- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Potter Craft; Original edition (April 20 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823085538
- ISBN-13: 978-0823085538
- Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 0.9 x 28 cm
- Shipping Weight: 522 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sock Knitter's Workshop: Everything Knitters Need to Knit Socks Beautifully Paperback – Apr 20 2010
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About the Author
EWA JOSTES and STEPHANIE VAN DER LINDEN are the authors of many knitting books, and their work can be seen on the popular knitting website www.ravelry.com.
Stephanie is also a contributor to the Internet knitting magazine www.TwistCollective.com.
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First off, this is a book that is divided in 8 sections: Materials, Basics and tips, Casting on, Cuffs, Heels, Toes, Other Sock Knitting Techniques (namely toe-up, and with circular needles), and finally Patterns. The weak part of the book is the patterns section, if memory serves almost none of the patterns are originals, instead they are reprints of patterns found in Inspiration books, the design books published by Coats for its Regia line. If you have never even heard about Regia having pattern books for its yarns, then you're in luck, the patterns are pretty diverse and most of them are good looking. If you own the leaflets, this section won't interest you. For me, it costs the book a star, because I would expect original patterns.
I found that the instructions are given in a typical German way. It's not so much that they are badly translated as that in order to make them into your run of the mill American or British pattern they would have to be rewritten. Instead the book gives tables of sizes and references points and how many stitches you should have at that point. Then you have a paragraph explaining what goes on, and specific instructions for how to set the rows, and what to repeat. The sock patterns themselves are written much the same way, giving you the stitch chart, the overall layout of the design and the deviation to the "template" sock pattern you will be using. The Basket Weave Socks, (an entrelac pattern) has much more detailed instructions, understandably.
Even if you find this a bit arcane, there are a lot of photos that illustrate the steps of each technique. The illustrations for the short row heels (the book calls that "Wrap Stitch Heel" are one of the best that I have seen in a knitting book. So if you've always had trouble with that technique, this might be the book for you. Also I really like that techniques are given little discussions such as "this toe is suitable for this and that". There is also one thing in the book I had never seen anywhere else, how to knit a flat sock half top down, and half toe up, no seam. I'm not doing a very good job of explaining the method, but really it is pretty smart, not to mention very original. Much to beginners' dismay, you will have to understand sock basics pretty well before tackling this project, because the instructions are more of a template on how to proceed than row by row instructions. Still, it's worth noting.
Finally the book has a last section with size charts and how many stitches to cast on, sizes of different heels, and even more useful, how long a specific toe will measure so you can take out a lot of the guesswork of planning the perfectly adjusted sock. I don't think anyone could argue that this isn't a great feature.
it is a learner book....I expected more out of a Workshop....
I have been knitting socks for more than 50 yrs..so to me it
did not live up to expectations..
However, it is a great book.
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