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Toe-Up Socks for Every Body [Kindle Edition]

Wendy D. Johnson
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Book Description

Acclaimed knitter, author, designer, and teacher Wendy D. Johnson is back with the perfect sequel to her hit book Socks from the Toe Up. In Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, Wendy shows knitters, whether they’re knitting their first or hundred-and-first sock, how to use the toe-up technique to get the perfect fit. Not only that, she shows you that even seemingly complicated patterns are still knit just one row at a time. Go ahead! Turn your favorite knee socks into thigh-highs. Knit that special someone classic argyles. Put even the wiggliest of toes in their first pair of lacey anklets. With Wendy’s help, there’s nothing you can’t try from the toes on up.
These 21 patterns cover everything from basics like materials and tools, to delicate lace, intricate cables, and fancy colorwork. Use these techniques and patterns to create beautiful socks for yourself and everybody in your life—friends and family, young and old. With the lovely photographs, helpful illustrations for cast-on, toe, heel, and bind-off options, and all-around expert advice in Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, you’ll be a well-heeled and warm-hearted toe-up knitter.

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About the Author

Wendy D. Johnson is a lifelong knitter and creator of, one of the most popular knitting blogs. She has been featured in many major knitting magazines. She is also the author of Socks from the Toe Up.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8019 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1 edition (19 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #337,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sockie-wockie-doodle all the day ... 5 May 2010
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Most of everything I've ever learned about knitting socks from the toe up has come from Ms. Johnson's patterns and website instructions and this book was on pre-order as soon as I heard about it. I've finished the 'Basket Case' socks which use a Japanese-type travelling stitch and found that the toe, sole and heel are knitted in a smaller needle than the instep and cuff which makes for a great fit. Simple or what? None of the patterns are disappointing, most of them are ones that I'm going to knit and all in all, this book is great value, very interesting, stunning patterns and great illustrations.

Most of the patterns are knitted using the 2 circular needle method but a set of double-pointed needles can be easily substituted for us dyed-in-the-wool dpn lovers.

Summary: love it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful patterns..... 6 Sept. 2011
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This book is a must purchase for those interested in knitting socks. I would not recommend it for the beginner simply because some of the patterns are fairly complex and maybe a more basic pattern book would be a good place to start. There are about 26 patterns in this book, divided into sections for lace, cable and coloured socks.All the socks are knitted using the figure of eight, turkish, or commonly known Judy's magic cast on , these are easy once you have got the hang of them, I looked on utube as I had always knitted socks the old fashioned way my Granny taught me, but this gives a fantastically neat start, no lumpy toe seams here......
The patterns are laid out clearly using the chart method not the written word and some of the more complex patterns have more than one chart, so for example you may knit, chart a, b, and then c all in one row, this is why it may appear daunting , unless you are familiar with some experience of pattern knitting. The instructions are very clear though ,before each section there are a couple of pages detailing techniques and helpful tips and each pattern is graded for difficulty. I have several pattern books for socks as I am a bit of hoarder, but I come back to this one again and again for inspiration.As it is an american book the yarns used are hard if not impossible and ,or expensive to get hold of, but I have always managed to find substitutes using the needle size as a guide, but ALWAYS knit a tension square first to achieve sock perfection.......
If you are an absolute sock virgin, a very easy pattern is in .The little book of luxury knits which would be a good purchase for a new knitter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sock Knitters Enjoy 9 Mar. 2012
This is a really good book. Very detailed explanation and lots of different patterns. It will keep me knitting socks for many months to come. Definitely recommend it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the adventurous 23 Nov. 2012
I really like this book and have read it again and again. It has a good collection of patterns and sections of different techniques to try. I love working socks from the toe up and this book covers all the essential skills required to make all the socks in this book and create your own socks too! I would say ensure you use a long, smooth, circular needle for socks, to ensure your stitches will slide easily from your needles onto the cord. I personally would use metal or plastic, as under the tight tension you can get from cabling etc, bamboo and wooden needles this thin can break. Enjoy :-)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Feet!! 12 Jan. 2011
By Copper
I am not a proficient 'sock knitter' but this book has the advantage of being able to buy say two balls of wool and being able to extend the leg to the longest possible or until you run out of yarn. I have so many small amounts of wool left from knitting socks top down, not knowing how much wool is required to complete the 2nd sock.

The one downside of the book is that there is no pattern for D/K or above.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Toe-up Socks for Every Body 3 Oct. 2012
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Since buying this, I don't look at any other sock book. I'm only giving it a four star rating though, as beginners might find the designs a little too challenging. Having said that, the instructions are comprehensive, the illustrations are clear and easy-to-follow, while the photographs really make you want to knit the socks featured. Terms and terminology are for the US market, and the author prefers to work with two circular needles. Wendy.D. Johnson does give instructions for how to cast on with four double pointed needles however, if that is your preferred method of working. If you haven't tried knitting socks from the toe up before, and you fancy a change, this is the book for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toe-up socks - Wow! 26 May 2010
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What a really great book. I think this is the one book that I will probably use all of the patterns.

If you only buy one sock knitting book - make it this one.
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