10.30.2015

Review and Giveaway: Custom Socks by Kate Atherley

It's no secret that I'm not really much of a sock knitter.... but I know that many of you are. I do LOVE a well fitting knit sock, though, and have a few pairs in my drawer. I am aware that it is easy to end up knitting a pair of socks that don't really fit (or function) and it turns out there are some simple things you can do to ensure that your socks conform to your foot! Custom Socks by Kate Atherley has all the answers!

True Confession! I haven't sat down and really "read" a knitting book in a long time.... I peruse a bit, I look at photos, I read technique snippets here and there. But this book? I AM READING IT... Kate is smart, and witty and does a lot of math for you! One thing I love about this book is that if you are the kind of knitter who cares about how the math works to achieve perfect fit Kate dives deeply into all her formula's. On the other hand if you want the calculations taken care of so you can get knitting, she's done that too!
Noche photobombed this shot, which I know Kate will approve of!
I made my husband listen while I read aloud to him the paragraph about measuring the foot circumference... "we mean the measurement taken around the ball of the foot, discounting any bunions.  You don't want to include a bunion in this measurement because that bony protuberance... " Dudes... Kate used "bony protuberance" in a sentence and it works... I love this woman!

Not only does this book contain "recipes" for basic toe-up and bottom down socks at the gauge and measurement of your choice (from 4 to 9 sts/inch), it also has 15 fabulous patterns all of which are written to be customizable so you end up with a sock that fits! Kate talks about yarn construction and fiber, all the techniques for working in the round (5 dpn's, 4 dpn's, magic loop, 2 circular needles, short circ needles), gauge, laddering, joining for working in the round, multiple heel sts, and so much more. This is really a sock encyclopedia!

Lindisfarne from Custom Socks.... the sole is perfection!
So, you know what? I've decided it's time for Mr. Laura (aka Max, my hubby and web guru dude) to get a pair of socks... I knit him a pair like 50 million years ago and he LOVED them so hard they are no longer "with us". I am going to use Kate's basic toe-up recipe. First  I re-read the chapter on fit, then I took his measurements (minus bony protuberance of course), then I multiplied his foot circumference by .9 to find out what size to make. Kate explains that you need the sock fabric to have negative ease so that it will stretch around the foot and not "sag". I'm going to give them a "princess sole" so that the knit stitches are to the inside as I think that will be super comfortable. Kate explains how to modify for this in the book, and I just have to do it. Nothing but the best for my prince!  I'm using some self-striping Opal sock yarn I got in Germany... my hope is that the color changes are interesting enough to keep me knitting on them and that they are done before the end of winter. Anyone want to take bets?



Time for a giveaway...
Who wants to a copy of Kate Atherley's Custom Socks?

Just leave a comment below by 12pm (EST) on Nov 3rd. Are you a sock knitter? How do your socks fit? Do you make any special adjustments? I'd love to hear your tricks!

I will randomly choose a winner and announce them in next week's Friday giveaway poof (I mean post!)!

Last week's winner... 
Thankyou all for the great tips on recharging... I'd love to say that I tried them all! A combination of yoga, casting on a new design, tea, wine and staying in my pajamas worked wonders!

Congrats to .... ManxMom Get in touch so I can send you your new skein from A Riot of Color!!!

136 comments:

  1. I have been knitting socks for 40 years or so, my socks fit most of the time and if not, then I give them away. I love to try out new techniques or patterns and this book is on my wishlist. I have a high instep and try to incorporate a gusset whenever possible. Another challenge is narrow feet and fluffy legs, so if I'm following a pattern, I knit different sizes for each part and add extra decreases for a top down or increases for a toe up sock.

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  2. I knit socks, they fit people and I always knit the same pattern. I have been knitting socks for about 10 years. The book looks great! Thanks!

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  3. I love to knit socks because it's a project I can carry around and stop and start pretty easy. There are usually one in My purse at all times. I would love this book to perfect the math and get a better fit. Thank you for the review it was great.

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  4. I have knit a few pairs of socks and given them as presents. I would like to make myself a pair if I can ever find the time.

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  6. I just started my second pair of socks. I found the first pair was great for pulling out and working on for a few minutes here and there but I kept forgetting about them so they took forever. Planning to put more effort into this pair so I get to wear them sooner!

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  7. I just started my second pair of socks. I found the first pair was great for pulling out and working on for a few minutes here and there but I kept forgetting about them so they took forever. Planning to put more effort into this pair so I get to wear them sooner!

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  8. I haven't knit socks in a couple years now, but am feeling the lure again! I've done toe-up socks, and then can customize the length, but that's the only adjustment I've done. They fit fine, but I'd love to learn some techniques to make sure!

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  9. I am a sock knitter :D I always have a pair on the needles. I knit toe up, use the fish lips kiss heel template but would love to read more about the perfect fitting socks. Thanks for the giveaway. Rav ID: mim

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  10. I have tried socks in the past and they have been dismal failures. Soooo I have no tips or tricks. I am eager to try again.

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  11. Linda Nieft (RavID: synergy6)October 30, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    I have knitted two pair of socks for my grandaughter. First pair did not fit in the toe and cuff slouched down. Cheated on second pair and just did tube socks. Last week granddaughter told me I need to make her another pair of socks because she has grown up and can't wear the current ones I made her. Kate Atherley's book sounds like it could fix my problems with sizing and cuffs!

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  12. I've knit a couple pairs of socks which were a good learning experience. I like doing them two at a time so that I don't end up with "just one". This book would be fun (plus I LOVE math!)
    Kelly (lautakel)

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  13. No tips or tricks. I learned to knit so I could knit socks, but I keep getting distracted by everything else! Now my daughter wants a pair. Time to dive in.

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  14. I always like to have a pair of socks on the needles as well as my other knitting project/s. I've knit many pairs of socks for my family and for myself. They always fit well as I take the time to measure thoroughly. Before commencing the toe, I run a life line through the stitches. If I find that the finished sock is either too long or too short, it makes ripping out a lot easier. The last pair I knit was for myself. I knit both socks at one time (on separate needles) and I found that it really helped to speed up the process - each sock was racing the other sock to get to the finish line first!

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  15. I like to knit socks but I take forever so I usually only knit them for a MKAL so I have a finite amount of time to do so as I feel I must finish the KAL if I start. I have several pairs going but other projects tend to get pulled forward and the socks languish. I would love to see what this book has to contribute to sock knitting that might encourage me to knit more socks.

    RAV ID: katbrown

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  16. I am not a sock knitter, but getting interested in trying it. And would love to have this book to get started! Kimt8511 on Ravelry

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  18. I have knit one pair that don't fit well much too loose. I have a few other pair on the needles.

    skaro964 on ravelry

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  19. I knit socks as my go-to when I don't have a bigger project on my needles. They're the only kind of socks I wear. I'd love a copy of the book.

    dswgr6 on ravelry

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  20. I have knit a few pairs of socks and they are loved until they fall apart, but I'm not a sock knitter. Maybe this book is just the inspiration I need :).

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  21. I have knit a few pairs of socks and they are loved until they fall apart, but I'm not a sock knitter. Maybe this book is just the inspiration I need :).

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  22. Sounds like a fabulous, must-have book! I've been knitting socks since 1999, both top-down and toe-up (my current favorite method). I finally created a spreadsheet that considers my gauge with my chosen yarn/needle for a pattern plus considering negative ease to get a sock that fits. I would LOVE to add this book to my knitting library. Sietsma on Ravelry

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  23. I love making socks! I have been experimenting with different types of heels and toes and such over the past couple years and have gotten many that are very close to being the 'right' fit, but nothing perfect yet - so I really ought to get my hands on this book!

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  24. Would love to learn to knit custom socks. I have large feet (however, size OK with height - I am very tall) and end up purchasing men's socks for sizing, but the fit just isn't right. It would be cool to learn how to knit a pair to fit.
    Konaknits on Ravelry

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  25. Somehow I've managed to knit just about everything except socks. I was determined to knit myself a pair this winter (especially since I have a hard time finding a comfortable sock) but am still procrastinating :) I first came across this book when searching for more information on the russian bind-off and was impressed by the book excerpts I read. It's been on my wish list ever since. I totally related to this post and seems like now I have to bump it up even higher on my wish list! And... maybe get those socks knit.

    ravID: rebdavis

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  26. I do knit socks and they fit...okay. I'm still perfecting my technique for my feet. Socks I've made for other people seem to fit fine. For me, I usually find something odd about them. For instance, a few of the patterns I've found for top-down have you kitchener a 7 stitch closing, but I find that too narrow. Also, I might have to shape the ankles a bit 'cause my socks end up a bit slouchy, but maybe I'm not taking into account negative ease enough. Hmm! Perhaps this book will help.

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  27. I knit a great many socks, and they usually fit pretty well, but I have some challenging feet in my family (my dad's are boat-sized, my brother has really skinny ankles) and I'd love some tips on designing or adapting patterns to better fit them! Also, I've never tried toe-up socks and should probably learn how :)

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  28. I am a recent sock knitter (on pair number 4) so still figuring out what works best! I am fairly committed to toe up at this point though.

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  29. I am a recent sock knitter (on pair number 4) so still figuring out what works best! I am fairly committed to toe up at this point though.

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  30. I'm a two cir knitter and I just knit socks then find a person to fit them. Sadly. This book sounds like a great resource for me!

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  31. I've knit a couple of pairs of socks but they just haven't fit well, too slouchy and saggy. Would love to be able to make a pair that would make me say "Now I get why people Love hand knit socks!"


    Stlwatrs on Rav

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  32. I have knitted quite a few socks either from patterns or plain ones from memory. I woul love some new sock inspiration. Anjahansen on Ravelry.

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  33. i am a newbie at knitting socks but my grand babes love every pair that i have made for them! I would love to have new patterns and a wonderful book to peruse (i think i spelled that right). Anyway, i love to sit and just look through my books and this one would be a great one for that too!!! I am sleekymom on Ravelry.

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  34. I love knitting socks! They are the only knitted item that everyone in my family--my husband, my twenty something son and daughter, and of course, me, love to wear. So I am always looking for new patterns and new tricks. I usually knit my socks with Magic Loop so I don't have to worry about losing DPNs!

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  35. I'm not much of a sock knitter myself but there truly is nothing like a well made pair of handmade socks. Sooo comfortable! The Lindisfarne pattern is lovely and Christmas is coming! I've also never tried magic loop technique so this will give me a reason to knit them up. It would be wonderful to not have to deal with dpns falling out all the the time!

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  36. Oooh I'd love to win this book . Knitting socks is on my list of things to learn. So sorry I have no tips 😐 But lots of enthusiasm 😁

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  37. I have done a lot of socks because I come from a long line of sock knitters. Both my grandma and mom were knitting socks until the day they passed. It must be in my genes. I always like to try new techniques and patterns and would love to win Kate's book. hehl on ravelry

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  38. I know how to knit socks, or at least the basics....but like you I somehow never knit them. Maybe kate's book would inspire me. Cheers :)

    Donnajburton on rav

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  39. I love knitting socks! They are the perfect portable project. The heel is the hardest part of getting the perfect fitting sock for me. I am always looking for ways to improve my sock knitting! This book looks fabulous! Thank you so much for the great opportunity!

    KnitterKitter on Rav

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  40. I always swore I would never knit socks but then I met the teacher at my LYS. I was facinated by the sample socks she had on display. I took her Class and now call her the Zen knitter. She is so calm and patient. I've been hooked ever since. Most of the socks fit well but some don't and I would love to learn more. Kate's book sounds perfect. RAV id taffyr

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  41. I do like knitting socks, but find that fitting isn't always as easy as you'd think. I kind of stick with the same type of yarns and needles to prevent having to re-jigger the stitch count.

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  42. I have only been knitting socks for a couple of years, and I'm hooked! The pattern I use most is Susan B Anderson's "How I Make Socks". I would be thrilled to win this giveaway.

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  43. This book is on my wish list. I love making socks and love, love, love new ones and new techniques

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  44. I've been knitting socks for about 5 years. I don't knit the same pattern I'm always tying out a new ones but I always make one foot bigger then the other do to I have about half size difference. If they don't fit I just start over I think of it as being a learning experience. Thank you for the giveaway would love to win. Karin

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  45. I love to knit socks. Always searching for the perfect pattern. My grown daughters love my handknit socks, so I try to keep them supplied. Always use toe up, magic loop, & fish lips heel.
    Kate's book sounds like something I would love to have and, if I don't win the drawing, will probably put it on my Christmas wish list. Bhickswhite@aol.com

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  46. Your description of Kate's book sounds wonderful. I knit socks and am very comfortable doing so but I only knit them for myself. I would like to expand that to include husband and adult children. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

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  47. Your timing is amazing! I decided, just yesterday, at a knitting circle that I would try knitting a pair of socks. I could really use this book to make sure they turn out well or it could be the last pair I knit, and that would be sad, as I am really intrigued with the handmade wardrobe idea. Working on it!

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  48. So many nice patterns are written only for ladies sizes, and I'd like to learn how to size them up to fit my gunboats without distorting the features that make them special. Thanks for the giveaway, KittenWhiplash on rav.

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  49. I have only made one pair of socks and that was before I knew much about knitting. They do fit but are a little too snug. I have yarn for another pair but would would love to know more about giving them proper fit.

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  50. I made one pair of socks and my son loved them so much they too are no longer with us. Problem is the book I had on knitting socks disappeared and I fins a lot of the patterns out there not great at explaining what to do, so I put my sock knitting on the shelf. I would love to learn how to make really cool socks for others :) Rav ID jbenecke

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  51. I have knitted many socks over the years. My dad demands them! The crazier the colors the better...he is diabetic and finds the superwash wool really helps keep him warm. I have perfected the pattern over the years and generally do a mock rib pattern which keeps the socks snug. I would love to see some new patterns as now my mom is demanding hand made socks! Thanks for the giveaway. I am quilterlis on Ravelry

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  52. Knitting socks is on m TO DO list. I've knit small teddy bears where the face shaping was stated as similar to knitting sock heals. I also love math and would love to win this book for inspiration! Ravelry: MMahoney

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  53. I really love knitting socks! They are small & super portable. I'm not fast at it but I really actually ENJOY the process. I think lots of times we knitters just want to finish a project hehe but socks, even if it's just a basic sock have so much going on in such a small area I just can't seem to wait to get to the next part. Endlessly fascinating to me :-)

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  54. I have only made one pair of socks and that was before I knew much about knitting. They do fit but are a little too snug. I have yarn for another pair but would would love to know more about giving them proper fit.

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  55. I recently learned how to knit socks, and I love them! I have huge feet, and this is the first time in my adult life that my toes haven't felt smothered.
    Rose.

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  56. Knit Fool Deirdre (Rav)October 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    I've knit a few pairs of socks ... My 1st pair had a spa sole (sane as a princess sole). I loved how quick a recent bulky pair was to make ... & I confirmed that I prefer toe-up because I knit 1 sock toe-up & the mate top- down. Sock patterns are a great opportunity to learn that even if the pattern doesn't seem to make sense that if you just keep doing what the pattern says that it will work.

    I loved reading your review of the book - out sounds like a fun read!

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  57. I have small narrow feet and I do knit socks mostly by guess when I use a new yarn. I also have started knitting 2 different patterns when u set out to knit a pair. They're related but different and I don't have second sock syndrome any more. Besides if someone notices what are they doing down there that close to my feet??

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  58. I have small narrow feet and I do knit socks mostly by guess when I use a new yarn. I also have started knitting 2 different patterns when u set out to knit a pair. They're related but different and I don't have second sock syndrome any more. Besides if someone notices what are they doing down there that close to my feet??

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  59. I love to make socks for gifts but have lots of difficulty sizing them properly - it is hard to be sneaky about getting someone's calf, ankle and foot circumference!!! I would love to get Kate's book and read all of her hints. Thanks for the info and give-away opportunity! On Ravelry, I am Needleworkfan.

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  60. I have made a lot of socks, and hubby loves all of them (he's not picky and loves his handmade socks), but so far I've been unable to knit myself a great pair. I'd love to try this book. mimifan

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  61. This book sounds wonderful, Laura!! I think it is going on my list of books to buy. I love hand-knit socks and have many people standing in line every year waiting for a pair. Most of they want just the plain vanilla - basic - sock. I prefer to knit two at a time using two circular needles. It is so nice to know when one is done, two are done!

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  62. Socks are what I want to try next. This book sound slike it might help me get over the mental hurdles.

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  63. I love knitting socks. I recently got back into it, after a long hiatus. I'm trying a new strategy, which is to stop knitting the first cuff-down sock just before the toe decreases. I think when I make the second one, it will be easier to have them match in length. And then finish both toes at the same time.

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  64. I knit socks but not a lot. I guess it is because they never fit just right -- either too baggy/bulky in some places and in others a bit tight. I NEED Kate's book to help me with this because I do enjoy knitting socks and do love the way hand knit socks feel on my feet. Ravelry ID: DebbyKnits2

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  65. I have no sock tips to offer so I guess I really need this book!! I have a few socks on the needles but unfinished. Rav: moonmaid7

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  66. I knit one pair of socks for hubby and booties fir everyone else. I bought a bunch of different size DP needles to make some funky socks for Moi this winter. This book would be perfect.

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  67. What a great blog. I love to knit socks, but I think that is because my mother is such a great sock knitter. At the moment, I love the after thought heal, more because it gives me such control with the colors on self striping yarns, than the fit, but it does fit nicely too. Karencreates on ravelry.

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  68. I have knit a completed a few pairs of socks and given them as gifts, and two pairs on the needles right now, and have made one pair for myself. I would love a copy of Kate Atherley's book Custom Socks. I think she is a great instructor!

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  69. I knit socks and they are my favourite socks to wear. I have to adjust needle size to get the leg to fit and extend the heel flap. It took a few socks to figure that out. I would live to have the book and see if I can improve further or in a better way. I've had my eye on the book since it was released.

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  70. I want to learn to knit socks. The one sock I almost completed is not very functional. My friends recently learned how, so maybe I can, too. I'd love to have the book!

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  71. The book looks great! I have made a few pairs & toe up works best for me so I can try on as I go. Thanks!
    gussek on Ravelry

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  72. The book looks great! I have made a few pairs & toe up works best for me so I can try on as I go. Thanks!
    gussek on Ravelry

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  73. I am a relative newbie sock knitter but I think I am hooked!!! I have made two pairs that fit "ok" and two that are bang on! Whoot!! Each time I try something new so I can learn something. Got a LONG way to go but Kate's book sure would be helpful!!! Susulu69

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  74. Me me me! I have knitted five pairs and all of them are sleeping socks as they are on big after a few uses! I really really want fitted socks!
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Backtobasics on rav

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  75. I have knitted a couple (2-3 pairs of socks); cuff down & toe up. I have decided however, that after I knit two @ a time on 2 circs and got them done in record time, I may not ever knit 1 sock then another......I get the "syndrome". I am always looking for a good yarn and a good pattern for a travel project or gift.

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  76. I'm probably more of a beginner sock knitter. I have tried several patterns but finally found a basic sock pattern that fits me. When I made socks for my husband though I had to make the top part smaller than the foot and tweak the pattern. Thankfully it worked but is love to learn other methods.
    Lkgervitz

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  77. I've made about 4 pairs of socks, each one fitting better than the last. I'd love to win this book.

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  78. I always like to keep up. I haven't knit socks in a very long time but I do like them. Hopefully I will finish a couple of pairs I have started. One sock done....second sock waiting.

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  79. I have made a coupe pairs and haven't gotten the fit just right. They are getting better, but I have left sticky notes with this books info all around the apartment and my mom's house asking for this book for Xmas!

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  80. I have made well over 100 pairs of socks and, with the exception of some patterns that pull a lot across the instep (they generally have V-shapes with decreases there), the socks fit well. However, I do have friends with smaller feet so if I do err, my friends with size 7 feet get the socks that that don't fit my size 9 feet! You can also jungle the needle size. So, while I usually make the 64 stitch version of socks for sizes 8 and 9, if I'm doing cables, I would do the 72 stitch version but might use 2.25 or 2.0 mm needles rather than 2.5 mm needles.

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    1. I like to knit socks,both ways, toe up and cuff down so I could really use this book.
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  81. I always have several pairs of socks on the needles- plain vanilla, as well as cables or lace. Anything that will help with getting socks to fit a range of feet is always useful and I have been eyeing off this book for a while.

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  82. I used to knit all my socks top down on dpn's. A dear friend convinced me to try magic loop, toe up, 2 at a time. I was hooked on the first pair. I used to always make plain vanilla. Not anymore, I even joined a sock club for the last 2 years, forcing me to try new and challenging patterns. I so love socks...

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  83. I've made some socks but the fit isn't as good as I would like. I'd love this book so I can make better socks!

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  84. Socks were one of the first things I knitted when learning to knit 5 years ago. That first sock is so strange. The second was much better 😄

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  85. I have knit a few pairs of socks and have many 'in progress'. I generally knit cuff-down one at a time, but am venturing into two-at-a-time using magic loop. I hope to eventually try toe-up as well. The heel placement makes me nervous! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  86. I have knit two pair of socks for my "mister", but they don't stay up! Fit fine in the foot and he says he loves them, as he should! I would love to find the solution for fitting a calf and making them stay up better. I also did not use a washable wool, which is a bummer for me!

    Kathy ( Snowknitty)

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  87. I have knit two pair of socks for my "mister", but they don't stay up! Fit fine in the foot and he says he loves them, as he should! I would love to find the solution for fitting a calf and making them stay up better. I also did not use a washable wool, which is a bummer for me!

    Kathy ( Snowknitty)

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  88. I always have a pair of socks on my needles. A great portable project and there is so much fun sock yarn out there now. I would love to win her new book! It looks awesome and learning to fit socks better would be such a big help.

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  89. I have been knitting socks so long that I have a basic pattern in my head. When I vary that pattern, I have to really think and do math and ugh! I have tried all the new things-toe-up, two at a time, etc. I go back to my little sock needles and cast on. My grandmother always complained that she could never turn a heel as well as I do. I don't know about that. Neither one of us could make a decent pie crust no matter what.

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  90. I am not a sock knitter yet - they just never seem to fit me, so maybe just maybe with this book...

    Rav ID: piaheuerandersen

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  91. I just knitted my first pair of socks but it was a little bit too big. I moved to Seattle a couple of years ago and my feet are always cold. I've bought all this beautiful sock yarn but every time I think of CO I stop myself because I really don't know how to make sure they will fit right. It sounds like a must have book, I loved Kate's class in craftsy. Cheers!

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  92. I've only ever knit one pair in my life but am thinking this book could be the game changer! So many projects, so little time!!

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  93. I have knit a number of socks, but mostly anklets. I really prefer doing toe-up socks so i have a little cardboard template of my foot with where I need to start the heel marked.

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  94. My first pair of socks, I was told, "Joan, the pilgrims did this, so you can too." Women in World War II knit in the movie theaters-Glenda Breslin's grandmother could turn a heel in the dark. Let that be an inspiration! And, some theaters posted notices to not knit during the movie, as the clicking needles disturbed other moviegoers. Enjoy your sock knitting!

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  95. I recently learned how to knit socks. This book sounds great! Hope the color changes keep you going! QuiltingGeek on Ravelry

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  96. I just started knitting socks this year and am on my fifth pair! Love self patterning wool :)

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  97. I took a class beginning of this year and haven't really touched them since....I would LOVE to learn how to make them for my hubby cause being in Florida not many other options I can make for him.

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  98. I love to knit socks - so far, they fit. Never met a sock book I did not love.

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  99. I love knitting socks and have 4 pair that are in differing stages of completeness (I really need to finish them). My tip to help fight Second Sock Syndrom is a mind game. When completed with the first heel, tell yourself that you are 25% complete, when the first sock is knit, you are at 50% completion. Second heel will be 75% finished and 100% is both socks on your feet. It works for me, I hope it works for you! Thank you for this opportunity! RAV: llmcguire

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  101. I've been knitting socks for 30 plus years and can still remember turning my first heel. Sat up until 1 am to see it through. (Obsessive knitting issues) I have no tips, but this book looks great. I need to knit a pair of those Lindisfarn socks pictured above!

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  102. Laura, I have knit a few pair of socks but would love to try more especially some that are custom made to fit perfectly & comfortably. Especially for my husband's size 13 foot, our 50th wedding anniversary is the 4th, this would be a wonderful surprise, if I should win. Sounds like an AWESOME book!

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  103. I'd love to try some new techniques to get better fitting socks!
    Rav id: knitting-nene

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  104. I definitely a sock knitter! Most of my socks fit OK, but there are some that really don't,

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  105. I love socks, I'm realizing my heels need to be narrow and long so I'm trying out a short row plus a little gusset.

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  106. I'm always looking for sock patterns. These look yummy! When I pick up stitches for the gusset, I only pick up the outside half of the "V" and twist these stitches for added decoration. It also tightens up any potential holes.

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  107. Not sure why I'm scared to try knitting socks - I have everything for a pair or two - maybe reading this book would calm my fears! Ravelry = graycm

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  108. I love knitting socks! Especially toe-up patterns the "old school" way on DPNs! They usually fit perfectly, thanks to my beat-up little cardboard foot pattern.

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  109. I taught myself knitting so that I could knit a pair of socks----and have yet to do so. Fortunately there's still p[lenty of time :)

    Rav: heartwise

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  110. I knit socks for my purse project. They are small and easy to carry with me. They are not my favorite thing to knit but I love to wear handknitting socks. YAYB

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  111. I love knitting socks and always have a pair or three on my needles. I found what size works and always make them the same way using a 9" circular needle.

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  112. Like you, I am not much of a sock knitter. I've made a few pairs and I love them, but I can't seem to find the time to make more. I like toe up best.

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  113. I'm not much of a sock knitter -- yet. I've been eyeballing this book, however, thinking it might just be what I need to push me over the edge. So I'll be keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks.

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  114. Socks are a favorite knitting item of mine. They are extremely portable, and a basic sock is a great project for "mindless" knitting in groups or settings where pattern counting is difficult. They are also always a gift that seems to be well appreciated. I had always knit from top-down, but just recently started my first pair of toe-up socks and love the fact I can try on the foot to ensure a good fit. I would LOVE to see what is offered in this book to expand my sock knitting skills. I LOVE knitting socks! Karebear66 on Ravelry.

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  115. I love knitting socks two at a time on two circular needles. I have found that the "fish lips kissing heel" is easy to knit and fits well.

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  116. I am new to knitting and i am praticing working on dpns...i dream of fairisle and cables and all those lace patterns.... I am eagerly reading about things like how socks fit and all the many variables...so interesting....so many variables....hoping to take a class in Jan/Feb at my LYS. Love learning the ins and outs of wool and how it works

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  117. I made a pair of socks earlier this year, but sadly they ended up too big and they were knee socks - took forever and didn't fit = not so fun. I learned a lot making them, but I would love to get better, so this book would be great! Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

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  118. Socks are my go-to-meeting knitting, and it seems like I sit in a lot of meetings. I have my standard toe-up, gusset and heel flap sock that fits me pretty well, but I love learning more tricks and new ways to make my socks fit even better. I would love to win a copy of this book.

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  119. I love knitting socks! But, I have some special people with some very special size needs and this book would really help! Nothing gives a better sense of accomplishment thatn a great pair of well-fitting socks! :) vivcrest on Ravelry

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  120. I'm not an accomplished sock knitter, by any means. But I so enjoyed Kate's 'Bigger on the Inside' TARDIS shawl that I would love to really lose my sock cherry to her, bony protuberances notwithstanding.

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  121. I've made 9 or 10 pairs of socks, some for me, some for others. Some of them have turned out too long, others too wide, a couple too short (which I managed to catch and re-size in time). No real tricks--just need to try them on more before proceeding.

    carolsumie on Ravelry

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  122. I'm a sock knitter for sure. Mostly I custom fit the length of the foot (and I do this most easily by knitting top-down). I'd love to learn more tricks!

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  123. Have tried once before to knit socks but could never cover the holes. Would be interested in trying again and could really use a little help!

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  124. Have tried once before to knit socks but could never cover the holes. Would be interested in trying again and could really use a little help!

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  125. I'd love to try out her book! I have weird feet- no arches and wide width makes me crazy when knitting socks! Any help would be good!!
    alikat2004 on Ravelry

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  126. I adjust for my high arch, but there are still a couple fit pieces I haven't quite nailed down yet.

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  127. Oh wow. This is perfect. I have yarn and needles so this book would be wonderful! Thank you!

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  128. I do knit socks, but still looking for a perfect fit recipe, I so much want to try this book!
    Ana Cecilia (pajara in Ravelry)

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  129. I LOVE to knit socks! I have a small suitcase full of sock yarn calling to me. The first sock pattern I tried, called Silky Soft Socks, has worked really well for me. I have several pairs on the needles right now. I just finished (don't you LOVE those words?) a pair of worsted-weight boot socks that worked up in no time at all. My biggest challenges are wrap-and-turn heels and colorwork. I would love to have this book to teach me some new techniques and provide me with new patterns. That colorwork sock you pictured above is killer! Thanks for offering this giveaway!
    Rav id: clelilaw

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  130. I'm going to attempt my first pair of socks soon and this book would be a fantastic resource!

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  131. I'm going to attempt my first pair of socks soon and this book would be a fantastic resource!

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  132. I would love to knit some socks again. It has been years!
    Rav: sfgiantsfan12

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