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Edited by Anne Merrow
I enjoy knitting socks; they are a great portable project; they provide a versatile canvas for all types of stitch patterns such as colorwork, cables, lace, or just plain “vanilla” socks that let a great yarn be the star. They make great gifts because everyone has feet, right?
I’ve tried both toe-up and top-down, and have tried several types of heels. So why would I want another sock book? Because it’s fun, that’s why!
I recently read the new book Sockupied, and enjoyed it very much.
Sockupied is a groundbreaking eMag that began in 2010. Now available in book form, Sockupied includes a collection of 20 sock patterns selected from its first 10 issues.
First, it has great photography and an attractive layout that’s easy on the eyes.
Second it has a nice range of patterns, from plain to fancy.
Some of the features that I loved the most were:
The section on various cast-ons and bind-offs, and when to use them.
- The discussion on darning (repairing) socks when they develop holes – called "Save our Socks" (very valuable).
Some of the contributors include design stars such as: Kate Atherley, Eunny Jang, Cookie A, Ann Budd, and Cat Bordhi.These are some of my favorite sock patterns from the book:
- Spectrum Socks by Terry Morris
- Passerine Socks by Cookie A
- Speed Bump Socks by Deb Barnhill (especially for self striping yarns)
- Azurea Socks--fit for toe-up by Lorilee Beltman
- Emerging Cable socks by Stefanie Bold
- Flutterby Socks by Cat Bordhi
- Ann's Go-to Socks by Ann Budd
- Cataphyll Socks by Hunter Hammerson
- Muscadine Socks by Star Athena
- Schwabische Socks by Lisa Stichweh
Would you like to win your very own copy of this fabulous book? Just leave a comment on the blog, telling me why YOU like to knit socks. Also, sign up for my monthly newsletter, if you haven't already done so.
I'll pick a name at random in two weeks, on Oct. 7. Please, please leave a Ravelry name or an email so I can contact you if you win! The winner's name will also be posted right here.
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New DesignHere's my latest design, the High Society Capelet or Poncho.
It's an easy knit, nearly all done in garter stitch.
It features a lush cable edging around the top edge to frame the face and an attached i-cord to neatly finish off the lower edge. A small button placket provides an opening for easy on-and-off. The piece can be worn with the buttons centered, or off to one side.
Garter stitch for the body gives it a cushy warm texture, and shows off a pretty yarn.
The capelet is worked flat with the 2 edges grafted together at the end. There is short-row shaping to widen the piece from the top to the bottom.
It has been tech edited and test knit.