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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (6 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159668903X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596689039
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2014 Winner of The PubWest Book Design Award for How To / Craft Books!"No matter how many socks you've knit or different methods you've used, there's something you've never seen in this beautiful book full of socks inspired by the Op Art movement." Knitting

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Stephanie van der Linden is a knitwear designer based in Friedberg, Germany. Her designs have appeared in Twist Collective and Anna Crafts. She is the author of Around the World in Knitted Socks as well as several knitting books in German.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nia on 6 May 2014
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I love graphic patterns and the book is full of them – executed both in colour and in texture. The pair of socks on the cover is not just vibrant but has very interesting sole construction which probably was the strongest enticement to buy this book.
I knit a lot but apart from couple of relatively easy sock patterns I am not an experienced sock knitter. The explanations in the book are very clear and there are some very useful tips on stranded knitting small items in the round and general sock knitting techniques.
It is great fun to browse through Stephanie Van Der Linden's book and I am looking forward to knitting some of the socks in it. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone in love of colour knitting even if they do not have experience. A sock is a small project and a great way to experiment with new techniques.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Feb. 2014
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I love the patterns in this book. I've finished the first pair and can't wait for the next. Can't wait for my sock drawer to look as colourful
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This book is wonderful to browse through even if you don't intend to. Use the patterns. Myself I don't know which one to knit first.
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By Eva Okholm on 25 Mar. 2015
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Not for little feet, otherwise great book 3 Dec. 2013
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I just got this book. As a beginning sock knitter, I recognize these patterns are beyond my skill level, but it gives me something to look forward to. I don't mind that it does not teach you how to knit socks. I have another book for that.

Amended: I have started reading the patterns more closely. Assuming you can knit basic cuff-down socks and read a simple knit/purl chart, there are patterns for all skill levels: textured knit/purl patterns, easy slip stitch patterns, stranded patterns, and even modular patterns (though not entrelac). I'm currently knitting my second pair of socks.

I am disappointed that almost all the socks are for women's shoe sizes 7 and much larger. As the patterns are knit on size 1 needles, there isn't much room to adjust for smaller feet. Just scanning the book, there are only two sock patterns smaller than a size 7 shoe.

Amended: As others have pointed out, with lighter yarn and smaller needles, it's possible to make smaller socks. This book gives patterns in two sizes, specified by a range of shoe sizes. My beginning sock book by Ann Budd gives a range of sizes from childrens to adults, so my expectations may have been unrealistic.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful! 2 Jan. 2014
By Mary Mynatt - Published on
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I would make anything Stephanie designed. She has a great artistic bent, and I LOVE her socks on the cover. I have many of her patterns, and have many of her patterns in my queue. Her patterns are well designed and the instructions are clear.
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Had worried about a Kindle download 24 Mar. 2014
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I bought the Kindle edition of this book - and I was worried that I would have trouble reading the book - especially with charts. But, using my iPad it is absolutely no problem. The pictures are really very high quality - and the charts are excellent. (Through Ravelry, I found 1 pretty minor errata that i need to look up. I think I'll be able to add a note to my book to remind me in case I ever do that particular pattern.) I'm starting to like "paperless" patterns more and more!

I've only done a bit of stranding on one pair of socks. But this was a technique that I really wanted to explore further. This book has some great hints and has given me confidence to take the plunge. I'm really excited to try several of the patterns!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
limited to specialty yarns and a few sizes 8 April 2014
By Lisa Linnell-Olsen - Published on
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The visual illusion and movement effects of the Bauhaus art movement known as Op-art has been translated into 19 sock knitting patterns in Stephanie Van Der Linden's latest book. The collection is made up of mostly two stranded circular knit socks in either a single common size for either men or women.

Each sock has been meticulously worked out to fit well with proper size, detailing while also showcasing an all-over pattern that creates an illusion of movement. Van Der Linden used her background in mathematics and science to create these "feets" of engineering. Understandably, the patterns are offered in only one size each. If a knitter would like to change the size, they could explore using different size yarns or needles. The patterns also use specific designer yarns that are not always easy to substitute, so be warned that this is not a book of patterns that you can just use yarn from your stash and knit for anyone, picking a size from an entire range of baby to large adult.

The colorful designs are given in chart form, while the basic sock pattern information is written as a pattern. Sor example, the written pattern tells you how many stitches to cast on, and where to make decreases, increases, gussets and toe shaping, while the chart shows how to knit the Op-art design in the sock.

The Op-art designs are so appealing and unique that the book may be worth it to some people just for the stitch patterns and inspiration. The Ludwig sock has mosaic slip stitch shifting color background with moving vertical lines that break up the background, creating visual movement. The black and white Feny sock has a rippling basket weave look that almost looks like it is waving. The Victor sock has a subtly changing spiral on a neutral background that appears to be spinning. These patterns could be applied to other projects such as a sweater or a handbag with stunning results.

Since all of these socks are knit on circular needles with at least two strands per round, this book is sutiable for intermdiate to advanced knitters. There is a resource section in the back to help refresh on different intermediate skills sued in the book, but it is likely not enough to teach a beginning level knitter these skills. The Resource section also lists information on where to purchase the yarns used in the book.

In summary, this book is worth adding to your knitting library if you are really fascinated with Op-Art patterns and would like to knit them. You can use the patterns as is only if you have very average adult feet, and you ar esure to find the specialized yarn. Avid sock knitters may want to add this to their collection for the uniquely engineeredd patterns in the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Amazing designer patterns with a side of art history 20 Feb. 2014
By Christine J Sapyta - Published on
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What makes this book great are the thoughtful pattern details. Stephanie van der Linden has based each pattern on a famous artist or artwork and gives a bit of background on it as well. An example of the details, an M.C. Escher-based pattern of interlocking lizards has the charming detail of putting a lizard on the sole of the sock! And take a look at the sole on the Ludwig Wilding sock: a mosaic pattern with a clever set of decreases on the sole that extend the pattern 360 degrees around the foot.

I'm incredibly inspired by this book. The first pattern that I made from this book was the 1 color pattern, Anni. It has knit and purl stitches that form a subtle meander or maze. In my first attempt at stranded 2 color knitting, I am enjoying the Fibonacci pattern right now. If you want to see all of the patterns, you will find great alternate photos from book available on by searching "Op-Art Socks." There isn't a full set of project photos available on Amazon.

Patterns range in difficulty: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Eighteen patterns are cuff down. One pattern is toe up. Some patterns offer mirrored designs for the left and right feet.

This book, like all Interweave publications, also has knitting tips and a thorough glossary and stitch definitions. I'm particularly glad that multiple pattern sizes are included. I knit for large sized feet and other designers may only offer patterns in medium size.
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