Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear, Updated Edition

Overview

Originally published in 1994, Folk Socks taught knitters in North America all about how to knit socks with Nancy Bush's careful instructions, charts, and illustrations. Folk Socks offers a collection of 18 sock patterns pulled from European and British traditions, including boot socks, Birkenstock socks, lacy stockings, kilt hose, cabled and clocked socks, and more. There is also a chapter on essential sock knitting techniques for heel turns, toe shaping, and top ribbing for ...

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Overview

Originally published in 1994, Folk Socks taught knitters in North America all about how to knit socks with Nancy Bush's careful instructions, charts, and illustrations. Folk Socks offers a collection of 18 sock patterns pulled from European and British traditions, including boot socks, Birkenstock socks, lacy stockings, kilt hose, cabled and clocked socks, and more. There is also a chapter on essential sock knitting techniques for heel turns, toe shaping, and top ribbing for knitters of all skill levels.

Folk Socks still contains the same in-depth history and the same step-by-step instruction from Nancy Bush that sock knitters have come to love and depend on. Now you can get this popular resource with updated information on new yarns as well as modifications that Nancy has learned since first writing this book.

A classic reference, now updated, this is a must-have for any sock knitter.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book is the reason I knit socks." - Kate Atherly, aka "Wise Hilda," author of Beyond Knit and Purl

"These aren't just any old socks!" - Knit Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596684355
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 942,448
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Bush teaches workshops for guilds, shops, and at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Northern Europe. She is the author of Folk Socks, Folk Knitting in Estonia, Knitting on the Road, Knitting Vintage Socks, and Knitted Lace of Estonia. Nancy lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
From Hide to Hose: The origins of socks
Looped Fabrics and the Legwear of Queens: The beginnings of knitting and knitted hose
Knitting in Great Britain: A way of working and a way of life
Knitting in Other European Countries: Traditions and stocking styles
Carrying on the Tradition: How to knit a sock
A Classic Sock Pattern: With some variations on heel and toe
The Patterns: Socks for all the world’s feet
Stockings with Clocks
Norwegian Stockings
Mamluke Socks
Chaussettes de Dentelle
Welsh Country Stockings
Finnish Socks
Merike’s Socks
Latvian Socks
Highland Schottische Kilt Hose
Chalet Socks
Estonian Socks
Lithuanian Amber Socks
Shetland Socks
St Peter Port Stripes
Country Socks
Ukrainian Socks
Flammegarn Socks
New! Estonian-inspired Socks
Yarn Suppliers
Bibliography
Index
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