Knit Your Socks on Straight: A New and Inventive Technique With Just Two Needles (Anglais) Couverture à spirales – 22 mai 2013
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Wanted to read this book because 1. I love knitting and 2. I've knit socks but need to improve my skill level and thought this is a different way to knit socks.
First are the basics and then different techniques and why they might work for some socks and sometimes other methods look better in the long run.
One thing I found most helpful was the discussion of the different heels and the different toe shapes. I've done a few just following a pattern on 4 needles.
Like the layout of the patterns and what is needed, gauge and just the cleanness of how it's all laid out in front of you.
Love the magnified stitch of each of the socks, and their very colorful playful names for the socks.
Most important to me as I can wear a man's size 10 shoe, love the variety of sizes available.
Fireside would be my favorite, elegant but simple stitching.
For the more challenging there are 5 patterns that are charted. The others are all row by row written instructions.
Great book, one for all levels and you can feel great about being able to make socks if you've dreaded the complications of making them. This book makes them an easy thing to do.
Comes with abbreviations and diagrammed glossary of how to do some techniques. The spiral bound book also would be great for not losing your place as the book can lie flat.
In my experience, "two-needle" socks (socks knit on two straight needles) are knit flat and then seamed along the back of the leg and along the bottom of the foot to the toe (sometimes using an afterthought heel). Usually these easy-to-knit socks don't look very good, or fit nearly as well as traditional tubular socks knitted in the round.
What's so innovative about KNIT YOUR SOCKS ON STRAIGHT is that these two-needle socks are mostly designed as shaped left-foot and right-foot socks (heels knitted in), with the seam running from toe to cuff along the sides of the foot and leg. The seam itself uses a simple crochet-hook technique (no need to know how to crochet!) that disguises the seam and incorporates it into the overall design of the sock. The result? Curtis' "two-needle" socks fit snugly (if we can believe the photographs), and don't look at all like traditional "two-needle" socks!
The heels (traditional round or short-row) are knitted in prior to seaming (so that gusset stitches must be picked up). The shaped toes are also knitted in (requiring placement of markers and decreasing). At various points of the construction, some stitches are counted and left unworked (on the needles or on holders). None of this is difficult--and clear photographs and instructions explain each step--but I think that the patterns call for intermediate or very adventurous beginner knitting skills.
All of the sock patterns are intriguing, and some are quite lovely. I had a hard time picking favorites, because I'd enjoy knitting and wearing most of the socks in this book! My favorites are "Green Leaves of Summer" (simple stockinette with seam on either inside or outside of the leg); "Wrapped in Hugs" (cable & rib cuff with decorative wrapped cable running along length of seam on outside); "Maple Seed Whirlies" (tiny allover pattern with larger cable alongside seam on outside); "Slainte" (as the author says, a sock with "enough cables to make any Celtic lass rejoice"); "Coffee Break" (vertical intarsia cables in white, beige, mocha, and brown); and "Touch Me Not" (lace leaf patterns running vertically alongside center front seam that resembles stem).
Specialty patterns include knee-length "house boots"; flip-flop socks (with toe divided for big toe and rest of toes); and charming baby booties. The sheer variety of patterns speaks for itself: this new two-straight-needle method of sock knitting can be used to knit any imaginable type of sock, so that double-points or two circulars are no longer required for knitting good-looking, well-fitting socks!
But if you're thinking "I don't need ths book - I LIKE knitting socks on 4 needles" - then you and I are on the proverbial same page. HOWEVER - I have tried socks on one circ, socks on 2 circs, plus all the top down, toe up, start somewhere in the middle, and straight needle patterns from this century and the last. I always end up going back to my fave top down 4 needle patterns. And this is where "Knit Your Socks Straight" comes in. I travel a lot. My DH is a pilot, and he likes me to "fly along". Don't envy me - I fly standby - and I am totally over Beijing, Hong Kong, & Shanghai. I am in a coach seat for 12 to 18 hours with nothing to do but knit and pray that the 2 sleeping guys on either side of me will let me get up when I need to visit the "girls room". But I digress...
Socks are a perfect choice when you need to "knit to save your sanity" for 16 hours and you can only take 1 carry-on bag that HAS to fit under your seat. So I like to take at least 3 or 4 skeins of my current happy sock yarn (all my trips involve TWO 12 - 18 hour legs) and the obligatory sets of 4 sock needles. Needless to say - the tiny metal size zeros are a bad choice for negotiating the TSA gauntlet. I usually secret a set of dainty bamboo's somewhere in the seam of my purse or carry on. And here is my problem:
I have broken one or two just getting thru security, I've lost one or two during a hectic boarding at the last minute, I've lost one or two in flight when some clod smacked into me as he raced down the isle, I've lost one or two when turbulence hit at the exact moment that I had a needle free and on my lap..... I'm sure you've got the idea here. I've lost a bundle of tiny size zero and size 1 bamboo needles. I always carry spares, and buy them in sets of 5 when I can, but WOW: With "Knit Your Socks Straight" I can carry my 24" size 1 and size zero circulars - they're a snap to hide in a seam of my bag! And when I saw these patterns I fell in love with nearly every one. Some for me, some for DH, some for a frozen Canadian friend, a couple for nieces, one or two for nephews, and even a pair of tiny baby booties that nobody I know needs right NOW, but heck - they are adorable. These are socks that you can make for yourself and give as gifts that will be fun and challenging to knit. Love the book, love the price, love that it took less than 2 days to get here! For me, this book was a knitting home run. I'm off now to start the "First Sock" using Paton's Classic Wool - for my frozen Canadian!
Anyone who reads my blog knows I knit a lot of socks - a lot - though I make mainly basic, easy, toe up socks and don't often challenge myself in the socknitting department... or really, the knitting department. (I'll challenge myself with crochet sometimes, but knitting... knitting is just for me, and for fun, and I really do like the basics though I do know how to do any knitting technique under the sun & teach them all on a regular basis). Now, that being said, I love to knit in the round (and regularly turn flat knit patterns into being knit in the round) but I can't wait to start the socks in this book.
OK, whew... went off on a tangent there, didn't I?
So the book begins with the basics... how to, gauge, and specific sock knitting techniques as well, such as turning the heel. Then come the socks... oh the gorgeous socks! There's 15 patterns here, from the basic worsted weight sock to the fancy, fingering weight texture or cabled socks, and there's baby socks and heavier slipper socks. Surprisingly, there's only a few intarsia designs (Coffee Break would make EXCELLENT scrap socks) & only one pair of lace socks (though admitably it's gorgeous).
Alice Curtis, who's an LYS owner (lucky girl), even explains the best way to seam the socks... and seriously... it's not hard, and the finished socks look good. Crocheters, are you listening? She's having us slip stitch the sock seam!