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« on: September 29, 2008 11:31:43 AM »

Does anyone know of a really good book to learn how to make socks in? I'm interested in knitting a pair but don't know where to start. also, can socks be knit using the magic loop method?
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2008 12:06:45 PM »

Socks can be made with what ever method you wish. Smiley

There are a number of online sock tutorials, including one linked in the Knitalong section here on Craftster ('beginner sock' should find it).  Another good place to look is at the library.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2008 07:20:38 AM »

thanks for replying but what I was really looking for was a specific recomendation of a book.

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2008 07:52:18 AM »

I've heard good things about Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles...or something along those lines.  A friend of mine swears by it.
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2008 05:53:44 AM »

Here's a few books -

Folk Socks by Nancy Bush
Ethnic Socks and Stocking by Priscilla Gibson Roberts
Socks Soar by Cat Bordhi
Cool Socks, Warm Feet by Lucy Neatby
Simple socks by Priscilla Gibson Roberts

I don't think any of them are specifically for magic loop, but that doesn't matter.


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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2008 11:04:39 AM »

Yay socks! 

I've got Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns.  It's got socks among other things, but it has instructions for all sizes and all gauges.  The patterns are all really basic, so you get the hang of sock construction (or glove, mitten, hat, etc) and can embellish your next pair! 
I also have Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for socks book, but if it's your first time at socks, I do not recommend using this book as it involves being very specific, a lot of measuring/calculating, and unique construction.  Although in the future if you enjoy knitting socks it is a fun way to branch out and learn something totally different from the norm Smiley 
I learned to knit socks, though, by grabbing any old sock pattern I liked and just going for it.  If you are confident with knitting and reading patterns it should be no sweat.  I found it surprisingly simple to understand the construction as i was going along.  There are free patterns all over the internet - I'm not sure if you're on ravelry, but you can search for patterns and the free ones are marked.  You can also check on knitty.com.  There are also some basic sock recipes - top down or toe up - that you could do a google search for.

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