My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

Sock Architecture

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.


Cool, huh?

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.


  1. If I don’t win this book I will have to buy it. I have been stalking it ever since Lara posted the first patterns on Ravelry. I am intrigued by sock architecture!

  2. A great book review. Thank you.

  3. Susan (sjanova) says:

    My sister (Ms. Bigfoot and big ankles and big heels and so forth) is complaining that I have not yet “adjusted” her socks to fit her properly. Well, that’s true. I probably need this book to help me figure it all out.

  4. I love to knit socks and this sounds like an amazing book. I would love to win it.

  5. I am quite intrigued by this book and would love to win a copy.

  6. Looks like a great book – Wendy, thanks for drawing it to our attention. Still in love with socks and sock books, including my copy of your toe-up book.

  7. Your cat is too adorable! And that book looks fascinating.

  8. I love knitting socks, thank you for the chance to win the book

  9. If you think it’s a great book on socks, it’s a book I must have! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. And give Loki a scritch from me.

  10. I’m ready to return from sock burnout. This looks to be a good way to do it!

  11. Can Loki come over to play? ♥

  12. Count me in! Sock knitting is one of my favs.

  13. This looks like a really great book. I learned to like chart knitting in your recent shawl MKAL, having never used charts before. Am sure I would enjoy that feature of the sock book, too. PLEASE pick me!!

  14. This sounds like the inspiration I’ve been looking for.

  15. Lynn Kenny says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this neat book. I need all the help I can get with knitting socks!

  16. I love knitting socks and would love to know more techniques!

  17. I love knitting socks so this sounds like a great book!
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  18. I love knitting socks, about 99% of my projects are socks. This book looks very interesting.

  19. Charlotte says:

    Put me in! Sounds like a good book. I’m always looking for a new toe-up heel.

  20. Please add my name to the drawing. I’ve got a lot sock yarn hanging around the house.

  21. Elise Leung says:

    Looks like a great read.

  22. Katherine Wilber says:

    Thanks for doing this.

  23. Jennifer Y says:

    Love knitting socks!

  24. Mary Tole says:

    I would say the Vogue review issue was a knockout LOL. Book certainly looks interesting maybe it will spur me to start knitting socks again and finishing a couple I’ve started. Thanks for sharing Wendy.

  25. Yes please!

  26. This looks like an amazing book! I would love to win this!
    Kathyg on Rav

  27. I have not knit socks in over a year. I would like to knit a pair for winter and would love a new book of patterns. I also have oddly shaped feet. In other news, I just finished my shawl which took almost two months to knit. All I have to do is block it. At the rate I knit I will have to start the socks soon to finish before winter! Oh to have Loki’ s life!

  28. Loki is so “okie doeky”! (so’s the book!)

  29. I would love to win that book. I love handknit socks but have yet to master getting a pair to fit my foot correctly. Not only great designs, but seems like it offers enough options to fit any foot- yeah!!

  30. Deborah Gajee says:

    Nicey nice!!!!

  31. I’d love this book.

  32. Nitknitnit says:

    I don’t think there can ever be enough books about socks! It would be great to have another one for techniques like this.

  33. auntiemichal says:

    Loki is the only shedder; I found myself shedding dog and cat hair on the counter the other day. Time for a clean shirt! LOL

  34. auntiemichal says:

    oops. insert “not” like this: Loki is NOT the only shedder;

  35. Amy Schulze says:

    Well, I’m not sick and tired of sock knitting! Would love to add it to my library!

  36. I love to knit socks and I like to try new versions so this book would be perfect for me.
    I realy would love to win this book.

  37. Sounds like a great book. I’d love to win it
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  38. Kathy in Alaska says:

    Thanks, Wendy, for the chance to win what looks like a very useful sock book! Best to you and Loki, from me and Rocky. 🙂

  39. Linda Hasley says:

    Oh, sounds like just the book I’ve been looking for!

  40. This sounds like a great book . I would really like to win it.

  41. Blueberry says:

    What a fun book! I can’t wait to have a copy:) looks like a great resource! Thanks for reviewing.

  42. I love “tech-y” approaches to food and crafts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. I’m happy with my current sock knitting skills and haven’t been looking for another sock book, but your review is intriguing, so count me in for the draw!

  44. Miss Lucy. Love Loki!

  45. Looks interesting, but your books are the bible and the resource I recommend to new sock knitters.

  46. My desire is to be able to knit socks in my sleep… I have a long way to go!

  47. I’ve known of Lara Neel for several years, as she used to have a column in the Fort Wayne, IN paper, and I met her at Simply Socks Yarn Company. This book is on my to be purchased list!

  48. I just started knitting socks and this looks like a wonderful resource.

  49. Sounds like an interesting book, I love knitting socks. Loki, like my 2 kitties loves to let others know their person belongs to.

  50. Thank you for posting this review. So many sock patterns are written for average-sized feet, and mine are Cinderella-sized, with narrow heels, so I’m really interested in being able to knit socks that fit comfortably. I’d like to learn which heel and which toe would be my best choices. And also ways to avoid Kitchener stitch!

  51. I like to use my own socks when I am modeling shoes whenever possible. Thanks for the giveaway. I love your blog. Best wishes, Christine

  52. I haven’t knit socks in awhile and I hope this book would pique my interest in sock knitting again, same as you. Hi to Loki.

  53. I’m a sock noob, and intrigued by the history part. Thanks for being willing to part with the book!

  54. Your review is wonderful Wendy on this sock book. I would love to have it as I haven’t made very many socks and this would encourage me to make more. Thanks for this opportunity to win. Loki loos wonderful!

  55. I’ll be happy with this book , I love knitting socks ! Thanks.

  56. Nice book there.

  57. I would love to have this book! I am a passionate sock junkie! I love socks and you can never have too many books about them!

  58. I would love to win this book!

  59. Thanks for the give-away!
    This book could perhaps make me finally learn how to knit socks 🙂

  60. This is the book I wanted to exist when I started getting more adventurous with socks…

    Loki is as adorable (or should that be snorgable?) as always

  61. Who would think there was more to say about socks – sock books are almost as addictive as knitting the socks themselves.
    Could Loki get any more adorable taking his nap – he most pose in the mirror to learn what positions showcase his massive cuteness.

  62. Sue Baughman says:

    I would love to have a copy. The book looks really interesting. Thanks.

  63. Very cool. I have a standard format I use, but maybe it is time to look at other types.

  64. I must admit I’m ready to venture into new heel techniques & am a little hesitant to know where to start! This looks it would be a great reference book to help there! Thanks for the chance to win!

  65. I would love to win this book! I love knitting socks in different ways, and this book looks awesome!

  66. Judy Cinerari says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. My pink and purple socks are the best things I ever knitted. They are warm and comforting, soft and snugly. My favourite knitted garment.

  67. Poor Loki works so hard!
    I’d love to win a copy of the book 🙂

  68. Sara Smith says:

    Like you Wendy, bit fed up of socks and need my interest restored!! Sounds like a great book to do it. Thanks for a chance to win it x

  69. I am intrigued by this book as well!
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  70. April Wilson says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  71. Great book, please ass me to the prize draw

  72. Charlotte says:

    wow, 171 comments already – I knit 2 pair of socks two years ago just to know I could, but that’s it. Two members of my knitting group knit at least 1 pair a week & would love to share this book.

  73. Patricia Rataj says:

    With my size 11 feet, and my son’s size 14, this book sounds like what I really need to FINALLY complete the pair of socks I promised my son over a year ago. Luckily, he’s now attending school in FL where socks are not a must, but perhaps I could finish the pair I began and then abandoned because I could not figure out how to make them large enough for him.

  74. Looks like a great book. Thanks for having a giveaway.

  75. I am probably the only knitter that has a hard time with socks. Thank-you for reviewing it and making me think there is a chance that I might be able to finish a pair.

  76. I’ve yet to start knitting socks; this book sounds like a good reason to start.
    Thanks for the review and the giveaway.

  77. I enjoy knitting socks, and have gotten several friends who were hesitant to try knitting them. This book looks great!

  78. Poor little Loki!! LOL. Thanks for the offer!
    Kris´s last blog post ..Rare Things

  79. Hmm. Last time I knit a sock it turned into a fabulous Christmas stocking. I have a lot to learn about socks.

  80. Looks like a great book, just from the front cover. Heels I’ve never seen before.

  81. Sharon, Shycat says:

    Socks are my favorite to knit. I would love the book in order to learn more about the different construction, especially heels and the differences involved in toe up and top down. History would be great too!.
    Thanks for the give away.
    Love to see Loki and when he lays like that I just want to rub that furry tummy. 🙂

  82. Wow, looks cool! Please enter me 🙂

  83. Hmm, PC did something funny, so trying again.

    What, Loki sheds? He thinks he’s helping by adding insulation.

    And count me in for the book – sounds cool.

  84. Sounds like a book that would inspire me to try socks! Thanks for reviewing it.

  85. This looks fabulous. I need to expand my horizons vis a vis heels & toes and this should be a great motivator!

  86. Sounds like a book that would inspire me to try socks! I’d like to give it a try. Thanks for reviewing it.

  87. Sure, let me throw my hat in the ring for this. Have you recovered from your surgery, by the way? Have you managed to take any vacation time?

  88. This sounds like a great book. I’ve fallen off on my sock knitting recently – this would be just the thing to help get me going again!

  89. Wow! That does look like a great book. I am getting tired of the standard heel flap construction so this would be nice to see other styles.

  90. Charis W. says:

    What a cool book! I was wondering about it after I saw an ad for it. Now it looks like I’ll have to check it out!

  91. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    This book could be just what it takes to get me started on socks, which I’ve pined to knit but have terrified me.

    Thanks for your generosity, Wendy.

    Best to all..

  92. Thanks for the opportunity, I would love a copy of this book.

  93. Still in love with knitting socks! Looks like a fantastic book and thanks for sharing it with us.

  94. Looks like a great book – it would be good for that day when I finally tackle sock-knitting. 🙂

    I love your comments about Loki – “dreaming of handknits and how to shed on them” – they always make me smile.
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  95. I have missed your sock knitting forays and would love to hear a book like this has piqued your interest again!
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  96. I love knitting socks and am always interested in any new sock information and techniques to try. I would love to have this book.

  97. Sock Architecture sounds awesome! I’m just getting started in sock knitting and am already finding it challenging to find good patterns in men’s sizes, or to figure out how to convert a cool woman’s sock into a larger unisex or man’s size sock. Plus, all the explanations about how and why socks are made the way they are appeals to my geeky side. I bet there will be a rush among non-winners of the drawing to buy the book on September 4th, LOL.
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  98. Shirley P says:

    I had foot surgery reconstruction one month ago and have been in a wheelchair since then. I decided to devote my time to learning how to knit socks. I read five books, then finished my first sock. Thank you for being so generous!

  99. Deb in NC says:

    Looks like a great sock book!!! Always like to try something new and this looks like the place to start. Thanks for the chance to see it.

  100. I’d love a copy, count me in. In other thoughts I went to the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) in Toronto last weekend to see the cat show amongst other things. I managed to get up close and personal with a Ragdoll. What a lovely cat and paws like snowshoes.