Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary (Anglais) Broché – 25 février 2011
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Here, in the first book on the topic, readers learn how to size these socks as they knit them, with 20 great patterns to pick from. Plus each sock pattern, using intermediate techniques not usually featured in sock patterns, includes instructions for a non knee-high version, perfect for knitters looking to use these unique patterns on a smaller project.
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She teaches knitting and lace-making at yarn shops and community colleges. Her work has appeared in magazines A Needle Pulling Thread, Yarn Forward and Twists and Turns.
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If you're a sock knitter, a lover of stranded patterns, looking for more than ho-hum stockinette stitch socks, or appreciate interesting techniques and folk-inspired patterns, you need this book. I hope there's more coming soon from Ms. Brown!
1. It includes a useful formula for calculating how to make your own knee-highs (cuff-down only).
2. About half the designs, which is pretty good (See photos of all the designs on Ravelry.com and decide for yourself).
3. Each pattern is shown as both a "knee-high" and an alternate version, either a shorter sock or a legwarmer, and there's an accompanying pattern for the alternate version. That really maximizes the value of each design, giving the knitter a lot of choices.
Here's what could have been improved:
1. As noted by others, not all the socks are actually knee high. And you can't blame it all on the tall models -- some of the socks do reach their knees, so obviously there's a problem either with the sample knits or the directions. Even if you follow the directions and knit for 13" from the cuff to the heel, you'll only get a knee high if you're on the short side. You can easily adapt the patterns to fit your leg, but greater accuracy in the book would definitely have been better.
2. Every single sock is knit cuff down. If you know how to flip the patterns to toe up, you can, but no instructions are provided.
3. The book does not explain how, when designing your own socks, to incorporate the calf decreases into the pattern. It's done different ways in different patterns -- in one back panel, in two side panels, within the leg pattern -- which is great, but the author never explains her choices, which would have added greatly to the reader's understanding and ability to design her own knee highs.
4. The photos don't always show the decrease area, which is something you'd usually want to see before embarking on a project of this size.
So, dear reader, the choice is yours...it depends what's important to you in a sock book.
The "Celeigh" knee-highs (check the "Look Inside This Book" preview) and the "Dance Little Jean" knee-highs (see the book's cover photo), are typical of the included patterns. Full instructions and charts are given for knitting each attractive knee-high design. For the calf shaping, some designs use gusset panels, while others use ribbing, stitch patterns that pull in, or subtle increases and decreases to achieve proper leg-hugging fit. No matter which method is used, the calf shaping is carefully worked into the overall design for maximum decorative effect.
There is not a single design in this book that I wouldn't want to make! But for me, the "Knee-High Formula" (also shown in the "Look Inside" preview) and the "Tips and Tricks for Custom Fitting" are enough to justify the book's purchase. The "Formula" for a basic or generic knee-high sock discusses measurements, then gives detailed, step-by-step directions for calculating the number of stitches to cast on, to knit straight, and to decrease, as you knit down from the cuff along the calf to the ankle.
This beautifully photographed book has already found a permanent place on my technical sock knitting reference shelf, right alongside Veronica Gainford's delightful classic, Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose.