Socks, socks, socks : 70 winning patterns from the Knitter’s magazine contest 9780964639157 by Elaine Rowley was published in 1999, but I had not really looked at it yet. It has some really nice and some very interesting patterns in it. Most of the socks are for women, but there are a few that are for men (and a few more for adventurous men). Some of the socks are quite easy and some look really hard (like the ones on the cover that I love, also in Unexpected Knitting). The text about the socks sometimes has really great tips, like that with Autumn leaves, made from handspun (by Darcy Hobgood):
“I started my socks just above the heel with an invisible cast on. By knitting both feet first, dividing the remaining yarn in two, and picking up stitches to knit the cuffs from bottom to top, I could maximize cuff length and still eliminate any fear of running sort of yarn.”
Because this book is widely known, I’ll just mention my favorites. The Tweed socks look like a great way to easily use smaller amounts of multiple colors. The colors are mixed with slip stitches.
Lucy Neatby’s Travelling socks are fabulous, but since I haven’t done multi color knitting other than simple stripes, these won’t be made any time soon (sorry DJ).
I also really like the Turn of the century socks. Again, these won’t be made anytime soon.
There are quite a few other patterns labeled “experienced” that I also like (such as Harry’s socks, Best of show socks, Bob’s socks, and Austrian patterned knee socks), I also like Salsa socks which are merely intermediate level, so maybe I should consider them.
I really like the Wedgewood socks, but I’m quite sure why they are really grabbing. Possibly because the inspiration comes from a 1789 museum piece, not that I am a big Wedgewood fan (these are more likely, DJ).
Another fun one is the Building block slippers. These are knit flat and the folded into the right shape.
I do like the book quite well, but in the last 8 years there have been so many other great sock books published and patterns on the web, that the book isn’t as compelling for me as it probably was when it first came out.