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Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles: A Manual of Elegant Knitting Techniques and Patterns Paperback – Apr 2002


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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Passing Paws Pr (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970886950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970886958
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #432,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman on June 6 2002
Format: Paperback
I keep a list of "must-have" knitting books and Cat Bordi's "Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles" has SOARED to the top of my list. Here's why:
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Powers on Feb. 7 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm an intermediate beginner, I guess. I've succesfully made mittons, for instance. I had attempted to knit socks in the past but the DPNs were too frustrating for me. At first, I was going gung-ho on my first sock using this book but I got thoroughly confused after constructing the heel, about how to pick up the stitches and finish the sock. The directions were really vague and unclear (at least to me, a novice sock knitter) and I couldn't figure out how to translate traditional sock knitting instructions from my other books to this technique. The author makes a lot of assumptions about what a novice knitter would know. You will need other books to figure out her instructions. It was extremely disappointing. I've since purchased bamboo DPNs in hopes that there will be less yarn slippage and frustration with the old-fashioned method.
If the author revised the text to include more thorough explanations this would be a good buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Feb. 5 2004
Format: Paperback
I have been knitting for thirty years and was excited to purchase a book about a new knitting techniques. I was disappointed in this book because of the lack of detailed pictures which are common in instructional treatises. The photos were in black and white and not as sharp as they should be. I found sites on the internet, and another book, the Magic Loop, which was more helpful in explaining the circular needle technique.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 20 2002
Format: Paperback
I would hesitate to recommend this book to an absolute beginner because Bordi assumes you already know how to knit socks. I was astonished at her lack of clarity in certain steps, such as picking up the gussets and closing the toe with kitchener. It takes just one paragraph to explain Kitchener clearly so even a child can follow it, why did she waste all that space telling us how to do an awkward grafting trick when Kitchener is so easy and superior? She tells us to look Kitchener up in another book! (Look it up using google, there are very clear directions for Kitchener, with photos, on the "Socknitters" -- one k -- website.)
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14 2004
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The book may be worth buying for its patterns, but if you are only interested in learning the technique, there are better instructions on the web (search for knitting with two circular needles).
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