I just received a review copy of Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.
This book is available as both an eBook and a printed book. It is $16.95 for the PDF version, $26.95 for the PDF and printed book, together, from Cooperative Press. Printed books will ship in a few weeks. If you just want the PDF and not the printed book and have a Ravelry account, you can buy it directly on Ravelry, here.
If you check out the Ravelry page I just linked to, you can read a very thorough description of the book and see photos of the 17 sock patterns in the book.
This is so much more than just a sock pattern book.
First off, it is beautifully written and a surprisingly fun read. The tone of the book is friendly, approachable, and humorous. One would not usually use those words to describe a book that not only is a treatise on sock techniques, but goes in-depth into the historical beginnings of sock knitting but they are totally warranted in this case. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Take a gander at the Table of Contents — this is the page that links to all the different heels and toes in this book.
Impressive, no? There are both top-down and toe-up techniques, by the way.
There are lots of great photos in this book that document every step of the sock-knitting progress.
And there are lots of charts! Charts for everything. For example, features in different heels:
And with each of the 17 patterns, there is a chart for customizing the sizing of the pattern.
This is a great book for any sock knitter. I will admit to being thoroughly sick and tired of socks but after reading through Sock Architecture for this review, my interest is piqued again. It may be time for some sock experimentation! That’s how impressed I was with this book.
Who would like to be similarly impressed?
To be entered in a drawing to receive a free copy of the eBook version of Sock Architecture, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday September 3, 2014. At that time I’ll have the Random Number Generator select a comment and that comment will receive a free copy of this great book.
In other news, Loki took a nap last night after reviewing the new issue of Vogue Knitting (shown in the foreground, below).
No doubt he is dreaming of handknits and how to shed on them.