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Simply Socks: 45 Traditional Turkish Patterns to Knit Paperback – Jun 30 2001


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (June 30 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887374590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887374590
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,121,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman on March 28 2001
Format: Paperback
This knitting book is doubly useful. You can learn to knit socks from the toe up. Normally, socks in Western European countries and the Americas are knitting from the cuff down. But you can knit a sock starting at the toe, increasing until the foot width is sufficient, and go on from there. The heel can be inset a number of ways, but is not turned as in cuff-down socks. The instructions Anna Zilboorg provides are about the best I have seen for doing toe-up designs. It isn't easy at first to negotiate the 4 needles and the few stitches on them, but it is worth learning because it is a fun and useful technique.
Eastern European socks are mostly knitted toe up. So this is something new for many knitters. Turkish designs are also something new; they have the property of balancing the "positive" and "negative" parts of the design, meaning that the design and background colors are about equal in importance. The repetitive nature of the Turkish patterns makes it rather easy to create some pretty complex looking designs. They lend themselves to gorgeous colors, as in this book. Designer Anna Zilboorg is particularly well-known for her color work and she dyes her own wools to get some of the striking color combinations.
Even if you are not a sock knitter, the Turkish patterns are very useful for adding to vests, sweaters and afghans. They are very pretty and fun to knit. So if you decide you don't want to make socks, you can use the color and patterns to spice up some other types of garments.
This book is reprinted from "Fancy Feet" which went out of print and looks very spiffy in its new cover design.
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This is a great book but is word for word, page for page identical with Anna's 1994 "Fancy Feet: Traditional Knitting Patterns of Turkey". I was very excited to order a new sock book by AZ, but this is not new... If you don't have "Fancy Feet" and like colored knitting or sock knitting, it's a great work otherwise, skip the annoyance of buying a book that you already own.
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By A Customer on April 5 2001
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Another reviewer has put the most important part last. This is a reprint of a great classic. Do NOT buy this book if you already have Zilboorg's Fancy Feet! Unless of course you want to make someone a gift or be sure you have copies at your beach house, the ranch, AND your Paris flat! I loved Fancy Feet and drooled on the pictures quite a while before making socks. Anna's instructions are clear, but you do have to take charge, chart out your design and *think* a bit. This kind of knitting becomes a meditation. The designs are wonderful, and anybody with feet can take pleasure in such happy socks, if only on winter evenings at home. I find that using the shortest 11-12" metal circular needles (Addi Turbo from Patternworks) allows me to do the two-handed color pattern knitting around and around without stopping to change double pointed needles. Once you figure out what size needles get you 6 st/in in the color patterns (or whatever gauge you please), the actual knitting is a joy.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Keyword is Reprint April 5 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Another reviewer has put the most important part last. This is a reprint of a great classic. Do NOT buy this book if you already have Zilboorg's Fancy Feet! Unless of course you want to make someone a gift or be sure you have copies at your beach house, the ranch, AND your Paris flat! I loved Fancy Feet and drooled on the pictures quite a while before making socks. Anna's instructions are clear, but you do have to take charge, chart out your design and *think* a bit. This kind of knitting becomes a meditation. The designs are wonderful, and anybody with feet can take pleasure in such happy socks, if only on winter evenings at home. I find that using the shortest 11-12" metal circular needles (Addi Turbo from Patternworks) allows me to do the two-handed color pattern knitting around and around without stopping to change double pointed needles. Once you figure out what size needles get you 6 st/in in the color patterns (or whatever gauge you please), the actual knitting is a joy.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Knit socks from the toe up; or use Turkish patterns all over March 28 2001
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This knitting book is doubly useful. You can learn to knit socks from the toe up. Normally, socks in Western European countries and the Americas are knitting from the cuff down. But you can knit a sock starting at the toe, increasing until the foot width is sufficient, and go on from there. The heel can be inset a number of ways, but is not turned as in cuff-down socks. The instructions Anna Zilboorg provides are about the best I have seen for doing toe-up designs. It isn't easy at first to negotiate the 4 needles and the few stitches on them, but it is worth learning because it is a fun and useful technique.
Eastern European socks are mostly knitted toe up. So this is something new for many knitters. Turkish designs are also something new; they have the property of balancing the "positive" and "negative" parts of the design, meaning that the design and background colors are about equal in importance. The repetitive nature of the Turkish patterns makes it rather easy to create some pretty complex looking designs. They lend themselves to gorgeous colors, as in this book. Designer Anna Zilboorg is particularly well-known for her color work and she dyes her own wools to get some of the striking color combinations.
Even if you are not a sock knitter, the Turkish patterns are very useful for adding to vests, sweaters and afghans. They are very pretty and fun to knit. So if you decide you don't want to make socks, you can use the color and patterns to spice up some other types of garments.
This book is reprinted from "Fancy Feet" which went out of print and looks very spiffy in its new cover design.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Why re-print a Great Book with a New Title? July 13 2001
By Hravnulf - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book but is word for word, page for page identical with Anna's 1994 "Fancy Feet: Traditional Knitting Patterns of Turkey". I was very excited to order a new sock book by AZ, but this is not new... If you don't have "Fancy Feet" and like colored knitting or sock knitting, it's a great work otherwise, skip the annoyance of buying a book that you already own.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Simply Socks = Fancy Feet = Terrific Turkish Inspiration March 26 2009
By Lilinah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's true that "Simply Socks" is the same as "Fancy Feet". So if you have one, you don't need the other. But that shouldn't detract from the number of stars this book deserves.

Zilboorg gives traditional construction details in the early part of the book, then plunges into the exciting colorful socks, illustrated with beautiful color photographs and helpful charts. Zilboorg's use of color is rich and gorgeous, but not necessarily reflective of the original Turkish colors. One doesn't need to mimic her style, but use it to free oneself from rigid and limited use of color.

I wear socks like these daily. But one doesn't have to knit these patterns as socks, - one can adapt them for hats, purses, sweaters - whatever one's heart desires.
I love it! Oct. 17 2013
By Frances Monroe Jennings - Published on Amazon.com
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As soon as I saw this book on line, I had to have it! I am wild about color, colorwork projects, socks, history, and culture, and this book delivers all of them! Turkish socks are an exciting adventure, and reflect the beauty of Turkey and the Middle East. This one is a must own for any knitter of any tradition.

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