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Socks a La Carte [Hardcover]

Jonelle Raffino
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: NORTH LIGHT BOOKS (1 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611858
  • ASIN: B004MLF72Y
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,495,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feastfull of socks. 30 May 2009
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Be a little different with your footwear! This simple to use flip book gives options for different patterns of sock parts: cuff, leg and body. Read the instructions first to ensure a good fit of sock, and have the option of using four needles or twin/wire needles. Encouraged to design your own socks, you will find the instructions are to the point and clear to follow. Bring back socks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 6 Dec 2009
I didn't find this book as helpful as I had hoped. The yarn used for the photographs made it very difficult to see the textures and patterns. All the socks appeared to be the same size with little useful advice on how to adapt the size to fit. I would have like to have seen more variety in the leg sections, being the part most people will notice in a sock. The book uses American sizes and terminology, although there is a conversion chart. Having said that, the instructions were very clear and easy to follow, and guided me through my first pair of socks. I went elsewhere for my second pair however.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little disapointed but still a good book. 22 Sep 2009
After reading the reviews on this book I was sold, but unfortunately it was not quite what I expected. All the socks are knitted in the same yarn by SWTC, so no variation but you can subsitute. I also found finding needle sizes used listed under yarn choices, which would make sense as there is only one yarn type but it took a while to find after looking through most of the book after missing them the first time.

All the patterns are great and the split pages with the pictures of the sock parts (not the patterns themselves)are great for mixing and matching designs. I would not recommend this for a complete beginner but something to work towards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Idea! 24 July 2009
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This is a brilliant idea for anyone who loves knitting socks. For absolute control of the design its a must. Choose your own mix and match cuff; heel and toe. I love this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sock-Addicts - this is for you!! 22 April 2009
What a brilliant and inspiring book for sock-knitting nuts! The book's unusual concept of having each page divided into three separate sections has insprired me to buy tons of sock wool (handpainted of course!) and several sets of needles - and now every spare minute is spent sock-knitting. Christmas presents all sorted. Hey presto!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent idea, poorly executed 20 Mar 2011
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I have been struggling with this book for a number of reasons.

I loved the idea of the pick'n'mix "recipes" aspect of creating my own sock combination, especially as the spiral binding and elastic page-holder seemed ideal for the job. However, lay the book flat - and the pages simply slip out from under the elastic, because it is positioned too close to the edge of the book.

My solution - mark the combination of designs with 3 different coloured post-its, which will stick out far enough for the elastic to trap them properly. Then mark the pages with the relevant instructions with matching coloured post-its. Not pretty, but it works, and makes hunting around for the instructions much easier.

Editing is also poor. One example is the incorrect labelling of some of the socks in the gallery at the back. This should really have been spotted and rectified before print.

Another more important mistake is on the origami heel pattern, formed from short rows. How can you work on a basic heel of 32 stitches, decreasing one stitch at the end of each short row - and still end up with 32 stitches? Clearly there are some instructions missing, presumably for a wrapped stitch or one picked up along the way.

And I wholeheartedly agree with the reviewer who commented on the choice of yarn used to illustrate all the sock patterns. Despite the gallery at the back, which clearly shows a number of socks knitted up with most, if not all, possible combinations, the same dark red and black-flecked yarn has been used throughout the instructions themselves. Any sock designer or knitter with a modicum of experience will know that bright, block colours work best for stitch definition when you're trying to show off lace, cable, well any kind of stitch pattern, but especially in print.

Truly disappointed; I suggest that the patterns are read and corrected before anyone tries to knit them.
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