- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sensational Knitted Socks Paperback – 22 Aug 2005
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is a must have for any knitter's reference library! Can't wait for more in March 2007!
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a guy who can knit and I knit a lot but double pointed needles I hated and could never master it. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2014 by Mr. Matthew Perry
This books by Charlene come recommended by the American sock knitters and in you tube. As they all said, in the end you will be ending up knitting each sample sock shown. Read morePublished on 16 May 2013 by K Dig
Bought the book and have made more than 20 pairs of socks for various sizes of feet from infant to elderly bedsocks and Wellington boot liners! Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2012 by C. Childs