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Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns

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In Knitted Socks East and West, author Judy Sumner compares knitting a sock to writing a haiku: both challenge you to create something beautiful and original within a sparse, strict format. In this, her first book, she recounts how she came to study hundreds of exquisite Japanese stitch patters and then apply her new knowledge to the sock designs showcased here.

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang (first published 2009)
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May 15, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
For the passionate sock knitter, this book is a must. It contains beautiful patterns, adapted and inspired by Japanese stitch dictionaries and charts. Sumner uses several weights of yarn throughout the book(there is even a pair of socks in Manos del Uruguay in this book... which may not be the best wearability/durability choice, but still pretty!). The majority of socks are constructed top-down and include many notes and full charts.

I cast on for the Fan Tabi socks and realized soon after that
Jan 12, 2014 M rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, hobbies

I received this book as a gift, and it is great. The pictures are beautiful and styled in a great way.

The projects come in a variety of yarn thicknesses and styles, from fingering weight to worsted and anklets to legwarmers, so there's bound to be something you'd want to knit. The projects are lovely, and with some techniques I'd never seen before (but I am still a new knitter).

The patterns seems fairly clear; they are both charted and written out. I'm one for always adjusting the pattern so the
Jan 05, 2011 Daisy marked it as to-read
Shelves: knitting
Pretty photographs and new skills to learn. This was a splurge (like I need any more sock knitting books) but oh well.
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Jan 14, 2015 Lee Mascorro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved all the patterns. I have been looking for a pattern for knee sock for awhile and this book has several. They are all gorgeous! I enjoyed the different techniques that were shared. I love how the author explained the background and culture with each sock. Having been to Japan, reading more about the culture brought back many wonderful memories of my time spent there. Judy Sumner has done an excellent job of demonstrating knitting itself, is truly a universal language and expression
Apr 15, 2015 Colleen rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting, reviewed
I got some serious SSS (Second Sock Syndrome) with this book. The patterns are beautiful, but don't hold my interest the way I had hoped they would. Also, if you are not using the "suggested" yarn, it is sometimes hard to figure out what kind of yarn to use and how much is needed. I had to research the yarns on Ravelry before I knew what weight to use and how much yardage I would need.
Apr 12, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Judy was a facebook friend who designed the first pair of socks that I ever knit. She was upbeat and friendly and helped so many people in their knitting journeys. I was sad to watch her fight with cancer and sad to hear that she had lost. I am glad that I was able to purchase a copy of her book and will treasure it - and knit some of there for my Japan-crazy daughter!
Nov 29, 2010 Ifurita rated it really liked it
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This is definitely an interesting sock book. The exotic pattern stitches are eye-opening. I find some of the designs too impractical for me, but overall there are a lot of patterns I wouldn't mind making. The lack of sizing options is something of a drawback, though.
Apr 24, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting
Gorgeous patterns. Good for people who are not fans of knitting from the toe up; all but two or three of the patterns are toe up socks. Definitely want to try a few of these.
Nov 18, 2009 Kristine added it
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I would have liked to see more closeups of the stitch patterns, with the unique japanese stitches used. Tsunami had some cool stitches in it.
Apr 20, 2015 Tisha rated it liked it
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This book was mostly chunky yarn socks. Nothing I was interested in knitting and mostly without Japanese style
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