Saturday, April 22, 2006

Sensational Knitted Socks - Book Review

Sensational Knitted Socks, by Charlene Schurch, is a great book. I ordered the book online and it arrived last week. I have had some time to look through it and it is a great resource for beginners and experienced sock knitters alike.

The front of the books contains a great introductory section explaining sock anatomy, different knitting techniques, sock yarns, and a troubleshooting section. Charts are provided that give sock measurements for different children's, women's, and men's shoe sizes. There is even a pattern for a beginners' sock in a worsted weight yarn.

The instructions are arranged by the number of stitches that make up the stitch pattern of each sock. Instructions for four, five, six, eight, and twelve stitch patterns are provided. There are also instructions for creating cabled, chevron, fair isle, mosaic, and four stitch reticulated patterned socks. The Chevron patterns are perfect for all those self-striping yarns you might have stashed away.

There is also a little stitch dictionary for each section. How cool is that? The patterns are provided in a chart and written out with round by round instructions. You could also substitute a stitch pattern from your favorite stitch dictionary for the ones provided with ease. If fact with a stitch dictionary the possibilities seem limitless.

Each set of instructions begins with a table that helps you decide the number of stitches to cast on based on your foot circumference measurements and the number of stitches in your pattern. Actual instructions are provided for three different methods of knitting socks, 4 dpns, 5 dpns, and 2 circular needles. What ever your preferences - this book covers it. The patterns are presented in easy to read color coded tables by technique. Color photos accompany each pattern.

As we all know, no knitting book is perfect. Corrections are available on the publisher's website. Click this link for corrections: Sensational Knitted Socks Corrections.

My only real wish is that this was a spiral bound book. I'm thinking on taking it to a copy shop to see if they can put a spiral binding on it. So if you are thinking of getting a book on knitting socks or want to learn to knit socks - this is a great book.


cpurl17 said...

Great review!

I just ordered this book off one of the Amazon sellers and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive in the mail.

Good idea on getting it spiral bound. I wish most knitting books were...

trek said...

Great idea on the binding. This is the only knitting book I have purchased for myself ever.

Carolyn said...

This couldn't have come at a better time! Like cpurl I've just ordered this from Amazon and it's winging its way to me right now. After reading your great review I can't wait for it to arrive!

Shelley said...

This sounds like a great book...I just might have to look into getting it!

Since the book is copyrighted, the printing shop might not be able to reproduce it for you...unless you get permission from the author.

michelle said...

i was just surfin' thru the new knit bloggers in the ring and stumbled on your blog. i bookmarked it to definitely come back, and then i noticed you live in raleigh. me too (apex, really)!

sgeddes said...

Thanks for all the comments! It is neat to see that someone so close (Apex - Hi Michelle) found my blog. I can't believe the number of hits this blog has had since I joined the knit bloggers ring.

I just wanted to make sure I was clear, I'm not going to try and have the book copied. I wouldn't infringe on anyone's copyright, just rebound. I think there is a chance the pages can be seperated from their current binding and rebound on a plastic spiral.