My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


More Information

A bunch of you asked for more information about my upcoming book, Toe-Up Socks for Every Body.

Part One of the book contains basic information for sock knitters, including tools you need, knitting socks to fit, and essential information about the patterns in the book, tips on reading charts, ans some information about creating your own socks designs.

In Part Two, there are twenty-one sock patterns, divided into 3 sections: lace, cables, colorwork. Each of these sections includes step-by-step instructions for techniques used for its patterns. There  is a section about adapting patterns to knit knee-socks, and a couple of the patterns are written for multiple options for length. With a couple of exceptions, there is a wide range of sizes for the patterns. There are designs exclusively for men, women, and children, plus a number that are uni-sex and . . . um . . . uni-age.

And there is an appendix that contains step-by-step instructions for toe-up techniques.

No, there are no photos of Lucy in the book. Sorry. But wait til you see the models — they are gorgeous. The little girl who models the children’s socks is absolutely adorable.

SallyA asked how it is different from the first sock book. Well, for starters, twenty-one new patterns. And instructions for techniques that aren’t covered in the first book (lace stitches, cabling without a cable needle, and colorwork techniques). And it contains an all-new set of my tips and tricks.

The patterns are, to my mind, more sophisticated. They range from pretty easy to knit to challenging. I look at the first book as a more basic “how-to knit toe-up socks” with fairly easy patterns.

So there you have it. My take on the new book. I am very very happy with it and I hope those of you who buy it will be too.

Because I read it cover to cover last night (twice), I did not do much knitting. But I did make a little progress on Aestlight.

And hopefully it will be close to finished the next time you see it!

Lucy appears to be ready for the weekend.

Me too.


  1. So excited and can’t wait for the new book
    .-= Karen´s last blog .. =-.

  2. Ooh, looking forward to seeing the new book!
    .-= HissyStitch´s last blog ..Happy New Knitting, 2010! =-.

  3. I can’t wait to see it!

  4. I am also happily waiting for the weekend…and the new book…can March get here sooner than later???

  5. Thanks, Wendy!

  6. The book sounds fabulous! I can’t wait. Have you considered doing one for shawls ? I’d love to learn more about how to lengthen and shorten pattterns. How to do the nice shoulder drape etc. You design such beautiful work.

  7. The book’s on Pre-Order! A book on simple shawls was a good suggestion!

  8. Does the new book have more patterns that use a heavier weight yarn/larger needles, Wendy? Although I love the patterns in the first book, they are such fine work! I have made the Van Dyke socks a couple of times now and used that heel technique on a couple of more pairs of my own devising and love how quickly they work up.

  9. I can’t wait. Of course, I should get over my sockophobia and buy your first book.

    And, well, actually knit a sock. Heh.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Titles =-.

  10. I’m more anxious than ever for the March release date! And I agree that a shawl book would also be on my wish list.
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..From the Ragtime Calendar =-.

  11. I am excited for your new book to hit the book stores and LYS. Your models in the last book were gorgeous also and just did great things for your patterns. I have really enjoyed it and recommended to a couple of ladies wanting to knit toe up socks. I shal miss Lucy-lou though. That sweet little fuzzy gal!!!

  12. Congratulations. Your sock patterns are the best and have enabled me to knit my first socks!
    .-= Jane´s last blog ..Practical Tutorial – How to Extend the Sleeves of a Coat =-.

  13. Sounds like my kinda book.
    Am looking forward to the day they hit the book stores.
    .-= GerryH´s last blog ..It’s Cold Outside =-.

  14. It’s definitely time for the weekend.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..thinking good thoughts =-.

  15. I loved your first book , and I will probably love your second. I am so glad to hear that you have a new one coming out in March. My only gripe is that March isn’t here yet!

  16. I’ll definitely be picking that book up. Knee socks are my favorite, and it will be nice to know how to convert regular patterns to them.
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..New Handspuns =-.

  17. Hate to be a pest but will the pattern for the “shawlette” be available soon?

  18. Why no pictures of Lucy?

  19. I’ve got my copy on pre-order with Amazon!

  20. I’m really looking forward to this book — but saddened by the thought of no Lucy pictures. Maybe for your next book you could include a bookmark with the lovely Lucy!

  21. I just ordered your new book… hope it will be March soon!

  22. I’ve had your new book on pre-order for some time…looking forward to it! And to the weekend…

  23. I too, am looking forward to it. I’ve knit a plain vanilla pair from your first book (that I got for Christmas) and am now working on a ribbed lace pair – they’re beautiful and my kids think it’s just magic what you can do with a few different stitches. I have lots of yarn in my stash, so I’m going to try to work my way through the book (not necessarily in order!)

  24. I have the book pre-ordered from Amazon! I really can’t wait. I’ve been slowly working my way through the first book knitting every. single. pattern. because I think they’re all so fantastic. I really enjoy your sock-knitting style!
    .-= Mandi´s last blog ..Out of Hibernation =-.

  25. I will be buying your book when it comes out and can’t wait.

    Me three on the weekend thing.

  26. Congrats! Can’t wait to see it!

  27. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Looking forward to your new book :)! And I also wanted to thank you for posting a little trick a while ago. Someone asked about your row counter hanging from your sock, and you mentioned that you always knit 53 rows before heel shaping. I thought – Wow! Never thought to check that! Just used a ruler or tape! So 53 became the magic number. After dozens of pair of socks, that was such an easy tip to apply that just never occured to me. Thank you.

  28. I like Lucy’s idea for the weekend.
    .-= Dorothy´s last blog ..A very Big Thing! =-.

  29. Sounds like a great book. I want to go somewhere and at least hold it in my hands and go through it to see what I can see. Right now I have way too many beginner sock books at home (just for the different patterns)
    .-= Claudia´s last blog ..Books =-.

  30. crazycrafter says:

    I just ordered Socks From The Toe Up and can’t wait for it to get here! How many (approximately, of course, because I have been reading your blog a long time–at least long enough to know that you have knitted LOTS of socks. They are all lovely!) pairs of socks have you knitted? Blessings,
    Hannah, age 12

  31. What is little progress for you would be great progress for me.

    Also, happy belated birthday! I was rereading your first book Wendy Knits in December and was going to try to remember to come here on the actual day, but it passed me by. Darn it! Oh well, better late than never, I suppose…

    Have a great weekend! And congrats on another book! I suppose I shall buy them and do something other than a scarf…
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Parrots and yoga =-.

  32. Looking forward to it -loved the first one- Then a shawl book please.

  33. Sounds like a very thorough book! Am looking forward to it. 🙂
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..How do you adapt knitting instructions while knitting? =-.