Folk Socks: The History & Techniques Of Handknitted Footwear Paperback – Jan 23 2003
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Join the sock knitting revolution! Many knitters today, too pressed for time to knit large garments, are turning to knitting socks-- thanks in part to this lively book with its easy-to-read directions for socks from many European traditions. An hour with this book will have most knitters hunting up their needles to begin a pair of Scottish kilt hose or colorful Estonian socks. Includes precise techniques for various heel and toe shapings, along with a wealth of information on the history of sock knitting. A wonderful book for your collection or as a gift for the knitter in your life.
"These aren't just any old socks!" - Knit Today
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The first edition had many factual errors in knitting history, of which some were corrected in subsequent editions. And Bush teaches few of the actual traditional techniques. In fact, her "reproduction" socks were all highly simplified modern inventions, based only in part on some of the colors and patterns of the original socks, but not truly involving their techniques.
While many of the socks were traditionally knitted from the toe up, in every case Bush knits them from the cuff down. The photographs are just teasers that left me frustrated and unfulfilled. I finally stopped looking at her directions for her simplified socks. Instead I analyzed the socks in the photos to attempt to knit them as they were originally made.
While it is a good book to learn modern sock knitting and in it Bush does cover a wide variety of techniques, it doesn't cover what its title says. If you want to knit modern socks, you may like this book. But if you're looking for the traditional knitting techniques of other cultures, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts' book "Ethnic Socks & Stockings" will actually teach you how, while Bush will not.
They are beautiful when you finally get them right. My feet are always the prettiest in the room!
The only criticism I have of the book is that a few of the patterns don't designate whether they are for a man or woman. If you are new to sock knitting, stick with the patterns that tell you the wearers' gender, and then try the "mystery" socks.
Bush's "Folk Socks", and her second book "Estonian Socks" are instant classics and destined to become premier collectors items.
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I love this book! I'd never knit a sock before I bought it and ended up making almost every pair in it. Read morePublished on June 17 2003
This book is inspiring. The photography is outstanding! The patterns are lovely.Published on Feb. 28 2002 by Amazon Customer
When I bought this book, I had never made a pair of socks. Now I've done dozens. The instructions in the front part of the book were just what I needed. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2002 by PLSOLOMON
This book is also one of my favorites to knit from. Each of these socks I have knit have come out perfect and each with a history lesson to boot. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2001 by Betsy Blueberry
In using this book I found the history information very interesting for socks around the world. At the same time the book also showed current patterns for the original socks found... Read morePublished on July 8 2001 by Lynette Croskey
After 25 years of knitting sweaters, this is the book that finally convinced me to try socks. The "basic sock pattern" is very clear and easy to follow, and provides... Read morePublished on March 28 2001
This book will tell you more about socks then you ever thought you wanted to know. History (with cool pictures), styles, techniques and just general information. Read morePublished on March 19 2001 by C. A Scovel
This book is interesting and informative. My first knitting project ever was a sock (!), and this book led me through it step by step. Read morePublished on March 13 2001 by Audrey Nicolas
The book is visually wonderful. The socks are very cute and there's a lot of history too. I've tried two of the patterns so far, and one worked out well, but the other came out... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2001