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Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns

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Everything old is new again, and this collection of vintage sock patterns mines Weldon's Practical Needlework, a compilation of newsletters published more than 100 years ago, for some of the best. Twenty-four classic patterns are updated here for modern knitters with the inclusion of gauges, contemporary yarns, modern methods, and modern sizes. Filled with fascinating household and historic tidbits from the era, along with little-known tips such as an unconventional way to shape a heel, this historical and gracefully written book evokes a more genteel time while presenting a bevy of colorful socks not seen for nearly a hundred years. After an introduction to a few techniques from the original Weldon's, the patterns begin with an 1887 pair of Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern and end with a pair of Ladies' Silk Stockings with Clocks from 1914. Intended for knitters of all levels, this walk down memory lane revives some very classic patterns that may have been gone but are not forgotten.

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Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Spiral Bound
Release Date   Oct 28, 2005
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1931499659  
ISBN13  9781931499651  

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Nancy Bush teaches workshops for guilds, shops, and at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Northern Europe. She is the author of Folk Socks, Folk Knitting in Estonia, Knitting on the Road, Knitting Vintage Socks, and Knitted Lace of Estonia. Nancy lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Nancy Bush currently resides in Salt Lake City, in the state of Utah. Nancy Bush was born in 1951.

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Fabulous historical information  Aug 10, 2008
This book is full of wonderful information regarding historical sock knitting, including a variety of heel and toe variations and several "basic" sock patterns of varying ribbed designs. The rest of the book is made up of turn-of-the-century patterns that Nancy Bush has updated for modern knitting. There are several wonderful patterns, including a great pair of ladies' thigh-high stockings that would suit anyone interested in authentic historical costume reproduction.

I find most patterns easily adaptable to the Magic Loop method that I prefer, even though all of the patterns are written for double-pointed needles. They are also all top-down, which I also prefer, but toe-up aficionados would have to adapt the patterns to their preferred method. I found more patterns that I want to knit in Nancy's Knitting on the Road book, but Knitting Vintage Socks is both informative and has plenty of good patterns as well.
The Men Have It  Jul 25, 2008
I was impressed with the large number and variety of sock patterns for men. Being a male knitter, I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to find more than the basics for men. This book is wonderful. I plan on making most of the designs in the book.
Socks. socks, socks  Feb 21, 2008
I couldn't be bothered to knit sock for years. It seemed to me like a waste of time but a friend dragged me to a class on toe-up socks and I've been hooked ever since. Don't know why but there's something about turning a heel that makes me happy! I feel I have done something substantial. This is a great book. It combines old patterns with new pictures and allows you to see the possibilities. Nice, well written patterns and plenty of choice. There's a nice preamble as well that talks about the history of sock knitting and some good info on needle size etc. The really great thing about this book is the spiral binding. It's so much easier to just knit straight from the pattern in the book because the book stays open where you want it to - no bending of spines to keep the book open!
Excellent for beginning sock knitters too  Jan 18, 2008
I received this book for Christmas and I've been downright obsessed with it ever since. I had only knit one pair of socks before this but I was looking for patterns that were more stylish but still easy to understand. The author of this book includes detailed explanations of several common heel and toe styles, the patterns range from lacy to practical, and the section on the history of the patterns would also interest people who enjoy history but not knitting. Overall I'm delighted with this book and I can't wait to knit every pattern in it.
Disappointing  Jul 24, 2007
This would be a good book for someone who is interested in the history of fashion or pattern-making, but as a pattern book it fails.

There is no adjusting for individual sizes, just a one-size-fits-somebody-but-not-you. Instead, it suggests that sizes be adjusted by using bulkier or thinner yarn. Am I to make socks out of super-bulky yarn to get my size? I don't think so.

If you are knitter interested in proper fit, don't bother.

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