The Sock Knitting Bible
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The Sock Knitting Bible : Everything you need to know about how to knit socks

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The ultimate guide to every aspect of sock knitting for knitters of all abilities. Whether you've never picked up a double pointed needle in your life or you've already started your sock knitting journey, this book will help you on your way.


The Sock Knitting Bible will break down all the different techniques and show wannabe sock knitters that there is nothing to be scared of. Covering everything from casting on to colourwork and everything in between, knitters won't find a better reference book for all their sock knitting needs. Whether you want to knit toe up, cuff down or even two at a time socks, we've got it covered. Sock knitting is the perfect portable project too - once you know the basics you can dip in and out until they are flying off your needles!


There are a lot of sock pattern books out there but this is more than a pattern book - it covers all the different techniques and methods for sock knitting! There are step-by-step instructions for all the various sock knitting techniques so that instead of sounding like a foreign language making socks becomes your second language. There are also step-by-steps instructions for three basic socks so that you can follow them even if you are an absolute beginner and then start to choose your preferred method for sock making.


Author Lynne Rowe explains what kind of yarns are best suited to different styles of sock and shares her techniques for how to get the best finish. We also look at the different kinds of tools available for making socks so you can experiment with double pointed needles, the magic loop method and small circular needles as well as innovative new products such as flexible dpns until you find your own favourite method.


With this book you can put that beautiful skein of hand dyed yarn you couldn't resist to good use by making the perfect pair of socks because in addition to the extensive techniques there are also 10 projects by some of the most exciting and talented sock designers, illustrating a number of the different knitting methods and styles. Here you will find stripes, fair isle, cables, lacy, sparkly and snuggly socks: a pattern for all your needs. It won't be long before you are delighting your friends and family with your new found skills - just be sure to make yourself a pair too!


But be warned: sock knitting is addictive!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 216 x 280 x 12.7mm | 635.03g
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 330 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1446308529
  • 9781446308523
  • 4,450

Table of contents

Introduction


How to use this book


All about socks


Sock anatomy


Measuring foot size


Choosing the correct size


Tools and materials


Yarn


Needles


Extras


Checking your tension/gauge


Importance of tension/gauge


Substituting yarn


Swatching


Measuring your tension/gauge


Achieving tension/gauge in a pattern


Sock recipes


Getting started


Cuff-down socks


Toe-up socks


Two-needle socks


Variations on the sock recipes


Sock elements


Cuffs


Heels


Toes


Sock projects


Sloping Hills by Winwick Mum


Under the Stars by Emma Potter


Twisting Pathways by Vikki Bird


Spring Lace by Rachel Fletcher


Bracken Cables by Olivia Villareal


Summer Meadows by Carmen Jorissen


Autumn Berries by Kaitlin Barthold


Red Sky At Night by Abby Brown


Beads of Dew by Anniken Allis


Winter Snow by Kerstin Balke


Knitting in the round


On double-pointed needles (DPNs)


Joining the round


On a short circular needle


On a long circular needle for magic loop


On flexible short needles


Two at a time magic loop knitting


Sock techniques


Casting on


Basic stitches


Reading charts


Increasing


Decreasing


Adding beads


Picking up stitches


Cables


Short rows


Working with more than one yarn/colour


Casting (binding) off


Finishing your project


Abbreviations


About the author


Index


Thanks


The designers
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About Lynne Rowe

Lynne Rowe is a very experienced author, technical editor and designer. There will also be contributions from other well known sock designers and makers.
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