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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (9 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680296
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Essential for all knitting collections." - "Library Journal""I strongly recommend this book for anybody who wants to become a sock knitter." - "Knitter's Review""The best beginning sock book that has been published so far. That is all. Go buy it." - Knitty.com"No detail is ignored and Ann anticipates questions as if she is sitting next to you. This is a finger twitching book--it makes me want to drop everything and knit something from it right now." - KnitPicks Podcast"One of the best sock knitting books to come out in a long time." - "Knitting News Cast""Photography is sharp with a tight focus providing an excellent reference for those needing a visual guide through every step." - Monsters and Critics.com"With this book from Interweave Press, you'll be knitting gorgeous socks in no time." - "Let's Knit" (UK)

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Ann Budd is book editor for Interweave Press and former senior editor of Interweave Knits. She is author of The Knitter’s Handy Guide of Patterns (Interweave Press, 2002) and The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Sweater Patterns (Interweave Press, 2004). Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Z. J. Dashell-Adams on 29 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you've never knitted socks before and have been afraid of even trying - and you find the idea of using double-pointed needles rather daunting? Then fear no more, as this book guides you through sock knitting and also teaches you about using the circular needle if that is your preference. So if you get any comments from reviewers who are experienced knitters moaning that it is too basic, take note of the title: Getting started, says it all.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By DrLMK on 6 July 2011
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I'd been wanting to try knitting socks for a while but couldn't afford a class and didn't want to bother more experienced knitters with my silly questions. This book was the perfect solution. I bought it based on all the 5* reviews, and I'm very glad I did.

Ann Budd is clear, concise, helpful and friendly in tone. There are lots of pictures showing things like flexible casting on (two techniques), joining the round (three techniques), and picking up the heel flap stitches, etc.

I now understand the basic architecture of a sock, and the whole process has been demystified. Something that seemed really daunting to me is now completely do-able.

My only caveat is that British knitters buying this book should be aware it uses American terminology, and uses four double-pointed needles rather than the continental five. But that's fine because using four instead of five double-pointed needles actually simplifies things for the inexperienced knitter. There are also instructions for knitting on circular needles too.

The book is called "Getting Started...." and it has certainly got me started. I would recommend it to every knitter wanting to knit socks but feeling a bit daunted at the prospect. After being guided through the process with the help of this book, you'll be knitting enough socks to free all the house-elves at Hogwarts.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Beaumont on 6 Aug. 2011
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A very helpful book with plenty of information and versatility.
I was a competent knitter of many years but completely new to sock knitting using DPN's or circular needles but this book has given me the confidence and inspiration to try new things, and has answers many questions arising along the way.
In the short time I've had it its already becoming 'dogeared' and to me that speaks volumes!
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Isaacs on 29 Mar. 2009
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This is an absolutely great first sock book and one I keep referring to for my basic sock pattern. There are patterns for the gauge of yarn you have in your yarn stash so you can always find a pattern - and all the other information you may need, including lacey patterns, cable etc.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Helen B on 30 Jan. 2012
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I am a complete beginner at knitting and found all sock patterns incomprehensible. So why did I want to knit socks? I like a challenge and was determined to master this skill! I borrowed books, read patterns and looked at video clips on the internet before finally ordering this book by Ann Budd - and it is really fantastic! It is exactly what it says on the tin - a basic guide to getting started knitting socks. The author describes all the various knitting stages extremely clearly and provides photographs of every stage. Everything you will need is here - from various types of casting on to turning the heel, and knitting the toe.

This book recommends using 3 needles to hold the stitches and one to knit with (total of 4). This is very important as some books argue for using 5 needles in total which makes things more difficult and you need to be an octopus with 8 arms to keep track of your knitting!

This book also has a sock pattern for every thickness of yarn (in US and UK phraseology)plus some simple patterns to try once you become more proficient!

The close up photograhs are better than many other books as they show the knitting process in simple stages. There are also some good hints and tips in call out boxes amongst the general text - how to measure feet, how to stop socks falling down etc.

I would certainly recommend this book to beginners - I have managed to knit my first pair of socks using Ann's excellent instructions and am now in danger of becoming a sock bore!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By VenusSpecimen on 25 Aug. 2010
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a brilliant book. from total beginner knitting (and yes i really mean that) and easily ideal through to absolute pro. i have several sock books but have to recommend this one as being the be all and end all and the only one any knitter will ever need. genuinely you'll not be disappointed in it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne 53 on 3 Jan. 2011
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Went on a 5 hour course to learn how to knit socks a month ago.. This book was recommended by a friend. It Has been a great help, everything is so clear. In a month I have knitted four pair of socks - all different sizes. The book has helped me gain confidence - wish I had learnt before. Definately a book for starting and gaining confidence. Will try some of the more complicated patterns soon.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bella on 15 Dec. 2011
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Despite having been a fairly confident and competent knitter for years, I had never cast on using the 'thumb method', knitted 'in the round' or 'turned a heel' before as all of these techniques sounded a bit scary. As someone who is quite clumsy I was convinced I would at least have an eye out if I tried knitting with more that 2 needles. However the instructions and illustrations were so easy to follow it seemed that I had made my first pair of socks in no time at all and not only are they very cozy and comfy, more surprisingly they even look like socks.
My only slight reservation is that in places it would have been even simpler for me if I had UK translations of some US terms/phrases/sizing but that is just me being lazy...Overall I definitely recommend ths book.
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