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The Knitter's Book of Socks: The Yarn Lover's Ultimate Guide to Creating Socks That Fit Well, Feel Great, and Last a Lifetime

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A sock is a work of wonder. No other knitted garment has as many structural demands or endures as much wear and tear. The humble sock must defy gravity, suffer the confines of our shoes, and endure being trampled on all day long.

All too often, the root cause of a sock's triumph or failure is the yarn itself. In The Knitter’s Book of Socks, Clara Parkes shows you how to kni
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Potter Craft
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Dec 17, 2011 Bonny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting
This is the season for multiple "Best Books of 2011" lists, and The Knitter's Book of Socks should definitely be on those lists. The only people that don't take socks for granted are Clara Parkes and sock knitters. Parkes helps sock knitters to understand sock engineering - elasticity, strength, and moisture management, and then provides wonderfully detailed information about stitches, pattern, yarn fiber, twist, and ply to knit the perfect socks for the wearer. I have had to reevaluate some of ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Janelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting
I am a big fan of Clara Parkes - The Knitter's Review, her books, her classes. I was fortunate enough to take her classes at Sock Summits 2009 and 2011, and this book is both a summary and extension of everything she presented there. It is wonderful to have it all together in one place, and in such an attractive place, too! As usual, Potter Craft did a beautiful job on the book design and photography. I have been known to pet this book gently as I pass by it in a room. It's not going on the shel ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Medlibrarian rated it really liked it
I don't usually add knitting books here as they tend to be composed mostly of patterns, but I'm making an exception for this one. Clara Parkes has written three books that I think are must reads for the dedicated knitter: The Knitter's Book of Yarns; The Knitter's Book of Wool, and now this one). Although there are a lot of fantastic patterns in here, there is also fantastic information about wool and fibers, fiber choice for socks, sock construction, etc. I got this at the library, but it's goi ...more
Jan 15, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Excellent refernce, interesting patterns in the back. Perhaps would have liked a list of sock yarns broken out by ply, spin, etc. As I'm not a spinner that was hard to picture in my head from her descriptions.
Oct 23, 2012 Kazen rated it really liked it
I learned a lot about the fundamental make up of yarn, namely how ply, twist, and crimp can work for you or against you in a sock yarn. I was impressed how even handed the discussion of technique was, acknowledging differing opinions in the knitting world. Most people think 1x1 is the stretchiest rib, but Elizabeth Zimmerman thought it was 2x2. Twisted stitches can be good for tightening up a pattern, but so-and-so points out the yarn may wear out faster... and so on.

The patterns are from design
Sep 04, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I'm not an expert knitter but this book called to me from the shelf. Wouldn't it be nice to have a good pair of socks that I knit all by myself? I have recently learned to knit in the round, so my confidence level was slightly up when I began this book. While I might need to practice some techniques, I think I can find a pattern or two that I can make for myself that wouldn't be too terribly hard.

Socks are an intimidating thing to knit, even if they're simply a garment piece that you shove in yo
Mar 13, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
As soon as I read this book I knew I wanted to make every one of these socks in the suggested yarn and in the order they appear in the book. Can you imagine how much you would learn about types of yarn and the different properties they lend to socks? It would make me a sock knitting expert. First I have to finish knitting the stash I have.
May 03, 2016 Deb rated it really liked it
A good book to add to my library of sock knitting volumes. Some good information about how different types of yarn, with various levels of twist, different "ingredients," and variegation, affect our sock knitting pattern choices.
Some lovely patterns too; I've marked at least five that I'd be happy to knit!
Nov 14, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, knitting
I love the patterns in this book. My only problem is the sizing. They seem to be designed for people with really narrow feet. So consequently I usually end up making the same sock several times on different size needles until I get the size right.
Two Readers in Love
This book teaches you how to make design choices about hand-knit socks from the fiber up, and then reinforces those lessons with a great, well-photographed selection of patterns.

I appreciate design books that tell you not just the "what" but the "why." This author explains the reason behind her choices in a clear, engaging manner.
4 1/2 Stars. This is a fantastic resource for sock knitters. It has so much interesting information about yarn and why some yarns work better for socks and some are not so good. And there is great general information on socks. The patterns are nice too. I may have to buy a copy of this one.
Aug 22, 2016 katie rated it really liked it
Love this author's books! Goes into depth about different fibers and yarn construction and what functions they serve in the garment. Has some good patterns too, but I read Clara Parkes books for the information, and not the patterns!
Jan 31, 2016 Tricia added it
Beautiful socks. The patterns use charts and they look complicated. I love the idea of hanging a charm off the cuff.
Apr 05, 2016 Sherry rated it really liked it
Shelves: crochet-knit
This book is full of great information for very serious sock knitters, and has some gorgeous sock patterns.
Danielle Byron
Jan 25, 2015 Danielle Byron rated it really liked it
Shelves: knit-lit
Learned much about sock yarn. Lots of pretty patterns, however not a must have for my personal library
Jan 26, 2013 Cherylann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is a must have for sock knitters. I bought the book because it's by Clara Parkes, and if I wanted something explained, I want it explained by Clara Parkes. She does an amazing job explaining fiber, elasticity, wear, ply, stitch patterns, construction - pretty much anything you want to know to make a pair of socks that will not only look beautiful but also feel comfortable and last. There's an added bonus to this book: the designers of the sock patterns in chapter 5 reads like a who's w ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting
I loved how this book was set up. The first half of the book is like a science class for knitters. All of the "why's" were answered. Which heels work best for a sock? Why does wool make such a big difference? And most importantly, here are a bunch of sock patterns for sock that you could actually wear! I love how she breaks everything down to a science. What the percentages of ingredients in your yarn, how they are spun, and why as pertaining to sock knitting. Well done Clara Parkes!
Jackie Fowler
Mar 07, 2012 Jackie Fowler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sock knitters
Shelves: knitting
Following The Knitter's Book of Yarn, this book keeps the focus on yarn and looks specifically at sock design and techniques that make the best use of yarn. It delves into the physical aspects of yarn so that you can match the best yarn to a pattern. All the patterns contained within the book are learning patterns in the sense that the yarn chosen for each pattern is chosen for specific reasons.

Very nice Kindle format! I appreciated all the extended e-book content via hyperlinks.
Jen Johnson
Jan 10, 2012 Jen Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafty
this is going on my to buy list, the information and explanations of patterns, stitches, and fit were great and i know i won't remember everything i read! the patterns looked good too, but i was concerned that so many of them were just in the one size. i know i can make the foot shorter to fit lengthwise, but i'm hesitant to mess with the pattern chart for circumference adjustments. guess i'll just have to buy it and try it!
Jul 22, 2016 Paula rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book great patterns also and this is a keeper so returned the book to the library and bought a copy
Feb 10, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting
If you knit socks, or love yarn, you need this book. The "science" of yarn is explained clearly in the beginning of the book, followed by gorgeous knitting patterns. After reading the opening pages, one will have a better understanding of why certain yarns and fibers are better choices for socks. The third in Parkes' series, this book is a must for the fiber enthusiast!
Apr 19, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed, overdrive, ebook
I certainly have a better grasp on choosing the right yarn for socks/patterns. Great explanations on how ply, twist and fiber content affect how your knitting wears as well as tips and tricks on which stitches can give your more (or less) elasticity in your socks. Very informative without being dull and overwhelming. I love the patterns included, I can't wait to try them!
Lil' Grogan
Mar 09, 2012 Lil' Grogan rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, handmade
Maybe if all 3 of her books were put together, it would be a reference book I would buy. Still have the same problem as with her other books, there's some information, but not quite enough to answer my questions. Patterns were interesting and discussion of fibre choices too. Found it interesting the lack of different sizing offered in some of the designs.
Nov 08, 2011 Sue rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: knitter, sock knitters
There is more to knitting socks than meets the eye. Have you thought about how the type of yarn, the twist of the yarn and the ply affect t the finished sock. Or how different stitches affect stretchiness, comfort and durability of the sock.
All questions answered in this highly informative book. A must-read for sock knitters.
Dec 14, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
Simply wonderful! Everything you need to know about sock yarn, sock construction, and it has the added bonus of some great patterns. This book is even more special for me because I was in Clara Parkes' Sock Summit 2009 class, "Finding Sock Yarn Happiness", that was the beginning of the idea for this book.
Jan 06, 2014 Polly rated it really liked it
I do like a knitting book with some reading in it, as well as patterns, and this is definitely such a one!
May 16, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
There is so much good information about everything that goes into making a humble pair of socks in this book. I've always been scared to try to knit them, but I feel much more confident after reading this. There are also lovely patterns and beautiful photos, what more could you ask for.
May 19, 2012 Laura is currently reading it
This is part chemistry & physics & the other part creative jucies flowing. WOnderful, clear explaination of yarn & how to chose not just for socks, but for all knitting projects. Purpose: to free the creator up to work in all different mediums & make a beautiful product.
Dec 18, 2011 Kirstin rated it really liked it
Gorgeous patterns and really interesting explanations, but there wasn't really any information on resizing the patterns and many only came in one size. I will need to use another source to figure out how to make the socks fit me, which is disappointing.
Sep 11, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
i thoroughly enjoyed learning some of the engineering behind different yarns for different socks / patterns, and am looking forward to trying several of the patterns. Bought the Kindle version which looks great on my Kindle for iPad app. :)
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