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Folk Socks The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear Updated Edition

The book that launched the sock knitting craze just got even better with new yarns and content updates.

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The book that launched the sock knitting craze just got even better with new yarns and content updates.

Folk Socks offers 18 sock patterns from European and British traditions, including boot socks, Birkenstock socks, lacy stockings, kilt hose, cabled and clocked socks, and more. Originally published in 1994,Folk Socks taught knitters across North America the ins and outs of traditional sock knitting through Nancy Bush's careful instruction, charts, and illustrations.

This revised edition still contains the same beloved in-depth history and step-by-step instruction from Nancy that sock knitters have come to and depend on. You can also find detailed instruction on essential sock knitting techniques for heel turns, toe shaping, and top ribbing for knitters of all skill levels. New and updated sections include:
  • Up-to-date yarn substitutions for yarns that have been discontinued.
  • Additional content from Nancy. She has included the new sock knitting knowledge she has gained in the years since Folk Sock's initial publishing date.
  • A brand-new bonus section on Estonian-inspired socks.
A classic reference, now updated, Folk Socks is a must-have for any sock knitter.

Table of Contents

From Hide to Hose: The origins of socks
Looped Fabrics and the Legwear of Queens: The beginnings of knitting and knitted hose
Knitting in Great Britain: A way of working and a way of life
Knitting in Other European Countries: Traditions and stocking styles
Carrying on the Tradition: How to knit a sock
A Classic Sock Pattern: With some variations on heel and toe
The Patterns: Socks for all the world's feet
Stockings with ClocksNorwegian Stockings
Mamluke Socks
Chaussettes de Dentelle
Welsh Country Stockings
Finnish Socks
Merikes Socks
Latvian Socks
Highland Schottische Kilt Hose
Chalet Socks
Estonian Socks
Lithuanian Amber Socks
Shetland Socks
St Peter Port Stripes
Country Socks
Ukrainian Socks
Flammegarn Socks
New! Estonian-inspired Socks

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About the Author
Nancy Bush teaches workshops for guilds, shops, and at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Northern Europe. She is the author of Folk Socks, Folk Knitting in Estonia, Knitting on the Road, Knitting Vintage Socks, and Knitted Lace of Estonia (all from Interweave). Nancy lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"This book is the reason I knit socks." -Kate Atherly, aka "Wise Hilda," author of "Beyond Knit and Purl"

"These aren’t just any old socks!” – Knit Today

SKU: 11KN06

Author/Speaker/Editor: Nancy Bush

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596684355

Number Of Pages: 152

Customer Reviews

Excellent, fascinating Review by Naomi

Fascinating - a good read and well-presented. The instructions are very clear and the socks look great, so I am looking forward to making some of them.

(Posted on 3/15/14)

Wow!!! Review by Terri

What a great book!!! There are more than 1-2 socks in there I like. I love them all!! Usually when I order a book online there aren't to many projects I would do. But seriously I think I could knit most of them. Outstanding book Nancy Bush!!

(Posted on 3/14/14)

Interesting, informative, useful... the perfect knitting book. Review by Janis

I couldn't put this down, and couldn't wait to gather the right yarns to start knitting the beautiful and useful designs. Easy to understand with all the information you need to whip through some great heirlooms that will surely be treasured by family and friends for years to come. A must have for the serious sock knitter.Thank you Nancy!

(Posted on 10/27/13)

Fantastic! Review by Marina Lynn

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and it was well worth the wait! I have the first edition of Folk Socks and I liked that one as well, but the updates in the book are great! I can see my self knitting every sock featured. For the new knitter...pick up a copy. It will be an indispensable addition to your knitting library and perhaps the only sock book you will ever need. I cannot say enough good about this book! Thank you Nancy Bush!

(Posted on 1/7/12)