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Sensational Knitted Socks.

Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch.

Martingale & Company.

Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks and More Sensational Knitted Socks are designed to make it easy for sock knitters at any skill level to design their own custom socks.

The size charts, instructions and pattern stitch options available in these books give knitters the confidence to design the sock of their dreams, whether it is for their own foot, their child's or even someone with narrow heels or large calves.

Socks for Everyone!

One of the problems with sock knitting books and the sock knitting patterns you find online is that they represent someone else's idea of what a great sock should look like.

You may buy a sock knitting book only to find that you don't have the same taste as the designer who was involved, or that you only would ever want to knit or wear a couple of the designs.

This is really frustrating and disappointing, but the good news is, there is a better way.

Sensational Knitted Socks and More Sensational Knitted Socks, both by Charlene Schurch, make knitting your own custom socks almost as easy as following a pattern in a conventional knitting book.

The books are arranged by pattern width on the sock and provide measurements and instructions for knitting socks of all sizes. All you have to do is figure out your gauge, the size of sock you need and what kind of pattern stitch you want to use. Then you just follow the pattern that goes with that category of stitch patterns and you're on your way.

Sensational Socks

The name of these books is really apt, because once you understand what they can do for you, you will find it pretty sensational. After running through the basics of sock knitting, the parts of a sock and how to use the book, Sensational Knitted Socks provides default patterns for 10 different types of pattern stitches for socks, including:

  • Four-stitch ribbing patterns
  • Five-stitch patterns
  • Six-stitch patterns
  • Eight-stitch patterns
  • Twelve-stitch patterns
  • Cabled patterns
  • Chevron patterns for self-striping yarn
  • Fair Isle patterns
  • Four-stitch reticulated patterns
  • Mosaic patterns

Each category of pattern stitch includes at least a couple of different options, each knit in a small sample swatch, and a couple of full-size socks so you can see what some of the designs would look like on a full sock.

Some of the socks are designed to be knit from the top down, while others are knit from the toe up. Some have variations for different kinds of heel shaping as well, but if there were any criticism that could be leveled at the first book, it seemed that for a book all about customization, it sure locked you into some basic design features.

Even More Sensational

Not so with More Sensational Knitted Socks (Compare Prices). This book provides more options, variations and the option to knit top down or toe up and with different kinds of heels on every pattern.

This book is designed slightly differently than the first book, with the basic patterns for each style of sock given first, followed by a stitch dictionary in the back that includes all the different patterns for each kind of sock. (In the original, the patterns were shown in the chapter that dealt with that particular variation.)

This change could be frustrating for readers who want to be able to look at their stitch pattern and their sock pattern at the same time (though they could always photocopy the stitch pattern page, or just write down the necessary steps). It's also kind of strange when you're just flipping through the book to see a sample and wonder how the stitch was made and have to go all the way to the back to find the answer.

Nevertheless, this book is just as useful, if not more so, than the original because it does provide even more flexibility in the patterns. The general pattern types provided in this book are:

  • Four-stitch patterns
  • Four-stitch patterns for narrow and wide heels
  • Five-stitch patterns
  • Six-stitch patterns with even instep and heel flap
  • Six-stitch patterns with uneven instep and heel flap
  • Eight-stitch patterns
  • Ten-stitch patterns
  • Twelve-stitch patterns
  • Six-stitch stranded patterns
  • Six-stitch tessellated patterns
  • Ten-stitch mosaic patterns

Patterns range from easy to experienced, and instructions help you get through any unfamiliar skills.

Bottom Line

For people who love to knit socks, these two books are must-haves. They will empower knitters of all skill levels to branch out on their own and make their own unique socks without fear.

People who are absolute newbies and knitting socks will find value in these books as well, but it might be a good idea to have a couple of conventional sock pattern socks under your belt before you move on to these books.

No matter your skill level, however, you're sure to be charmed and excited by the power these books put in your hands to make a sock just the way you want it.

Publication Dates: August 2005, March 2007.

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