle - Published on Amazon.com
I'd recommend this book to anyone who's been knitting for a while and wants to learn new techniques - NOT "just" sock knitters. It's certainly not a "how to knit" book, but it covers subjects that could improve any knitter's technique.
The subject of the book is the Art of sock knitting, as practised in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The Art section of the book is well researched and well presented. The pictures make it fun to read.
The focus of the book is on the Craft by which these works of art are created. This book includes a compendium of cast on techniques, analysis of knitting styles, detailed instruction on how to spin yarn which will wear well and maintain its shape, and great information on designing, especially with multiple colors.
The section on knitting intarsia (multiple colored pictures) IN THE ROUND is worth the cost of the book by itself. There are multiple options for shaping toes and heels, and for solving typical sock knitting and fitting problems as well.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, thorough book about Central Asian socks March 12 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book if you've become fascinated with knitting socks. Priscilla covers the traditional, knit from the toes up socks of Central Asia. She also covers spinning your own yarn, East/West hybrids, and working sample socks to learn the techniques.
The book is well written, well laid out and the socks are fabulous! It covers some of the same territory as Fancy Feet and Anatolian Socks, but I'd recommend this book if you could only have one!
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastern sock parade! Sept. 30 2000
By Mary Z. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Aspiring and experienced Eastern sock fanatics! This is your book! Full color photos and charts and sketches of how to knit Eastern socks. Shows many historical beauties in enough detail to copy. Here are my thoughts on knitting these socks. They are dreamy and historically compelling--but the foot of yesterday's Eastern women is shaped totally different than my foot. I need Western socks with western shaping. Would I ever knit a pair of these socks? Why sure--when I die and go to knitting heaven and get 20/20 vision and magic knitting needles that lead my hands to create these art socks. Do I reccomend this book? Of course. I've spent many wonderful afternoons in the hammock with this book, dreaming which ones I'll knit. I usually pick the Eastern Anatolian stockings as I think the lovely russet shadings will look great on my feet as I hop from cloud to cloud. Now--down to earth ! The best part of this book is there are directions for minature samplers of the major sock styles in this book. You could knit these as a collection and display them as an art grouping--or sew them into quilt squares for a stunning wall hanging. I think it's a very pratical application if you desire to try your hand at knitting these intricate designs successfully. This is a beautifully well thought out book and has given me many hours of pleaure reading and viewing these socks and the directions for making them. :)Miz Socks Cox
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A priceless insight March 27 2013
By Melisande - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm very fond of sock knitting and history, and this book was a priceless insight into sock forms and decorations from Eastern Europe and the areas that stretch into the Middle East. It does a marvelous job collecting, graphic and presenting beautiful photographic representation of the socks of this region, and adapting several patterns to try in a modern style.

The most valuable section though is the list of techniques used in creating these socks. Many of the techniques are ones that most knitters will have never heard of and I marked at least two to use with my modern sock knitting.

This is a marvelous book if you're interested in techniques off the beaten path and information on how sock knitting is done in other areas of the world. It is not a book for someone who is looking for easy to knit sock patterns to vary up their sock knitting. It assumes medium to advanced technique in Western Sock knitting and utilizes some complicated new techniques to reproduce some of the patterns. It's perfect if you want a serious challenge or if you're looking for new information, beautifully presented.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets the highest standard for knitting books. Sept. 14 2014
By ArtDesign1 - Published on Amazon.com
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My favorite knitting book, period! A real masterpiece.

It has everything one would want in a book, history, geography, beautiful color photographs, lively color charts, impeccable illustrations, lots of techniques clearly presented ...and heart.

There is a correction to add to Page 78. At the bottom of section 28 the sentence should read:
When the flap is of sufficient length, these stitches are placed on hold. Leg stitches are picked up along the edge of the heel flap, beginning at the center of the inside leg...
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