Socktopus: 17 Pairs of Socks to Knit and Show Off Paperback – 4 Oct 2011
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London-based Yu's yarn shop, sock yarn line, and role as cofounder of the Knit Nation knitting exhibition are marvelous gifts to the international knitting community. In her first published collection of patterns, she explores the wit and whimsy of knitted socks, demonstrating a flair for matching color with design. A few of the patterns will be familiar to avid sock knitters, but many are brand new, and the designs range from simple to intricate. One of the nicest features is the step-by-step photographic guides to unusual or unexpected techniques, such as the Channel Island cast on and Kihnu Vits braid. Sock knitters of all levels will appreciate Yu's exciting and attractive patterns.--Library Journal
About the Author
ALICE YU is a renowned sock designer and Canadian expat. Socktopus started out as a sock club and hand-painted yarn shop, but has now grown into Socktopus sock yarns and the Knit Love sock club as well as one half of Knit Nation, London's summer knitting and spinning exhibition. Alice originally practiced as a lawyer in the City of London and has lived in London for 12 years.
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Designer Yu excels at creating highly-textured socks, using combinations of slipped stitches, twisted stitches, yarnovers, cables, and surface stranding. There is not a single pattern in this book that I do not want to knit, but my favorites are "Farmer McGregor" (a double-lattice allover pattern), "V Junkie" (a honeycomb pattern of "blood cells" inspired by the "True Blood" TV series), "Spring Shoots" (an allover lace pattern with "afterthought leg" construction and a swirly heel that I must try), "De Stijl" (using an exotic stitch pattern with rows of crisscross stranding on the leg), and, of course, "Shur'tugal" (a simple twisted-stitch pattern that really looks like dragon scales when knitted up).
The book includes a chapter on sock knitting basics, which discusses sock fibers and yarns, and sock fit and anatomy. The patterns are mostly charted, and fairly complicated to knit, although there is one pattern, "Totally Vanilla", for just plain socks. Each pattern starts with a schematic that gives the measurements of the socks knitted from the suggested yarn, so that knitters will know whether they need to re-size.
The book is printed on glossy paper, and the full-color photographs are beautiful. Whenever there is a particularly tricky technique involved in knitting a pattern, such as shadow wrap, stranding, twisting, or the Channel Island cast on, there are close-up photos of knitting on the needles which show each step involved. I think that the patterns in this book can be knit by adventurous, moderately experienced knitters; and that experienced knitters will find the patterns interesting and challenging, because they use so many unusual techniques and/or stitches. If you love the beautiful sock designs of Cookie A. (author of Sock Innovation) , you are almost certain to love these designs too.
Not sure whom the author is trying to appeal to with the teenage-vampire theme of many of the design descriptions, but the designs themselves are attractive, and I'll be trying out at least a couple of them.
The patterns start off with the most basic sock, a stockinette knit sock with just a small rib on the top. It proceeds to more diverse and difficult patterns, all delectable. The Kandahar socks are lovely with a nice cable rib. Yu describes the pair as "apres-ski socks to be worn while sitting next to a crackling fire with Testarossa cocktail in hand." Junkie Socks are one of my favorites. "Red blood cells made from slipped stitches and purl rows, these socks were inspired by True Blood, a TV series." Thee pair is comprised of sextagons layered row after row. All the socks have neat names and cute descriptions.
The book is for someone who's knit socks before as there are no photos of how to put socks together or ways to do gussets or heels. Overall, it's a wonderful addition to my knitting library and I can't wait to get started on some of these patterns.