Getting Started Knitting Socks (Getting Started series)

by Ann Budd

Hardcover, 2007






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.… (more)


Interweave (2007), 136 pages

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LibraryThing member knittingpanda87
This book is a great resource book. I taught myself to knit socks with this book and it showed pictures of everything step by step which I loved as a beginning knitter who wanted to learn to make socks. I also love that instead of just being able to knit ribbed legs on the socks it gives you a list
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of stitch patterns that will work for the leg of a sock so that you can pick whichever one you want to use for your socks.
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LibraryThing member mvrdrk
Not enough technical detail on how to size socks. Good instructions on some techniques, especially heel flaps.
LibraryThing member knitomatic
excellent introductory book, but does not include toe-up technique, magic loop.
LibraryThing member lucy3107
This book is fantastic. I've been wanting to learn to knit socks for a long time, but everything I read made it seem so difficult. Budd has put together a gem here, with clear instructions accompanied by generously-sized images. The first chapters cover selecting your yarn and needles and
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demonstrate all of the techniques necessary to make a simple sock. The remaining sections provide basic patterns, starting with a simple crew sock and progressing to more complex socks using cables and lace designs. The book is definitely geared towards sock beginners, and experienced sock knitters looking for complex designs and patterns will find the book lacking in that regard, but I would recommend this book in a heartbeat for every library knitting collection and any one looking for a first or second sock book.
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LibraryThing member morsecode
I received Getting Started Knitting Socks as a gift when I was embarking on my quest to knit socks. Having used it since March 2008, I can report that it is a good choice for novice sock knitters, combining patterns with technique tutorials.

While I had difficulties with its instructions for the
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Kitchener stitch the first time around, its instructions for picking up stitches are fantastic (the illustrations are particularly helpful).

Though the book focuses exclusively on cuff-down socks (as opposed to toe-up socks), it has enough variety -- between instructions for different gauges and how to adapt the basic patterns to include color changes and different textured patterns -- to make it a viable pattern book.

My first project from this book was the "8 Stitches per Inch Sock," which I knit with KnitPicks Felici in the Hummingbird Colorway (photo). I'll probably knit up a few other patterns from the book, but the book's main role in my library will be as a reference book.
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LibraryThing member ssperson
I used this book when knitting my first pair of socks (and each subsequent pair). Ann Budd's clear explanations and the photographs took the mystery out of sock knitting, which scared the crap out of me before I did it. Budd starts out with the most basic of socks, arranged according to your gauge
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(ex., 6 stitches per inch), and walking through all of the steps necessary. The book then continues with more decorative patterns, but all have clear instructions. Her instructions for the Kitchener stitch are perhaps the clearest I've yet encountered.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to get started knitting socks, but is scared off by the fancy stuff in other books.
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2007 (copyright)


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