Socks Explained

Sensational Knitted Socks

I LOVE this book. It is Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. How do I love it? Let me count the ways…

  • The 28 page introduction to knitting socks, including sock yarns, sock anatomy, size charts, stitch tables, tips, techniques for casting on, increasing, decreasing, heals, and toes. It also has troubleshooting and an abbreviation chart.
  • Lovely patterns that I’d actually like to knit.
  • Photos of each pattern and variations of the patterns.
  • Each pattern has a difficulty level listed– us newbies can’t always tell at a glance what level of project it is.
  • Each pattern has directions for knitting it on 4 DPNs, 5 DPNs and on two circular needles.
  • Each pattern has lots of options and those options are integrated into the pattern directions.
  • A lovely, integrated stitch dictionary showing photos of a swatch of the stitch, written directions, and chart directions.
  • Good use of color to make directions easy to read.
  • A little beginner’s sock pattern that the author uses when she teaches sock classes. She recommends knitting it first, and then knitting it other times when you are trying something new.

    Beginner's Sock

I’ve started the beginner’s sock. It is small so it is going quickly. If it turns out, it will be a Christmas gift so I’m knitting it in a lovely shade of deep red, worsted wool. I suspect that I can knit quite a few little socks out of this skein, so there may be numerous Christmas gifts in it, and numerous opportunities for me to perfect my heel turning and toe stitching before diving into a sock using sock yarn. Life is Good.


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