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XbelovedXoneX
02-25-2007, 05:20 PM
I've been planning on buying this book FOREVER, but just don't have the cash flow when it's convenient. But, can someone tell me if the book includes instructions for toe-up socks also? I'm planning on making a pair of sock's for my mom, and thought I might give toe-up a shot. It may be a good excuse to buy the book! :teehee:

Petals
02-25-2007, 05:25 PM
Yes it does. I have wanted to try this but I want to go back to a pair of booties I had knit that had you do a double knit thing instead of provincial cast on. Must look that up as I think the toe up can be done this way.

Seedy
02-25-2007, 05:30 PM
I don't have the book handy (I'm at work :crying:), but I'm sure there are toe-up socks in there with short-row heels.

Use whatever excuse you need to buy this book - it is by far the best sock book I've seen (and I have a bunch of 'em). The patterns are written in such a way that you'll really understand how they're structured, and it's a useful tool if you want to start designing your own patterns.

humblestumble
02-25-2007, 06:03 PM
I HAVE ANOTHER Question

Does is include info about knitting argyle socks?

Petals
02-25-2007, 07:23 PM
I HAVE ANOTHER Question

Does is include info about knitting argyle socks?

Nope didn't see any.

Patterns it has listed:
4 stitch ribbing
5,6,8,12 stitch patterns
cabled
chevron for self striping yarn
fair isle
four-stitch reticulated
mosaic

XbelovedXoneX
02-25-2007, 07:43 PM
I looooove argyle. I need argyle socks now too!

humblestumble
02-25-2007, 08:39 PM
OH poo. I wonder if there is a knitting sock book about argyles or traditional sock techniques.

KellyK
02-26-2007, 04:00 AM
Ang... I know Ive seen a couple of patterns for argyle socks on Knitting Pattern Central...

Chel
02-26-2007, 08:06 AM
My DREAM sock book in Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. Some BEAUTIFUL patterns in there. And so many!!!

MamaMer
02-26-2007, 09:50 AM
I resisted buying this book at first. I am a cheapskate and can't stand buying patterns/books if I can get it online for free :oops: :teehee:

BUT... this is hands down the best sock book/pattern I have ever seen. It gives you so many options, 4/5 dpns, 2 circs, toe up, top down, patterns, heels, and she explains everything to a "t". If I had never done a sock before, I probably could have done one with the help of this book alone. (I wasn't a member here, bcs then of course I would have done Silver's Sock Tutorial! ) You should buy it when you have the $! :)

Yarnlady
02-26-2007, 10:34 AM
OH poo. I wonder if there is a knitting sock book about...traditional sock techniques.I'm waiting for Sensational Socks to get here from KnitPicks and bought Folk Socks at the LYS. It's got a lot of heels, toes, history and patterns based on different cultures. Including Highland Kilt Hose. There is a history section on the Argyle or Tartan socks.

KellyK
02-26-2007, 02:19 PM
I agree about SKS... while other sock books have awesome patterns, SKS really gives one a GREAT understanding of the "basic sock formula" and several different techniques, not to mention lots of "fixes" for common sock problems (top 'o the gusset holes, etc). I am now able to take any st pattern and design my own sock from it. I told the owners of Chix that I would only teach their sock class if this book was included in the class fee. Its THAT good.

Seedy
02-26-2007, 04:39 PM
There is a sequel (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1564777170/ref=wl_it_dp/102-6024526-7636938?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2IXST8NOBO42K&colid=1GPNLVTYEUSKP) to SKS coming out next month! I may have to preorder this. :cheering:

auburnchick
02-26-2007, 06:43 PM
There is a sequel (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1564777170/ref=wl_it_dp/102-6024526-7636938?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2IXST8NOBO42K&colid=1GPNLVTYEUSKP) to SKS coming out next month! I may have to preorder this. :cheering:

I knew this was coming, but -- oh my -- I can hardly wait! Only 1 more month!!!!!!

:cheering:

MamaMer
02-26-2007, 06:48 PM
I have to wait a whole month? :pout: :teehee:

auburnchick
02-26-2007, 07:00 PM
I have to wait a whole month? :pout: :teehee:

Uh, can you say PRE-ORDER??!! You'll still have to wait the month, but at least you'll be among the first to get it. Let's have a race...

Hmmm...when do I get paid again?! :teehee:

KellyK
02-27-2007, 12:02 PM
I told Chix with Stix I was QUITTING if they didnt pre-order this book! :teehee:

AnreeAce
02-27-2007, 12:12 PM
Let's have a race...

Pre-ordered it yesterday!

auburnchick
02-27-2007, 12:35 PM
Let's have a race...

Pre-ordered it yesterday!

Well, you beat me as far as purchasing, but WHO will RECEIVE their's first??? :teehee:

AnreeAce
02-27-2007, 12:43 PM
We'll just have to see, now won't we! :teehee:

auburnchick
02-27-2007, 01:07 PM
We'll just have to see, now won't we! :teehee:

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

knittingdoula
02-28-2007, 04:03 AM
I have the book and am generally pleased with it. Lots of wonderful ideas, for sure.

However, if you're looking for a specific toe-up pattern, I think there are none better than Wendy Johnson's Generic Toe-Up sock pattern, which is featured on her blog, www.wendyknits.net . It's the basic "recipe" from which you can add all sorts of stuff. Plus, the explanations about the short rows are quite excellent.

kemp
02-28-2007, 06:23 PM
Toe up socks are the best! I learned to do them from
this tutorial (http://www.webdesignsbybarb.com/tostetoes/twosocksoneneedletoeup.htm)

Petals
02-28-2007, 06:34 PM
Just for the record----I have the new book pre-ordered too!! :teehee: Just today.

kristinw
02-28-2007, 07:47 PM
I went to B&N today to see if they had this and I didn't see it at all :pout: I think I'm just going to order it and pre-order the new one from KP. Seeing how now I am LOVING making socks! :happydance:

Panhandle Jane
02-28-2007, 08:23 PM
What I liked most from SKS is the way using her heel flap technique improved the look of my gussets. Look at the way she slips stitches on the heel flap as opposed to the usual method. It has made a big difference in the neatness of my socks. :woohoo:

KellyK
03-01-2007, 04:27 AM
Jane... do you mean her heels with the garter edges?