Like knitting your own socks? Have you knit so many plain pairs that it’s starting to drive you crazy? Then it’s time to try something new! In the multitude of knitting books on the market, you can find plenty that are all about socks. These three are by no means a definitive guide, but each offers something unique and fun that can help you take sock knitting to the next level.
Socks a la Carte by Jonelle Raffino
This book is a lot of fun. It’s designed as a spiral bound flip style reminiscent of books some of us may have had as kids. The purpose of this construction is to allow sock knitters to pick and choose each part of the sock without having to start a design from scratch. It’s a great tool for knitters who aren’t quite ready to design their own patterns, but who want to move away from simple sock knitting. The “a la carte” aspect allows for literally thousands of possible combinations of cuffs, toes, heels, and overall stitch patterns.
New Pathways for Sock Knitters by Cat Bordhi
If you’re really sick of the traditional sock, this is the book for you. Cat Bordhi takes basic sock construction and runs with it, abandoning the idea that increases and decreases always have to be made in the same places. The result is eight unique new “sock architectures”, each with its own master pattern. Bordhi also offers a selection of patterns for each architecture, allowing knitters to become familiar with the techniques before tackling the math required for the master patterns. This is the ultimate sock knitting book for the curious and bold sock knitter.
Sock Innovation by Cookie A
Chances are if you’ve been knitting socks for a while, you’ve knit a pattern by Cookie A. As a regular contributor to the online knitting magazine knitty.com, Cookie A’s patterns are known for being unique, fun, and even a little crazy at times. The fifteen patterns available in her first book are no different. Sock knitters will enjoy playing with cables and lace, twisted stitches, and beautiful vine-like constructions, all of which create a unique sock knitting experience.
If you’re ready to abandon patterns and dive into sock design, Cookie A devotes the first half of the book to sock construction and stitch techniques. She walks knitters through options for each part of the sock, explains how to chart even the craziest of patterns, gives advice on choosing yarn, and wraps up with a tutorial on how to put it all together into the sock of your dreams.
These books alone are enough to keep you knitting socks for a very long time. But once you’ve given them a try, don’t hesitate to branch out further into the other wonderful sock knitting books that are available. With a little time and creativity, you’ll be out of the simple sock rut and creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces in no time!