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Getting Started Knitting Socks

If you can knit and purl, you can knit your very own socks, and veteran sock knitter Ann Budd shows you how in Getting Started Knitting Socks.

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If you can knit and purl, you can knit your very own socks, and veteran sock knitter Ann Budd shows you how in Getting Started Knitting Socks. Each step - from casting on stitches for the leg to working the misunderstood Kitchener stitch at the toe - is broken down into its basic elements and illustrated with clear photographs and drawings. Along the way you'll learn the fundamentals of sock knitting, a variety of ways to achieve similar results, and a host of time-proven tips that ensure success.

In Getting Started Knitting Socks, you'll find basic instructions for knitting socks at five different gauges and for five different sizes. Whether you want to knit a pair of delicate dress socks for your ten-year-old niece, a pair of sturdy book socks for your older brother, or a pair of bulky slipper socks for yourself, we've got your feet covered. If you get tired of the basic sock, add some color or texture, either by following one of the 16 patterns provided or by adding your own stitch pattern - dozens of rib, cable, and lace patterns are provided for your own experimentation.

So get started knitting socks - soon you'll have made your first sock . . . then its mate. Then, before you know it, you'll be your own sock-knitting machine.

Reviews: Nice trendy projects that would appeal to a young knitter; some would appeal to any age.”-Craftrends

"This little book should be in every knitter's knitting bag."-Knitting News

"This handy beginner’s guide is like having the patient assistance of a great aunt at your elbow. The overall volume of “gotta know” information presented in such a handy format make this a truly indispensable tool."-Monsters and

"This book would make an excellent Christmas present."-The Compulsive Reader

Table of Contents
  • Yarn
  • Needles
  • Other Tools
Sock Basics
  • Measuring Gauge
  • Ways to Knit Socks in Rounds
  • Casting On
  • Join for Working in the Round
  • Cuff
  • Leg
  • Heel Flap
  • Heel Turn
  • Gussets
  • Foot
  • Toe
  • Finishing
Basic Sock Instructions
  • Choosing a Size
  • Basic Pattern for: 8 Stitches/Inch, 7 Stitches/Inch, 6 Stitches/Inch, 5 Stitches/Inch, 4 Stitches/Inch
Color and Texture the Easy Way
  • Wide Stripes Socks- This cotton/wool yarn is comfortable for year-round wear.
  • Narrow Stripes Socks- This is another example of self-striping year.
  • Spiral Stripes Socks- In yarns dyed with color bands that are not long enough to accommodate all of the stitches in a round.
  • Magic Stripes Socks- This sock looks like it involves a lot of tricky color changes, but that's due to the way the yarn is dyed.
  • Boucle Socks- Acrylic boucle yarn gives a lush, cozy texture to these thick slipper socks.
Adding Your Own Color or Texture Pattern: Stripe Patterns
  • Fibonacci Stripes Socks- One of my favorite stripe sequences is based on the Fibonacci series, where you begin with the numbers 1 and 2, then add the last two numbers of the series together to come up with the next.
  • Magic Ball Socks- These socks are knitted from five different colors of yarn that were leftover from various other projects.
  • Rib Patterns- The juxtaposition of columns of knit and purl stitches causes the fabric to contract widthwise, making ribbed patterns ideal for snug-fitting socks.
  • Seeded Rib Socks- The masculine rib pattern on the leg and instep of these socks alternates single knit stitches with 2 purl stitches and 2 seed stitches.
  • Spiral Rib Socks- The diagonal pattern on these thick socks is nothing more than a knit 2, purl 2 rib that shifts laterally 1 stitch every round.
  • Cable Patterns- Most cable patterns are based on a ribbed foundation, with the cable crosses worked on the columns of knit stitches bordered by purl stitches.
  • Right-Twist Cable Rib Socks- In these socks, 1/1 cables travel across knit-4 ribs, giving the appearance of 2/2 cables without the draw-in.
  • Cable Clock Socks- These socks show how just a little bit of cable can make an interesting design.
  • Lace Patterns- Lace patterns can transform the common sock into a fancy or feminine accessory.
  • Herringbone Lace Socks- These comfortable socks are worked with a relatively simple 6-stitch lace pattern around the leg and along the instep.
  • Chevron Lace Socks- A simple 7-stitch chevron pattern forms tiny zigs and zags around the legs and down the sides of the insteps of these colorful socks.
Cuff and Leg Variations- So far, all of the sock patterns in this book have had a crew shape with legs that begin about halfway down the calf.
  • Picot Anklets- These anklets are a lot like short sport socks.
  • Ruffle Cuff Anklets- These pretty socks are fashioned after those typically reserved for little girls.
  • Knee Socks- A lace pattern extends along the leg and instep of these knee-high socks.
About the Author

Ann Budd is book editor for Interweave Press and former senior editor of Interweave Knits. She is author of The Knitter’s Handy Guide of Patterns (Interweave Press, 2002) and The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Sweater Patterns (Interweave Press, 2004). Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado.

'This book is an inexpensive, yet informative way to explore sock knitting.'--Knit Together

SKU: 07KN5

Author/Speaker/Editor: Ann Budd

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596680296

Number Of Pages: 136