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New Methods for Crochet Socks
Rohn Strong

Annies Craft Store (Distributed in the UK by Search Press)
27 July 2015 / ISBN 9781573677714
How-To Books/Crochet

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Crochet up a selection of twelve pairs of socks with this useful pattern book. These socks are made using super fine and fine weight yarns and represent a wide variety of styles and methods. Why is this book different to other collections of sock patterns? Because the author in her foreword explains that a good sock maker needs to be able to adapt the patterns to suit foot sizes and individual tastes, and this book shows you how to do this.

This is not a book on how to crochet, but usefully at the back there is a quick stitch guide with small diagrams showing briefly how stitches are done. If this refresher course is not enough (and it is not enough to learn with) there is a link to a website where fuller instructions are given. There is also a handy chart converting imperial to metric. The patterns themselves comprise written instructions and charts, with an easy to read spacious format. Skill level is given (a wide range of these), finished measurements for different sizes, gauge, what you need and notes. In some of the patterns handy diagrams are also given showing tricky bits, and of course there is a photograph of the finished item. As the author explains in the introduction part of the customizing is to do with heels and toes, although you will need to be a confident crocheter to be able to utilize these notes to customize your own socks. If this is you then here is a good book of lively attractive patterns, but make sure you have enough crochet experience under your belt first.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015