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With only two measurements, knitters can make customized socks. The unusual heel and toe shaping method works fantastically well.

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Overview

With only two measurements, knitters can make customized socks. The unusual heel and toe shaping method works fantastically well.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966828948
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition number: 112
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.13 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations 10
Essential reference information 11
Acknowledgments 12
Preface 13
Introduction 14
Chapter 1 Sock Sizing 17
Chapter 2 Crew Socks, Top-to-Toe and Toe-to-Top 25
General notes on gauge and needles 26
Dividing the stitches 27
The basics of the short-row technique 28
Working top-to-toe 31
Elastic cast-on, right-hand carry 32
Elastic cast-on, left-hand carry 34
Knit-purl cast-on 36
Short-row sock, beginning at the top and working to the toe 38
Zigzag bind-off 43
Invisible join 44
Working toe-to-top 46
Invisible cast-on 46
Graft off at top 51
Joins and ends 53
Other alternatives 54
Comparing top-to-toe and toe-to-top 56
Chapter 3 Design, Inspirations and Considerations 57
Simple elegance exclusive to the short-row technique 61
Contrasting color at heel and toe 61
Horizontal stripes with bull's-eye effect at heel and toe 61
Vertical stripes that fold around heel and toe 64
Vertical stripes on the entire sock 67
Combining the best of two worlds 69
Color patterns 71
Color-stranding 71
Motif knitting 75
Zigzag intarsia 76
True intarsia 77
Texture patterns 85
Sculptured patterns 85
Traveling stitches 87
Lace patterns 90
Correcting errors 90
Adapting size to design 92
Postscript 93
Chapter 4 Making Socks Last 94
Fibers 95
Repairs 96
Chapter 5 Beyond Socks to Mittens 97
Measurements 98
Choices for how to make and shape mittens 99
A circular cast-on 100
Shaping and placing the thumbs 101
Designs on mittens 107
Postscript 107
Index 110
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  • Posted January 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Simple method to knit socks

    I've had this book for years and have used it to knit many different socks. The formulas for calculating the number of stitches, etc. are easy to use and while the heel instructions are detailed, they are not difficult. The result is a sock with a smooth heel that looks like a store-bought sock. The author's extensive research is evident in the variety of techniques shown. Also includes instructions on how to transfer the sock technique to make mittens.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Great reference source

    At first glance, because of the lack of photos, I almost disregarded this book. Glad I didn't! It is a great reference source to have in the personal library. It is full of information that explains more of the "why we do it this way" questions than any other sock knitting book I have. It's not a book of just 'this and that' directions, it's an explanation book that stirs up clear, logical thinking skills. I knit socks on 1 large circular needle but it is very easy to adapt the principles Priscilla expounds for the 5 dpns, to the circular.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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