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Knitted Sock Sensations: Over 40 Fabulous Looks for Feelgood Feet Paperback – 18 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (18 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715328050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715328057
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review from Crafts Business Magazine - The projects included are fun, varied, and fashionable, and will satisfy both beginner and intermediate sock knitters. The modern designs and creative photography make this an appealing book to pick up and learn from. The price of £12.99 is competitive and I'm certain sock knitters will want to add this title to their stash. --Crafts Business Magazine

Review from Machine Knitting Monthly - Take your sock addiction to new lengths with this fun ad flirtatious collection. --Machine Knitting Monthly

Review from Machine Knitting Monthly - Take your sock addiction to new lengths with this fun ad flirtatious collection. --Machine Knitting Monthly

About the Author

Louise Butt and Kirstie McLoed work on the UK's top selling knitting magazine, Simply Knitting. In addition to being the production and technical editors, they both regularly contribute designs to the magazine.


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Format: Paperback
There are several good points and bad points about this book, the thing I liked most about this book is that the sock patterns mainly use DK yarn some of which the recommended isn't really expensive. Another thing was that creativity was encouraged through picture alternatives to patterns and keeping the actual yarn brands to the back substituting with fibre content and colours on the actual patterns.

Since I received this book, I have only done one project;the ballerina bliss slippers. They were easy enough however I managed to pick up a mistake in the pattern: on the decrease and increase rows it says knit instead of purl, developing a garter stitch in the top of the slipper and the front and back of the sole. I'm not an experienced knitter (I only owned two pairs of straight needles prior to owning this book) and it is somwhat disconcerting if the first pattern I tried contained a blaringly obvious mistake.

I have tried to do another project in the book, the peppermint pom-pom socks, however the tension given frustrated me so much. The patterns have been written by two different people, and whilst I matched the tension for the slippers, the socks meant that I had to buy several sets of DPNs larger than those recommended as the author obviously knits with a very loose tension compared to the other - her tension is looser with smaller needles.

All of that being said, this book is a very good starting point for knitting socks with lots of variety, I would have just prefered it if one author had tried out all of the patterns so that the needles recommended were moure consistant/suitable for the gauges given.
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I feel a little ambiguous about this book. I'm keen to learn to knit socks but have found patterns in standard knitting books a little vague. I had high hopes for this one... but still find myself bemused by the whole sock knitting business.
The introductory section has clear instructions - but not many of them are for sock-specific techniques. For example, there's a page on casting on, a page on knit stitches, a page on purl stitches, a page on intarsia.... and a single page on knitting on DPNs on which I feel I need a LOT of help! Now I appreciate that it's mostly a matter of practice but even so, the phrase "knit the first stitch to form the round" left me scratching my head. Some illustrations of what's going on with the needles when it comes to shaping the heel would have been useful too.
That said, there are lots of fun patterns in this book, and the fact that many are knitted with double knitting wool means that I can get the hang of sock knitting with wool from my stash instead of buying sock yarn for experimenting on.
I've actually ordered another book about sock knitting which looks to have the information that as a complete beginner I really need - so maybe the two books together will mean I will be clicking away on four needles in no time!
If you are looking for a book with straightforward sock patterns to build your confidence, I'm pretty sure this book is it. But if like me your knitting experience to date is patterned scarves and sweaters with really basic shaping, you may need a little more help!
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This book is only really good for first time sock knitters not advanced knitters such as myself, as i found the book to easy and all the patterns too plain.
for a first time sock knitter this book is very good but not for people hoping to advance onto harder socks.
the book that is better for this would be Favorite Socks by Ann Budd and Anne Merrow.
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Great book, fun projects, easy to follow guide at the front. Not picked up knitting needles in 17 years and never used 4 before but found the instructions really easy to follow. I did use a different make of wool but the same ply to that detailed and found that I needed double the amount specified, so don't know if that was an error in printing or from using a different manufacturers yarn...?
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