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Review: Knitting Knee-Highs


First, the facts:

Title: Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary

Author: Barb Brown

Published by: Krause Publications, 2011

Pages: 127

Type: Socks.


No actual chapters, just patterns

Knitting Knee-Highs

The In-Depth Look:

Okay, knitters, I want you to put down your sock knitting and look up. Way up.

As in … knee-high!

It’s so easy to get used to knitting socks that are just over the ankle. And it’s very easy to look at knee-high socks and think that they’re SO high, with so much extra knitting involved. Yet, as the author of this book points out—knee-high socks are really just a FEW more inches of knitting, but with such a great effect.

The title probably already told you that this collection is full of knee-high socks. Socks with color work. Socks with texture. Socks with cables. You get the idea.

Some come with instructions on how to trim them down to calf-height, and there are some basic instructions at the front to tell you how to convert any of the patterns to a fold-down sock, a shorter sock, or leg warmers. The book also tells you how to adjust the gusset for the calf to make sure they fit. (You don’t want your knee-highs falling down around your ankles, after all.)

All the patterns are knit top-down, and all of them use the standard heel-flap heel (or at least, I didn’t notice any other heels). It can be easy enough to substitute the short-row or some other heel, but there are no helpful tips on how to do that, or to convert a pattern to toe-up, included in the book.

The photos are beautiful, and the book itself is well-produced and appears easy to use.

This book is available at Amazon.com.

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This review copy was kindly donated by Krause Publications. Thank you!

My Gush: Because why should your socks stop at your ankles?

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  • patty-anne lea March 14, 2011, 3:08 pm

    I bought this book when it first came out. I love the easy to understand directions. Wonderful photographs and encouragement to let yourself create.
    A welcome and treasured addition to my library.
    The construction of the book is also robust enough that you can use it and not have it fall apart. Well don Barb.

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