Toe-Up Socks for Every Body: Adventurous Lace, Cables, and Colorwork from Wendy Knits Paperback – Mar 23 2010
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About the Author
WENDY D. JOHNSON is the renowned knitter behind WendyKnits.net and the author of Wendy Knits and Socks from the Toe Up. In addition, her work has been featured in many major knitting magazines. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Wendy D, Johnson has done such a beautiful job writing this book. The instructions are excellent. The pictures of the socks are beautifully done with a good look at the details of the socks. This is the second book of hers that I have purchased and they are both a joy to follow and read.
She has the book set up nicely in that she lets you know if any sock one wants to knit is easy and more difficult and for a more experienced knitter. There is a nice grouping of socks for easy, intermediate and more difficult. No one is left out.
The only thing that I found difficult, at least for me is that the charts are so small.My son took my book into a shop to have the chart blown up but they refused saying it was against the copyright laws and that they weren't allowed to do this. I did contact Wendy through Ravelry and she answered me right away. I told her of my predicaments and she assured me that it was ok to have the charts enlarged as long as it was for my use only but they still refused to do it. Maybe, in the future there could be somewhere in the book a release sayiing that one copy could be enlarged for the customer. I ended up getting some graph paper and doing it by hand. Other than that one problem I would reccomend the book hiighly. She is such a talented lady.
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The author gives a short section on how to start the socks - at the toe! She offers four different cast-ons for the toes and explains the three different techniques: double pointed needles, two circular needles and one long circular needle. The gets you off to a good start.
Wendy provides some beautiful sock patterns, 21 in all. There are seven each in lace, cable, and colorwork. All of the colorwork are called Fair Isle by technique in that there are only two different colors worked in any one row. In each of the categories given there is one in the easy, some in intermediate and some in higher areas of knitting ability.
I have given a brief breakdown in what is in the book. The cable area covers mostly stitches that only reliant on two stitches to be worked. If you are competent in doing cables without the cable needle, this would be a good time to do it since most of the socks use 2 stitches in making the cable. If you are not familiar with cables or are able to handle cables well, both ways are easy to use in this section. I would suggest that you look up the no cable needle needed method because the cables used are simple.
I would like to see one of Wendy's socks incorporate using three colors in any single row. Most of the cable patterns also include lace in them. But she has given you great value in this book. The organization is excellent, the charts are included, and the pictures given tell you what to expect as an outcome. I think all skills in knitting will find this a fun book to have and use.
The subtitle on the cover says it all: "Adventurous Lace, Cables, and Colorwork" - yup, got that right! The lace patterns are lovely, there are Austrian twisted stitch patterns, and some really beautiful stranded knitting...including argyles, which I've always wanted! One of the things I particularly like is that the photography showcases the socks which are knit in solid or semi-solid colourways, so that the stitch detail is wonderfully visible, unlike some sock pattern books which feature socks in patterned yarns where the design pattern is lost completely.
Are you are a fan of short-row heels, or do you prefer the look and fit of the heel flap style? These heels are in here. There is also a short-row heel with a mini gusset...something I've been curious to try. And while there is a great deal of valuable information and lots of helpful advice, as with her other book, Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits, this book isn't a rehash of that book. Rather, this is the next step in your toe-up sock knitting process!
The layout of the book is very nice. In Part One, she provides basic information, including tips for designing your own socks. Part Two covers the patterns, which are nicely divided into types of patterns: Lace, Cable and Colorwork. The Appendix covers knitting and finishing Techniques. And finally, the Index includes small photos of each of the completed socks and the pages where they can be found...a very handy and thoughtful addition. Clearly, this woman has put herself in the position of the reader/knitter and knows what we would like in a book.
I've bought, and returned, toe-up books from other designers, but Wendy's are definitely keepers! And if you would like to know Wendy a bit better, then read Wendy Knits: My Never-Ending Adventures in Yarn. Not only is it a hoot, it's also got patterns for socks, sweaters and more!
Well, this is her third book, and I think it's the best yet.
This is a book filled with toe-up sock patterns for men, women, and children, and they're just lovely. I usually knit just plain-jane stockinette socks (yes, I know, it's boring of me), but there are at least five designs in there that I'd like to make. That's a huge number of sock patterns for me to seriously desire.
The patterns are divided into three sections-lace, cables, and colorwork. Each section starts with a couple of pages of tips and guidelines for the relevant technique, as well as a list of the patterns by difficulty level.
Are you thinking, "Wendy just did a sock book. Isn't it just another book of sock patterns?"
Not exactly. To me, her other sock book (Socks from the Toe Up) was an in-depth exploration of everything you need to knit the socks. It explores the technique in great detail. This book, on the other hand, starts off assuming you know the basics already. There is, of course, a technique section which covers this. You certainly don't need to have read through the other book to understand what's going on. It's just that the techniques are in the back, in the appendix, rather than being the main part of the book.
This book, instead, jumps right into the patterns, and I love them. They're interesting. I like the sneaky argyle socks. I liked every single one of the colorwork socks. The cabled ones were beautiful. The lace was lovely. These are some seriously great socks.
They make me want to knit something other than plain-vanilla, stockinette socks for a change. I like them that much.