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Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits Paperback – Apr 14 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1 edition (April 14 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307449440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307449443
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

WENDY D. JOHNSON is the blogger and knitter extraordinaire behind the popular blog WendyKnits.net, 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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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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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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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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During my years working in yarn shops, I have had the privilege of studying a wide variety of knitting books. I am always intreged by socks in particular, and unusual construction in general. Having tried, taught, and assisted clients with every style that came out, this book, author, and method has become my personal favourite.

I own both this book and the Socks in a Box version, which has many of the same patterns printed on small card stock for easy transport with your knitting on-the-go.

I have sold dozens of copies of this book in stores and I continue to endorse it online--with the caveat that it's best to support your local yarn shop whenever possible.
I recommend this book for adventurous first time sock knitters and experienced conventional sock knitters.

I also would like to specifically disagree with a previous reviewer who said there was nothing for men in this book. I will not get into a gendered expectations debate, but rather will point out that there are three basic patterns which are suitable for anyone. On top of this, there are multiple socks with textured stitches and/or cables that look like traditional men's socks. There are even author's notes on some of the patterns specifically suggesting them for men. All this while working inside the constraints of the idea that men simply can't have lace patterns in their socks.
Happy Knitting!
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I've knitted socks from the cuff down, but never toe-up. I would also classify myself as a beginner. This book does an excellent job of presenting various cast on methods, and heel methods and provides a wonderful set of patterns. As a beginner sock knitter I would have given this book a 5-star, but for two points: while reading the book and viewing the illustrations was helpful, I still had to refer to online searches and videos to actually get it right; the second point is that although it briefly covers how to size up a sock pattern, it doesn't provide enough detail on how to handle the heel turn and heel flap for a toe-up sock when you need to re-size a pattern. Although I am really enjoying this book, as a beginner, I still have to refer to the internet frequently to help get me through a basic toe up sock that isn't a standard size. Consider this book an excellent supplement to your learning, but you cannot pick it up and use it as your only source to teach yourself toe-up socks.
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