Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary By Barb Brown

Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary
By Barb Brown

Designer Barb Brown has given us a collection of 20 beautiful patterns for Fair Isle, lace, cabled, and ribbed knee-high socks. Some of the patterns can be converted to anklets or legwarmers, which is an extra bonus. The knee-highs will not only hug their wearers' legs, but will stay up when worn!

Knitting Knee-Highs is not just for the lover of knee-high stockings: the 20 great-looking patterns are shown with variations of the non-knee-high variety, for those who like their socks shorter.

In this book, designer Barb Brown presents 20 sock patterns with gorgeous detailing -- stranded knitting, cabling, lace, twisted and other textured stitch-work. The book begins with a formula for knitting knee-highs, along with tips and tricks for getting socks to fit right (excellent information, since the size of calves can vary greatly, thus affecting fit).

I really appreciate that many of the socks are shown in multiple variations and colours. Seeing how a specific pattern knits up in a different colour combination is very helpful for less experienced knitters who might be otherwise hesitant to pick their own colours.

Likewise, seeing how a stitch pattern works well in a knee-high, on the one hand, and an ankle sock or leg-warmer on the other hand, gives the knitter confidence when selecting a variation to suit the wearer. This is a lot of work, and kudos for going the extra mile to include the variations.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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