Favorite Socks

Favorite Socks : 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave

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Why do knitters love socks? Socks are portable, useful, fairly quick to knit, and universally wearable. In Favorite Socks, Interweave offers 25 beautiful and timeless sock patterns for every occasion in a range of techniques, traditions, and designs. Many of these patterns have become unavailable as original issues of Interweave Knits went out-of-print, now they are handily bound together in this inspired collection. The adventurous knitter will find a classic, varied compilation of socks from renowned sock designers including Nancy Bush, Evelyn Clark, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, and more. Patterns have comprehensive instructions for the various techniques used. Highlights include a tutorial for knitting socks on two circular needles and instructions for making resoleable socks. You'll even find 6 brand-new "classics" for those avid knitters who may have every issue of Knits since 1996. It's all here: the traditional cuff-down, toe-up, heel and instep knitted separately; ribs, cables, lace, color patterns; delicate and elegant socks, sturdy and functional socks; socks for men and women, every season, every foot - and any knitter.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 193.04 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Interweave Press Inc
  • Loveland, CO, United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 1596680326
  • 9781596680326
  • 26,678

Review quote

"Budd and Merrow's book will appeal to this [sock knitting] fan base and may even convince reluctant knitters to take up the sport." - "Library Journal""I love sock books that have a covered spiral binding so I can lay the book out flat while I am knitting." - All Info About Knitting.com"The publishers that started the whole sock phenom have put out a greatest sock hits book...presented in a fantastic package." - Knitty.com"Good patterns. Classic. Timeless." - Cast-on.com"Tired of trying to remember what issue that sock pattern was in? This collection solves that problem." - "The News & Observer""Those double points will be flying. Each succeeding sock tickles your must-knit list." - "Yarn Market News""Five out of five stars! I really like this new sock book." - "Knitting News""These are patterns sock knitters will be using repeatedly, mixing and matching the techniques as their confidence and ability grows." - Monsters and Critics.comshow more

About Ann Budd

Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Anne Merrow is a longtime editor at Interweave as well as the coeditor of the best-selling Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave and editor of the yarn and specialty fiber eMags for Interweave.show more

Table of contents

Introduction- In its first decade of publication, Interweave Knits has published dozens of sock designs. The second issue, published in the Spring of 1997, included our first sock pattern by sock designer extraordinaire Nancy Bush, a lovely pair of Estonian-inspired lace socks called Meida's Socks. For the first few years, socks appeared sporadically, but soon we realized that these were among the most popular projects each issue. Projects Retro Rib Socks- Simple knit and purl stitches are bordered by a neat twisted rib in these easy unisex socks with retro appeal. Elegant Ribbed Stockings- These elegant stockings taper from knee to ankle by decreasing the needle size instead of changing the stitch count. The simple but distinctive cable pattern, reminiscent of antique stonework, makes these socks fit closely but comfortably. Ilga's Socks- Common Latvian mythological symbols inspired this design. Uptown Boot Socks- A versatile designer, Jennifer Appleby blends style with practicality to create knitwear with rustic elegance. Priscilla's Dream Socks- While studying hand knitted socks from around the world, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts always hoped to find the perfect structure: a well-fitting sock that is durable, flexible in design, and easy to knit and repair. Embossed Leaves Socks- Mona Schmidt combined the Embossed Leaves stitch pattern with a smooth two-stranded tubular cast-on, a rib pattern with knit stitches worked through the back loops for crisp definition, to create an elegant sock. Ute Socks- These patterned socks were inspired by traditional Ute beadwork. This Native American culture, located west of the Rocky Mountains, is known for highly decorated beaded clothing and accessories. Merino Lace Socks- After reading stitch dictionaries and thinking about Aran sweaters, Anne Woodbury was inspired to combine four complementary eyelet and lace patterns the way that Aran knitting combines cable patterns. Flame Wave Socks- This intriguingly sinuous stitch pattern is paired with a stretchy yarn to create a versatile sock. Two-Yarn Resoleable Socks- After knitting many pairs of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Moccasin Socks, Wayne Pfeffer developed this ingenious technique to incorporate a conventional heel flap into a resoleable sock. Austrian Socks- Candace Eisner Strick drew on her love of traditional Austrian textural patterns to create these bold socks. Padded Footlets- Indulge your feet with Mary Snyder's short socks knitted with a double thickness of yarn to cushion the soles. Mock Wave Cable Socks- Ann Budd designed these classic socks to have the look of cables without the bulk. Meida's Socks- On her first visit to Estonia, Nancy Bush received a pair of lacy socks from her friend Meida Joeveer, who explained how she had made them. Nancy studied the socks and has reproduced them here. Cable Rib Socks- For Erica Alexander, handknitted socks top the list of life's little pleasures. The leg and instep of these socks are ribbed and decorated with a single classic cable at each side. Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks- For these handsome socks, Ann Budd used a diagonal cross pattern that is achieved by knitting a simple twist every other row. Anniversary Socks- Although readers of Knits know and love Nancy Bush's sock patterns, they probably haven't seen these delightful "party socks." Nancy is the treasured knitting contributor to PieceWork, an Interweave publication dedicated to a variety of traditional needle arts. Go With the Flow Socks- A pair of warm, pretty socks is an undeniable pleasure. In a soft, luxurious merino, this pair would make a great gift for a friend, or yourself! Hidden Passion Socks- Depending on the light or angle of view, Jaya Srikrishnan's illusion socks reveal colorful stripes or "hugs and kisses." Undulating Rib Socks- Inspired by a stitch pattern found in a Japanese knitting book, these socks feature an easily memorized pattern that alternates increase sand decreases to create columns that widen and narrow. Eesti Trail Hiking Socks- These men's hiking socks were modeled after a pair of socks Nancy Bush purchased in a village market in Kuressaare, on the island of Saaremaa in Estonia. Lace-Cuff Anklets- Linen might sound like an unusual choice for a sock, but this merino/linen blend brings out the best in both fibers. Waving Lace Socks- A simple lace pattern waves back and forth along the length of these socks, creating a lovely and comfortable sock that designer Evelyn Clark finds particularly soothing to knit. Eastern European Footlets- After researching the methods Eastern European folk knitters use to work seamless intarsia in the round, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts continues to discover new techniques. These footlets are worked from toe to cuff in typical Eastern style. Up-Down Spiral Sox- These comfortable roll-top socks are an adventure in unusual construction: they can be knitted from the toe up or the cuff down, and they feature an "afterthought heel" worked from held stitches after the rest of the sock is completed.show more