Gardiner Yarn Works Toe-Up! by Chrissy Gardiner
Knitters are making socks in a different direction! Toe-Up! Patterns and Worksheets to Whip Your Sock Knitting Into Shape takes author Chrissy Gardiner’s experiences teaching her sold-out toe-up sock knitting class at a local yarn shop and distills them into a must-have book on sock knitting technique. It includes 15 patterns that utilize her favorite toe-up methods and encourage readers to seek out and use their own preferences. A meaty worksheet section includes fill-in-the-blank instructions that allow readers to insert their choice of toes and/or heels into any toe-up sock they might want to knit. Detailed photo tutorials of the different techniques are included. Sock knitting has grown immensely popular in the past few years. This is evidenced by the plethora of books, blogs, sock clubs and indie yarn dyers focused on socks. Traditionally, sock patterns have been started at the cuff and most sock books reflect this. However, socks beginning at the toe have several advantages, including the ability to try them on while knitting to achieve a custom fit. Toe-up socks also simplify the adjustment of the sock’s cuff length, allowing the knitter to use up every last bit of yarn, something that requires significant pre-planning when knitting cuff-down. A few sock knitters are resistant to change, but most are hungry for patterns and instruction using the toe-up method. This is evidenced by the popularity of Wendy Johnson’s new book, Socks from the Toe Up, which has remained in the top 5 knitting titles on Amazon.com since its April release. “There are few books that focus on toe-up socks, and as knitters learn the advantages of this technique, I believe they will want more,” commented Gardiner. “This is what happened to me once I got past my skepticism of toe-up socks, something I explain in the book’s introduction." Softcover. 8 x 10, 160 pages, full color, 200 photos. ISBN 978-0-9819668-0-9.