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Knit. Sock. Love. [Paperback]

Cookie A.
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15 Nov 2010
Nineteen patterns ranging from simply chic to astonishingly intricate are arranged into three sections. In Columns, Cookie looks at the relationship between adjacent columns within vertical patterns and how they interact with one another. The section on Tassellations combines a variety of shapes into geometric outlines with surprisingly organic results. And the last section, Diagonals, will take you off the standard rectangular grid into curves, intersections and travelling components that swirl around the foot. These categorizations introduce a new vocabulary for classifying and understanding patterns. Among the projects are Pointelle, a pattern which features diagonal lace lines over an arrowhead lace background, and Wedge, an ingenious use of garter stitch short rows and stockinette bands that will have you marvelling at its simplicity. These rich and seemingly complex patterns are broken down step by step into bite-size components that are easy to digest. Illustrations, diagrams and charts accompany each project, offering an invaluable guide for visual knitters.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: One Leg Press (15 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984572600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984572601
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cookie A. is an avid sock knitter, teacher and designer. Her patterns have been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit.1 and Knitty magazines. She teaches intensive sock design workshops throughout North America and is the author of the popular book Sock Innovation. www.cookiea.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book with great patterns 28 Feb 2011
This is the first sock knitting book I have bought (or wanted to buy) and I just love it. The book is well produced with lovely photos, that, with a few exceptions, also give you great views of the socks.
I have just finished knitting (and am wearing as I write) the BFF cabled socks from the first section of the book. The instructions were clear and the socks have turned out beautifully. And they are only the third pair of socks I've ever knitted. The range of patterns is good, including some that appear pretty challenging if that's what you want. And none of them is whacky or unwearable.
I'm looking forward to working my way through the book.
The one additional thing that I would like is information on the yardage used for each size of sock. Most of the yarns are from US suppliers and in making substitutions it would be helpful to know exactly what yardage you need. But a minor quibble.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lady is for turning 17 Nov 2011
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Our daughter demands funky socks at regular intervals and these have not been found wanting. My wife, the knitter said she didn't want to turn fifty without learning how to turn a heel. She has now turned several. Some were quite challenging, she says, but she was justly proud of the results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monkey See, Monkey Knit; the textural socks of Cookie A. 30 Nov 2010
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Cookie A. (the "A" is for us folks who can't pronounce "Apichairuk" is a beloved sock designer who has many notable designs on Knitty dott com, an ezine offering free knitting patterns. Her "Monkey" sock and her "Potamus" both took the knitting world by storm. Now she has given us a book, the title cleverly playing on "Eat, Pray, Love" and I'll bet this book will prove just as popular with knitters as that bestseller.

So, learn more about the "Monkey" sock and the famous mannekin leg that displays her designs, as well as drool over beautifully photographed models of 18 other socks. 12 of these have been published before, 7 of these are newly published.

The socks are organized by design feature (columnar, tesselated, diagonals, and so you get a peek into the mind of the designer. Cookie likes textural socks with architectural features. You get schematics of the sock leg, foot and instep and heel. So if you like textural knitting (I certainly do) then you will be delighted to learn how this designer goes about creating her socks and it will give you insight into doing, perhaps, designs of your own.

If you are looking primarily for 2 color work or simple socks, that's not what "Knit.Sock.Love is about. Also, some avid collectors of sock patterns are going to be miffed by the fact that there are only seven new designs in this book and you could conceivably grab the others here and there on the internet or magazines. Nor are there toe-up methods here, though you can probably adapt any of these socks to starting at the foot rather than at the leg cuff.

The photography merits a mention: Laura Kicey does a fabulous job staging and photographing the models. The women who model the socks get a bio in the back of the book, which is a nice touch as they have fascinating faces and it turns out, each of them has an interesting story, too. The author credits the test knitters, a very gracious gesture, and there is a lot of info on resources for the sock knitter.

This is a very beautiful knitting book and even if you have a notebook full of Knitty printouts and other publications that include the dozen previously-published socks, you'll enjoy this book on your shelf. I'm planning to knit quite a few of these socks and I appreciate the large charts and pretty photos.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but... 10 Dec 2010
By K. A. Kellersberger - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge Cookie A. fan, and absolutely fell in love with her designs in Knitty.com. When the first book, "Sock Innovation" was released, I was absolutely smitten. I was so excited when I heard she was releasing another book; however, unlike the previous reviewers, I am quite disappointed that more than half of the patterns here have been previously published, and that I already have most of them. While I agree that the photography is beautiful, and instructions are impeccable, I find myself quite let down at the dearth of new patterns here, especially given the price.

Overall, while there are some very nice patterns here, I was just not blown away the way I was with Cookie's first book. The patterns here are just not nearly as, well, innovative as those in "Sock Innovation". Maybe I am disappointed because I have knit my way through the first book and was hungry for some new material and there is just not as much new here as I had anticipated. I really wish this had been disclosed either by author or publisher before I bought the book, especially since I had already paid for most of these patterns previously (at the steep $6 and $7 price tag from Twist Collective and the Cookie A. website). I felt a little like I had been duped.

Beautifully photographed and written, and if you are new to Cookie A's designs, you will probably be very happy with the book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sock love! 26 Jan 2011
By M. Gerhard - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful socks to knit -- clear charts and written instructions. Beautiful photography including good closeups of all the socks. I'll be knitting a lot of these patterns. I've heard people complain that this book contains too many previously published patterns (some of them free) -- and it is true that a few are re-published. But for someone like me who hadn't purchased any of the patterns prior to this book, this publication is just fine. Highly recommended for those with "sock love".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book; A Bounty of Socks and Beauty 10 Dec 2010
By Bonnie Brody - Published on Amazon.com
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It is rare that I find such a beautiful knitting book as Knit. Sock. Love.. It is bounty for the eyes, breathtaking for the knitter, and YES, the patterns are beautiful, easy to read, and viable to knit. It is nurturance, eye candy, wool gathering, and our wildest sock imagination all in one.

The author writes about her journey to this book. It was 2005 and she set out to design a sock pattern of her own, fueled by two mismatched but handknit socks she was wearing at the time. Her first creation was called Pomatomus, named after a genus of fish and in the blue and green colorway. It was published in 'Knitty' magazine. She followed with another sock pattern in 'Knitty', and then more patterns, all published in the same magazine. Luckily for us, these patterns are in this book. She was hooked on sock design much in the same way we might get hooked on sock knitting.

The author discusses the easy and portable nature of socks and the round and round knitting that can be addictive. I call it relaxing. Round and round we go, to a sock we'll know. Because of the small nature of a sock (as opposed to a sweater), it's safer to try out a more challenging pattern. There is also less fear about size problems. It is now five years since the author, Cookie A, designed her first sock and she is still going strong. The knitter can be thankful for that!

The book is divided into three sections: Columns, Tessellations, and Diagonals. Altogether there are twelve previously published patterns in this book. There are diagrams, charts, and schematics to help the knitter with the patterns. The "resulting patterns have a more organic feel with curves, florals, twists and turns. I love balancing soft with rigid". The patterns are arranged in each chapter in order of complexity. All patterns are designed to be knit from the top down and utilize fingering weight yarn.

The photographer for this book, Laura Kicey, is to be commended for her sensuous, high quality work. The photography is art gallery beautiful but the design elements and photographs of the sock are never compromised. I hope that you knitters will feel, like me, that you are not just looking at a how-to book, but have been given a work of art.

The first section, 'Columns', employs vertical design elements. The vertical design goes from the top of the sock down to the toe. One benefit of column patterns is that "it is easy to keep track of where you are by double checking that each repeat flows into the one below it". My favorites in this section are BFF (Best Friend Forever) and Lissajous. Lissajous is comprised of curves and cables in the front with a delightful variation in the back. I looked up 'lissajous' in my dictionary but could not find it there. From the appearance of the sock, I'd surmise it means something organic. It is knit with Louet Gems Fingering superwash merino wool and utilize size 1.5 U.S. needles. Alternate yarn is Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Ultra 100% wool. There are 32 size combinations - that's right, 32. and there are two versions for this pattern - knee high with calf shaping and socks without calf shaping. BFF (Best Friends Forever) was originally knit for the designer's best friend. They are knit with Fortissima Socka Color, 75% wool and 25% nylon and utilize size one needles. It is a cable motif that runs parallel to a rib motif.

The second section is named 'Tessellations'. A tessellation "is an arrangement of shapes on a surface that leaves no gaps between them". The author notes that these patterns can seem complex but are "made from smaller units that are repeated throughout. Once these smaller pieces are understood, the rest of the pattern will come naturally". I love 'Twisted Flower', socks that are comprised of twisted stitch cables and lacy eyelets "to create the appearance of flowers and leaves". The socks are knit with Cascade Heritage 75% superwash merino wool and 25% nylon and utilize size one needles. The pattern is in one size only. 'Wedge' is a pair of socks that an advanced beginner sock knitter could attempt. It "combines short-row trapezoids and rectangles to give the appearance of stockinette bands separated by garter stitch wedges". It is knit in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight 100% superwash wool and use size one needles. It is sized XS - XL.

The third section is 'Diagonals'. The author states that she's "always been drawn to things that go off the grid, whether they are knitting designs or choose-your-own-adventure road trips". This section contains cabled, lace and paneled socks. "With diagonals, new shapes can be created and boundaries pushed. Here begins exploration into new territory." I just love 'Cusp'. It combines lace diamonds, vertical twisted ribs, and diagonal lace. The socks are just breathtaking. The yarn used is Cascade Heritage, 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon and call for size one needles. I also love 'Pointelle'. It has a textured background while "the diagonal lines are kept simple". "Simple yarnover eyelets emanate from an arrowhead lace pattern and swirl across the leg in one direction and then the opposite." Yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight 100% superwash merino wool and call for size one needles. Sizing is for Small or Large.

Yes, I'm waxing lyrical about this book but I can't help myself. The patterns are primarily for advanced intermediate to advanced knitters BUT it is a book that should be in every knitter's library. It is about what is possible and what we work towards as we keep knitting and learn new skills in design, color, and stitches. It is a book you will never tire of looking at. I can't wait to get started knitting some of these patterns. Thank you Cookie A for this superb book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Love KSL 10 April 2011
By Donna A - Published on Amazon.com
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Cookie is 1 awesome sock designer - her instructions are clear, designes beautiful and a well thoguht out book. I love her work so much I joined her sock club this year.
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