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Techniques & Patterns for One-of-a-Kind Socks
love sock patterns designed by Cookie A. I’ve often
found myself drooling over her socks on Ravelry because,
in my mind, they are designed the way I would design socks
– knitted from the cuff down, most have a heel flap
with gusset, and a wedge toe. As a newer sock knitter, this
was the way I learned to knit socks and what I am comfortable
with. So when I found Cookie’s latest book, Sock Innovation,
at the same book store for which I had received a gift certificate,
I knew I had to have it so I could knit up some of those
wonderful patterns. The book contains 15 beautiful top-down
sock patterns of varying difficulties, including some patterns
that a novice like me can follow without too much difficulty.
I didn’t know when I purchased the book was the number
of other wonderful ideas and hints the book contained. Cookie
describes the techniques she uses to create her unique designs.
She details sock construction and how to create different
types of cuffs, heels and toes. An entire section is devoted
to reading, translating and writing pattern charts. In addition,
she encourages the reader to design her own socks and describes
ways to determine the best design layout for those socks.
found this book to be very resourceful and I’ve already
used quite a bit of the information provided despite starting
only one of the sock patterns. It may not be appropriate
for someone who has never knitted socks before, but a basic
understanding of the structure and construction of a sock
would be all that is needed to begin the easier patterns.
While I don’t quite feel ready to tackle the more
challenging socks, I’m confident that I could create
my own basic sock design using Cookie’s information
as a reference.
by Beth Brookshier
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