Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary


Take your sock knitting to new heights!

If you love knee-high socks, you know there are never enough knee-high patterns to keep your needles going. Inside this book, you'll find resources to fulfill your every knee-high need. From casting on at the knee to grafting the toe stitches, Barb Brown will lead you step-by-step through creating a fabulous pair (or pairs!) of ...

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Take your sock knitting to new heights!

If you love knee-high socks, you know there are never enough knee-high patterns to keep your needles going. Inside this book, you'll find resources to fulfill your every knee-high need. From casting on at the knee to grafting the toe stitches, Barb Brown will lead you step-by-step through creating a fabulous pair (or pairs!) of knee-high socks.

Inside Knitting Knee-Highs you'll find patterns for:

  • Intricate colorwork inspired by ancient tapestries and modern-day indie dyers
  • Twisting and twining cables from knee to toe
  • Lovely lacework that looks delicate but can stand up to the wear and tear knee-highs take
  • Beautifully textured stitches inspired by beloved knitting traditions
  • Warm and cozy pairs created from sport and DK weight yarns

And if that's not enough to satisfy your knee-high knitting needs, Barb shares her formula for custom-knit knee-highs, as well as instructions for converting sock patterns to make knee-highs! Plus, she'll show you how to make your knee-highs fit perfectly and stay up all day long. There are even bonus instructions for each project so you can try a knee-high pattern as socks, anklets or even leg warmers.

Once you dip your toe into Knitting Knee-Highs, your sock knitting will never be the same!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440213694
  • Publisher: Krause Publications
  • Publication date: 2/24/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barb Brown is the owner of Wild Geese Fibres, an online business specializing in natural fiber yarns for socks and lace. She teaches knitting and lace-making at yarn shops and community colleges. Her work has appeared in magazines A Needle Pulling Thread, Yarn Forward and Twists and Turns as well as in the book Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn.
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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Great option for patterns!

    I have always been intrigued by the idea of learning to knit. Recently, I bought myself a few sets of knitting needles and taught myself to knit. Knit socks are always the warmest and most comfortable so when this book became available to review, I grabbed it! Knitting Knee-Highs is full of beautiful pictures and clear instructions. If you love the look of knit socks and have the time/energy to put in to make the socks, this book is a great option for patterns. There are intricate designs and the author clearly explains how to make the socks to fit your feet/legs perfectly. I highly recommend this book!

    I received this book free from the Booksneeze book reviewing program and am under no obligation to provide a positive review.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Not for the beginning knitter

    Knitting knee-highs - Sock styles from classic to contemperary
    by Barb Brown

    An interesting book - for those who knit and are comfortable with intermediate to advanced patterns.

    However, this book is not for beginners - there are not really any basic stitch guides in the back, and the directions are not super detailed.

    There are quite a few immodest photos. I would recommend that those who get this book be prepared to use a sharpie.

    Best points
    There are quite a few lovely designs which could be adapted for other projects, and I really like the high details show in the photos.

    Other observations
    Not only are there knee high patterns, but there are also adaption instructions for socks, leg warmers, and the like.

    Although the idea of making these socks is a little bit overwhelming to me, I just might (using thicker yarn & larger needles) make Christmas stockings with them! I think that would be really cool!

    My rating: 5 out of 10 stars. ??????????

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

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    Stunning Patterns!!

    I love to knit and crochet, but I have never attempted to make socks. My mother spoils everyone in the family and keeps us well stocked with her trademark pattern. But they are not pretty socks (sorry, Mom). They are bulky, very warm and they last forever, and I love them. But I have never been able to wear them with normal shoes or boots. Along comes Barb Brown with an amazing pattern book of pretty socks. I wish I could show you some of the pictures from this book. Some designs are soft and cuddly, some are light and airy, and some are just amazingly pretty. Some are a work of art, and it would be very hard to not show them off! This book is filled with so many styles and patterns that I can't wait to get started. I enjoyed reading the knee-high formula that helps to customize the fit of each sock design. There are details on how to convert any of the sock patterns into leg warmers. I found the history/inspiration of each sock design very interesting as well. Overall, I am very impressed with the variety of sock patterns, the high quality pictures and the easy to read instructions. This is a great resource book for anyone who loves to knit. I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2011

    Easy-to-Follow Instructions

    I received a copy of KNITTING KNEE-HIGHS: SOCK STYLES FROM CLASSIC TO CONTEMPORARY by Barb Brown, from Thomas Nelson. I was excited to see it offered because I love knitting. Whenever I sit in front of the television set, I have to have a project with me to work on - projects that do not usually include socks.

    I love wearing knee-high socks, so I am thrilled to be able to make my own. The styles are beautiful. Not only are some colorful, but others are also intricate, in a good way. When I first saw the directions, I felt slightly intimidated. I am not familiar with cable stitches, or switching colors, but the step-by-step directions are easy to follow. They also use circular needles, as opposed to double pointed needles (but you can use those too). Double pointed needles confuse me, so I am ecstatic to be able to use something different. I have begun work on the Bonny Birds pattern, a series of blue birds against a white background. It is coming along nicely.

    The patterns also include ways to transform knee-highs into leg warmers and ankle socks. Whatever your style, there is a pattern in this book for you to adore.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Excellent book on knitting knee-highs - even for a beginner

    I was so excited to receive this book in the mail a few days ago! A quick look through the book reveals fabulous color photos of the knee-highs and, in some instances, shorter variations of the patterns that are being presented. The beginning of the book gives sizing and custom fitting tricks and tips that are very helpful to the beginner in sock and knee-high knitting. The author also has a short section devoted to turning the patterns into socks, short socks with a turnback cuff, and legwarmers. If you need tips on yarn weights and substitutions or kneedle sizes, this information can be found in the back of the book immediately preceding the index and the abbreviation and symbol key. (All of which is very useful information for beginner knee-high knitters).

    The patterns are simply stunning and I'm already anxiously picking out which ones I would like to use for Christmas and birthday presents. My two favorite patterns are the Bonnie Birds and the Maid Marian Knee-highs (which are the first ones that I have begun to work on). All you need to get started knitting your own knee-highs once you get this book is yarn, needles, basic knitting skills, and time. Lovely book

    Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. This review was also posted on RenningerBookReview.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    LOVE this book ... want to make every pair in here ...

    I LOVE knitting socks. I love wearing hand-knitted socks. There is nothing quite as nice as a well-fitting, hand-made sock. Trust me on this one . if you've never knitted socks, try it. The variety of yarns for knitting socks is only outnumbered by the sheer volume of luscious patterns to knit.

    This book, Knitting Knee Highs, will help you not only with learning how to knit socks but also have you drooling over all the choices. As the author, Barb Brown, quickly points out in the introduction, knitting a knee-high only adds about 4-6 inches of knitting to a crew-length sock so don't be afraid to tackle knee highs!

    Brown has great introductory materials that help with ensuring a good fit for your socks. She explains the changes necessary to making these "knee-highs" into crew socks, anklets or even leg warmers. The designs - 20 knee-highs - cover lace knitting, color-work, and cable designs. In addition, as mentioned in the introduction, Brown includes at least one secondary design for each of the knee-highs - socks that coordinate and use the same charts but look different. This more than doubles the designs in this book - a nice bonus! The directions are clear and easy to understand and each of the designs is also charted (making it very easy to see where the decreases are for the leg shapings).

    I'm impressed with this book from Krause Publishing, except for one small complaint - why, oh why, did they have the models in scanty dresses, short skirts or hot-pants? I get that they're trying to show off the socks with no clothing in the way, but the juxtaposition of dresses that look like lingerie and heavy woolen sox is a bit disturbing. The socks could have been the focus of the photograph . showing the legs-to-toes and avoided having the models look so goofy (and inappropriate)! Other than that complaint, the book is a treasure trove of wonderful designs that will sit proudly in my knitting library!

    Disclaimer: I rec'd this book as part of Book Sneeze's blogger review program. I rec'd no other compensation other than this book.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

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    Amazing Patterns!

    "Knitting Knee-Highs" is an amazing book for intermediate to advanced knitters. There's a great diversity in the patterns, some are very bold color work patterns, while others are subtle and textured in neutral colors.

    I absolutely love how the author encourages the reader to try new things. She doesn't just say, "Oh you could make these socks shorter," she gives you clear instructions on how to adapt any of her knee high patterns to socks or legwarmers. I'm impressed with the number of patterns in the book. There are 20 patterns but each one has at least one variation. With all of these options, you're bound to find something you love.

    The patterns do look challenging, they probably aren't for a beginning knitter, but I think with patience, an intermediate knitter like me would be up for the challenge.

    I loved the descriptions at the beginning of each pattern where the author tells about her inspiration for the pattern and techniques. The photos are clear and detailed and she shows you how using different color combinations can dramatically change the look.

    book sent by publisher in exchange for honest review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2011

    Feel a "Kneed" to Knit Knee-Highs?

    I enjoy crafting, but my knitting experience is somewhat limited. I am always looking for practical (yet fun) gifts that I can make to give as gifts, and thought that knee-high socks would fit the bill. (And since it is still several months 'til the holidays, I would have plenty of time to perfect them...)

    The book has just twenty patterns, but varying the colors would give pretty much unlimited options. For each pattern, the author gives all of the specifics--finished measurements, yarn types, needles, and notions. The directions are relatively clear as well.

    I'll admit the first pair I made didn't turn out perfectly, but that's probably more related to the knitter than the book. (Like I said, I have several months to perfect them, right?)

    If you're crafty and looking for a great gift idea (or perhaps you'd like to be the envy of the town with your own collection of hand-crafted knee-highs), I recommend you take a look at this book.

    [Note: I received this book at no charge from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation and was under no obligation to write a positive review.]

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    There are 18 knee-high patterns, each with at least one variation for regular socks, anklets, or legwarmers. Lots of choices for a plain vanilla girl! This one book could keep you busy through the end of the year.

    The old time skill of knitting handmade socks is growing in popularity. Along with it, an unending array of new sock yarns, circular needles, tools, and books are filling the sock knitter's desire need to create something handmade and one-of-a-kind. I've seen a lot of sock books. Knitting Knee-Highs is the first book that I've seen that is dedicated to this favorite sock style.

    Knitting Knee-Highs includes lots of detailed instructions, charts, and a great chapter explaining how to make your own plain vanilla knee-high pattern or adapt your favorite sock pattern to make knee-highs. The fitting advice is thorough. This book is jam packed with lovely artful photos. Every knee-high, sock, anklet and legwarmer is shown in beautiful detail.

    The beauty of the lace designs and the intricate color work designs make this book an excellent choice for confident knitters. These are sit down and concentrate socks. There are 18 patterns, each with at least one variation for regular socks, anklets, or legwarmers. Lots of choices for a plain vanilla girl! This one book could keep you busy through the end of the year.

    While Knitting Knee-Highs is not a book for sock beginners, I feel confident that with Mrs. Barns' instructions, plain vanilla girls can learn to knit colorwork and lace socks in first simple and later complex designs. I think it's worth the $22.99 price.

    *Excellent photos
    *Friendly tone
    *Clear instructions

    Five Stars

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