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May 24, 2011


Pam Smith

I would make sure that they have some stitch dictionary books, for those who like to design their own patterns.


Ann Budd's "Getting started knitting socks" is a great book - it has instructions at various gauges for very simple socks as well as patterned ones.


Knitting Vintage Socks- Nancy Bush
And mittens, too:

Mostly Mittens- Charlene Schurch

Patricia Richardson

I don't have a specific book in mind, but any "how-to" sock knitting books would be good for those wanting to learn or those who are beginner sock knitters.


I think the Interweave Favorite Socks is a classic with a nice range of difficulties.

And I own (but haven't yet knit from) Stephanie Linden's Around the World in Knitted Socks. Her designs are just beautiful.


I would suggest all of Nancy Bush's books, especially Folk Knitting in Estonia, Knitting on the Road, and Folk Socks. From some other authors: Selbuvotter and Knitting Socks with Handpainted yarn. Don't forget Elizabeth Zimmerman's books and Barbara Walker's 4 treasuries of knitting patterns plus Mosaic Knitting. I would also include all of the Yarn Harlot's books.

That will be great to have a public library close to your shop!


I would add Cat Bordhi and Janel Laidman's books - to see what can be done with socks, and the excellent Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn by Carol Sulcoski.

Oh, also both of the XRX contest books - Socks Socks Socks and Think outside the Sox.


I agree with the many ideas already presented and own most of the books mentioned but as a knitter that learned mostly on my own, especially in the sock department, I would most definitely add the Melissa Morgn-Oakes books. The "Magic Loop" method seems to be gaining favor as the quickest way to knit socks and her instructions are very clear and can be easily adapted for use with any of the patterns in other books. Also for general knitting, her new book due out shortly should be an excellent reference for circular knitting. Antje Gillingham's books for circular sock knitting are good first time books for 2 at a time methods.


Another book would be Kathleen Taylor's Big Book of Socks.
I drove by the building on Saturday! I never knew that it had been a post office....

Remember also that ACPL Main has a great collection of knitting books, that can be sent to any branch. So you want a good basic collection at Tecumseh so that they can be easily accessed.

And you didn't mention the Chocolate shop - Abby Brown's Chocolate. Yumm!


I echo the recommendation for Nancy Bush's books - Folk Socks and Knitting on the Road are two of my favorites.

Susan C.

Melissa Morgan-Oakes wrote a couple of "two at a time" sock books that explain the technique very well, and have some great patterns.

Also, the classic Fiber Trends pamphlet for Magic Loop Knitting helped me learn the technique, and is a great resource.


"Knitting Rules" by Stefhanie Pearl-McPhee. Better if they could buy it from you! ;) But I made sure my niece received a copy when she started knitting.


Oops on the spelling...Stephanie


I think both Clara Park's "The Knitter's Book of Yarn" and "The Knitter's Book of Wool" would be great addition. They are not exactly sock books (although there are sock patterns in both), but great resources for all kinds of knitters.


Lauria, I forgot about The Knitters Book of Wool! Thanks so much for the reminder- I checked that out of the library when it was released and meant to purchase it b/c there was so much wonderful information.


Interweave's Favorite Socks. There are three patterns in there I knit over and over again.


Nancy Bush's book Folk Socks is a very good basic sock book with several patterns. I learned to knit socks from it & she gives a good explanation of sock structure.


lucy neatby's cool socks warm feet. great for handpainted or striping yarns


Betsy McCarthy's, Knit Socks. It's a great book for the beginner sock knitter, and it also introduces lace, cable and colorwork socks. Also the Socks a la Carte books from SWTC. Lots and lots of possiblities in those two books.


i think all the stitch 'n bitch books by debbie stoller are great references.


Toe-Up Socks for Every Body (Wendy D. Johnson).

Principles of Knitting (June Hemmons Hiatt, to be released 11/1/11). This is a new, revised edition of the 1988 classic. LOTS of information on all kinds of kntting.

Wendy Knits Lace: Essential Techniques and Patterns for Irresistible Everyday Lace (Wendy D. Johnson, to be released 8/23/11). Not socks, but uses sock-weight yarns.


Hooray for our public libraries - a national treasure. Thank you, Alison.


Wendy Johnson also has a new one: Toe Up Socks for Every Body. I would agree with Clara Parkes' as well as Melissa Morgan-Oakes' books, Carol Sulkoski's Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn, Toe-Up by Chrissy Gardiner, and Knitting on the Road are also good books!

Any of Nancy Bush, Janel Laidman, and Charlene Schurch's books are great, too! (Wow, I didn't realize I had/wanted so many sock books!)

Last one I can think of is Around the World in Knitted Socks by Stephanie van der Linden.

There are so many new books coming out; it's got to be hard to choose!

Good luck!

Hilary Lash

The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook!


Treasury of Knitting Patterns (Series) by Barbara Walker.

Sara Lee Albright

"Silk Road Socks" by Hunter Hammersen is great ! Fascinating history of oriental rugs and some killer sock patterns !


I think Cat Bordhi's sock books, and everything by EZ (not socks specifically but, well, you know, it's EZ) would be wonderful additions, as well as different stitch pattern books - Japanese ones, or Twisted Stitch Knitting by Maria Erlbacher...


Folk Socks, by Nancy Bush


Also, Clara Parkes and Ann Budd both have sock books coming out sometime in the next several months!


I echo all the suggestions for Nancy Bush - that's immediately what came to mind. I've seen Folk Socks and Knitting on the Road mentioned, but also Knitting Vintage Socks.


Be still my librarian, sock-knitting heart...

The previous comments have covered most of my favorite sock books. I might add Knitted Socks East and West, which features a Japanese aesthetic not often seen.

I, too, am very excited about two forthcoming titles: Sock Knitting Master Class and The Knitter's Book of Socks.

Did I see Chrissy Gardiner's Toe-Up book yet? That one is really nice!

I return to Favorite Socks again and agagin.

Will you have a computer for customer use at the store? It would be great for customers to be able to access Ravelry, Knitty, etc. Maybe even buy the Interweave emags like Sockupied!


My fav. is Knitting socks with Handpainted yarn. Always inspires me to knit socks and buy more sock yarn and that's something you will definitely want to do :-)


Ok I learned to knit socks with a book called Learn to Knit Socks by Edie Eckman. It's basic and easy and more of a booklet than a book. Not as overwhelming for me to learn from. The only drawback is that I learned how to make a baby sock by using dk weight yarn. It was the only way I could get the whole sock process, bigger needles and yarn made it easier for me.......

Kim B.

Knit Socks! -- the one shaped like a sock. I learned from it a number of years goes line by line and give great additional information, diagrams, etc. I still use it a lot and I knit a ton of you know from my orders.


I just checked Socks a la Carte by Jonelle Raffino and Katherine Cade out of the library. As a beginning sock knitter, I can see this book will be very helpful. They give several patterns for cuffs, legs, and heels. You can mix and match however you would like. It's a great book.


Around the World in Knitted Socks by Stephanie Van Der Linden

Not Just Socks by Sandi Rosner
Not Just More Socks by Sandi Rosner

Plus I like to use sock yarn for other projects like:

Folk Mittens by Marcia Lewandowski
Knitted Tams by Mary Rowe
Stahman's Shawls & Scarves by Mryna A. I. Stahman

plus any other shawl knitting books

Sue Ellen Colter

I learned to knit socks using Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. I just cannot handle dp needles.

Patty McD

"Knitted Socks East and West" isn't a basic sock book by any means, but it would be a wonderful addition to the library shelves. There are new stitches, techniques and patterns that can test your perception and skills. It is a great read!

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