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Knitting Vintage Socks New Twists on Classic Patterns

Sock expert Nancy Bush offers 24 classic patterns like Baby's Bootikins and Evening Stockings for a Young Lady updated for today's knitters with gauges, up-to-date yarns, and twenty-first-century methods and sizes.

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Searching for new sock patterns? Try some old ones! Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns adapts sock patterns from the Weldon's Practical Needlework book series (Interweave Press), a compilation of "newsletters" published more than 100 years ago.

Knitting Vintage Socks features 24 classic patterns updated for today's knitters with gauges, up-to-date yarns, and twenty-first-century methods and sizes including the following:

  • Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern
  • Ladies Silk Stockings with Clocks
  • Baby's Bootikins
  • Heelless Sleeping Sock
  • Evening Stockings for a Young Lady
  • Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern
  • Diaper Knitting
  • Fascinating household and historic tidbits from the era, along with little-known tips like an unconventional way to shape a heel.
  • Thorough but easy-to-follow patterns and instructions - including a helpful Techniques section
  • A sturdy spiral binding that makes this book a breeze to bring along.
Table of Contents


A Brief History of Weldon's Practical Needlework
  • Early Handknitted Stockings
  • A Means of Livelihood
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • In Retrospect
Updating Weldon's Techniques
  • General Rules of Stocking Knitting
  • Heel Shaping
  • Toe Shaping
  • Simple Ribbed Socks
  • Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern, 1887
  • Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch, 1889
  • Gentleman's Sock with Lozenge Pattern, 1895
  • Bed Sock in Lemon Pattern Fancy Knit Stripe, 1896
  • Ribbed Cycling or Golf Stockings with Fancy Cuff in Trellis Pattern, 1897
  • Heelless Sleeping Socks, 1897
  • Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern and Diaper Knitting, 1898
  • Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern, 1899
  • Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern, 1900
  • Gentleman's Sock for Evening Wear, 1900
  • Evening Stockings for a Young Lady, 1900
  • Fancy Silk Sock for a Child of 5 or 6 Years, 1900
  • Gentleman's Fancy Sock, 1901
  • Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel, 1901
  • Child's Sock in Miranda Pattern, 1904
  • Baby's Bootikin, 1905
  • Little Child's Sock, 1907
  • Infant's Fancy Silk Sock, First Size, 1909
  • Ladies Useful Stockings, 1913
  • Ladies Silk Stockings with Clocks, 1914
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.

SKU: 05KN2

Author/Speaker/Editor: Nancy Bush

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781931499651

Number Of Pages: 128

Customer Reviews

Stay away Review by Marianna

I honesty don't think it is a huge intellectual stretch to add charts to the pages after pages of written instructions. I hate books like this. It was cheap, and to me essentially completely useless after the interesting introductory chapter. I wish Interweave would be more forthcoming about the content of their products, better images online, and more than anything: Charts or No Charts? If you are a practical knitter, memorize your patterns after the second repeat and use a chart only as a reference point, like me, you won't get anything other than endless alphabet soup out of this book.

(Posted on 7/17/13)