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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Visual (Sept. 9 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047027896X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470278963
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Laura Chau is a self-taught knitter, designer, spinner, and dyer. She works as a custom dyer and teaches numerous classes at Toronto's popular yarn store Lettuce Knit. Laura has had multiple designs featured on and sells her patterns on her Web site and blog, cosmicpluto knits! (

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By Barbara E. Finley on Jan. 8 2012
Format: Paperback
Look forward to using this book. It's an easy read, the pictures are excellent format, and quite specific to topic being referred to. Thank you
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Lambert on Nov. 24 2013
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I was disappointed on delivery aspect as it was about 7 days late from date you shown as delivery.
Otherwise the book is in good condition and I have looked through it and pleased that it is very easy
to read and look forward to starting knitting some socks as it has been years and years since I have
made them
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Really good for your reference shelf! Nov. 5 2008
By M. Nordyke - Published on
Format: Paperback
I give this product five stars. While not for the beginning knitter (it does include a brief instruction section, but the complete novice should consult a "how to knit" book), it's very thorough and covers many techniques for knitting socks. There are TONS of pictures so for visual learner it's obviously a good choice.
I haven't checked the patterns, but the point of this book isn't patterns. The point is how to KNIT socks. It teaches you how to do this by giving you the formulas - for example, how many stitches from your total you should use to knit the heel. It tells you the size you need for, say, a women's medium (so you can find your gauge, then multiply stitches per inch by that size), instead of telling you to cast on X number of stitches. However, it's not as complicated as the custom sock patterns I have found on the internet. And it includes other options like how to make a deeper heel, a larger calf, etc.
Also, it includes information on top-down, toe-up, AND flat-knit socks (find that in another reference book!), as well as different types of heels, toes, cast-ons, etc. for each one. Also included is a VERY handy reference chart of what sizes work best for the foot size you need. This is useful as many internet patterns say "Size: Custom" which is useless if you can't measure the intended recipient's foot. Here, you just need their shoe size and can then find the corresponding approximate measurements.
All in all this is a GREAT reference book, not for the complete beginner, and heavy on techniques, instead of patterns. I HIGHLY recommend it if you are looking for these things.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
I wanted to love this book. Nov. 1 2008
By Sadech Prahok - Published on
Format: Paperback
I debated between 2 and 3 stars for this book. As a fairly inexperienced knitter, I wanted to give this book a 2, but, I do think it has some good resources for someone who is a bit more experienced and can use it as a reference, so I gave it a 3. Maybe a more experienced knitter would even give it a 4, I don't know!

This book was most helpful for me in helping to understand the overall construction of a sock. The instructions though I found a bit lacking in some areas. And there is an error in the very first basic sock pattern, which for a newer knitter and a novice sock knitter is pretty aggravating. FYI, when you make the heel flap, the pattern says to K1, Sl1, but it should be Sl1, K1. I realized this when I ended up with a 4 row long slip stitch! haha

All told, it's a book I will keep in my library for basic reference in the future, but I'm going back to online tutorials for my first socks, and won't be utilizing this book until I get the hang of a couple of techniques which I still have problems with.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Irresponsible editing Dec 1 2009
By Knitter - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm a relatively experienced knitter and I purchased this book because I liked the fact that it contained three different sock knitting techniques (top-down, flat, toe-up). This book is very disappointing. The images are too small to be useful, but more importantly, the top-down pattern (the only one I used) is so full of errors that I believe the publisher should recall the book. I found a few "errata" postings online but the book contains far more errors than are reported. I strongly discourage anyone from purchasing this book.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
book is FULL OF ERRORS March 6 2010
By Rita - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am so glad that I had knitted a pair of socks before purchasing this book. Having done a pair or two, I wanted to make sure I was doing it correctly before teaching a class and recommending this book to the students. Doing the top down sock when I got to the heel section I knew that something was not right with the directions. I went to the publishers site and found the corrections. It is not just one or two errors. There are numerous errors for all the patterns. Very disappointing that this was not proofed before publishing. Can not recommend this book at all.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Pattern Errors Dec 21 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in order to learn how to knit socks toe-up but have been knitting socks cuff-down for a long time -- and while looking at the book's basic cuff-down pattern, I found serious errors that suggest the author is a fairly inexperienced sock-knitter. (And indeed, the author bio talks primarily about her expertise as a custom dyer.)

Because of the errors in the cuff-down pattern, I now distrust the other patterns in the book, including the toe-up, and haven't tried any of them. Therefore I can't recommend this book to any knitter, beginning or not -- especially since there are several other beginners' sock-knitting books on the market with perfectly accurate patterns (including Ann Budd's "Getting Started Knitting Socks"). However, the photographs are good.