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Socks from the Toe Up
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2013
This book is well organised, accurate and attractive. It's essentially a collection of patterns for lace and cable patterned toe-up socks in single colours on 2mm needles. Additionally, it has reference information describing different techniques for toes, heels, cast off, etc. It includes three basic sock patterns, two of which are described for knitting with double pointed needles. The other twenty patterns are presented for use on a circular needle. (A reasonably experienced knitter could easily translate to use DPNs.)

A few additions could have made it a more useful source book:
- extending the basic sock patterns with a template explaining how to construct your own basic sock for any foot size/yarn weight/needle size (most of the patterned socks come in medium and large only)and swap in the heel or toe feature you want into an existing pattern
- a couple of pages on using simple colour in socks - contrast heels and toes, stripes, working with two colour yarns at once
- an explanation of the different kinds of 'yarn over', which can be confusing for knitters new to lace patterns
- one pattern designed for knitting with double knitting yarn (or two strands of sock yarn) for the impatient among us (there are three patterns for using sport weight yarn, which is an American category half way between typical '4-ply' sock yarn and double knitting, but they are still using 2.75mm needles)

The twenty lace and cable patterns are really pretty and there's a lot of stylistic harmony afforded by the consistency in how they are knitted and modelled. If that's what you're into knitting, it's a great book. Personally I would have liked a little more variety and flexibility.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2009
A really nice book for those of us that don't know how to knit this way. As I struggle with the grafting of toes on the top down method, I can't wait to try this method. Really pleased with this one. While it's not the only book on the subject, it is one to recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2012
This is not the ebook version of the book. It is just one pattern for a pair of socks from the book. The feedback and reviews are very misleading.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2013
I have just downloaded this after reading the review saying that it is for the book and not just one pattern. No, it isn't, it is just for the one pattern. The reviewers saying that it is for just the one are right. And as they rightly say, unless you are familiar with certain cast ons you will have to buy the book or go to youtube for the relevant information. Bad show Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2013
I am only giving this one star because that is the lowest you can give. It was very unclear what this was, and it gave the misleading impression that you get the book on kindle. You don't. It is just one pattern, and definitly a bit of a rip-off in my opinion. I bought the paperback book after seeing that the kindle one was not what it claimed to be. The pattern itself is fine, though not one of the nicest in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2012
I was nearly prevented from buying by the review that said the Kindle edition was not complete but fortunately decided to risk it. my Kindle download is the book complete with paterns. i think the other reviewer must have had a faulty download or else download one of Wendys single patterns in mistake for this book. the review should really be removed as it is very misleading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2014
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 hardback. With 1-click you don't have a chance to think too long about it either.
Looks too good to be true? Probably is, then...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2013
I have just learned about knitting socks from the toe up. This book set it out nicely for me and even included different variations on the heel which I found interesting. I'm in the middle of knitting my fist pair of plain Vanilla socks from this book from some Debbie Bliss Yarn and loving every stitch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2010
Book has clear and easy to follow instructions for knitting socks with examples of different techniques for casting on, turning heels and casting off.Tips on how to make a sock fit and using different yarns. A glossy colourfull book with plenty of patterns. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2013
This is not about the contents of the book but about the mislabelling of the Kindle book.

I clicked on the link labelled Kindle edition £1.91 <http://www.amazon.co.uk/Socks-Toe-Up-Wendy-Johnson/dp/0307449440/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371661655&sr=8-1&keywords=toe+up+socks> which took me to Serpentine Socks but I did not notice this. On looking back, it did say 127 pages but in fact was only for one pattern, i.e. for serpentine socks. I have returned this and asked for a refund but was disappointed with the misleading information.

There is another link <http://www.amazon.co.uk/Socks-Toe-Up-ebook/dp/B004GTLKCS/ref=pd_sim_kinc_3> which is also labelled Kindle Edition and costs £8.78 and should have 128 pages but I am now not sure if this is what it says it is.
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