Friday, February 26, 2016

‘101 Socks’

Book cover: '101 Socks.' Image depicts a sock in progress on double-pointed needles. Along top edge of cover, four photographs display close-up views of sock-clad feet
I love making socks and even as I explore other knitting techniques, I have a feeling that socks are a project I’ll return to again and again. For this reason, 101 Socks (Schiffer Publishing, 2015) was a natural addition to my wish list.

This book is full of ideas and designs for a variety of socks, created through various techniques: double-pointed and circular knitting needles, crochet and the addi® Express mini-knitting machine.

I’d explored various approaches to making socks and came away from this book with ideas for techniques I would still like to try.

Techniques for creating the socks were offered without hand references, but the book demonstrated dextronormative bias with its cast-on directions. Like nearly every other book marketed to knitters, it assumes that all knitters will cast on with the needle held in the right hand.

I believe this book will best suit readers familiar with the techniques described. I found it difficult to follow along with some of the directions given. It’s possible that they’d be easier to follow during subsequent crafting attempts. In either case, for the proficient crafter, this book offers a wealth of ideas.

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