Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles: A Manual of Elegant Knitting Techniques and Patterns Paperback – Apr 2002
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About the Author
Cat Bordi has been creating and designing in the textile field for over forty years. Her work first began to show up in international collections in the 80's, and has been featured in museums, calendars, cards, books, and magazines. Her second collection of designs for socks on two circular needles, due out in October, 2002, will include even more innovative sock architecture and extensive sections on everything from fitting unusual feet to generating and applying brand new designs.
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1. The technique of using two circulars to knit a sock in the round is easy to do, but rather hard to explain. Author Bordi does this with clear pictures and great step-by-step explanations. I was totally flummoxed by this technique until I read her book.
2. Knitting on two circulars rather than 4 double-points results in a smoother gauge. This is especially important for colorwork knitting.
3. The pictures are clear and show some beautiful technique. The cover is in color, and the photos inside are a very good gray tone that shows detail. The patterns are endlessly adaptable, using them as a template with your own colorwork or textured knitting designs.
4. There isn't just technique in this book. Bordi has a number of really lovely patterns including some textured work, color work and picture knitting. Charts are large and easy to read. Only the leaf-and-tendril is not charted (it's row by row.)
5. Here's a list of the sock patterns:
a. Simple Sock in three Sizes (easy)
b. Indoor Felted Boot (easy)
c. Gardener sock (easy)
d. Columbine Peak (intermediate, textured)
e. Two Alert Cats (intermediate, cat chart really useful!)
f. Cable Top (intermediate)
g. Alpine Meadow (intermediate, nice colorwork)
h. Bavarian Twisted Stitch (intermediate, lovely textured)
i. Leaf and Tendril (textured, advanced.)
j. Not mentioned in the contents, but there is a "fleet foot" sock with a design like Mercury's wings on the cuff.
There are only 44 pages in this book, which makes it seem a bit pricey, but every page is loaded with content.Read more ›
If the author revised the text to include more thorough explanations this would be a good buy.
There are also errors in the Basic Sock pattern, which I find almost unforgiveable. I know errors in knitting magazines and books are inevitable, but if I were writing a sock knitting book I'd go to extraordinary efforts to make sure the beginner's sock is error-free. Luckily you can find the corrections on the net, just go to google and search for "Corrections for Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordi." (Use the quotes and type in exactly that, only one page will show up and that's the page you want.)
Another complaint I have is the lack of uniformity among the patterns. She sometimes uses different words to describe the same step from pattern to pattern, which could be confusing to beginners, and sometimes her directions slip into silliness, such as the "bloops" in the felted slipper pattern. However I do enjoy her overall conversational tone and it doesn't grate on my nerves (though I can easily understand why it would bug some people).
The two circular method is GREAT and very simple and I now knit all my socks/sleeves/hat tops/etc using it, but I learned it from the Summer 2000 Knitter's magazine, I didn't need to buy this book to figure it out.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent! Clear directions and simple instructions make knitting socks on two needles much easier. Why fight with multiple uncooperative dp needles when this technique is... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shirley J
I thought the book was very informative and the tips were very helpful I plan on showing this book to me friend who also knitsPublished 23 months ago by Maureen Pogson
Yes, learning a new way to work with knitting needles is awkward. The reward is awesome so stick with it. Cat provides plenty of pictures and descriptive text. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2007 by Irene
Poor pictures, a very slim book and lots of shortcuts in the quality department made this a big disapoinment. This one's worth the trip to the Post office to return.Published on Feb. 6 2004
This book had nice patterns, but I already knew the technique from Joyce Williams and I have a preference for knowing how to adjust for different sizes and different fibers.Published on Jan. 10 2004
I don't feel that Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles...is for a beginner. It more or less just makes statements and assumes you understand what is being said.Published on Jan. 3 2004
I've used this book so much that it is curling at the corners and some pages are stuck together with food . . . embarrassing! Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2003
I am a knitter with two year's experience making knitted objects. I enjoyed the book, Sock Soar..., primarily because Ms. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2003 by Mark J. Schuyler
I found some of the instructions very confusing and difficult to follow. If I'd made socks before, it probably would have been very clear, but since I'm a novice, it was quite a... Read morePublished on June 24 2003 by Amazon Customer