- 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)
Folk Socks: The History and Techniques of Handknitted Footwear Paperback – 1 Oct 2003
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
I felt disappointed and also rather cheated; it's an expensive book, but the production quality is inferior to that of a school magazine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful assembled book, not had time to fully study it all yet but certainly will be doing.Published 2 months ago by greekisland4me
Beautiful projects and lots of information about techniques used. Can't wait to start.Published 7 months ago by laura_w0
Very pleased to get this great history with its perfect pics. It's doing the rounds in my Knitting Club.Published 13 months ago by Eileen L.
Excellent book. Have order yarn and cant wait to get cracking.Published on 22 Oct. 2014 by mulleagle
Unfortunately, this has not yet been received. I gave my original copy to one of my sons who is goumet cook. Joyce Westrip is a lady I have met on the internet some years ago. Read morePublished on 30 May 2014 by Molly
I liked the clear explanations, pictures and examples. Different types of heels and toes are explained and pictured. Read morePublished on 12 April 2013 by Amazon Customer