Now that the Olympics are upon us I thought it would be fun to go around the world with our knitting and armchair explore some different cultures and knitting techniques while we enjoy the Games.
First up, there are lots of sock knitting books that have to do with different regions of the world and knitting traditions, which allow you to bring a little bit of a different culture to your feet. You might never want to knit a Fair Isle sweater, but stitching up a pair of stranded socks is a lot less daunting and perhaps may fit better with your personal style/attention span than the bigger project would.
Stephanie van der Linden's Around the World in Knitted Socks provides a fun look mostly at European knitwear traditions transformed into socks, but also has patterns representing the United States, Canada, South America, Turkey, Morocco and Japan. These 26 designs are intriguing, though sometimes you might wonder what the inspirational country has to do with the finished sock.
The similarly titled Knitting Socks from Around the World, edited by Kari Cornell, is also a similar book, this time with 25 patterns from a range of designers and national inspirations, divided by region: Scandinavia, the British Isles, Europe, the East and the West.
And speaking of East and West, Judy Sumner's Knitted Socks East and West is a great choice for people who like Asian inspiration. Its 30 patterns bring stitch patterns from Japanese knitting publications to Western sock designs, with some mind-boggling and tongue-twisting techniques you'll enjoy exploring.