Best Audience: Experienced knitters who’ve tried at least a couple sock patterns along with experienced sock knitters who want to expand their skills.
I love knitting small projects, like gloves and socks, because they’re small and so darn useful. Gloves were pretty easy to learn, but somehow socks eluded me. When I picked up Sock Knitting Master Class: Innovative Techniques + Patterns from Top Designers by Ann Budd, I’d tried a couple sock patterns with limited success. While my socks looked terrific off the foot, they weren’t always quite right on. I was looking for the skills I needed to fit socks properly, choose the right sizes in both tools and materials, and to adjust patterns to suit my feet (or my man’s or my growing boys or…you get the picture). Budd’s work turned to to be exactly what I needed.
I love that Budd took the time to show us how to measure feet and knit socks for size and comfort. Her yarn estimation tools are useful, too. She made it easy to apply those basics to just about any sock pattern I come across, including my own! I also love that the patterns come from a wide variety of knitters. Although Sock Knitting Master Class is attributed to one author, Ann Budd, it’s really in large part by a host of experienced sock knitters who‘ve contributed some wonderful and fun patterns. That variety has offered me the opportunity to keep coming back to learn and practice new techniques (like cast-ons, bind-offs, top-down construction, and more). For someone like me, who likes the challenge of adapting skills, projects, and techniques to inspired projects, Budd’s book is a real treasure.
If the feet for which you most want to knit are about US Women’s shoe size 5-7/Men’s 4-6 (35-38 UK), then most of the projects in Sock Knitting Master Class are going to be right up your alley. If, like me, you’ve got larger-than-average (I like to think of them as Normal-sized), then plan on altering as you go. A few of the patterns I tried knitted up just right, but most needed a slight bump-up to fit me comfortably and an even bigger size up to fit my man. Although many of the projects included information on how to alter appropriately, not all did. I would have liked to have had a note or sidebar for each pattern that offered suggestions for altering up or down. That being said, it’s also fair to note that challenge is part of the deal when you dive into something dubbed a Master Class.
Bottom Line: Sock Knitting Master Class: Innovative Techniques + Patterns from Top Designers by Ann Budd has earned a place on my bookshelf.
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