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Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits [Paperback]

Wendy D. Johnson
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Book Description

April 14 2009
Discover a new approach to sock knitting with Wendy D. Johnson and Socks from the Toe Up. This approach, made famous by her popular blog, will turn even the most reluctant knitter into a toe-up nut. Knitting a sock from the toe up saves yarn and always gives a perfect fit. And? No grafting! Wendy provides all the how-tos, tips, and techniques you need, as well as the pros and cons behind all of the cast-on, toe, heel, and bind-off options, gleaned from her years of experience.

With more than 20 fun and beautiful patterns, Socks from the Toe Up has a sock for every foot. Whether you like bold textures or hearts and flowers, delicate lace or Bavarian cables, you (and your feet) will be covered here. Even if you’re casting on your first sock, or have been a top-down sock knitter for ages, you’ll find patterns and projects here that’ll keep your needles humming. Socks from the Toe Up is the hands-down best guide for toe-up socks.

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About the Author

WENDY D. JOHNSON is the blogger and knitter extraordinaire behind the popular blog, which has twice been nominated for the Bloggers’ Choice Awards “Best Hobby Blog.” She is frequently quoted in major knitting magazines and is the author of Wendy Knits. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New to socks? Great place to start! July 24 2009
I have been knitting socks for many years. I learned cuff-down but eventually fell in love with toe-up! No more guessing about "will I run out of yearn before I finish the foot?" plus you can adjust as you go, if you need to. This book covers all the bases. Lots of pictures and clear explanations. Several methods taught plus heel and toe options. Makes the whole sock knitting process easy to learn. Heck, it makes learning to knit easy as there's a section on the basics of that too! The patterns are lovely with lots of scope for the imagination! You'll never look at knitting socks the same again! Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Socks that Rock! July 27 2009
By Patricia Dion Pageau TOP 1000 REVIEWER
For a knitter, challenges are a many. But this book pushes the bounderies of The Art of Knitting Socks! Who said socks had to be dull and plain. Wendy Knits's book shows the techniques and step-by-step patterns to dismystify the knitting process of creating beautiful and even elegant socks. Coloured photograhs of each pattern gives the book a light and modern look. The tips and suggestions also offer help for those moments when a knitter doesn't know how to start, finish or decide on the next step with her masterpiece! Definitely a knitters bible for kniting socks that rock!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on toe-up socks! July 6 2013
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I picked up this book last year and learned how to knit socks for the first time. When I had trouble with my first heel, I emailed the author and she responded quickly and got me on my way. Clear and very well written with good tips on creating long-lasting socks. Nice patterns too, most of which are for fingering weight yarn, and a couple for sport weight.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Socks From the Toe Up June 18 2012
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The information is very good and the patterns are nice, but there is nothing for the man of the house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best April 15 2009
By Barbara Bretton - Published on
Glorious photography, extraordinarily helpful illustrations, beautiful designs accompanied by pattern instructions written with clarity and precision. And it doesn't hurt a bit that Wendy is warm and funny and as generous as they come. (If you're a fan of her blog WENDY KNITS none of this will come as a surprise.) These are new designs (none of them are replicated on her website or sold elsewhere) and they all bear the hallmark of a true master of her craft. I'm a cuff-down sock knitter but have already cast on for a pair of toe-ups a la Wendy. (The Trilobites, if you must know!) Yes, she's a friend of mine but believe me when I say friendship flies out the window when you cast on a pair of socks. Life's too short to knit a pattern you don't love and now that I have my copy of SOCKS FROM THE TOE UP in my hands, I'll be happily knitting Wendys for the foreseeable future. (BTW, Wendy obtained permission from Judy Becker to reproduce the Magic Cast-On.)

To sum up, this books works on all levels: great patterns, beautiful photography, clear instructions, a warm and engaging author, tutorials for the novice sock knitter, breathtaking patterns for the experienced. Definitely a keeper!
58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Book on Toe Up Socks! April 16 2009
By Aimee M. Abernathy - Published on
Knit socks? Want to? Wendy D. Johnson's book Socks from the Toe up has something for everyone from the beginning to experienced sock knitter. Starting with an extensive techniques section on parts of the sock and how to knit them from the toe up, there are 3 "vanilla" sock patterns. Following the plain socks are 20 patterns for socks from "Dead Simple Lace" to traditional Gansey patterns. None of these patterns are available in another source with the exception of the "free" pattern released in advance of the book.

The basic sock patterns are all knit in plain white yarn so you can see the techniques in detail, the photography in the book is beautiful and the line drawings are all clear. A new sock knitter could start at the beginning of the book and knit every sock using the techniques and the experienced sock knitter will find interesting and beautiful patterns while learning a little something new! The sock yarns used are all widely available, so you won't spend a lot of time trying to find the exact yarn in "that" colorway if you fall in love with the sock on the page!

I did a full blog review of this book prior to the release ([...]) - and have just started a second pair of socks from it! You can also visit Wendy on her blog - [...]
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so happy to finally have this! April 16 2009
By sarah - Published on
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i love knitting toe up socks, and i'm a big fan of wendy's website and her patterns, so i was very excited to finally get this book!

the photography is beautiful and really illustrates the patterns well. plus, the book itself is high quality (the paper, the cover, etc.)

the patterns are all wonderful, and i want to knit almost all of them, but i think the best part of this book are the "vanilla" patterns because they explain in detail the different types of heels AND they have detailed pictures SHOWING the different types of heels.

i think this book would be good for anyone who loves knitting toe up socks or anyone who wants to TRY knitting toe up socks. there are some more difficult patterns of course, but there are definitely quite a few that beginning sock knitters could handle.

all in all, i am VERY pleased with this book and will happily recommend it to any of my sock knitting friends.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bang for your Sock Buck! April 18 2009
By Janet Miller - Published on
Wow! I'm simply blown away by this book. And to think I almost didn't buy it because I don't knit socks toe-up. I do NOW after seeing all the beautiful designs in this book. I will knit every single one many times over. The designs are multi-sized (YES!) and are made from readily available yarns. The instructions are clear and concise and photos and sketches are beautifully detailed. Usually, the most I will knit from a single book of patterns is two or three. Not so here. In addition to all this, Wendy's designs are all fresh and unique, not tired repeats of things we've all seen before. This was the best money I ever spent for a pattern book. This book belongs in the Top 10 list for must-have designs for knitters.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockstar! April 16 2009
By L. Linneman - Published on
This is one of the most detailed and well written sock knitting books that have come out recently. The photography and illustrations are intricate and incredible. I love the fact that the basic socks were knit out of white yarn so that the reader could see, in detail, the design elements being discussed. A must have for any serious sock knitter!
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