The Sock Knitting Bible

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


How to use this book

All about socks

Sock anatomy

Measuring foot size

Choosing the correct size

Tools and materials




Checking your tension/gauge

Importance of tension/gauge

Substituting yarn


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




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



Adding beads

Picking up stitches


Short rows

Working with more than one yarn/colour

Casting (binding) off

Finishing your project


About the author



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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