I purchased the sock loom a while back but the only real directions were on the DVD that came with it. I do much better with written directions so I put the loom aside until I happened upon this book. When it came in I was excited because I already had all I needed to begin. I sat down with the book and decided to try a simple pattern. While I am experienced with crocheting, have learned the very beginnings of knitting, and have done a bit of loom knitting, I figured I would be able to pick this up easily. I was wrong.
While the directions are fairly straightforward, I didn't feel like they were written in the clearest manner. Sometimes the description left me going back to re-read as I wasn't quite sure which loop they were talking about. I am not saying that the directions are wrong or that you will not be able to knit socks. I am simply saying I have worked with a lot of different patterns over the years, from books, the internet, friends, and the inside of yarn wrappers. This is just not written as clearly as it could be, in my opinion. Considering this is a 'basics' book, the directions could be much clearer. I ended up hitting on a web site that had very clear directions and it got me started so much easier. Then I was able to pick up the book and move along.
The patterns themselves are a nice variety of basic patterns that had me itching to crank out socks. My kids all flipped through and had socks they wanted me to make and were picking out colors. This part of the review is only an observation and I didn't take the fact that I didn't think this through into my rating. Socks take a long time to make. All of the other things I have done on the loom (hats, scarves, purses), have moved along nicely. Needlework, to me, tends to have a nice flow. It is one of the reasons I enjoy it. On the sock loom, I found myself getting quickly frustrated. While it does get easier as you go, I don't feel like I would ever be fast enough to want to make many socks. The pegs are small and metal, as it the tool. Many of the stitches require you to lay the yarn either above or below a loop, slide the tool under the loop, grab the yarn, pull up a new loop, slide the original loop off of the peg and put the new loop on the peg. You will do this thousands of times with very little progress. As I looked down after an hour's work and had much, much less than an inch of sock, I laughed and said to myself, "Duh!" The yarn is thin, the loops are tiny, and this will take a long time. Why didn't I see this before? This is by no means intended to deter anybody. My husband's grandmother used to crochet doilies and the like with fine thread. She did beautiful work. I couldn't do that. I need to progress faster. It's just how I am. If you are looking for loom knitting like you would knit a scarf, wrapping the yarn and flipping the loops, a nice, heavy wool on your loom...this isn't it. If you have patience and don't mind some slow going, then this book offers nice patterns to get a good start to knitting socks.