Archive for March, 2012

Knitting Knee Highs: a (long overdue) review for Booksneeze

Well.  I was going to wait to write this review until I had actually finished a sock from this book.  It is looking like this isn’t going to happen anytime soon, and I really should get this review written.  So,  bearing in mind that I haven’t actually finished a sock from this book, so I can’t speak to whether or not there are any pattern errors, here goes.

It is a beautiful book.  The photographs are lovely, and aren’t too ‘arty’ to be able to see how the sock is actually going to fit a real live human person.  Despite the title, the patterns include crew socks and legwarmers, so if knee highs are not your thing, you won’t be left out in the cold.  The patterns are all cuff down, there are no toe up patterns here.  The photos don’t always show the decrease area, which could be helpful, and the patterns for the ‘knee highs’ often won’t reach the knees of a tall person, which could be a problem, but I think it is pretty easy to add a bit of length to a sock pattern, just increase the number of rows between the decreases.  The book has a formula and tutorial for how to knit custom fit knee highs – I wanted to test it out on the needles, but haven’t, so I can’t speak to how accurate it is, but just from reading it it looks ok.

It looks to be a pretty decent book – you might want to check it out of the library first to be sure it will be useful for you, before you buy it.

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