Thursday Review: Getting Started Knitting Socks (book)
While at my LYS (that’s “local yarn store” for you non-fiber-obsessed followers) the other day, I picked up a new “beginner” sock knitting book.Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd (Interweave Press, 2007) was $18.95
This is the book I was looking for when I started knitting socks!
The book begins by explaining yarn weight and fiber content and how they relate to sock purposes. Chapter two gives an overview of basic sock construction and explains FIVE methods for small circular knitting. It also gives instructions and diagrams for two different cast-ons and three methods for joining to work in the round. And the author continues to provide options all the way through! This chapter also includes instructions for three different heel flap pattern stitches, explains the three options for picking up stitches along the gussets, and closes with three way of finishing toes!
A basic sock pattern is provided in sizes from child’s medium to adult large, and with stitch counts for yarn weights from fingering to bulky.
The book also includes additional patterns for striped socks, ribbed socks, lace socks, and cabled socks, with multiple stitch patterns given for rib, lace, and cable designs to use as a “recipe” for creating your own sock patterns…and concludes with instructions on how to vary the cuff/leg length.
Thursday Review wrap-up:
Between the depth of instructions, number of options, and multitude of patterns offered, this book is absolutely worth every penny of its price! Whether you are a beginning sock knitter or an expert in need of a go-to reference book, you should have this book in your knitting library…earning it a rating of 5 out of 5: best of its kind!