Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave

Once you have a few socks under your belt and feel confident with the basics, you’re ready to embark on more challenging projects—and that’s where this book comes into the picture. Co-editors Ann Budd and Anne Merrow have scoured the Interweave archives and selected 19 memorable sock patterns from Interweave Knits and Spin Off magazines.

I’ve always loved the sock patterns in these magazines and was thrilled when I heard this book was coming out. Mind you, I already have nearly every issue of both Knits and Spin Off. But even if they hadn’tcommissioned six additional new patterns for this project, I’d still recommend the book, even if you already have all the original magazines.

First, you gain the convenience of having all these great patterns in one place—no need to rummage through your archives and try to find the sock patterns, choose the ones you like, and schlep to your nearest photocopy machine to make a private-use copy you can carry around in your knitting bag. And second, you have the user-friendly hard-bound cover with an inside spiral binding that allows you to lay the book flat on a table or chair and focus on the pattern.

There is no introductory “this is how to knit” chapter at the beginning—the book launches right into the patterns. These are beautiful creations from the likes of designers Nancy Bush, Evelyn Clark, Candace Eisner Strick, and Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, plus several more from Ann Budd. I want to knit almost every sock in this book.

The skill level runs from beginner to advanced, with most patterns sitting somewhere in the middle. Everything is photographed clearly and the patterns are extremely easy to follow. At the back of the book you’ll find most of the basic techniques in illustrated form. A few errata managed to sneak into the book—you can find them here and note them in your own copy.

→ Find the book on Amazon.com

Originally published August 2, 2007. Source of review book: publisher.
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