First, the facts:
Author: Ewa Jostes and Stephanie van der Linden
Published by: Watson-Guptill, 2010
Pattern Size Range: N/A
The In-Depth Look:
I know what you’re thinking–does the world really need another book on sock knitting?
Turns out, I think it does.
This book says that it is “everything knitters need to knit socks beautifully,” and I must admit, it’s pretty thorough.
There is a chapter for cuffs, a chapter for heels, for toes. Each gets covered in great detail, with plenty of variations to play with. The book works almost like a mix-and-match guide. You can choose the cast-on you like best, pair it with your preferred heel, and close with the toe you like best. Each variation comes with guidance like, “Good for medium heel with medium instep,” which is useful to know, and something you don’t usually see in sock books. Usually, you just take your chances, without knowing ahead of time what features will make yoru socks fit best.
There is a distinct bias toward traditional socks–knit cuff-down, on DPNs. All of the detail for toe-up socks or for using other knitting needles is all in the “Other Sock Knitting Techniques” chapter. (The pages in that chapter, oddly enough, have page headers that say “Socks Knit from the Toe-Up,” which could make it harder to find the instructions for, say, the Magic Loop technique if you weren’t sure where it was.)
The book sums up with a collection of patterns and then some extra tips, like how to convert a flat sock pattern into a circular one. Not to mention sizing charts for different size feet and different weight yarns.
It’s a magazine-sized book, with lots and lots of illustrations–crisp photos of all the techniques described in the book. It has a complete Table of Contents and a full Index (with the major headings in bold-face, making it particularly easy to scan).
This review copy was kindly donated by Watson-Guptill. Thank you!