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Buy this book!

I knew that I didn’t know it all about socks.  These girls do.

I’ve followed Stephanie for years as a member of  her sock knitalong group.  Her work is beautiful and modern and new, within traditional sock knitting.  She doesn’t do fancy architecture, but every pattern just seems new.

That isn’t why you need this book.  Yes, it has some patterns, but they are really only there because some publisher thought they needed to be or in case a newbie sock person bought the book.  This book is for those of us who have knit many socks.  It researches socks from all over the world and shares the techniques.  We get the Chinese Restaurant Menu of sock techniques.  Great heels and toes to use when you wish.  Three ways to do a tubular cast on!

This is my first sample sock using some of the techniques here. 

I tried the crochet tubular cast on and liked it very much.  Much easier for me than the revolving wrist provisional method.

I also did the beaded heel flap–no slipping the first sts and I got the best heel flap ever.

This round toe looks perfect for my wide feel.  I will try it in my next regular sized sock. 

The square heel is identified by these German girls as the standard heel.  My friend Pat Moore has always used it, but I don’t think I’ve really seen it used much in my circles.  I like it and will teach it.  The book has a great chart to help with the number of sts on each needle.

I’ll be swatching these techniques for the next year.  What fun.

More later–

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