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Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles: A Manual of Elegant Knitting Techniques and Patterns [Paperback]

Cat Bordi
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 2002
This is the first sock knitting book devoted to teaching the simple mysteries of two-circular-needle-sock-knitting, a vastly more efficient and easier method which is rapidly gaining converts. Eleven original designs, clearly worded instructions, photographs, charts, a section on translating traditional patterns to the two-circular method, and abundant tips and tricks have been put together with great care and a generous sprinkling of humor. The author answers all of those subtle, almost unframeable questions a new sock knitter has, as well as delighting seasoned sock knitters with innovative sock architecture and techniques.

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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
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Got very confusing Feb. 7 2004
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
3.0 out of 5 stars These socks did not soar Feb. 5 2004
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
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book, with some faults Nov. 20 2002
By A Customer
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
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better instructions on the web. June 14 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Clear directions and simple instructions make knitting...
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 more
Published 2 months ago by Shirley J
4.0 out of 5 stars Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles
I thought the book was very informative and the tips were very helpful I plan on showing this book to me friend who also knits
Published 7 months ago by Maureen Pogson
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will turbo charge your knitting!
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 more
Published on Sept. 10 2007 by Irene
1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing
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
2.0 out of 5 stars nice patterns, but no cigar
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Is Not For Beginners
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sock lessons and her new book
I've used this book so much that it is curling at the corners and some pages are stuck together with food . . . embarrassing! Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Men In (too) Socks
I am a knitter with two year's experience making knitted objects. I enjoyed the book, Sock Soar..., primarily because Ms. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2003 by Mark J. Schuyler
3.0 out of 5 stars Better for Experienced sock knitters
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 more
Published on June 24 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!
I've been hearing about this book for 2 years straight. Finally I ran into a copy at the Seattle Knitting Expo a few weeks ago. Yes, I bought it! Read more
Published on April 14 2003
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