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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

The Ultimate Sock Book

From Vogue Knitting. I bought thsi a while back, and have just finished the first pair of socks from it, the red ones down below.
The book is a good read, with a huge amount of info in it: history of sock knitting (fascinating stuff), basic techniques, anatomy of a sock, desiging socks, stitch patterns for socks, sock knitting traditions, patterns.
One very useful part is the Vogue Knitting sock calculator and Universal patterns - this gives the required number of stitches for each part of the sock, covering from baby to adult XL sizes. There is a universal pattern for a toe up and a toe down sock, into which you can fit your own variations in size, yarn and stitch.

Having been inspired by the book, the next pair of socks I knit will be a pair of my own desiging I think.

Well worth investing in if you are a sock fan, or to give to a sock knitter - a great present.ISBN 1-933027-19-3. Not sure what the RRP is, but I got mine from the wonderful Amazon.

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