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Sock Loom Basics [Paperback]

Leisure Arts
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Aug. 1 2011

Everyone loves hand-knitted socks! And now you can knit custom socks for everyone on your gift list--even if you've never knitted anything before! Fans of the adjustable KB Sock Loom will love this companion book, which provides a handy guide to the loom's basic instructions plus 11 great designs for preemies to adults. It also includes handy tips on how to adjust the sizes to fit a larger or smaller foot. You’ll be an expert in no time! The designs feature mock cables, beaded cuffs, several rib patterns, stripes, garter blocks, a toeless pedicure sock, and spiral tube socks and a hat for preemies.



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One of the most trusted names in instructional publishing, Leisure Arts is a leading publisher worldwide of lifestyle how-to books, DVDs, and on-line content (www.LeisureArts.com). Leisure Arts publications cater to creative persons who want to enrich their lives with The Art of Everyday Living. Leisure Arts is located in Little Rock, AR.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good complement to the sock loom Jan. 29 2012
By Sanbru
Format:Paperback
The sock loom comes with a DVD: it is a must to take a good look at it. The book is a nice complement: after having seen the DVD, it'll be easier to understand the book. I didn't try all of the patterns, which look good, but the explanations seem to be clear enough.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book. July 5 2012
By Kellie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book for the Sock Knitting Loom Oct. 2 2012
By Becky M. Coward - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must-have for the sock knitting loom. It gives very detailed and easy to understand instructions to knit a sock. Since this book is just for the sock knitting loom, there is no confusion about which loom you should be using (round, rectangle, long looms.) It explains how to measure your foot for your exact sock size. It also gives tips and hints for yarns to use and NOT to use! It has a world of information on sock loom knitting that really helps. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to knit a pair of socks on the sock knitting loom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but no DVD Jan. 14 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a nice intro to how to knit socks with the pictured loom. Great instructions, some nice beginner sock patterns. The first sock I used a Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight yarn (cotton-no stretch) and the sizing was way too big. I think the sizing would work for a more stretchy yarn. I just took it apart and made it smaller.
One think I am confused about.....no DVD. The description specificly states "this book, which comes with a detailed DVD to get you started" but it does not. I was disappointed that it stated it comes with a dvd but didn't have one. While the book is good (no complaints about that) the decription needs to be changed if it does not include the material that it states it does.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! April 11 2013
By brokahontis - Published on Amazon.com
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Who knew that socks were so dog gone easy to make! I'm working on my first pair and they're coming along beautifully! Easy to follow pics and instructions! Can't wait to finish this first pair so I can start on the next pair! I use two looms and two row counters. I'm making two socks at a time. Each loom is at the same place in the pattern. Each row counter and corresponding loom are marked "1" and "2" with a sharpie. Making a pair at the same time assures that my tension is always the same for each row of each sock. Easy to do watching tv too. No problems and I'm past the heels on both already! Youtube has good videos of sock instructions with these looms too!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative book! April 7 2013
By antoinette2012 - Published on Amazon.com
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LOVED this easy to follow book for knitting with a loom. Being an avid knitter I have been boggled with the sock patterns that are out there...I have a hard time understanding the gusset and heel instructions? I have a mental block about it.....I think I may have purchased 3 books on how to knit socks...how to knit easy socks...how to knit with my eyes closed easy sock patterns...NOTHING clicked with me...so I saw this loom book and decided to purchase this with the loom and yarn and give it a try. Guess what....It worked! It's a tricky beginning but once you have to hang for it...I think you'll be making your own socks all the time! I can see in my future socks made from cashmere yarn...silk bamboo yarn...ultra fine marino yarn...the list goes on and on!
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