Knitting Socks With Handpainted Yarn Paperback – 8 Dec 2008
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"Some really nice sock patterns, but it's the chapters at the beginning about how to use handpainted yarn that I really love." --KnittingScholar.com Finding the perfect pattern for a skein of hand-dyed yarn can be tricky, but this collection makes it easy with 21 patterns designed to make the most of handpainted yarns. With patterns from new faces alongside top designers like Ann Budd, Veronik Avery and Nancy Bush there is plenty to choose from. The designs use a broad range of techniques to create stunning effects that make the most of the carefully chosen colours in a hand-dyed yarn. From the chevron pattern shown on the cover to a colourwork pattern inspired by a motorcycle shop, there's a great mix of funky and classic patterns. Hand dyed yarns come in a wide rante of styles and colour patterns, so the information at the front of the book is invaluable for anyone who hasn't spent time with a dye-pot themselves. The variegation and pooling which is characteristic of hand-dyed yarns can put some knitters off, so we love that this book not only supplies you with 21 patterns to knit, but in doing so shows you a number of interesting techniques for working with the colour changes in a strongly variegated yarn to create a stunning knit. Even if you prefer to knit your socks in solid colours, the collection is well worth a look as it includes a number of patterns with fascinating and unusual constructions, such as wrapping stitches and invisible horizontal seams, which are useful for all knitters.-Simply Knitting We've all got knitting books we swear by. This month, it's Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn by Carol J Sulcoski (Interweave Press, GBP13.99), which was a must-buy for Simply Knitting reviews editor, Elizabeth Bagwell. "I reviewed this book for issue 58 and had to go straight out and buy a copy to take home," she says. "I love hand dyed yarns and I've been looking for patterns which make the most of my precious skeins. I'd like to knit all the 21 designs - there are some which grabbed my attention straight away, and others - like the Chevvy Socks on the cover - which use really clever techniques to show off the changing colours of hand dyed yarns. "If you're new to hand dyed yarn or struggling with pooling, then you'll appreciate the information in the front of the book - even if you never knit any of the patterns, it'll help you understand why different yarns knit up so differently, and make it easier to choose the right pattern for each skein."-Simply Knitting Socks are highly addictive projects on their own. When you add a beautifully handpainted hank of yarn to this scenario, it is nearly impossible to put down your needles. Sulcoski's book is an essential addition to any sock-loving knitter. The guidance offered is easily digested as well as put into practice. The patterns offer a wide variety of challenges for every skill level and stashed yarn imaginable. All in all, this book is money well spent.-Bobbins
About the Author
Carol Sulcoski is the owner of Black Bunny Fibers, an independent company that creates hand-dyed yarns and spinning fiber. Her knitting designs have been published in Big Girl Knits, KnitNet.com, Knitty.com, MagKnits.com, and MenKnit.com, and she is the coauthor of Knit So Fine. She lives in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
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This book starts out well, with a section at the beginning on colour theory, and why handpainted yarn "pools" or not according to the way it is dyed, and the way you knit it up. The author suggests broadly categorising handpainted yarns into three groups, and each of the patterns in the book has a symbol "key" to help readers choose an appropriate pattern for the yarn.
The patterns themselves are well thought out, and there are a variety of techniques used in them to allow the knitter to find a pattern to help combat even the most stubborn pooling!
I am half-way through knitting the Pot-Pourri sock pattern from this book, it is well-written and has a simple chart to follow. The pattern is enjoyable to knit, as I am never knitting the same pattern on two subsequent rows, but it is easily memorised (the repeat is only seven rows, of which two are plain knit rows). So far the results are good too! Although it has not entirely eliminated the pooling in the handpainted yarn, the zig-zag pattern leads the eye in such a way that it breaks up the colour blocks, and I must say the effect is much more pleasing than the pooling on a completely plain sock!
Next I will have to try one of the really radical patterns designed for serious pooling issues - there are two sock patterns which totally alter the method of construction to take full advantage of the tendency to stripe, by mixing sections that are knitted as strips running around the sock. These innovative patterns look really stunning in the illustrations - I think I might have to buy some "wildly" dyed yarn just to try them out!Read more ›
Where the book is a total let down is its sizing; many patterns with one/two sizes only ! (and how many ladies wear UK size 3 shoe?); not a problem, I have recalculated pattern to my size. One star off.
Mistakes: just too many. Please have a look at the erratum page at Interweave Press, even the cover chevron pattern has got mistakes in it! Another star off.
Otherwise, a very interesting and inspirational book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice book with some lovely patterns in but an awful lot of errors in the patterns!Published 7 months ago by Janine Routley
This book is easily my favourite. I have knitted loads of the patterns up.
There is a good variety of patterns and explanations.
Can strongly recommend.
Now I don't have to feel guilty for buying all that yarn at the Knitting and Stitching show this year!Published on 28 Oct. 2009 by Mrs. M. R. Harvey