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Review: New Directions in Sock Knitting


First, the facts:

Title: New Directions in Sock Knitting: 18 Innovative Designs Knitted From Every Which Way

Author: Ann Budd

Published by: Interweave Press, 2015

Pages: 167

Type: Socks!


1. Top-Down Construction
2. Two-Up Construction
3. Other Types of Construction

KS: New Directions in Sock Knitting

The In-Depth Look:

Oh, Ann Budd, never change. You and your crack team of designer friends/accomplices never cease to amaze.

Love knitting socks, but getting bored with traditional structure? Ever wonder if there is another way to construct a sock so that it fits the foot and ankle but isn’t just a standard tube with a right angle knitted into the heel?

Do you ever wonder if there’s a better way? Or, if not better, something different, just this once?

Well, Ann Budd obviously does, and she got a group of designers together to come up with a new way of looking at socks. When she says they are “knitted from every which way,” she means it.

She writes, “When I set out to acquire the socks for this book, I wanted to assemble a collection that differed from every other sock book on the market–hence the title New Directions in Sock Knitting. In this book, you’ll find an array of socks that deviate a little to a lot from the traditional top-down or toe-up construction. From the imaginative ways that heels, gussets, and toes are formed to the ingenious directions of the knitting, this book will change the way you think about knitting socks. The eighteen designs herein represent the efforts of seventeen designers who have puzzled out new ways to knit socks. The designs range from quite simple socks that are appropriate for first-time sock knitters to quite challenging socks that may require a leap of faith for those accustomed to traditional sock constructions.”

The book lives up to that promise–lots of creative ways of turning heels, or starting toes. Methods that construct the sole on its own, or do a u-turn around the heel. Lots and lots of creativity here, and tons of visual interest.

The designers? In order of appearance: Kate Atherley, Cat Bordhi, Carissa Browning (2 designs), Rachel Coopey, Hunter Hammersen, Jennifer Leigh, Heidi Nick, Kathryn Alexander, Anne Berk, Marjan Hammink, General Hogbuffer, Anne Campbell, Louise Robert, Betty Salpekar, Jeny Staiman, Nicola Susen, Natalia Vasilieva.

This great book can be found at Amazon or in your favorite shop.
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This review copy was kindly donated by . Thank you!

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