If you’re into sock knitting, you probably have already discovered Lucy Neatby. Her
Cool Socks Warm Feet: Six Exceptional Sock Patterns for Printed Yarns (Tradewinds Knitwear Designs Inc. Dartmouth, NS, Canada) is a wonderful spiral bound edition. Lucy Neatby, the sock guru with the bright red highlights in her hair, presents sock patterns for beginners and “sock goddesses”. A variety of cast-on methods, cuffs, heels (Turkish heel, garter stitch short row heel, common heel) and toes (Bosnian square garter stitch toe, garter stitch toe, common wedge toe) are given for the patterns. She even includes patterns for miniature socks. Instructions for both toe-up and toe-down socks are included. She encourages mixing and matching. There is a great technique section at the back of the book, including how to calculate long legged socks and adjusting sock sizes. Lucy also gives tips on how to work with patterned, hand-painted, space-dyed, and variegated yarns. The nice people at Needle Arts Bookshop are very friendly, provide prompt service and even sometimes include little free gifts with your order. They also have some really exciting pattern books.

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