Knitty Keen

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The Knitter’s Book of Socks January 14, 2013

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I just got this in the mail today and was very excited to read it.  The beginning of the book has all sorts of technical information about different fibers and yarns and how they work in different patterns in the book.  Some emphasis is placed on making your socks more durable through stitch and yarn choice.  What it does not have is information about fit and adjusting your patterns which is what I thought it would contain.  As written, there looks to be only a few patterns that I can use for my big, wide, high instep feet.  There are several socks that I’d like to make from my quick perusal of the patterns, but as per usual I am going to have to do some heavy revisions to make socks that will actually fit my feet.

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Thankfully, I have my handy copy of Cookie A’s Sock Innovation which does have info on how to alter patterns to accommodate different sized feet.  The chart she has on how to do a trapezoidal heel for any sized heel flap is priceless and one that I use all the time in my sock knitting.

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Sensational Knitted Socks is another good reference book as it has size charts for practically every sized foot available, and not just length but circumference as well for narrow, medium and wide feet.  It has some nice things to say about sock structure and all of the patterns in the book can be altered to fit any sized foot.

I look forward to reading the individual patterns more closely in The Knitter’s Guide to Socks but I have to say I’m not as excited about it as I though I’d be.  It’s definitely worth having in your library, the designers she got for the book are fantastic, just don’t expect information about fit from it.

In knitting news, I’m well on my way with my second No Purl Monkey sock, about an inch to go on the heel flap before I turn the heel.  In an effort to keep the stitch pattern intact, the socks are a little bit longer than I usually like for my foot, so there’s not a nice, snug fit.  I also made the cuff much longer than I normally do and it fits my large calves nicely, any higher and it would be too tight.  I’m also working on mittens for my kids in some Peace Fleece and US Size 6 (4.0mm) needles.  The youngest’s pair should be finished tomorrow and then I can get the measurements the older’s pair and hopefully have them done by the end of the week.