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Getting Started Knitting Socks (Getting Started series) [Hardcover]

By Ann Budd, Anne Harris (Editor), Tanya Lyons (Editor), Mark Sceurman (Contributor), Mark Moran (Contributor), Gabriele Forst & Sylvia Yount
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Pages   136
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1596680296  
EAN  9781596680296  

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A guide to knitting socks provides step-by-step instructions for selecting materials, knitting each part of the sock, choosing a size, and adding color and texture, and supplies sixteen different patterns.

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From cast-on stitches to binding off, this handbook details the simple steps needed to turn seemingly complicated sock knitting projects into easy and enjoyable activities. Helpful photographs and instructional drawings ensure that even inexperienced knitters will be able to produce high-quality socks and handle more complicated techniques, such as the Kitchener stitch at the toe. Using instructions for five different sizes—from child through adult large—at five different gauges, knitters can produce styles ranging from delicate dress socks to thick and furry slipper socks. More adventurous knitters can add variety and flair by following one of 16 unique designs or trying one of the dozens of rib, cable, and lace patterns provided. With plenty of tips and a handy stitch dictionary, this guide unleashes the creativity and fun of sock knitting.

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Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Ann Budd currently resides in Boulder, in the state of Colorado. Ann Budd was born in 1956.

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Nice book for DPN users  Nov 11, 2008
This book is meant for DPNs and not for circular needles. So if you want to learn to use DPNs to knit a sock this is a really nice book! I actually really like the photos and instructions and tips given in the book. They are detailed and for a self-taught beginner knitter like me learning to use DPNs, very nice.

The only issue which I felt was important, which was not really addressed in the book was using the circular needle method to knit socks. With the growing use of circular needs to knit fast and quick in tubes (as well as to get the weight off the knitter's wrists!) I think it's important to show knitters the basics of how to knit at least 1 sock (if not 2 socks) with at least 1 circular needle.
There is only a tiny section (a third of a page) that tells you about the basic idea of using 1 circular needle to knit socks. The rest of the book focuses only on using DPNs. Patterns are also all for DPNS.
That's ok, if a knitter just wants to learn to knit with DPNs. Also, for beginner knitters like me who want to also have a look at how to knit with 1 circular needle, it's almost impossible to "convert" the knitting patterns by myself to work on circulars, without a lot of trials.

I know that DPNs are sometimes so called the "original method." However, i think in this time and age, when one can knit using 1 needle and can knit not just 1 but 2 socks at one time, why only learn to use 4 needles to knit 1 sock?

I understand that there are some knitters who prefer using DPNs and that's ok, but it would also be good to include proper instructions and patterns for the use of circular needles to knit socks. After all, DPNs and Circular needles are the 2 main methods used to knit socks.
great book for beginners  Oct 25, 2008
I've just started knitting socks and recommend this to other beginners. She's included instructions and charts for different sizes and different yarns. The hard back is durable for frequent referral.
Excellent beginning book  Oct 1, 2008
This book IS for beginners. It has excellent photos and figures, with clear, precise instructions. It also has side-bars pointing out potential pitfalls and how to deal with them. It gives a choice of methods, leaving the beginner free to explore what works best for him or her.
If you're an advanced sock knitter, I personally probably wouldn't spend the money, since any issues you might be having can be researched on the internet for free.
Great Way to Get Started  Sep 30, 2008
I haven't yet made anything from this book yet, however I've referred to it & really liked what I've seen as I've browsed through the pages. I bought it at the same time that I bought Knitting Circles Around Socks: Knit Two at a Time on Circular Needles by Antje Gillingham. I have knit a few things on dpns & was more motivated to knit my first pair of socks two at a time on circular needles, so started with Antje Gillingham's book first. I did need to refer to Ann Budd's Getting Started Knitting Socks, however, when the usually thorough Gillingham neglected to include directions for picking up stitches in her book. I was very please to find directions in Budd's book with descriptions of a few different ways to do this. So I was able to complete my project from Gillingham's book with a little help from Budd. Knitting two socks at a time fits my personality better, but Gillingham includes directions on how to convert any pattern using dpns to the two at a time circular needle method, so I'm excited to try some of the patterns in Budd's getting started book. She includes a lot more pattern variety than Gillingham. Budd also includes a variety of stitch options for knitting heel flaps in her book, so you can adjust whatever pattern you're working on to your aesthetic preference. While I truly am a big fan of Gillingham's book, she's very clear with direction, there is a lot more information & variety in Budd's book in general & I am excited to learn more from it & try out some of her patterns. I would highly recommend it.
degree of difficulty  Sep 17, 2008
If you have ever knitted a sock and have mastered the various tricky bits, like turning the heel, then this book is somewhat elementary. However, if you have not, it is clearly laid out and well explained. And there are nice pictures.

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