Knitting Vintage Socks

Knitting Vintage Socks : New Twists on Classic Patterns

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Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns adapts sock patterns from the Weldon's Practical Needlework book series. Nancy Bush updates 23 classic patterns from their rich past and reinvents them for today's knitters by including gauges, up-to-date yarns, and twenty-first century methods and sizes. Its inviting design and graceful tone evokes a more genteel time while presenting a bevy of colorful socks not seen for nearly a hundred years. Try the Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern, the Ladies Silk Stockings with Clocks, Baby's Bootikins, or the Child's French Sock inCitron Pattern and Diaper Knitting. Readers can rely on the thorough by easy-to-follow patterns and instructions - including a helpful Techniques section - and will love the sturdy spiral binding that makes this book a breeze to bring along.
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Product details

  • Spiral bound | 128 pages
  • 235 x 549 x 16.26mm | 544.31g
  • Loveland, United States
  • English
  • 120 Illustrations, color
  • 1931499659
  • 9781931499651
  • 43,607

Table of contents

Introduction A Brief History of Weldon's Practical Needlework Early Handknitted Stockings A Means of Livelihood The Industrial Revolution In Retrospect Updating Weldon's Techniques General Rules of Stocking Knitting Heel Shaping Toe Shaping Simple Ribbed Socks Patterns Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern, 1887 Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch, 1889 Gentleman's Sock with Lozenge Pattern, 1895 Bed Sock in Lemon Pattern Fancy Knit Stripe, 1896 Ribbed Cycling or Golf Stockings with Fancy Cuff in Trellis Pattern, 1897 Heelless Sleeping Socks, 1897 Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern and Diaper Knitting, 1898 Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern, 1899 Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern, 1900 Gentleman's Sock for Evening Wear, 1900 Evening Stockings for a Young Lady, 1900 Fancy Silk Sock for a Child of 5 or 6 Years, 1900 Gentleman's Fancy Sock, 1901 Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel, 1901 Child's Sock in Miranda Pattern, 1904 Baby's Bootikin, 1905 Little Child's Sock, 1907 Infant's Fancy Silk Sock, First Size, 1909 Ladies Useful Stockings, 1913 Ladies Silk Stockings with Clocks, 1914
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Jan 07

Nancy Bush - sock designer, teacher and owner of The Wooly West - borrows her inspiration for her book from Weldon's Practical Needlework, but she brings the vintage pattrns (dating from 1887 to 1914) into the present with contemporary yarns, more generous sizing and slightly larger needle sizes. Her section on heels could be the foundation for a whole series of sock classes in itself. * Yarn Market News * No. 111, Mar 06

...The book is a combination of theory and patterns...In 1886 stocking knitting was encouraged as 'pleasant work for winter evenings, not trying to the eyes, and not any hindrance to conversation' and 'convenient for taking up at odd moments'. Since this is still true today, the book would help a would-be sock knitter get started and make a pair of wearable socks as well as providing the background to getting socks that fit... This is not the definitive world sock book as it concentrates on socks from one period in one country but the comprehensive construction section and additional techniques using the diagrams that appear in Interweave Knits magazine set it apart from being simply a collection of sock patterns. * SlipKnot * Spring 2007

Vintage is so 'now'. That's what you'll love about Nancy Bush's fascinating Knitting Vintage Socks. While we're all keen to try new things, inspiration is often found in the history of our craft - and Nancy's superb book helps us to explore that.

As well as presenting us with 24 classic patterns, reinvented for today's yarns and lifestyles, the author places the art of sock-knitting in context with an engrossing account of its 500-year genesis. Each pattern is simply laid out, clearly explained, and accompanied by a handy bibliography, list of sources and glossary.

Beautifully illustrated and sturdily ring-bound, this is a classic book to add to your library. * Simply Knitting * Sept 06

Are you a vintage lover needing cosy toes? With her new takes and twists on classic designs Nancy Bush has updated ideas from Weldon's Practical Needlework series. Starting with a brief history and how Bush refreshed the techniques, the book has a wide range of patterns, from gentlemen's shooting stockings to baby's bootikins. Each sock has beautiful photography and detailed instructions. Complete with a stitch glossary of sketches and patterns, this book offers exciting choices for all knitters. * Knitting * Oct 05

Back in the days when men wore shooting socks to go hunting and children as young as 5 dressed in fancy silk socks from dawn till dusk, knitters found the patterns they needed in Weldon's Practical Needlework...A good deal of intro space is devoted to the technical aspects of sock knitting, with details for shaping many types of heels and toes. Evenly split among men, women and children, the projects call for some interesting stitch patterns, among them railway, ringwood, flutes and lozenges. Requiring the use of size 0 to 2 double-pointed needles, this collection is not for the faint of heart. But now that high-profile knitters are crowing about their sock-knitting prowess, the time seems to be ripe for these classics. * 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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