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
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.
If you cannot find a good range of crochet materials locally
for a list of suppliers.