Sock Knitting Master Class: Innovative Techniques + Patterns from Top Designers

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Work from the ground up with knitwear design: create your own socks!

Sock Knitting Master Class showcases methods for designing and knitting creative socks, featuring signature elements and techniques from 16 top designers. You'll learn what makes good sock design, and then dive into knitting 18 spectacular, brand-new patterns featuring the widest variety of techniques.

With patterns divided into two sections by top-down and toe-up ...

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Overview


Work from the ground up with knitwear design: create your own socks!

Sock Knitting Master Class showcases methods for designing and knitting creative socks, featuring signature elements and techniques from 16 top designers. You'll learn what makes good sock design, and then dive into knitting 18 spectacular, brand-new patterns featuring the widest variety of techniques.

With patterns divided into two sections by top-down and toe-up construction, Sock Knitting Master Class explores such techniques as cables, twisted stitches, lace, stranded colorwork, entrelac, shadow knitting, and intarsia worked in the round. Plus, you'll discover inventive ways to start and end socks, shape heels and toes, and knit the soles. On a bonus enclosed DVD, Ann showcases all you need to know to knit fun, inventive socks, including a few special tips from this master sock knitter.

Sock Knitting Master Class is an all-star assembly of the most inventive, exciting designers working in socks including Cookie A, Kathryn Alexander, Nancy Bush, Cat Bordhi, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Anne Hanson, Melissa Morgan-Oakes, Meg Swanson, Anna Zilboorg, and many more. And you'll also learn how each yarn contributes to the overall design from Clara Parkes.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Finalist in the About.com Reader's Choice Awards for Best Knitting Book of 2011.

"Budd's latest book is a trove of expertise, with patterns from 15 of the craftiest sockistas around, no surnames necessary...Every project adheres to the holy trinity of custom sock knitting--fit, comfort, aesthetics. And if you can't get enough of this collected wisdom in words alone, a 95-minute sock tutorial by Budd is included on an accompanying DVD." - Cheryl Krementz, Yarn Market News

"Ann Budd is at it again. She's pulled together another great collection of patterns, this time from master sock designers. There are 17 sock designs, and there isn't one I wouldn't love to wear." - Cindy Koepke, Knitcircus

"It seems like just about all the big names in knitting -- particularly sock knitting -- are featured in Ann Budd's excellent new book Sock Knitting Master Class...In addition to the fantastic patterns, which offer a wide variety of options for both toe-up and top-down knitters (and even one sock that goes both directions!), an introductory section covers just about all you'd ever need to know about some of the design choices that go into making a sock." - About.com Guide to Knitting

"If the designers aren't enough to draw you in, there's much more in here for sock novices and sock aficionados alike. With topics like sock design, toe up and top down construction, and the best bind offs for toe-up socks, this book will take you from zero to sock in no time." - KnitPurl yarn shop (Portland, OR)

"This book is a really valuable collection of patterns and techniques that any sock knitter will use again and again." - Jenny, KnitPicks.com

"I'm really glad to have this book because it has so many patterns, from lace to cable to colorwork, and the socks are all beautiful. Also, the techniques have plenty of charts, diagrams and photographs to make learning easy." - Pamela MacKenzie, MyCentralJersey.com

"The facts alone will make you want this book: 15 of the knitting world's best sock designers, 18 sock designs, Ann Budd talking basic how-tos and design tips and Clara Parkes talking sock yarn, and a 95 minute DVD. All of the technique and yarn information is so well organized and thought out that a knitter could read the book and not knit a single sock and still come away having learned a lot about sock knitting." - Knitty.com

"...the patterns! Beautiful, yet functional stitch designs and fun colors." - CraftGossip.com Knitting Editor

"It's not often that I scoop a book from the top of the review pile and take it home with me, and it's even less common for me to sit down and read it right away. But with sock knitting on my mind, I was intrigued, so last night I sat down to peruse this over a cup of tea. I was absolutely delighted to see that the first chapter of the book is devoted to explaining the whys and wherefores of sock construction. Top-down or toe-up? She's got it covered. Heel flap, short row or afterthought heel? Ditto. Want to choose from a pointed toe, a spiral or star toe, or a toe band? She's got your back with that, too. This book seems like just the right foundation for someone who's ready to strike out on their own - even if the starting place is just switching out the heel or toe treatment for one that suits them better." - Austen Gilliland, craft editor, CanadianLiving.com

"You think you already know everything there is to know about socks? After all, there are a multitude of sock books on the market these days, perfectly good books. You know everything. Except...do you really? Most (though not all) sock books I own are either filled with patterns with not a whole lot of time spent on technique, or they're full of guidance but with blah patterns. Of course, some do hit the balance between pattern and technique. Some are fairly exhaustive, in fact, and you may already have them on your shelves. But...they're not THIS book. First, this boo

From The Critics

Finalist in the About.com Reader's Choice Awards for Best Knitting Book of 2011.

"Budd’s latest book is a trove of expertise, with patterns from 15 of the craftiest sockistas around, no surnames necessary...Every project adheres to the holy trinity of custom sock knitting—fit, comfort, aesthetics. And if you can’t get enough of this collected wisdom in words alone, a 95-minute sock tutorial by Budd is included on an accompanying DVD." - Cheryl Krementz, Yarn Market News

"Ann Budd is at it again. She’s pulled together another great collection of patterns, this time from master sock designers. There are 17 sock designs, and there isn’t one I wouldn’t love to wear." - Cindy Koepke, Knitcircus

"It seems like just about all the big names in knitting -- particularly sock knitting -- are featured in Ann Budd's excellent new book Sock Knitting Master Class...In addition to the fantastic patterns, which offer a wide variety of options for both toe-up and top-down knitters (and even one sock that goes both directions!), an introductory section covers just about all you'd ever need to know about some of the design choices that go into making a sock." – About.com Guide to Knitting

"If the designers aren't enough to draw you in, there's much more in here for sock novices and sock aficionados alike. With topics like sock design, toe up and top down construction, and the best bind offs for toe-up socks, this book will take you from zero to sock in no time." – KnitPurl yarn shop (Portland, OR)

"This book is a really valuable collection of patterns and techniques that any sock knitter will use again and again." – Jenny, KnitPicks.com

"I’m really glad to have this book because it has so many patterns, from lace to cable to colorwork, and the socks are all beautiful. Also, the techniques have plenty of charts, diagrams and photographs to make learning easy." – Pamela MacKenzie, MyCentralJersey.com

"The facts alone will make you want this book: 15 of the knitting world’s best sock designers, 18 sock designs, Ann Budd talking basic how-tos and design tips and Clara Parkes talking sock yarn, and a 95 minute DVD. All of the technique and yarn information is so well organized and thought out that a knitter could read the book and not knit a single sock and still come away having learned a lot about sock knitting." – Knitty.com

"...the patterns! Beautiful, yet functional stitch designs and fun colors." – CraftGossip.com Knitting Editor

"It's not often that I scoop a book from the top of the review pile and take it home with me, and it's even less common for me to sit down and read it right away. But with sock knitting on my mind, I was intrigued, so last night I sat down to peruse this over a cup of tea. I was absolutely delighted to see that the first chapter of the book is devoted to explaining the whys and wherefores of sock construction. Top-down or toe-up? She's got it covered. Heel flap, short row or afterthought heel? Ditto. Want to choose from a pointed toe, a spiral or star toe, or a toe band? She's got your back with that, too. This book seems like just the right foundation for someone who's ready to strike out on their own – even if the starting place is just switching out the heel or toe treatment for one that suits them better." – Austen Gilliland, craft editor, CanadianLiving.com

"You think you already know everything there is to know about socks? After all, there are a multitude of sock books on the market these days, perfectly good books. You know everything. Except...do you really? Most (though not all) sock books I own are either filled with patterns with not a whole lot of time spent on technique, or they’re full of guidance but with blah patterns. Of course, some do hit the balance between pattern and technique. Some are fairly exhaustive, in fact, and you may already have them on your shelves. But...they’re not THIS book. First, this book is by Ann Budd, a genius in our time...Master Class is the right name!" – KnittingScholar.com

"Some features I particularly like in the book: each pattern has a box listing the different techniques used in the pattern; an overview of different styles of creating parts of the sock, such as a few different heel types, toes, and cuff treatments; both top-down and toe-up construction techniques; a handy DVD in the back. If you are looking for some great new sock patterns or just looking to get started knitting socks, this book is sure to have what you need." – A Woolie Tale yarn shop

"If you're a fan of socks and of learning more about how to put together socks successfully, this one is a must-read." - About.com Guide to Knitting

Library Journal
There's a bounty of marvelous new sock knitting books publishing this season, most targeting experienced sock knitters interested in exploring new stitch and construction techniques. Budd's (Getting Started Knitting Socks) addition features patterns by a number of popular designers, including Cookie A, Anne Hanson, Chrissy Gardiner, Anna Zilboorg, Meg Swansen, and Nancy Bush. The projects are organized by construction (top-down or toe-up) and technique, and ample notes are provided for each pattern. One of the highlights of the book is the supplementary DVD, which includes a 95-minute knitting workshop with Budd. This is an excellent addition to sock-knitting collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596683129
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 208,200
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: What Makes a Good Sock Design
Function and fit
Aesthetics: relationship between parts
Sock Design Basics
Designing with Color
Stripes, Slip-Stitch, Color Stranding, Intarsia, Entrelac
Designing with Texture
Cables, Lace, Traveling Stitches
Sock Sizing
Top-Down Socks
Asymmetrical Cables (Cookie A)
Sidebar: Cables
Almondine Socks (Anne Hanson)
Sidebar: Lace
Technique: Top-Down Cast-Ons
Rose Rib Socks (Evelyn A. Clark)
Happy Go Lucky Boot Socks (Veronik Avery)
Sidebar: Jogless Jog
Sidebar: Slip-Stitch Patterns
Knot Socks (Nancy Bush)
Technique: Heel and Gusset Shaping
Thigh-High Stripes (Deborah Newton)
Sidebar: Stranded Colorwork
Mock Cables (Ann Budd)
Technique: Toe Shaping
Bavarian Blooms (Priscilla Gibson-Roberts)
Sidebar: Intarsia in the Round
Slip-n-Slide Socks (Chrissy Gardiner)
Technique: Top-Down Bind-Offs
Traveling Stitch Stockings (Meg Swanson)
Sidebar: Traveling Stitches
Three-Color Socks (Nancy Bush)
Toe-Up Socks
Up-Down Entrelac Socks (Kathryn Alexander)
Sidebar: Entrelac
Terpander Socks (Melissa Morgan-Oakes)
Technique: Toe-Up Cast-Ons
Stealth Argyles (Eunny Jang)
Sidebar: Shadow Knitting
Pussy Willow Stockings (Cat Bordhi)
Technique: Toe-Up Bind-Offs
Toe-Up Travelers (Ann Budd)
Half-Stranded Stockings (Anna Zilboorg)
Pseudo Slouch Socks (Amy Singer)
Glossary
Contributors
Sources for Supplies
Bibliography
Index
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    Great book for all of us that love to knit socks

    Love that I have this on my nook - then when I am talking about socks I can show the person what I am talking about.

    This book will help me take my sock knitting to the next level. Can't wait to try all the techniques and make all the socks!

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