Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Review: Sock Knitting Master Class

Title: Sock Knitting Master Class -Innovative Techniques & Patterns from Top Designers
Author: Ann Budd
ISBN: 978-1-59668-312-9
Release Date: 07/12/2011 (Pre-Order Available)
Publisher: Interweave Knits
Approx. Retail Price: $26.95 (USD)
Craft: Knitting (sock knitting)
Included Media: Instructional DVD

Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd is a must for any knitter who enjoys sock knitting or any knitter who'd like to either design socks for themselves personally or for sale.  As you all know, I have the dreaded medical disorder: SSS (Second Sock Syndrome).  That is, I knit the first sock of every pair.  Then my, Oooo, shiny, takes over and well.. let's just say I have a lot of first socks..  When I received this book to review, I assumed it would be another pretty sock pattern book.  Even knitters who don't knit socks can absolutely appreciate the amazing beauty of hand knit socks.  So although I was prepared for some beautiful hand knit sock patterns knit out of beautiful sock yarns, I was not prepared for just how much I learned about sock construction and just how interesting it is!

Ann Budd recruited some of the most renowned sock designers to create a varied and thorough look at sock design.  She takes great care to divide the book into sections so the reader comes away with a good sense of the techniques involved in sock design.  To top it off, Ann describes the reasons behind certain techniques and walks you through some of the techniques used in the book on the included instructional DVD!  It's an interesting and educational compliment to the book.  So whether you knit socks on DPNs, 2 Circs, Magic Loop, Toe-Up, or Top-Down - this book will knock your socks off!

Here's what you'll learn in Sock Knitting Master Class:

  • Mastering Good Sock Design
    • Fit
    • Comfort
    • Yarn and Gauge
    • Needle Choice
    • Heels
    • Toes
    • Aesthetics
  • Top-Down Construction
    • Top-Down Cast Ons
    • Top-Down Bind Offs
  • Toe-Up Construction
    • Toe-Up Cast Ons
    • Toe-Up Bind Offs
Sock Knitting Master Class S11 BLAD Web
Included Patterns:
  • Top-Down Construction
    • Asymmetrical Cables by Cookie A (Cables, DPNs, Elastic CO, Round Heel, Wedge Toe, Kitchener Stitch)
    • French Market Socks by Nancy Bush (Stranded Colorwork, DPNs, Elastic CO, Band Heel, Four-Point Toe, Gathered Tip)
    • Almondine by Anne Hanson (Lace, DPNs, Elastic CO, Round Heel, Wedge Toe, Kitchener Stitch)
    • Happy-Go-Lucky Boot Socks by Veronik Avery (Slip Stitches, DPNs, Elastic CO, Round Heel, Wedge Toe, Kitchener Stitch)
    • Thigh-High Stripes by Deborah Newton (Stranded Colorwork, DPNs, Elastic CO, Round Heel, Wedge Toe, Kitchener Stitch)
    • Rose Ribs by Evelyn Clark (Lace, DPNs, Elastic CO, Round Heel, Wedge Toe, Kitchener Stitch)
    • Twisted-Stitch Stockings by Meg Swansen (Twisted Traveling Stitches, 2 Circular Needles, Elastic CO, Knitting & Purling Backward, Kitchener Stitch)
    • Knot Socks by Nancy Bush (Cables, DPNs, Double-Start CO, Dutch Heel, Three-Point Toe, Gathered Tip)
    • Mock Cables and Lace by Ann Budd (Lace, Magic Loop, k1,p1 Cable CO, Round Heel, Short-Row Toe, Zigzag BO)
    • Slip-n-Slide by Chrissy Gardiner (Slip Stitches, DPNs, Elastic CO, Round Heel, Wedge Toe, Kitchener Stitch)
  • Toe-Up Construction
    • Up-Down Entrelac by Kathryn Alexander (Top-Down Leg Construction, Toe-Up Foot Construction, Entrelac, DPNs, Invisible Provisional CO, Turkish/Eastern CO, Peasant Heel, Kitchener Stitch)
    • Bulgarian Blooms by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts (Intarsia in the Round, DPNs, Invisible Provisional CO, Short-Row Heel)
    • Stealth Argyles by Eunny Jang (Shadow Knitting, DPNs, Turkish/Eastern CO, Wedge Toe, Short-Row Heel, Dec. BO)
    • Terpander by Melissa Morgan-Oakes (Cables, 2-Socks-at-a-Time, Magic Loop, Judy's Magic CO, Wedge Toe, Round Heel, Loose BO)
    • Half Stranded Socks by Anna Zilboorg (Stranded Colorwork, DPNs, Backward-Loop CO, Horizontal Band Toe, Round Heel, Tubular BO)
    • Pussy Willow Stockings by Cat Bordhi (Lace, 2 Circs, Judy's Magic CO, Cat's Moccasin Toe, Round Heel worked Toe-Up, Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy BO)
    • Toe-Up Travelers by Ann Budd (Twisted Traveling Stitches, DPNs, Turkish/Eastern CO, Wedge Toe, Short-Row Heel, Sewn BO)
Disclosure: Interweave Press sent KnitPurlGurl a FREE review copy of Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the above review.  All opinions in the above post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Interweave Press or Ann Budd.



  1. I also have the SSS disorder.... same thing happened last time I tried to knit mittens. Might check out this book when I am back in the US this summer.

    Thanks for the review.

  2. This is why I always do socks 2 at a time on circs using magic loop.

    The book sounds really good. Thanks for the review

  3. Thanks for this review.

    I am still a fairly "safe" sock knitter, mostly sticking to favourite heel/toe/top down construction. This book looks amazing, and will certainly encourage me to stretch myself. I have just pre-ordered from Amazon UK. :)


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