Knit Your Socks on Straight: A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles

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Not interested in knitting in the round?Wary of double-pointed needles?Now you can knit comfortable, attractive socks on straight needles.Alice Curtis shows you the secret to straight-needle sock knitting with her elegant technique for turning the necessary seam into an appealing design element.Step-by-step instructions and photographs introduce the stitches and explain how to make a beautiful seam.Twenty unique patterns feature a variety of yarn weights and motifs and include ...

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Overview

Not interested in knitting in the round?Wary of double-pointed needles?Now you can knit comfortable, attractive socks on straight needles.Alice Curtis shows you the secret to straight-needle sock knitting with her elegant technique for turning the necessary seam into an appealing design element.Step-by-step instructions and photographs introduce the stitches and explain how to make a beautiful seam.Twenty unique patterns feature a variety of yarn weights and motifs and include instructions for a range of sizes.

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Curtis, a seasoned knitting instructor, encountered a number of students who wanted to knit socks, but were intimidated by the double-pointed needles required to knit a small tube. This led to the development of her sock-knitting technique, which uses two straight needles to knit a flat sock, which is then seamed using a crochet hook. Though knitting socks flat isn't a brand-new technique, Curtis focuses on designing socks that are comfortable, wearable, and a step up from plain vanilla. The result? Attractive socks that knitters with a deep-seated fear of double-pointed needles can create. VERDICT Curtis's technique isn't for everyone, but her addition to knitting literature will open up sock knitting to a new audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612120089
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 213,484
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Curtis was the owner of The Pincushion Patch, a yarn shop in Little Falls, NY. She created sock patterns for knitting on two straight needles so she could teach her students the technique she developed.


 

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Sock Basics

The Secret

Your First Socks

Jelly Beans

Green Leaves of Summer

Flip-Flops in February

Lullaby

Wrapped in Hugs

Blue Tranquility

Carpentry Squares

Maple Seed Whirlies

Moccasocks

Livin' in Blue Jeans

Fireside

Cirque du Sole

Vroom-Vroom

Sláinte

Coffee Break

Winter Delights: Gingerbread Men and Snowmen

Garden Trellis Argyle

Touch Me Not

Carnegie Hall

Resources

Glossary

Index

Acknowledgements

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

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    Knit Your Socks on Straight A New and Inventive Technique with J

    Knit Your Socks on Straight A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles by Alice Curtis
    Wanted to read this book because 1. I love knitting and 2. I've knit socks but need to improve my skill level and thought this is a different way to knit socks.
    First are the basics and then different techniques and why they might work for some socks and sometimes other methods look better in the long run.
    One thing I found most helpful was the discussion of the different heels and the different toe shapes. I've done a few just following a pattern on 4 needles.
    Like the layout of the patterns and what is needed, gauge and just the cleanness of how it's all laid out in front of you.
    Love the magnified stitch of each of the socks, and their very colorful playful names for the socks.
    Most important to me as I can wear a man's size 10 shoe, love the variety of sizes available.
    Fireside would be my favorite, elegant but simple stitching.
    For the more challenging there are 5 patterns that are charted. The others are all row by row written instructions.
    Great book, one for all levels and you can feel great about being able to make socks if you've dreaded the complications of making them. This book makes them an easy thing to do.
    Comes with abbreviations and diagrammed glossary of how to do some techniques. The spiral bound book also would be great for not losing your place as the book can lie flat.
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    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    Have you seen this book yet, that just came out today? Have you

    Have you seen this book yet, that just came out today? Have you admired the crazy gorgeous yarn on the front cover or the designs on the inside? Have you started knitting socks yet?
    Anyone who reads my blog knows I knit a lot of socks – a lot – though I make mainly basic, easy, toe up socks and don’t often challenge myself in the socknitting department… or really, the knitting department. (I’ll challenge myself with crochet sometimes, but knitting… knitting is just for me, and for fun, and I really do like the basics though I do know how to do any knitting technique under the sun & teach them all on a regular basis). Now, that being said, I love to knit in the round (and regularly turn flat knit patterns into being knit in the round) but I can’t wait to start the socks in this book.




    OK, whew… went off on a tangent there, didn’t I?




    So the book begins with the basics… how to, gauge, and specific sock knitting techniques as well, such as turning the heel. Then come the socks… oh the gorgeous socks! There’s 15 patterns here, from the basic worsted weight sock to the fancy, fingering weight texture or cabled socks, and there’s baby socks and heavier slipper socks. Surprisingly, there’s only a few intarsia designs (Coffee Break would make EXCELLENT scrap socks) & only one pair of lace socks (though admitably it’s gorgeous).




    Alice Curtis, who’s an LYS owner (lucky girl), even explains the best way to seam the socks… and seriously… it’s not hard, and the finished socks look good. Crocheters, are you listening? She’s having us slip stitch the sock seam!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2013

    5 out of 5 for this reader folks! Next to curling up with a gre

    5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

    Next to curling up with a great piece of spicy fiction, crafting and cooking are my next fave thing to do! Knitting in particular is high on that list! I requested this book for review strictly by the title ... "JUST TWO NEEDLES...". I have tried knitting socks with the 4 needle technique and I truely hate it .. so I was pleasantly surprised by this terrific pattern book.

    Inside this book, you will find all kinds of fun, challenging, not so challenging, well thought out, easy to read and follow, patterns for some pretty amazing socks. I can knit for my whole family from this book.

    I also loved the names to these patterns! I am about to teach my daughters how to knit and will make sure this book is kept close by for when they want to dive into the world of sock knitting!

    Highly recommend this book to my fellow knitters!

    HAPPY KNITTING! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Good

    I am looking forward to doing some of the projects

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