Take your sock knitting off the charts! Cookie A., pioneer of the unconventional sock - think traveling stitches, mirrored pairs, twists on the heel, cables and lace - shares her secrets for making rule-breaking socks in Sock Innovation. Even if you haven't been bitten by the sock bug, you will find fascinating technique information!
Sock Innovation aims to increase the skills of any sock knitter by exploring design and advanced stitch manipulation. Fueled by Cookie's unique approach, you'll be able to make modifications to suit your needs and aesthetics (and not just in sock patterns). Sock Innovation goes beyond the basic sock and explores complex stitchery, treating the sock as a knitted canvas where elements are strategically and intentionally placed.
Cookie guides you through the details of her design process, which include:
- Choosing a stitch pattern to adapting it to be worked in the round, turned upside-down and inside-out, widened or narrowed
- Stitch manipulations covered in detail including resizing, texture modification, and converting between flat and in-the-round
- Plus, clear and thorough inventive instructions, accompanied by photographs and illustrations, so you'll learn to invent your own socks with unique details
In addition to a thorough exploration of her own techniques, Cookie presents 15 original new designs with floral lace patterns, angular geometric shapes, and unusual cables. Inspired by women and men among her friends and family, these socks display an incredible range of style and complexity, from sweet and simple to delightfully imaginative.
"Cookie A's sock patterns have been so popular that I know expectations were very high for this book. Having spent some time with it, I can say that the book meets and exceeds every expectation I had. This is a brilliant and valuable book that every avid sock knitter will want to own.
It's also a steal. You'd need an entire weekend workshop—which would cost you at least $100—to absorb what she presents in the design and technique section. And you get 15 gorgeous patterns that would normally retail for $6 to $6.50 apiece—adding another $90 to the tab. Instead, you get Cookie's wisdom, guidance, and inspiration for a mere $22.95. And best of all, it's captured on physical pages that you can leaf through again and again as you journey along your sock knitting path."
- Clara Parkes, Knitter's Review