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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Sept. 29 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312589980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312589981
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ISELA PHELPS is the author of the bestseller Loom Knitting Primer and Loom Knitting Pattern Book. She is an active member of the online knitting community, where she promotes loom knitting as an alternative to needle knitting. She also serves as an editor and publisher of Loom Knitters Circle, an online magazine for loom knitters. Isela has been loom knitting for seven years and is considered one of the top loom knitting experts in the US. She lives in Cache Valley, Utah with her husband and two children.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Doe on Nov. 12 2010
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I bought this book togeather with another of the author's loom knitting sock books isbn 1844484742 and found the content to be 99% identical. Luckily my mother appropriated one of them. She is able translate the patterns for traditional style knitting. Otherwise the book has a huge variety of socks including wonderful selection for children. The photos are beautiful and the instructions are quite clear.
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By mel on June 14 2014
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I'm just starting to learn how to use a knitting loom & this book is great for me as a beginner. The book cover the basics very well with lots of illustrations and well-written material.
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By Stuart Sandberg on Dec 1 2014
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Very happy! Good instructions and pictures!
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131 of 139 people found the following review helpful
Extra fine gauge loom required Oct. 25 2009
By Lisa Clarke - Published on
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This book is advertised as a "beginner's guide." Most beginner loom-knitters start with the looms readily available in the craft stores, most notably Knifty Knitters, and other extra large gauge looms. The House Socks project uses the pink long Knifty Knitter with clip, but *all* of the other 50+ projects make use of smaller-gauge looms. If you happen to have a 64-peg extra fine gauge knitting loom, you're in good shape, but I don't know many beginners who have one of these, as they are hard to find, and often made to order.

That an extra-fine-gauge loom is required should be stated upfront in the book's description!

The book has a comprehensive introduction section that goes into detail about stitches, yarns, and the anatomy of socks. There is a nice variety of projects, several of which I found appealing, but I'm afraid I couldn't try any of them, because I don't have a loom with the appropriate number of pegs in the appropriate gauge.

I recommend this book if you already have an EFG Wonder Sock Loom, or a nice variety of 60-70-peg EFG looms, but anyone else, be warned that you will have go loom-shopping before you can do any of the projects!
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful patterns Nov. 28 2009
By Kathy - Published on
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Like the previous review said - if you plan on making socks on a loom with this book you have to have a 64 peg extra fine gauge knitting loom in order to make these socks. I didn't and was surprised to find out that I had to wait 3 -4 weeks after placing my order to receive my loom, and then I had to go back and order a different knitting tool because the one they sent with it was too big for the fine yarn! So, plan ahead when ordering this book.

Now that I've said that - the book is excellent. The patterns in the book are some of the nicest sock patterns I've ever seen. There are lace socks, cable socks, socks with beads, socks with colorwork, plain socks, socks for men, yoga socks, sandal socks, pedicure socks and socks for kids. I honestly did not expect to find such nice patterns when I purchased this book. I'm new to loom knitting, so the first sock I've chosen to make is one without heels and it's going well so far. I'm a little nervous about trying heels with the loom, but I know the author has several videos online and I've used them for other types of loom knitting, so I'm sure I'll be fine when I'm ready. And the instructions in the book look very detailed.

Another thing I like about this book is that since they are almost all for the 64 peg loom and those are the amount of stitches on my needles when I knit socks with needles, I'm planning on making some of the more complicated patterns with my dpns. So, even if I never get beyond the sock without heels on my loom, this book will still be very useful because of all the great patterns that I'll be able to knit either with my loom or with my needles.
48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Additional Information Dec 20 2010
By BJ_Knitter - Published on
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I've read many of these reviews and I think there should be some clarification made pertaining to some of the points made by other reviewers. First of all, it states clearly that you need a fine gauge knitting board in the Introduction part of the book under the MATERIALS AND TOOLS section under LOOMS. I know most people are used to the Knifty Knitter Looms because they are the most common, but to do socks the KKs are just too big. The fine gauge looms are easier to find and to get than some reviewers have said and they are not too expensive either. The Authentic Knitting Board (you can buy them through Amazon) are $30.99 for their Sock Loom. There is also a Company called KissLooms (Keep It Simple) who also have a 74 peg Fine Sock Loom for $34.95 (you can do baby to Adult socks on this loom. KissLoom also has some wonderful innovations that any serious loom knitter should look into if they want to explore new avenues for their craft. Both companies make a wonderful product. They have good websites that support their product. And you can see videos that show how the looms are used.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book Jan. 15 2010
By Shirley J. Cates - Published on
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I just received this book and am thoroughly enamored with the patterns. I am not a "Proficient" sock knitter. I've been knitting socks on looms for about a year. I've used the blue knifty knitter and I also have a FG DA adult size loom - with 44 pegs.
The patterns in this book are adaptable to many looms. Each pattern gives you the multiple for the pattern that you can adapt to other looms. 95% of these patterns can be adapted to my my DA loom. One pattern is specifically for the KK loom. Stating that you must have a 64 peg loom is totally incorrect.
I would recommend this book to any loom knitter that wants to make socks. The patterns are fully explained, there are sections that explain the stitches used and other parts of the pattern such as the Kitchner stitch. I am very impressed and have already started my first sock from the book.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Book Aug. 11 2010
By KnittingMom8 - Published on
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This book is incredible. Anything you need to know about making socks on looms is contained in this book. The instructions are clear and the pictures are helpful. The patterns range from easy to more difficult and are socks that you would actually want to make. And, while she does use the DA EFG loom, you DON'T have to have one. Each pattern tells you the multiple of stitches to cast on. So, you can use any loom you want as long as the pegs are the multiple that is listed. I have the AKB sock loom, which is fine gauge, and can make any of the patterns in the book on it. I can knit socks with needles, but am actually starting to enjoy knitting them on looms better. I highly recommend this book to all loom sock knitters.