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Folk Socks: The History and Techniques of Handknitted Footwear Paperback – 1 Oct 2003

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc (Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934026971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934026970
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 21.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jan 07 The patterns are wonderful and historically intriguing, and [Nancy] does a brilliant job of amassing lots of different heels, toes and cast ons. The book is beautiful, a great jumping-off point for either pattern followers or pattern inventors. Yarn Market News June 2012 Nancy's book was first published back in 1994 and is said to have kicked off the sock knitting phenomenon. This updated edition is packed with 18 patterns for socks, but these aren't just old socks! They're socks with heritage, showcasing a host of Northern European traditions. There are loads of variation including pure cream Latvian socks worked in lace, Estonian socks with twisted travelling stitch braid detail and patterned tops, and some fabulous red and white Finnish socks that even Father Christmas would be proud of! Knit Today Spring 06 You might not expect a whole book about socks to be very exciting, but this is a fascinating read which encourages us modern knitters to continue the traditions of previous generations by knitting our own socks. You'll be surprised how much history there is behind the humble sock - from the queens of Europe whose socks were hand embroidered with the finest silk, to unique knitted designs from a variety of cultures. Once you've grasped the basic sock pattern there's also a range of techniques for you to try, with a stunning choice of heel and toe variation, all explained ind epth and with good images. There are also traditional sock designs from all over the world, many with bright and intricate patterns, suitable for all ranges of ability. Simply Knitting

About the Author

Nancy Bush is author of 'Folk Kinitting in Estonia' (Interweave Press, 1999) and 'Folk Socks' (Interweave Press, 1994). She has published articles and designs in Interweave Knits, Piecework, Spin-Off, Vogue Knitting, and Knitter's magazines. Owner of The Wooly West, a mail-order source for knitters, Nancy Bush lectures and teaches workshops worldwide.

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Before I bought this book I had only ever knitted a scarf! I have now knitted eight pairs of socks (in the last nine months).
This book is comprehensive. It begins with an inspiring history of sock knitting across the world and culture ; excellent clear diagrams of how-to (Nancy Bush presumes nothing about your previous knitting experiences) ; then there is an excellent basic sock pattern which covers all size possiblities (baby, child, women, men); next up are different heels and toes you can try ; finally, and best of all are the most beautiful patterns all based on existing socks from various museums and come across in different countries. The patterns are all explained completely and beautifully photographed. Someone who hasn't read a pattern before can refer to the glossary and explanations at the beginning and will never fear them again.
I have looked at all the available sock books and this is the only one with truly covetable socks and clear explanations. Ms Bush really knows her subject and her enthusiasm is infectious.
This book is really the only you'll ever need!
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The historical section which starts this book elevates the simple sock to an art form and links various cultures by means of their sock-making techniques. Strange but interesting!
The pattern section is beautifully photographed with clear instructions and useful illustrations. Eighteen delightful patterns from around the world offer something for everyone and there is a very useful section on heels, toes and general techniques to inspire the knitter to design their own masterpieces. My only quibble, and it is a little one, is that the knitting needle sizes and yarn weights were not given in their UK equivalents - although with a little experimenting I soon worked it out.
All in all, I know this is a book that I will use and enjoy for a long time.
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this book is good - it starts with an historical section, followed by sock patterns. There's a basic sock pattern to start you off, and a description of various styles, with the patterns giving good practise of them - a very good book to introduce the non-sock knitter to the background and sock styles around, with a pain-free initiation into sock-knitting.
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The pattens are everything you would expect from Nancy Bush - interesting and varied, BUT this book is very poorly presented. The paper is thin; you can see images coming through from the other side of a page, the card covers are extremely flimsy, and the photos, though large and in colour, do not always let you get a clear look at all parts of the sock. It is not a book that will withstand much usage, which is ridiculous for a pattern book.

I felt disappointed and also rather cheated; it's an expensive book, but the production quality is inferior to that of a school magazine.
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By A Customer on 6 Aug. 1997
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Am I dreaming? Its just too good to be true. Has there ever been another point in the history of mankind that so many beautiful, color illustrated books on handkitting socks were available at one time? I doubt it. I recently bought most of the new books available on knitting socks. I own them all, and "Folk Socks" is the the wild flowering orchid of sock knitting books. Right now, I am knitting the basic sock out of red alpaca yarn imported from Peru. The directions are extremely clear and are accompanied by pictures that illustrate variations on several heel and toe styles. The fit of this sock is very true to size and comfortable. The next pair I will try will be the blue and white Arabian socks. They ought to cause a stir in airports.
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By A Customer on 7 Mar. 1997
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I have always been paralyzed by socks. Somehow the concept of turning a heel--creating something three dimensional out of something two dimensional stumped the "I flunked algebra" side of me. Well Well Well. I was enchanted by Folk Solks, bought it--and now, thanks to the gentle encouragement, the good writing and all the history--I am a sock knitting fool. It is a charming book you want to read. The history is wonderful from the discriptions of how socks were a significant mention in Henry VIII's documentation of wardrobe, to the development of knitting and stocking making in the British Isles--it shook me to realize the garments we take for granted has had such social value in our past. For any knitter or non-knitter, this is a wonderfully written book with terrific patterns that inspire you to look at your feet.
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There's nothing better on a cold winter evening then snuggling down in your favorite chair with a cup of hot chocolate, a knitting project in your lap, and your "tootsies" all cozy in socks knitted from Nancy's adorable collection. I rarely wear shoes now days. I just sit around in my stockings and admire my feet. This book is informative, interesting and full of delightful patterns that will keep you busy all winter long. Sharon
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This book has beautiful and inspiring photographs of traditional knitted socks and the author's modern adaptations. Half of the book is devoted to a history of sock-knitting, and the remainder is divided between explanations of techniques and a series of patterns using all of them. I think this book would be great for both beginning and experienced sock-knitters (although not appropriate for beginning knitters). Another plus: it is very well-written.
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