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Can be used by beginners with care
on 26 January 2013
I held off writing this review until I had tried a few of the patterns. I used the book to learn how to knit socks and have now made four of the patterns.
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.