Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear

Folk Socks The History Techniques of Handknitted Footwear Handknitted socks are a luxury everyone should experience Here are sock patterns inspired by a host of folk knitting traditions

  • Title: Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear
  • Author: NancyBush
  • ISBN: 9780934026970
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • Handknitted socks are a luxury everyone should experience Here are 18 sock patterns inspired by a host of folk knitting traditions.

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    1. all of these socks are beautiful! I especially loved the history and seeing the old socks. did I ever mention I actually saw napoleon's silk socks at the bata shoe museum in toronto? yes, displays of old and interesting shoes and socks fascinates me. don't judge.

    2. Nancy Bush talked me into making my first pair of socks back when she had time to run her store in Salt Lake City. This book is a great book, not just for patterns but also as a technique reference.

    3. I have read and studied this book over a long period, as befits a reference work, and will continue to consult it as I explore hand-knitting sock methods in my own work. Ms Bush gives an interesting history of the development of footwear from protective wrappings to fine figured silken stockings, and various stages along the way. She shows archeological examples, and then is able to translate museum artifacts she has studied into the stitches necessary for a modern knitter to replicate those pat [...]

    4. There are patterns in this book, but the knitter should be warned that this has a lot of history and stories about Folk knitting which fills more then half of the book. I did like the writing because it is for all audiences and not just advanced knitters. If you're looking for a sock knitting book, then I would recommend buying Socktopus or Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn or Around the World in Knitted Socks: 26 Inspired Designs which are filled with different patterns as well as different [...]

    5. There are a few interesting facts and some nice patterns in the book. Somewhere inside I realized my friendships, Knit Nites and Knit a Longs with knitters are just part of a reoccurring history of knitters. I love where the minister complained knitting corrupts morals and puts knitters in bad company! Still true today.

    6. I bought this book BECAUSE I was interested in the history of sock knitting. That seems to be the one complaint others have about this book, but the title should have been a clue to them and IF they knew anything about the author they would know she is interested in knitting history. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I can't wait to try out some of the patterns.

    7. I'm sure that a lot of people would love this book - it's a very detailed history of sock-making with some really intricate and lovely patterns. But sock-making for me is something to keep my hands busy. I don't need something this complex and detailed, and I don't want to have to concentrate that much on them.

    8. Nancy Bush is a knitting goddess, and I love all of her sock books. This one in particular recreates and updates old patterns that Nancy has seen and observed in museums and old photographs. I've knit several pairs of socks from this book and it is a great resource.

    9. I love knitting socks. There's something very peaceful about it. These are intense, though with color work and patterns. I want to try them to jazz up the repetition of regular sock knitting, but at the same time, I'm afraid to intrude on the zen of my sock pattern.

    10. Contains five chapters about the history of sock knitting in Europe (mostly), followed by one chapter of how-to and then 18 patterns for socks based on historical examples for men and women. A very informative book with great-looking photos.

    11. Excellent book, concise instructions on toe and heel constructions, with some history. I'm not interested in triple-zero needles and fingering-weight yarns (most of the patterns enclosed are for typical or smaller-than-typical gauges), but still a great reference book.

    12. Nice book for reference of different heels and toes. Liked the passing history and her tips. Though I won't knit any of the socks, I liked the tie into traditions. Would buy this for reference and in honour of the work she's done.

    13. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. More than what you thought you wanted to know about socks. Different heels, toes, fit information. A great reference. Note: written before the craze for toe-up magic loop sock knitting.

    14. I love the research aspect of this book. It's a combo history/knitting book. But then, you knew that, because it's a book by Nancy Bush. Love ya, Nancy!

    15. Interesting history of socks. However, the sock patterns (particularly the Classic Sock) are in my opinion what makes the book a keeper.

    16. This book is so well written I had to buy it. Great history, easy to read instructions and I'm currently knitting a second pair of socks from her patterns.

    17. A classic. It has a little encyclopedia of heel and toe constructions; what more could a person want? I return to it again and again.

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