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Knitted Socks East and West

30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns

By Judy Sumner, Yoko Inoue (Photographs by)

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Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Other Information: 60 colour photographs
Published In: United States, 01 September 2009
"Knitted Socks East and West" is a compilation of 30 sock designs inspired by stitch patterns from Japan, most of which have never been seen by Western knitters until now. In "Knitted Socks East and West", author Judy Sumner compares knitting a sock to writing a haiku: both challenge you to create something beautiful and original within a sparse, strict format. In this, her first book, she recounts how she came to study hundreds of exquisite Japanese stitch patters and then apply her new knowledge to the sock designs showcased here. Whether short or long, fine or bulky, simple or complex, each of the 30 designs in "Knitted Socks East and West" is named after an intriguing aspect of Japanese culture. For example, the leg of the Origami crew socks appears to fold in and out; the Sumo slipper socks are named after the heavy, organic movement of the cables in their thick yarn; and the Ikebana knee socks highlight a textural floral design. In this book, step-by-step text and easy-to-read charts are included for each design, along with illustrated directions for the Japanese stitchwork introduced in the projects.

Table of Contents

Introduction Japanese stitch techniques Projects General techniques, abbreviations and sources Acknowledgements

About the Author

Judy Sumner, a life-long knitter, has been designing socks for over a decade. Her designs have been published by a myriad of magazines, including Interweave Knits and Knitter's and by yarn companies. She teaches sock design and sock knitting in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she lives.

EAN: 9781584797999
ISBN: 1584797991
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc
Dimensions: 23.11 x 19.3 x 1.52 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Kathryn on
There are some unusual ideas but there is nothing distinctly Japanese about this book. If you do not have a book of sock patterns in your library you may want to consider it. If you do have a book of sock patterns by a Japanese stitch dictionary instead.
Helen on
While I haven't yet knitted anything out of this book, the pictures are detailed enough to whet my appetite to cast on yet another pair of socks and it won't be long before I have another WIP on the needles. The patterns are sufficiently different to others around to make this book one to have in your sock knitting book collection. Recommended!

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