Sock Innovation

Sock Innovation : Knitting Techniques & Patterns for One-of-a-Kind Socks

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Unconventional, rule-breaking socks are part and parcel in this unique guide to sock knitting that includes 15 new sock patterns. The skills of the average sock knitter are increased through design exploration and advanced stitch manipulation, treating the sock as a knitted canvas where elements are strategically and intentionally placed. New designs of floral lace patterns, angular geometric shapes, and unusual cables are presented along with detailed instructions on modifications to suit needs and aesthetics. The incredible range of style and complexity in this guide runs from sweet and simple to delightfully imaginative.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 216 x 228 x 12mm | 485.34g
  • United States
  • English
  • 90 Illustrations, color
  • 1596681098
  • 9781596681095
  • 26,245

Table of contents

Design and Socks Sock Techniques - The basic pattern for a sock knitted from cuff to toe can be adapted in any number of ways for a truly original sock. Stitch Techniques - Master the basic techniques and learn to read charts to create a unique sock. Sock Design - Easily learn to create your own designs. Patterns Glynis - These are the perfect socks for trepid knitters interested in lace, because they are much simpler than they appear! Eunice - These short-cuffed socks have cables, lace, jogs and an interesting pattern to transition to the slipped-stitch heel. Sunshine - Bright and perfectly peachy, these socks are straightforward with simple vertical repeats. Devon - These playful socks have stitches divided asymmetrically for the heel and instep so that one repeat on one side is cut in half. Vilai - The stitch pattern for these socks was inspired by a Japanese book and named after Cookie???s mother. Angee - You will love to knit these crazy colorful pair of socks that feature an interesting textured pattern and a wonderfully funky bright orange. Wanida - The simple and elegant diamond pattern for these socks was tricky to design, but when knitting them it will seem like they just instantly fall into place. Sam - These socks start out daring and adventurous with a bit of traveling cables and texture, but then transition easily to a simple stockinette foot. Bex - These unique socks will keep you interested. The stitch pattern is staggered horizontally, and the top of the foot cuts into some cables that are converted to plain stitches. Cauchy - A famous mathematician Cauchy (koh-shee) known for the inequality principle, inspired these socks with a simple knit/purl combination to form lines that resemble those inequality signs. Rick - Mirrored for contour shaping, these socks evoke racing stripes by combining fun diagonal lines with twisted rib. Milo - Made up of smaller parts of simple knitting, these socks will easily impress with how complicated they look. The cable down the back echoes the larger cables throughout. Lindsay - The perfect comfy textured socks! Combining garter stitch with a stockinette wedge makes the stitch count vary from round to round and the vertical stripe is an interesting visual element. Kristi -Learn to cable without a cable needle will help you knit these quickly! These socks use a large twisted-stitch panel, which is staggered and mirrored within each sock across the pair. Kai-Mei - These socks combine various elements such as a ribbed cuff and a sweeping lace pattern that starts at the gusset stitch pick-up. Shifting the gusset decreases to one side of the lace panel causes it to angle across the top of the foot, demonstrating that the path taken need not be traditional. Abbreviations Glossary Sources
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Review Text

"Cookie A's sock patterns have been so popular that I know expectations were very high for this book. Having spent some time with it, I can say that the book meets and exceeds every expectation I had. This is a brilliant and valuable book that every avid sock knitter will want to own." - Knitter's Review

"[This] popular sock designer talks about...potentially sticky issues in easy-to-understand language. The 15 socks themselves are feasts of the traveling cables, lace and unusual patterning sock knitters devour." - Yarn Market News

"Cookie is a designer who deserves watching." - Knit 'N Style

"5 out of 5 stars. Wow, those socks! It is the most thorough sock book that I have seen...and there have been many. These sock designs are absolutely fabulous." - Knitting News

"Peek inside [the author's] creative brain...how she creates her fab patterns. I found just the top of her socks mesmerizing, the way she weaves her ribs or cuffs into the heart of her designs." - The Oregonian

"If you're an advanced knitter looking for unique sock patterns, then you'll appreciate knitwear designer Cookie A's recently published book, Sock Innovation." - Detroit News

"Thought you knew everything about sock knitting? Think again! This book takes the craft of socks to a whole new level." - AllAboutYou.com

"A real treat for adventurous sock knitters. Cookie's designs are magnificent." - Knitty.com
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Review quote

"Cookie A's sock patterns have been so popular that I know expectations were very high for this book. Having spent some time with it, I can say that the book meets and exceeds every expectation I had. This is a brilliant and valuable book that every avid sock knitter will want to own." -- "Knitter's Review"

"[This] popular sock designer talks about...potentially sticky issues in easy-to-understand language. The 15 socks themselves are feasts of the traveling cables, lace and unusual patterning sock knitters devour." -- "Yarn Market News"

"Cookie is a designer who deserves watching." -- "Knit 'N Style"

"5 out of 5 stars. Wow, those socks! It is the most thorough sock book that I have seen...and there have been many. These sock designs are absolutely fabulous." -- "Knitting News"

"Peek inside [the author's] creative brain...how she creates her fab patterns. I found just the top of her socks mesmerizing, the way she weaves her ribs or cuffs into the heart of her designs." -- "The Oregonian"

"If you're an advanced knitter looking for unique sock patterns, then you'll appreciate knitwear designer Cookie A's recently published book, "Sock Innovation"." -- "Detroit News"

"Thought you knew everything about sock knitting? Think again! This book takes the craft of socks to a whole new level." -- "AllAboutYou.com"

"A real treat for adventurous sock knitters. Cookie's designs are magnificent." -- "Knitty.com"
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About Cookie A.

Cookie A. has designed patterns for "Knitty," "Vogue Knitting," "Knit.1," "Twist Collective," and the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club. Her pattern line, Cookie A Knitwear Designs, debuted in 2007 and was an immediate hit. She teaches throughout North America and lives in Mountain View, California. Recently, Cookie was nominated as a finalist in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards for favorite knitwear designer. Find her online at cookiea.com.
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