Tuesday, September 25, 2007

My challenge to you!

If you could have only one book of sock patterns or one website, what would it be and why?

I'm asking because I have only one sock book [The Twisted Sisters' Sock Workbook] and am considering buying another. The above book has no patterns as such, just the how-to for each of the elements for creating socks but the directions are for worsted weight /10 ply [not sock yarn]. I'm actually not one for following patterns but this might be a good time! LOL

I'm sure we'll all find the answers interesting so look forward to hearing from you all.


Kate (Kiss My Frog) said...

Nancy Bush's 'Folk Socks' is a great resource. It has some beautiful patterns, but my favourite part is 'The Anatomy of a Sock', which takes you right through the parts of a sock, and how to knit them. I came away from this book with a much stronger understanding of sock construction, and how to make it work for me.

Donna said...

Sensational Knitted Socks. It also has the anatomy of a sock, and has instructions for circs, 4 DPNS and 5 DPNS. I'm pretty sure it covers toe up and cuff down (My copy is out on loan!), and it has a multitude of patterns and gauges. The Best Sock Book, in my not so humble opinion!

Rose Red said...

Great question Lynne!

You can't go wrong with a Nancy Bush book. I like Knitting Vintage Socks and Knitting on the Road more than Folk Socks in terms of the patterns, but they are all great. Folk Socks probably has the best history of socks though!

Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch is a really great resource for different sizes and yarn weights and has a lot of great patterns too.

J3SS said...
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J3SS said...

If you're covered on sock construction (in the book you already have) you might just want to invest in a knitting stitch dictionary. The basic sock construction will always be the same, and you can just swap out the instep/calf pattern.

Jan said...

It depends on what you already know, what you like etc. Sensational Knitted Socks 1 and 2 (yes that's two books) is useful. Great patterns, loads of variations, lots of sizes and wools and needle variations. It shows the anatomy of a sock if you are just beginning. Nancy Bush's Vintage Socks is good too.

Lynne said...

Thanks for all your answers. The book I have covers basic sock construction in both directions, several types of heel shaping, cast-on and bind-off, etc.

I also have two stitch dictionaries which I use quite a bit. I rarely knit from patterns, I often create my own.

That's why I'm only considering buying another book!! LOL

But it was fun to see what everyone says - notice the similar answers! Please add a comment if you haven't already done so!