Folk Socks

Folk Socks : The History and Techniques of Handknitted Footwear

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She has designed 18 delightful pairs of socks inspired by these traditions, and the result is patterns for sturdy boot socks, handsome knicker socks, lacy stockings, kilt hose and more. A section on techniques includes an unsurpassed collection of heel turnings and toe shapings - and it's all here for knitters of all levels of experience.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 228 x 349 x 9.91mm | 385.55g
  • Loveland, CO, United States
  • English
  • 100 Illustrations, color
  • 0934026971
  • 9780934026970
  • 165,691

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Spring 06

You might not expect a whole book about socks to be very exciting, but this is a fascinating read which encourages us modern knitters to continue the traditions of previous generations by knitting our own socks. You'll be surprised how much history there is behind the humble sock - from the queens of Europe whose socks were hand embroidered with the finest silk, to unique knitted designs from a variety of cultures.

Once you've grasped the basic sock pattern there's also a range of techniques for you to try, with a stunning choice of heel and toe variation, all explained ind epth and with good images. There are also traditional sock designs from all over the world, many with bright and intricate patterns, suitable for all ranges of ability. * Simply Knitting * June 2012

Nancy's book was first published back in 1994 and is said to have kicked off the sock knitting phenomenon. This updated edition is packed with 18 patterns for socks, but these aren't just old socks! They're socks with heritage, showcasing a host of Northern European traditions. There are loads of variation including pure cream Latvian socks worked in lace, Estonian socks with twisted travelling stitch braid detail and patterned tops, and some fabulous red and white Finnish socks that even Father Christmas would be proud of! * Knit Today * Jan 07

The patterns are wonderful and historically intriguing, and [Nancy] does a brilliant job of amassing lots of different heels, toes and cast ons. The book is beautiful, a great jumping-off point for either pattern followers or pattern inventors. * Yarn Market News *
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About Nancy Bush

Nancy Bush is author of 'Folk Kinitting in Estonia' (Interweave Press, 1999) and 'Folk Socks' (Interweave Press, 1994). She has published articles and designs in Interweave Knits, Piecework, Spin-Off, Vogue Knitting, and Knitter's magazines. Owner of The Wooly West, a mail-order source for knitters, Nancy Bush lectures and teaches workshops worldwide.
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535 ratings
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