Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/1/16
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Discover beautiful knitting patterns that incorporate both twined and stranded knitting. Instructions are given for casting on at the heel and working toward the toe for excellent fit; options include removable felted insoles for even greater comfort Both women's and men's knitting patterns included--perfect for gifts Patterns feature a mix of traditional Scandinavian designs and modern variations
Laura Farson is a highly experienced knitting teacher, lecturer, and author.
Second, the book has instructions for making felted slipper insoles (for warmth, or to adjust the fit of too-large slippers). These insoles are easily made by felting a square or tube of knitted fabric in the washing machine, and then cutting out the insoles (using either a tracing of a person's foot or an insole from a shoe as a pattern).
Third, the slipper and sock patterns strongly appeal to my aesthetic sense, so I think they'd be fun and rewarding--although admittedly somewhat challenging--to knit. My favorite design is the "Optical Illusion" slippers, which has three checkerboard and black "ribbons" decorating the top of the foot. This design reminds me a bit of traditional Sanquhar glove patterns.
The slippers, which combine twined and stranded knitting, and the socks, which use only twined knitting, are not particularly easy to knit. Working in the round, you start with a back-of-the-heel cast on, knit the heel, add a row of waste yarn (removed later for the ankle opening), knit the entire foot (top and sole), and do decreases to finish off the toe. Fortunately, the book includes large, clear, full-color photos to guide you step-by-step through this unusual construction process.
This is a book for adventurous intermediate or advanced knitters who have already knitted socks and are ready to try something different. It is also a book that contains some very pretty Scandinavian-motif slipper and sock designs. Be sure to visit the Martingale web site to pick up the 5-page errata file before you start knitting.
I am not a beginning knitter. I have made several pairs of complex Norwegian mittens, a Norwegian sweater, and several Fair Isle projects as well as stranded Lopi mitts. This was just a very poorly written book. I really can't imagine how someone could give this book five stars unless perhaps for the photography. They can't have tried to follow the instructions.
I would say you need to be a fairly experienced knitter for this book. This should not be your first pair of slippers/socks or your first stranded color-work design. The designs really lend themselves to two circular needle knitting as opposed to double points.
I finished my first pair fairly quickly and can't wait to do another.