My current work in progress:

Benedict, designed by Michele Wang, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton in the Cocoa colorway, on a U.S. size 6 and 8 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. Wow what a great sounding book. So many possibilities! Thanks for the review.

  2. Thanks for the review on this book as well as the giveaway! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the book review and the give away! 🙂

  4. peggy connolly says:

    I’d love to read this book. I’ve knitted socks but I love to see how different knitters approach sock knitting.

  5. Looks like a great book to add to the library. And my husband has just asked me to knit him some socks!

  6. What a great sock book, and a wonderful addition to my knitting library.
    Thank you for the chance to win it!
    Loki might also be dreaming about how there is no yarn as soft as him.

  7. Loki is so tense. He really needs to learn to relax. Beautiful floofy boy. I’d love the book if I get selected. Thanks for offering.

  8. I’m a sock knitter and would love to win this book. Thanks!

  9. I’m just about to come off of a year-long sock hiatus! A new book would be the perfect welcome back present 🙂

  10. Phyllis G says:

    I love knitting socks and would really, really love that book!

  11. JoBleudeMaine says:

    That looks like a great book! I love books that are both great pattern books and interesting technical books.

  12. I love exploring different toe and heel techniques! (Just ignore the fact that >90% of the time I knit a simple toe-up heel flap sock, I still like to think about the other techniques)

  13. A new sock book – count me in!
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Dreaming of Snowflakes

  14. Sounds like just the book I need! I’ve been a bit cautious about knitting socks after knitting two pair that are “okay” but not a great fit for myself or the other person I knit them for. Thanks for offering this : -)

  15. Great book!! Sock knitting is what drew me back to knitting 7 years ago. Would love to win, thank you!!

  16. How generous of you…sounds like a super book! Pick me!

  17. I always have socks on the needles- this looks like a great book to add to my resources!

  18. I adore knitting socks and would love to expand my repetoire!

  19. Barb Hicks says:

    Would love a chance to win this. I love knitting socks and always need to adjust a pattern- new ideas are always helpful

  20. Angela C. (alchasteen) says:

    I love stock knitting, and this book sounds great!

  21. Katrina G. says:

    This looks like an amazing book. I am a fully addicted sock knitter always looking for new ways of construction. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Socks are my very favorite thing to knit right now, I would love to dive into this book and have it as part of my collection! Thanks for the chance at it!

  23. Oh, please, let it be me!

  24. Love me a sock pattern book that allows for customizing! You can send a copy my way!

  25. Cecilia David says:

    This could help with sock knitting! Hope that you have a good weekend.

  26. What a neat book–I love sock knitting, and this book is great.
    Susan Ipavec´s last blog post ..And the winner is…

  27. Alicia Grayson says:

    Looks like a great book!

  28. Linda Swenson says:

    Love to knit socks. Always looking for new technics and patterns.

  29. handmadebysue says:

    Sounds like a terrific book. I’ve done some sock knitting but this book sounds like it could get me hooked.

  30. I need to get back into knitting socks so this book would come in handy, so thanks for a chance to win a copy of this.

  31. That sounds great, I`d like to get an ebook version 😀

  32. celestine says:

    I love sock knitting. This book will be a great addition to my library. Thanks for a chance to win.

  33. I really need this book! My socks are not turning out very well and either I can’t get them to knit up without major errors or they don’t fit the intended foot. All have been a total fail in the last year! I really need help. So please, Random Generator, pick me. Please?

  34. Yes please. I have begun again with socks as I begin to understand fit and adapting socks. This book would help a lot.

  35. I love making socks — I can afford to splurge on pretty sock yarn, and all my friends enjoy receiving socks for a gift. So I’d love to see this book!

  36. Teri Chambliss says:

    What an awesome looking book. It will look great beside my copies of yours:)

  37. This looks like the book I’d been waiting for all this time !
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  38. I know that I can never have too many sock knitting books! Sounds like a great addition to any collection.

  39. certainly something I could use still new to sock knitting. definelty worth having. Thanks Wendy for the giveaway . Loki gets more beautiful with time.

  40. Ooh, intriguing!
    ccr in MA´s last blog post ..Well, I’m Stretching for It

  41. This looks like a great book with all the different toes and heels. I like the Boot Strap and Sidle socks the best for now as I am in a plainer sock kind of mood. Keep on Knitting!

  42. That is an interesting book! Would be very useful! Thank for the giveaway!

  43. Wow – that looks like a fantastic resource!

  44. Kristine M. says:

    I love how Loki sprawls out on furniture. He reminds me so much of Harley cat!

  45. Barbara S. says:

    That book looks very interesting.

  46. Thanks for this chance at what looks like a really good book.

  47. I’m also burned out on sock knitting, but this book looks fascinating. I can see how it peaked your interest and got you going on socks again.

  48. Sock Architecture sounds like something right up my alley!! Thanks for doing giveaways.

  49. Chandra S. says:

    This looks like an awesome book!

  50. I can relate to being sick of socks. I lost my sock mojo after the disaster that was Sock Wars IV – too much crap going on with that soured me on sock knitting – but rediscovered it this year with a vengeance. This book sounds wonderful, and may be the one to get me to try toe-up for the first time.

  51. this looks ideal for a sock buff like me – thank you for the giveaway!

  52. Alex the knitter says:

    Interesting book. I’d like to see more.

  53. (Not That) Joan says:

    My big feet and I would love to learn to knit socks to fit. Random number generator, please pick me!

  54. Lindy Simok says:

    Would love a copy of this sock knitting book. My socks leave a lot to be desired. I could certainly use the help, and the book sounds really really good! Thanks!

  55. Please enter me in your drawing for the sock book. And thank you very much for offering it.

  56. Oh no, don’t feed my sock addiction!

  57. I would love to be similarly impressed with this book. It sounds wonderful!

  58. That looks like a great book. I really need to expand my heel repertoire.

  59. This looks like an awesome book. Congratulations to Lara for getting it published.

  60. I would love to receive a copy of this book. Looks real interesting.

  61. Kerri Skrudland says:

    I’d love for that book to come live on my iPad. I like how there are multiple ways to knit the same sock.

  62. Oh! I love knitting socks and never get tired of them. I’d love for a chance to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

    b-girl on ravelry

  63. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  64. being a very novice sock knitter (i have yet to completely a sock) this sounds like just the book i need.
    after reading your review, please enter me in the drawing. thank you! =D

  65. Wendy – you are my go to gal for the newest publications. Thank you for always being up to date. I would love to win the new sock book.
    Pet that gorgeous cat for me. Barbara

  66. Time to knit socks!

  67. Mary Glancy says:

    Ooh! I’m taking my very first sock class next month at my LYS and we’re doing one of your toe-up patterns. This book looks like it would be a great addition in my knitting library. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  68. How fun! Wish I’d had this when I started knitting socks. I couldn’t figure out how it worked…then just jumped in and did the knitting. But it confused me at first…great idea!

  69. My favorite project is socks. This book would be a great resource.

  70. This book sounds like a must have for sock knitters! Thanks so much for the giveaway 🙂

  71. Would love to add this book to my wish books, thanks for sharing!

  72. Throwing my hat into the ring for this book. 🙂

  73. This book belongs in my library!

  74. Amy Gratz says:

    That book looks awesome! I really enjoy knitting socks, and I want to learn some new techniques, especially for heels on toe up socks.

  75. All those charts would be a great help.

  76. Eek beautiful socks!!

  77. Thank you for bringing this book to my (our) attention! I have long looked for a compilation of different toes and heels, so this book will be going on my Christmas list. 🙂

  78. Claudia K says:

    I’d love to get this book and hopefully make my first pair of socks! Thanks!

  79. Midnite Baker says:

    Socks! Socks! Socks! Can always use another book on Socks!!! Happy Labor Day Weekend! M

  80. Good review! Would love to win a copy. Thanks for sharing

  81. Daphne Johnston says:

    Sounds like this book is what I need to bring my basic sock knitting to the next level.

  82. Hmmmm, this does sound interesting. Please put my name in the hat.

    Loki the long haired cat sheds on knitting? Imagine that. Speaking as the guardian of a couple or so Persians. Actually, I find the long hair easier to remove from knitting than the short hair which seems to incorporate itself into fabrics.
    Angeluna´s last blog post ..9/11 Remembrance and an Odd Momento

  83. Very interested in learning about different sock methods!

  84. I was honored to knit two of the socks for this book and I will tell you that they knit up wonderfully! In addition to knitting the two socks, I was also able to read through all the patterns as they were being tested. She is a great designer and a dream to work with. I’m fairly certain there is something in this book for everyone, whether you are a sock knitting veteran or not. 🙂

    Great review on the book! Makes me antsy to get a copy of the finished work in my hands!

  85. Murray McKnight says:

    Thank you for a chance to win this interesting book!!

  86. Sounds like a perfect book for any sock knitter. Thanks for offering.

  87. That’s a cool book. As if I need more encouragement in my sock obsession.

  88. Elizabeth A. Buckley says:

    SOCK IT TO ME!!! sounds like a great book! Thank you!!

  89. Sounds like a fabulous book! I’d love a copy!
    Thanks for sharing1

  90. I so want to get better at socks. This would be a great help!

  91. I’d love to be inspired by socks again – winter is coming soon and I need to get busy

  92. Fuego Azul says:

    Lol, I wish I could sleep as well as Loki does. Thank your for yet another generous giveaway! I just finished my very first pair of socks, & officially understand why they’re so addicting to knit!

  93. Deena Crossett says:

    What a wonderful looking book! You can pick my name, Wendy, I’ll let you. Hi to the handsome one.

  94. Mary Beth says:

    I pretty much stick to plain vanilla socks, but I’m always interested in learning more about how to put knitted things together.

  95. My short row heels keep wearing through. I need this book to tempt , me back to sock knitting.
    celeritas2´s last blog post ..Kotare Icorded Vertebrae – NanacindyNZ’s yarns

  96. I am totally into sock knitting right now and the new book sounds enticing. If I win the copy, I’ll look it over and pass it on to my neighbor who wants to learn how to knit socks. She’s a relatively new knitter but always trying new ideas to help her learn.

  97. MIchelle B. says:

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  98. Looks like a great book. I’d love to have a copy. 🙂

  99. Susan Walker says:

    Absolutely adore your new shoes!! One can never have to many knitted socks-YES? Would love to receive the book.

  100. Thank you so much for this give away. I’m still learning how to knit socks, so this book would be a great help!