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.