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5 sheep (excellent)
book lives up to its title. It is chockfull of information
and should satisfy all levels of sock knitters from beginner
section on sock yarn not only discusses reinforcement yarn,
yarn care symbols, yarn weight/suggested gauge/yardage amount
but also the quality of wool and which varieties of wool
producing sheep are best for spinning your own sock yarn!
basics include the sock anatomy for top-down sock with heel
flap, toe-up sock with heel flap and top-down sock with
short-row heel. A photo of each version was knit in different
colors for the toe, heel-flap, heel turn, gusset, etc. to
make it easy to identify the structure & understand
the “sock lingo”. This chapter also covers knitting needles,
gauge swatch & foot measurements/sizes. The great size
charts for women, men & children giving foot circumference
& sock length are based on shoe size (that alone is
probably worth half the price of the book!). Advice for
making your socks durable and adjusting for “not your average”
feet are included here.
Schurch provides options galore – all the patterns (except
cable patterns) include instructions using four double-points,
five double-points or two circular needles.
gives tips to avoid “ears” on heel turn & avoiding holes
at top of gusset plus helps you understand how to use and
adjust stitch pattern charts.
mini-class sock helps beginners get comfortable with technique
before embarking on a full-size version.
rest of the book provides a multitude of patterns to launch
your sock-knitting obsession. She's grouped 4, 5, 6, 8,
12 stitch patterns, cabled patterns, chevron patterns for
self-striping yarns, fair-isle, 4 stitch reticulated patterns
(allover “netlike”) and mosaics. Each is ranked easy, intermediate
or experienced. The groupings have stitch dictionaries with
charts and written patterns. Stitch tables in each section
give you the number stitches to cast-on in gauges from about
5-10 stitches per inch and foot circumference of 5-12”!
Step by step instructions spell it out for you. Short-row
toe, star toe (my fave) short-row heel, in-place afterthought
or forethought heel, round-toe, short-row toe, easy toe
and standard toe (grafted).
opens up unlimited variations for you to play with while
still having guidance on how to accomplish this feat for
your feet – an amazing pair of socks! She helps you understand
how to adjust a pattern for a variety of sizes and gauges
so you're not stuck following a pattern for a “medium woman's
sock” in “x” brand yarn.
is a combination sock-size guide, stitch dictionary, and
sock formula all in one. Well-organized, thorough and worth
the price. If you only could own one sock book, this would
be an excellent choice. I highly recommend it!
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