Easy Knitted Socks: Fun and Fashionable Designs for the Novice Knitter Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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April 07 For many a decade, many of us had never even seen a hand-knitted sock. Since the boom in knitting these neglected items are soaring in popularity. Perhaps it is the novelty of wearing a knitted sock that makes it so popular, but more likely it is the fact that sock knitting is immensely satisfying yet also a quick project to complete. If you have been put off with nagging doubts about turning heels, knitting in the round and other mystifying sock 'magic', then this is the book to get you converted to the craft. Jeanette Trotman gently takes you through the complexities of sock knitting via some very simple yet effective patterns that will increase your confidence and keep your toes in luxury along the way! This is aimed at the novice sock knitter. The Fair Isle and lacy sock are in fact knitted on just two needles and are seamed so they are completely free of tricky turns and juggling of double pointed needles. As well as the techniques, tools and knitting basics being fully explained, Jeannette also shows you how to knit the 'magic loop' method where you use a long circular needle to knit a narrow tube by clever manoeuvring of the stitches. The book is littered with really handy tips like how to neaten last stitches and some great finishing ideas such as grafting toes together with a waste yarn 'chimney'. The first few of the 20 patterns are simple boots for babies and children that are knitted in parts with a sole and an upper. These are followed by basic tubular socks to introduce knitting on dpns and turning that heel, spiral socks with no tricky heel and pom-pom socks. There are non-socks too with stockings, ballet slippers and legwarmers. Easy Knitted Socks contains a wide variety of techniques and patterns for creating wonderful socks with traditional and no-so-traditional forms of construction. Each pattern is accompanied by colour photos to help you every step of the way. Knit Today
About the Author
Jeanette Trotman specialises in funky, cutting edge accessories that challenge the traditional concept of hand knitting. She enjoys combining her passion for colour and texture with a flair for embroidered and beaded embellishment and she currently works as a design consultant for Rowan/Jaeger yarns. Jeanette also runs her own business, DuppDupp, designing and making accessories for fashion and home.
Top customer reviews
But with this book it really does make it easy. The great thing about it is that it doesn't focus on just one method of making socks - there are patterns for two needles, four needles, knitting in the round, and even felting, so you can start with whatever you feel comfortable with and branch out as your confidence grows.
There's a range from baby bootees to adult socks and men's socks, in a variety of styles. I think it's impossible to like ALL the patterns in one book, but there's such a range here that you're bound to like some of them. I have knitted the baby bootees and two different types of lacy adult bedsocks, all of which have been loved by the people I gave them to.
The patterns are UK and well written and laid out - there are even diagrams/pictures of the crucial stages so you can see if you're getting it right as you go along, rather than just pictures of the finished product.
All in all, a top book for beginning knitting socks!
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