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. I’ve been on a sock kick lately! Would love to have a copy of this book!

  2. I do love making socks, this would be an awesome book to win, thanks much.

  3. Margaret G says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I love to knit socks.

  4. What a cool book! I’d love to win a copy

  5. Anne Marie B says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks!

  6. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I’m up to 17 pairs of socks, and I’m always looking for new patterns.

  7. Gina Zahra says:

    What a lovely book!!

  8. This looks like the perfect book for mathematical sockmakers! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. I need this book, too. I was completely discouraged from even KNITTING socks…just because I live in Florida! Hmph!

  10. Eleanor Swogger says:

    Looks interesting. Doing a pair of socks now with new to me heel. Always interested in other ideas

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been watching Lara’s tweets about the patterns in the book with interest. It looks like she has some intriguing constructions to try.

  12. OOOOOOhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I would really like to win this one. Thank you, Wendy, for the opportunity.


  13. Karen in Michigan says:

    Sounds like a good resource. I would love to win a copy.

  14. This looks great and I have just started another pair of socks for my son. Please add me to the fun!

  15. Holly Dambaugh says:

    Love love to knit socks!

  16. Am just knitting my 1st pair so would love to win this book, thank you!

  17. I would love to win the copy of the sock book. It helps when you are able to read a good review about a book that would make a nice addition to the knitting library. I enjoy reading about Loki.

  18. Makes me want to back to knitting socks again.

  19. I’d love this book!

  20. Martina N says:

    I love knitting socks, but have my go-to Wendy Johnson basic with tweaks for my template. This book sounds like a wondrous way to introducing other ways with comparisons. What a great idea!

  21. Sounds like a must have book?

  22. 2014 is my Year of the Sock – thanks for the chance to win this great book!

  23. Jill McKibben says:

    Would love a chance to win this book…looks like a good one. Enjoying all my summer MKALs.

  24. I need to get my sock knitting mojo back too! I had planned on knitting a pair of socks for my sister for Christmas, one of those things where I think and think about it, and never pick up the needles. This year I WILL pick up those needles!

  25. Looks like an awesome book, I’m gonna have to check it out!

  26. this sounds like a great book and I am a sock addict as are my 4 children, their spouses, and my 7 grandkids. They always want socks for their birthdays and Christmas.

  27. I love so me. I would love this book. We have a cat too 🙂 she is going to the get today for a bad cut ;-(
    Thanks for brightening my day with a chance to win!

  28. I love SOCKS. Going to VET. Dang autocorrect!

  29. Katherine says:

    I love sock knitting and, hopefully, you will do another amazing book – I love them!! This looks like a great book, too.

    Happy Knitting and thanks for the drawing!!

  30. I would love to be entered in the drawing for this book. And I would be honored if Loki wants to shed on it too.

  31. Thanks again for another great give-a-way.

  32. Ashleah (a1dawen on Rav) says:

    That book looks like an awesome resource!

  33. I would love to have a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  34. I’ve been following Laura Neel on Instagram, and her pics of socks from the book have definitely got me interested. Your review just adds to that. I think I need this one for my bookshelf!

  35. Looks like a great book – might get me started knitting socks again too!

  36. I laughed out loud when I read Loki is dreaming of knits and how to shed on them. So true!
    maryanne´s last blog post ..Saved Yet Again By Yarn Rascal

  37. I NEED this book. Hope the random number generator picks me. 🙂

  38. Venice Smith says:

    I can always make room for one more sock book in my library. I love the idea of the different techniques available. I’m a solid “toe-up” knitter (compliments of Wendy’s books) but realize I could branch out a little in my thinking. This book sounds like just the ticket!

  39. I’ve got a bunch of socks books, so I don’t buy very many any more. This one looks like it’s going to have to be added to my library, so I’ll get it if I don’t win it. I’d rather win, though!

  40. This book would be perfect for me – I love socks, and I love the sorts of analytical books that go into the options and hows and whys of a thing.

  41. Thank you for giving us a chance to win this book. It looks fun and you can never have too many knitting or sock books.

  42. Lisa Olson says:

    I love socks – and I’d love to be entered in the chance to win the book! Thanks!

  43. P.J. Coldren says:

    I knit with a bunch of sock-knitters – all of whom would LOVE a look at this book. I doubt that my number will be the lucky one – but I’m happy to give it a shot.

  44. Jennifer Wollesen says:

    This looks like a great book!

  45. mncoralie says:

    Please enter my name in a drawing to receive a free copy of the eBook version of Sock Architecture! Thanks!

  46. Looks like a very helpful book. Would love a copy!

  47. just when I thought I couldn’t possibly NEED another sock book, you make this one look so necessary! I will probably go ahead and buy it, but an extra copy would make a great gift for someone I know.
    Denise Bein Kroll´s last blog post ..Hmmm….

  48. My sock knitting mojo could use a little pick me up. That looks like just the thing!

  49. Elaine in NYC says:

    I think this book would be a welcome addition to my sock-knitting library!

  50. It’s nice to have everything gathered in one place. The book sounds interesting!
    Constance´s last blog post ..Fragment Friday – The Tagline Edition

  51. Random number generator, please choose me. Thank you!

  52. Seeing as I have only made one pair of socks, and a basic one at that, this would be a great resource. Thanks for all your give aways!

  53. This looks like a wonderful book full of inspiration. I have some watermelon-striped yarn on its way from an Etsy shop to my house, so socks are on my brain right now. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  54. Jeanette Belle says:

    There are so many different kinds of feet in my family–maybe this book would fit them.

  55. Mary Ehlman says:

    Looks interesting. I’m going to put it on my wishlist.

  56. This sounds like a great way to break up my current sock recipe!
    Does Loki help you wind yarn? Of our three tabbies only one shows interest in yarn winding. Mostly content to watch and keep me company.

  57. Looks like a great book. Been awhile since I knitted socks and I’m thinking I should get back to it. Thanks for the contest.

  58. Gretcheng says:

    This does look like a great book, and would tempt me away from knitting the same sock over and over just to watch the self-striping yarn unwind. Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. Thank you so much for the offer. It looks like a really handy and helpful book.

  60. I am a real novice at sock knitting. This looks like a great book.

  61. This sounds like a wonderful book and something I *wish* I’d had when I first began knitting socks! My feet are very large (ladies size 11) and finding sock patterns that would fit me and not be too tight (which is the problem with purchased socks) was very difficult.

  62. I would love to have this book. Thanks for making it available!

  63. Please include me in the draw, this book sounds great. Thanks!

  64. I’d love to win this book. Love wearing home made socks and ready to start making adjustments and improvements for a better fit.

  65. Hi, Wendy,
    I’m always up for new ideas/techniques for the socks I love to knit
    Would love to get my hands on this book
    Thanks for the chance‼️
    GerryART´s last blog post ..Sprössling Off the Needle ! !

  66. I love knitting socks but I am in need of some new inspiration! This book looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  67. I’ve two UFO sock projects that have been lounging in a knitting bag for more time than I wish to admit. This book is going to give me the impetus to overcome second sock syndrome so that I can enjoy the completed projects when the cold weather descends on the northeast.

  68. This book looks impressive. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  69. I haven’t looked at a sock book in years (I memorized the kitchener stitch!)…but I might need to get this one. Looks intriguing!

  70. Sounds like my kind of sock book!

  71. Tired of socks? How is that possible? Thanks for a chance to try something new.

  72. The book looks awesome! Loki looks so snuggle-able.
    Walden121´s last blog post ..TDF Fall Fiber

  73. Looks great and might be what I need to get my sock mojo back

  74. What a wonderful resource !! Thanks for the opportunity.


  75. I would love this book!

  76. Haven’t had a new sock book in ages. Would love to win this one!

  77. Dorothy Bunch says:

    Ahhh that sweet boy. I love socks so this book will definely be on my list! Thank you for offering this chance!

  78. Love, love knitting socks.. This great resource would be as asset to my library

  79. Looks like a great book! I’m always looking for new ways to make socks, especially to make them fit better.

  80. Rusty Boyd says:

    I have fallen in love with knitting socks again. Need more patterns/instruction!

  81. I am not sick of socks, and would love to receive a copy of this book!

  82. I’m always knitting socks, but am willing to learn new tricks. Would love to win this book.

  83. What a wonderful looking book. Hope I can be the lucky winner. Thanks, Wendy!

  84. What a nice surprise this will be for some lucky someone!
    Charlene´s last blog post ..Easel cards

  85. Barb Edison says:

    Wow that book looks fantastic!!

  86. I have knit several pairs of socks in the past, but have decided to delve back into the sock pool! I dream of a drawer of hand-knit socks like Susan B. Anderson has! Maybe if I win this book it will be added inspiration for my aspiration!

  87. Reviewing a book is sooooo tiring.
    The sock book sounds great. You totally turned me into a sock up girl. 🙂
    Judy´s last blog post ..My Grandson is Home!!

  88. I would love the chance to win this book! Thanks!!

  89. Heather K says:

    I really NEED this book!! Am sitting here trying to knit my husband a pair of socks and could really use the help, LOL. Thanks for the chance to win.

  90. Penny (rav) ginsmom says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. Love knitting socks!

  91. Stephanie H. says:

    This looks like a great resource for sock knitting. I would love to own a copy.

  92. Barbara B says:

    Looks like a neat book! Thanks for this chance to win it!

  93. I would love to increase my sock knowledge, and with the historic side as well as the charts, this book sounds like a real winner. I hope I am!

  94. yes!

  95. Sounds like a very useful addition to my library. I love to knit socks and always looking for new ideas.

  96. Looks neat!

  97. What a great book. I love making socks. Usually have a pair on the needles. Would love to add this book to my library

  98. Lynne in Florida says:

    Amazing how the number of comments grows when there’s a giveaway …

    I was sorta wondering about the ‘shed factor’. At least all that white is visible against most colors.

  99. I’d love to win this one!
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..Tour de Fleece 2014

  100. Susan James says:

    sock knitting is my mental health therapy! lol
    I love me some sock knittin’