Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop Black Friday Deals Week in Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Amazon Fire TV Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Paperwhite Listen in Prime Shop Now Shop now
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns Spiral-bound – 6 Sep 2005

10 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
£32.55 £17.99

Black Friday Deals Week in Books
Visit our Deals in Books store to discover Amazon's greatest ever deals. Shop now

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Spi edition (6 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499651
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


"Once again Interweave Press has produced a knitting book that is sure to become an enduring classic. "Knitting Vintage Socks" brings this piece of our knitting history to life, and is a classic compendium of hand knitted socks." --"Knit Together," the quarterly publication of the Canadian Guild of Knitters

About the Author

Nancy Bush teaches workshops for guilds, shops, and at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Northern Europe. She is the author of Folk Socks, Folk Knitting in Estonia, Knitting on the Road, Knitting Vintage Socks, and Knitted Lace of Estonia (all from Interweave). Nancy lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Knitting Nellie on 26 Sept. 2006
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I love this book because it is full of patterns for plain coloured socks that you can actually wear inside a shoe! If you really want to knit socks for everyday wear, then I think you should consider this book. The knitting interest comes from the range of patterns and myriad heel and toe shapings that the book offers. Patterns for women predominate, though there are some for children and men (though any sock pattern is easy to adapt, once you get in to the swing of it). The patterns have all been adapted from an old 19th and 20 century knitting magazine called Weldons. My mum remembers Weldons, so I leant her my copy, and haven't seen it since.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Meldorf on 16 Jan. 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
After learning to knit socks (and knit properly) using Nancy Bush's 'Folk Socks' I was very excited to see she had published a new book and with adapations of Victorian and Edwardian patterns. This book did not disappoint. It appreciates its international audience and has all the convertion tables and information you will need. It has beautiful illustrations and , as always, has patterns that even I can understand. I have never had a Nancy Bush pattern not work out.

So far I have knitted two pairs of infant's socks. These are quick and beautiful to knit and work well with 4ply merino wool which is very easy to obtain in the UK. They make a wonderful present for a newborn as they are the only socks I have come across to stay on a baby with the elasticity to be so gentle too. They are warm yet soft. Wonderful. I have also knitted the evening stockings for a young lady. These are adapted to be knee high socks for a lady. I have found it impossible to come across beautful socks for a woman which go well with the pretty skirts fashionable these days. Like many people, I seriously dislike tights and these are so special. As with the baby socks these knit easily with 4ply, or sock weight wool - easily available here.

Also included in this comprehensive book are traditonal 'shooting socks' and other traditonal mens and ladies socks: ankle length right up to proper stockings with knitted garters (suitable for reinactments and people who feel the cold!). All these socks are knitted in one colour but with beautiful stitches which look tricky but are actually easy to follow. They needn't stay one colour however; they could be knitted with some of the beautiful multicoloured wools on the market now.

Altogether a very special book. I would recommend it to any knitter with a little experience or someone who also has 'Folk Socks' on hand to start them off.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bryn on 15 Oct. 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I have never before knitted from a pattern or from a written explanation (I always had Granny to help me), but this book is a VERY GOOD book to start with! All of the patterns -that I've tried so far- in this book are correct, and the result is BEAUTIFUL! The socks are just amazing! I've knitted 6 different pairs now, and I don't ever want to stop! Everything you need to know to be able to knit the socks in this book is explained in plain english, plus you get to read a little about the history behind the patterns, which I though was very nice.
An excellent book for sock pattern beginners! A very good buy.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By YY on 5 Jan. 2011
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Book is a bit different from what I expected - I know the title says knitting vintage socks, but I didn't expect a total, constant reference to Weldon's. I don't know who and what Weldon is, all I wanted was a book of patterns to try to knit some socks.

good points - has quite a variety of knitting patterns, instructions are relatively clear.

bad points - doesn't give in brackets, like most modern patterns do, the variation in sizes. It just says, adjust your yarn and knitting needles till you find the right size. Well... may be i'm a total knitting idiot, but I did expect some guidance in adjusting the number of stitches to adjust for the size. Sometimes may be just have a couple of balls of yarn that I wanted to use up.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By catsatcastle on 10 April 2012
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
The product description says:

'Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns' adapts sock patterns from the Weldon's Practical Needlework book series. Nancy Bush updates 23 classic patterns from their rich past and reinvents them for today's knitters by including gauges, up-to-date yarns, and twenty-first century methods and sizes.'

That should have given me enough of a clue but I was seduced by the word vintage in the title. There is a crucial piece of text in the introduction which, if I had known about it, would have deterred me from buying this book. The text is:

"Another obstacle loomed, however: Many of the patterns called for the equivalent of size 000 or 0000 (1.5 or 1.25mm) needles. Yes, these sizes are still available, but I felt that few knitters today would enjoy knitting with such small needles...."

I have knitted plenty of socks in my time in 4 ply and what is marketed as sock yarn. The book would be very useful if you have never knitted socks as it will enable you to understand the construction. However, once you have grasped that, you will realise that they are all made in the same way and the only thing that really makes them different is the pattern you choose to use for the body.

What attracted me to this book was the chance to make "vintage" socks as I hoped they would be made with yarn finer than 4-ply, which is fairly readily available. Unfortunately, that is not what this book is. There are tantalising pictures of very fine socks but the updated patterns are chunky by comparison.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category