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Sensational Knitted Socks Paperback – 22 Aug 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale & Company (22 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564775704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564775702
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Summer 2007 Knitwear designer Charlene Schurch has welcomed many a sock knitter into the fold with her masterful little Sensational Knitted Socks. In few that 100 pages, she shows how to knit socks on four or five double-pointed needles or two circular needles, from the top down and the toe up. The pattern section is organized by the type of stitch pattern: four-stitch ribbing patterns; five-, six-, eight-, and twelve-stitch pattern repeats; cabled patterns; chevron patterns (for self-striping yarns); Fair Isle patterns; four-stitch reticulated patterns; and mosaic patterns. She begins each section with a basic sock structure then lets you choose the specific stitch pattern (from an illustrated list). In all, I counted sixty-eight possible sock patterns, not to mention many techniques, extensive sizing charts, and tips on measuring, adjusting, and customizing. Interweave Knits Jan 07 ...laid out well and gives the option for four or five dpns as well as two circulars. It also gives a lots of pattern options. The downside of this book is that there are a lot of corrections. Yarn Market News

About the Author

A lifelong knitter, Charlene Schurch is the author of four books and has worked as a knitting, spinning, and dyeing instructor for ten years. Her work has been featured in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Knits, and Piecework.

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This book has it all! It explains in detail different stitch patterns, different styles of sock knitting (4 dpns, 5 dpsn, two circs), and how to measure feet so you make socks to fit. This really is a sock knitters bible. While I loved Cat Borhdi's Socks Soar on Two Circular needles, which helped to start me off, Sensational Knitted Socks truly pushed me into making my own socks, and my own designs of socks.

This book is a must have for any knitter's reference library! Can't wait for more in March 2007!
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Now that I finally have this book, I can understand why these socks are being knit everywhere. Beautiful socks based on a thorough understanding of sock construction. I've read the book and learned a lot without having knit from it yet. (Not sure where to start, really!)

While the book takes you from scratch, its real strength seems to be as a resource for the somewhat experienced sock knitter. I know I'll refer to it for different heel and toe styles even when knitting from someone else's patterns -- but I'll be knitting for quite a while from this book!

The beautiful reticulated and mosaic patterns are terrifically appealing. Or if you prefer to knit with a single yarn, just find your gauge, browse the stitch dictionaries, and off you go.

The one thing I'd change about this book is the binding. I can see that it's not going to lie flat unless I mash the spine, and who wants to do that to a beautiful book?

Other than that reservation, I'm delighted with this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to kick their sock knitting up a notch.
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By Z. Herbert VINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2008
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I had reservations about buying this book but I am pleased that I did. The author deals with different techniques in a clear and unambiguous way that makes it easy to progress. The photographs show socks that are wearable instead of just faddish fashion foot coverings that won't fit inside your shoes. After the details of various shaping and sizing methods, the book is divided into stitch-pattern styles : 4-stitch, 8-stitch, cables and so forth. Each section has a sock pattern utilising the given stitch followed by a generous selection of stitch patterns within that group.
The tone of the book is unpretentious and the content based on knowledge and experience. It is better than any other sock book I have seen.
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I love Charlene Schurch's books, this was a birthday gift, something I'd asked for having already bought the sequel 'More Sensational Knitted Socks'. The patterns are easy to follow, errata are available on the publishers website, each pattern has sizing and stitch numbers so that you can use either thicker or thinner yarns. The yarns suggested are mostly American but anyone can substitute British yarns very easily, basically fingering weight is our 4ply yarn, sport weight is similar to our Double Knit or dk yarn, Worsted is equivalent to Aran weight.
I've made several of the patterns, and for the first time I have socks that actually fit! If you buy it, pick up the More Sensational Knitted Socks at the same time, some of the patterns in that one have options to knit either toe up or cuff down. I prefer toe up, but it's up to you.
Happy Knitting.
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I'll let you know how I get on when I've 'mastered' some of the terms the writer uses. The finished items look wonderful - but then glossy pictures always do.

I have now followed the instructions for the 'class sock' to the letter, and it really does work. I would recommend this text for those knitters who love learning new skills and techniques, and who are quite patient - it's a very rewarding hobby, and the most basic of garments can be transformed into something very impressive and unique. Do read the book carefully, and don't be put off by American terms (they are 'translatable'), and be prepared to trip up occasionally. You are required to flip backwards and forwards between the different stages of the garment, but it's not too onerous because each pattern is presented in the same way, and after having made the 'class sock' one can see exactly what has to be done. For example, the cuff and leg is explained using a table (it looks far more complicated than it is), you follow that section with the option of knitting with 4, 5 or circular needles, then go to the stitch pattern you want, and having completed that, go to the next section etc. I think that this form of presentation allows the knitter to think and engage more with the garment rather than the usual British style of having a 'complete' pattern all in one place. I thought that the long-tail cast on method was mind-bogglingly difficult just because it was new to me, but I perserved and mastered it and now believe it's the only way to cast on for the top of the sock because it really does 'stretch, but you can find how to do it on the internet, or better still, ask someone.
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