- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: GMC Publications (7 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861088523
- ISBN-13: 978-1861088529
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Socktopus Paperback – 7 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Alice Yu is a Canadian expat, living in London with her husband and black pug Deuce. Socktopus started out as a sock club and hand-painted yarn shop, but has now grown into the Socktopus Club and the Knit Love 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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Top Customer Reviews
Thanks to the `vanilla' sock, I now understand sock construction and have a basic pattern that I know will fit every time. I have also tried something a little less successful in the V-Junkie, which has a pattern based on the shape of a red blood cell, apparently. The instructions are very clear.
Following Alice Yu's instructions for a seamless cast on for a toe-up sock was very straightforward.
Other reviewers have pointed out that Alice Yu recommends her own, rather pricy, wool, but it's easy enough to substitute. My only problem was that, as someone new to sock knitting, I had no idea how much I would need, so got the first couple wrong.
The one thing I don't like about the book is that the first pattern is all about shaping it to your own feet for the perfect fit, but that is then forgotten and there is no guidance about how to make the other patterns work for you. This became very apparent with the second pair that I made, which ended up slightly too big.
One disadvantage to those of us new to sock making is that some of the patterns require finishing with kitchener stitch, but there was no explanation of how to do it. Fortunately there are plenty of explanations on the web.
There are some errors in the patterns and these are corrected on the Socktopus website.
The book could have gotten 5 stars from me, was it not for these issues:
I can strongly recomend this book, but it has too many glicthes, so I strongly recommend, that you check for errata on soctopus.com, before starting any model in the book
The photos are beautifull and artistic, but most are to small or taken to far away, to support you in how to knit,
Therefore you might find it helpfull to picture-google for photos of each model
I intend to knit every pattern, and I can't say that about many knitting books. A must-have addition to any knitter's bookshelf (although it's unlikely to stay on the shelf for long as it will be constantly in use!)
Another thing I like is that most of the guages are the same. So if you have a favourite sock yarn you use often, you can swatch just once to establish guage then start the patterns straight away. The recommended yarn is also available online, hand dyed by the author.
Granted, this is not a book for complete beginners. It does not go into great detail on the basics of sock knitting. It is probably aimed at the kind of audience that sign up for the author's sock club; seasoned sock knitters. On that level it does not disappoint. Alice Yu is an amazingly talented sock designer!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am not a novice knitter and I loved the look of this book but the first pattern I attempted didn't work so i went on to Revelry for help but there wasn't any and no amendments... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mandy Kim Edwards
Many patterns and techniques explained from starter socks to more advanced. Some errors but errata available from associated website. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2015 by Kateb
A brilliant source of sock patterns to amaze and astound those who will receive the finished items!!!! Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2013 by By Jaki D
Lovely socks but the diagrams are very confusing. The markings on diagrams are unclear for different sizes. Far better to have written instructions. Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2013 by Larsson fan
I've so far knitted three pairs of Shur'tugals, a pair of Farmer McGregors and one pair of Rumpled socks. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2013 by Myrtti
Love this book and I can see it being a great beyond the basics sock book for anyone wanting go beyond vanilla socks.Published on 2 Feb. 2013 by scarlettkitten
I gave this book to my daughter for Christmas, it was on her wish list. We are now, both of us, knitting socks from the book; cannot wait to finish them so that we can go on to... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2013 by KayFoss