My current work in progress:

Margaret Tudor, by Alice Starmore, knit from Frangipani Guernsey 5-ply in the Olive colorway, using 2.75mm needles.

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 need this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Leslie´s last blog post ..Happy Waffle

  2. Just when I thought there could be no more innovations in sock technique – here it is. This looks to be a very promising book on socks, not patterns, but technique. Thanks for the introduction to this special book.

    Thanks so much for the drawing on this book. It looks to be very promising.

  3. Courtney M. says:

    I’m intrigued by the gusset afterthought heel, would be wonderful to win! Thank you.

  4. I would so love to win this! I love knitting socks but am always looking for more inspiration.

  5. Stephanie Shoaf says:

    I am excited about trying socks for the first time, but am a bit afraid to try. Suggestions?

  6. You caught my interest in this book, going to head to ravelry and have a look! I’m Johnston4kids over there

  7. Sounds like a great addition to anyone’s knitting library! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Teri Grimm says:

    Looks like a great book. I love making socks. Thanks for a chance to win it.

  9. This looks like a great book – thanks for having a giveaway!

  10. Working on gauge swatches in preparation for making 2015 the year of socks for me! Love the opportunity to win this book (using your book as my “bible” of course!). My 3 cats send a big MEOW to Loki!

  11. I always have an eye out for really good knitting books. This one looks like one I’ll need to have. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  12. I was hoping you’d get back into knitting socks. And this book sounds fantastic!

  13. looks like a great book!

  14. I’ve been in a bit of a sock funk myself. Seems it’s stretched out to years…yikes!

    But this book looks really intriguing. The step-by-step photos look reassuring. 😉

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. Wow. As a new sock knitter that looks like an amazing resource.

  16. I’ve been hoping for a new sock book. This one looks great!

  17. Margaret Welch says:

    This book really intrigues me. Thank you for sharing. Give Loki a tickle for me.

  18. What a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    My own Loki loves to lie on his back and show off his fuzzy belly, too.

  19. I can never resist a book about socks. The more I knit them, but more I want to learn and experiment. It looks like a great read. Thank you!

  20. I too am sick of socks, but have lots of sock yarn and need to knit it into socks for my family… Inspiration is sorely needed.

  21. Midnite Baker says:

    Neat Book!! Count me in for the drawing. Thanks for a chance to win. M

  22. Carol Lee says:

    I would love to have this book!

  23. After quite the sock knitting hiatus, I have pulled out the tiny needles once again. More technical assistance is always welcome!
    Susie´s last blog post ..Rainbeau Brilliant – Handdyed Corriedale Cross Wool Roving/Top/Fiber for Spinning or Felting by Perchance2Knit

  24. I still love sock knitting and would olive the book.

  25. Wendy Colbert says:

    I love that you offer us the opportunity to get new books. I love knitting socks and this book looks like a good resource.
    My Summer Mystery KAL shawl won first place in the small misc. knitting category at the Martha’s Vineyard Ag Fair. Thanks for the great pattern.

  26. I could put this book to good use . Count me in and thank you.

  27. That book looks like an amazing resource.

  28. This looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. This could get me back to knitting socks! It’s been a few years…
    pdxknitterati/michele´s last blog post ..OFFF 2014 is just around the corner

  30. That looks like a very fun book. As for Loki and his shedding, I’m quite sure he’s been comparing notes with by white Turkish Van on what different methods work. 🙂

    Thank you for all your hard work on this blog–It’s the highlight of the start of my week. I read it over coffee before I begin my Monday…or in this week’s case, Tuesday, and definitely before I tackle my work email.

    Thanks for the chance to win–enjoy your holiday. 🙂

  31. This looks like a very well designed sock book. It’s approach is certainly unusual, and I’m betting that anyone could learn a lot from this book, even an experienced sock knitter.

  32. i need need another sock book i love books and love reading my knitting bookshelf is huge i am crazy ,but hey its books or wool whats not to love about that combination.

  33. I would love to read this book! I need some new sock inspiration.

  34. Thanks for a nice and easy giveaway.

  35. I would love to win this book. Please pick me!

  36. Thank you for the giveaway. Looks like a great book!

  37. I would love a book like this. Loki is such a beautiful boy.

  38. Oh wow new to this page and seeing this, love a chance to win that book! Just started to knit my first pair of socks so would be very handy!
    Carolien´s last blog post ..Inspiratie quotes

  39. Annastasia says:

    That book looks RAD! I would totally love to give that book a great home where it would be well loved and well used!

  40. This sounds as though it would be a good resource for the sock knitter.

  41. I am an avid sock knitter and I think I’d enjoy the patterns in the book! There are some really interesting constructions I’d like to try!

    🙂 Bruno – dumpforstump

  42. Well, I’m trying to win the sock book, but I must say that the recent shawlet MKAL that you ran was great. I’m totally satisfied with my shawl and with the whole experience. I was going to block it and send you a photo and I may still get around to that. More importantly, I learned SO MUCH. I bought a scale and used it first time, I understand now the basic construction of this type of shawl, it took some perseverance to finish this (small gauge yarn) and that was a lesson, I knit a lot faster now without really trying, I made revisions as I went along based on your info and ended up with exactly what I wanted, a smallish shawl that was long enough for the ends to cross over in front. You are the best!!!!! And I’ll do another MKAL soon. Thanks much!

  43. Love knitting socks. Always looking for new patterns.

  44. I would love to win a copy of Sock Architecture.

  45. Wow, I just read your book On socks for the first time. I was blown away, and you are telling me this one offers more? I am in. I knit with my poodle Tucker, unfortunately, he hates cats. I have never owned a dog with such immediate dislike for cats. I miss having a cat around the house, so please pet yours for me.

  46. I love knitting socks and this book looks quite interesting. Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy.
    Tina´s last blog post ..On and Off the Wheel: Just A Wee Skein and Another One In the Making

  47. I need a great sock book. I had a white german shepherd dog who was a shedding machine. He died in 2006 and I still find white dog hair in corners.

  48. I’d love to read more about the development of different heels etc. Tack för en chans att vinna!

  49. Sounds like a great book!

  50. This book looks amazing! Thank you for a chance to win it!

  51. Linda G Howell says:

    This book looks sooo cool!!

    Hi Loki!!

  52. Putting my foot into the ring, hoping to win a copy of this book.

    Love the Loki belly.

  53. That looks AMAZING! Would LOVE to have a copy.

  54. Thanks for the draw.

  55. That looks like a great resource book. I would love to have it!

  56. I would love to win this since I LOVE to knit socks! Thanks for the great review!

  57. Gosh, that is exactly what I need to help me to master sock knitting. I need all the help I can get! Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  58. I say you can never have too many sock patterns! And I am always looking for new techniques. Thank you!

  59. Sounds like a wonderfully informative book! And one that I need so badly-as I am struggling with my second pair of socks. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  60. Now my curiosity is piqued to expand my sock knowledge! Would love to win this book.

  61. I’m still getting the hang of figuring out how to make socks that fit better. This book looks like a fantastic resource. Thank you for the opportunity to snag a copy! P.S. Chester the Fluffy Orange Cat asks, “So how many ounces a day can YOU shed?”

  62. I love knitting socks, and would love to have this book!

  63. That does look like a great sock book. I loving knitting socks, but could really use some inspiration.