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Socks from the Toe Up [Kindle Edition]

Wendy D. Johnson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Discover a new approach to sock knitting with Wendy D. Johnson and Socks from the Toe Up. This approach, made famous by her popular blog WendyKnits.net, will turn even the most reluctant knitter into a toe-up nut. Knitting a sock from the toe up saves yarn and always gives a perfect fit. And? No grafting! Wendy provides all the how-tos, tips, and techniques you need, as well as the pros and cons behind all of the cast-on, toe, heel, and bind-off options, gleaned from her years of experience.

With more than 20 fun and beautiful patterns, Socks from the Toe Up has a sock for every foot. Whether you like bold textures or hearts and flowers, delicate lace or Bavarian cables, you (and your feet) will be covered here. Even if you’re casting on your first sock, or have been a top-down sock knitter for ages, you’ll find patterns and projects here that’ll keep your needles humming. Socks from the Toe Up is the hands-down best guide for toe-up socks.


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About the Author

Wendy D. Johnson is the blogger and knitter extraordinaire behind the popular blog WendyKnits.net, which has twice been nominated for the Bloggers Choice Awards Best Hobby Blog. She is frequently featured in major knitting magazines.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3886 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1 edition (19 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GTLKCS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #419,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Socks a-plenty 5 Jan. 2010
By Tora
Format:Paperback
I got this book for Christmas and loved it so much that I started knitting a pair of socks that afternoon.
The book is divided into two sections:
Part 1: Toe-up essentials - this section has the basics of how toe-up socks work, including the different cast-ons, the toes and the different heels you can use. It also tells you how to alter so the socks fit perfectly. Finally this section details different cast-offs (bind-offs) that you can use to make sure your sock is perfectly finished.
Part 2: Sock patterns - this section has 23 different designs that you can knit, including lace, gansey, cable and sportweight socks. The patterns are beautiful and can be combined to make your perfect socks. There is a mixture of charts and instructions given.

I would say that this is one of the best books that I have ever been given for sock knitting, especially as her website (given in the book) has more support and images of the finished socks to inspire and help you.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toe up socks 12 Feb. 2010
Format:Paperback
The great thing about these patterns is that they work. Wendy D. Johnson is always reliable. I love knitting in the round and socks are a lovely little bit of engineering. I have bought other sock books on line in the hope that there will be at least some toe ups and have been disappointed. It is my preferred way to knit socks and you can make sure they fit exactly as you go because you can try them on. I do knit on one or two circular needles, but prefer 5 pins and you can knit in your preferred way with any of these patterns. I have not mastered Estonian cast on, I use double knit cast on which works for me. Why is it difficult to buy 5 dp pins in a packet, there are usually just 4 ?
One small point, I knit in the British way. I don't pick like most Americans do. This means that you have to make some adjustments to the way some stitches any knitted. e.g. SSK is described as slip 2 stitches from the left to the right pin and knit together in front of the two stitches. This is probably easy if you pick, but it is cumbersome if you don't. I find it much quicker to knit through the back of the two stitches together. Same result and much quicker for UK knitters.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 12 Feb. 2010
By Pippa
Format:Paperback
I recieved this book the other day, and I'm not a great knitter, I find patterns hard to follow, but becaause Wendy does her patterns as charts, I have actually got a finished pair of socks, and there a lace pattern! From the beginning of the book everything is done step by step, which makes finishing the socks easy. I can't wait for Wendy's next book to be published. Definately worth a purchase if your looking for an easy to follow book, with amazing patterns.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars toe up socks 23 Nov. 2010
By grumpya
Format:Paperback
The method Wendy uses here means that I can knit socks for all my family i can easily judge how long to make the socks without left over wool or running out and having different colout toes as so often happens when knitting large mens socks, the technique works for any thickness wool any sized person and is easily memorised. I have made socks for my husband that he wears constantly, he has skinny bony feet with long toes and thick ankles and they fit far better than any he has had before so much so I had to knit cotton ones for the summer, I have made ones for my own swollen feet and balloon like ankes that look attractive and are in fun colours unlike socks available for people with swollen ankles. I have also knitted socks for huge sized feet where shops do not cater readily for them. Every pair I have knitted has been a total success and has fitted like a glove unlike many traditional sock patterns. The only point to watch with this method is especially if you are making the socks for someone with swollen ankles or chubby legs is the casting off must be loose, I normally cast off and leave the final pull through thread loose and attatched to the ball so that if it is too tight when tried on I can easily undo it and cast off a bit looser. Saying that you soon get used to it and then there are no problems with this method. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOK
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first socks, at last!! 29 Mar. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For a long time I wondered what all the fuss about sock knitting was (apart from the gorgeous yarns, of course!) and now I know. I tried cuff down, but got bored long before it came time to turn the heel, but with toe up, it was a very different story. Having something that looked like a sock after just a few inches and being able to try it on as I went along, just made me want to finish the pair and get them on my feet. My first socks were a triumph, thanks to Wendy :)

The book describes in simple steps how to start, how to make the heel, how to do the shaping to get a perfect fit for your individual feet and the patterns are easy to follow and pretty enough to inspire you to want to make them ... all of them! There is a sizeable section on the various different ways to cast on and off, different techniques for making and shaping toes and heels and there is even more support and info available from Wendy's website, so she pretty much has all bases covered for new and experienced sock knitters alike (though this book is aimed primarily at beginners).

Then we come to the patterns. Lovely, lovely patterns! Short socks, long socks, plain socks, patterned socks, socks for ladies, gents and kiddies; all are covered. I'm a fairly experienced knitter, so I had no problems following any of the patterns, though I did have to YouTube some things I'd never done before eg wrap and turn, just to make sure I was doing it right. I loaned the book to a friend who has only been knitting a couple of years and she managed to turn out a pair with very little help from me. Although I wouldn't describe myself as a sockoholic (I love my lace shawls too much for that), I would certainly recommend this book to those new to knitting socks, as a good reference guide to the techniques and terminology used and because the patterns are beautiful, very wearable and you will want to knit them, over and over again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars illustrations
Lovely patterns and generally well presented my only gripe are the illustrations....I am very visual when it comes to understanding instructions and for me the illustrations are... Read more
Published 4 months ago by greasyming
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete kindle version
The kindle version is only an extract from the book, with only one pattern, only a few pages long, not over 100 pages as it suggests.
Published 4 months ago by Leda
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book too
Lovely patterns. Good reference book too.
Published 7 months ago by Welsh Lady
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by the "cheap" Kindle edition!
Another one here who should have read the reviews. This looks to me like fraudulent advertising - it clearly says that the Kindle edition is at a much lower price than the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Narapoia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book, haven't knitted any socks yet but really looking forward to it!
Published 10 months ago by Dee Elfin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant to keep going back to, first ever socks knitted very pleased, easy to follow
Published 10 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars very easy. Used some of the heart patterns on childrens' ...
Have made one pair of socks, very easy. Used some of the heart patterns on childrens' tops, which look great.
Published 10 months ago by Margaret Cook
1.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING PRODUCT DESCRIPTION.
I was very dissapointed with this prouduct , I was led to believe I was getting a book not 1 patteren . Read more
Published 14 months ago by L. C. Warman
1.0 out of 5 stars misleading poor show
unfortunately i did not read the reviews before purchasing this book for my kindle and was disappointed to find it was only one pattern, taught me a lesson read the reviews
Published 17 months ago by cpndrake
5.0 out of 5 stars Great easy to follow patterns
Brilliant book, nice range of patterns for all abilities. Essential guide to toe up socks, inspiring, quick and easy to make.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. S. R. Molton
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