“Custom Socks” book giveaway

CS Cover Mech.inddAs you may have seen in the Cool Stuff column, our own Kate has written a book.

Kate got her start at Knitty writing about socks, and as our sock technical editor. She’s measured a lot of feet. She knits a lot of socks. She’s edited a lot of sock patterns. She’s designed a lot of socks. She teaches a lot of sock classes.

And this book is the culmination of all that work. It brings together all her knowledge about socks and sock knitting and sock designing.


In her own words…

I’ve taken my Plain and Simple Sock patterns – both Top Down and Toe Up versions – and created a book all about how to make them actually fit your feet.

I’ve provided the basic formulas and templates for both directions, and created the numbers for you for gauges from 4 to 9 sts/inch (including the important 6.5 and 7.5!), for finished socks from 5 to 10.5 inches in circumference. That’s covering feet from 5.5 to 12 inches in circumference, and pretty much any possible yarn you might ever want to use. Oh yeah, and I’ve got tables of foot sizes by shoe size if you can’t measure the feet you’re knitting for. And a table of yarn requirements by gauge and foot size, for when you’re stash-diving.

And then. THEN. I’ve given you a ton of info on how to measure your feet properly to determine your fit needs, and how to customize the socks for those needs.

Oh yeah, and there’s some fancy patterns, too. Texture stitches, cables, lace, colourwork. All sorts of socks for every knitting mood and every style whim!

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Nice comforting ribs, very wearable.

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Easy colorwork! Really

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Inspired by a favorite aran sweater from childhood.

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Estonian lace.

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Secrets & Lies – Cables and Lace, for days when you can’t deicde what you want to knit.

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The Fitzcarraldo Knee Sock.

The book also has all my sock knitting tips and advice and wisdom from nearly 20 years of sock knitting, and 10 years of teaching sock knitting. Trouble with joining the round? Plagued with ladders? Struggling with needles? Uncertain about gauge? Holes at the tops of the heels? Holes elsewhere? Legs fall down? Ten years’ worth of questions from my sock classes questions.

And if you’re looking to design socks, it’s a great reference, too, providing lots of info about how to add pattern stitches into socks and create your own gorgeous Custom Fit socks.

And we’re proud of it – and her! Order it from your LYS, your fave indie bookstore, or online.


Of course, thanks to F&W Media/Interweave Press, we do have a copy to give away, too. The usual rules apply – leave a comment below by midnight EST Tuesday September 8th to enter. If you’ve won one of our giveaways in the past year, please give someone else a chance.

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333 thoughts on ““Custom Socks” book giveaway

  1. Elizabeth

    I haven’t been knitting many socks recently, this book looks interesting enough to send me back to it.

  2. Mary Fran

    Yeah! Socks are my “waiting for the kids” project. Waiting for the bus, waiting at a soccer field, waiting at music lessons.

  3. Amy g

    This looks like a fabulous book to add to the library! I’m looking forward to the measuring section. Thank you!

  4. Joanne

    This looks like a fantastic book! I’ve been on a sock knitting binge for the last year or so, but mostly plain vanilla socks. Would love to have this book to help me expand my sock knitting horizons!

  5. Lynn

    I love knitting socks but I’ve had some issues with fit when knitting them for others. I tried worsted weight yarn and produced socks that looked like grocery bags for my husband. Then socks for my size 13 feet son that were too tight to get on legs. I could use the help this book would provide.

  6. CynthiaC

    I’m needing to get back on the sock knitting trail. My current socks have been patched more than once, and are staring to look tired. Plus, socks are great for office meeting knitting.

  7. Billie Rae Gillas

    The books sounds like a great resource. The menfolk in this house all have very large/wide feet. It would be helpful to have such a wonderful reference manual.

  8. Debra

    Love Kate’s socks. Would truly love to own this book so that my sock knitting adventures would not be fraught with so many disasters- too big, too small, don’t fit anyone at all.

  9. Rudi Opderbeck

    Just getting into Sock Knitting & would love a book to help out!! Thank you for the running a contest!!!

  10. Kate in VT

    Oh! My size 11 feet would be so happy if I had this book! Even though it is wicked hot here at the moment, winter is long and toes get cold…

  11. Jane Webb

    sock knitting is addicting – what better way to feed the addiction than with Kate’s book – fingers crossed!!!

  12. joyce hancock

    This sounds like a great book to have on hand. I am just figuring out sock knitting. This book would be a great help.

  13. Meredith Morphew

    Always, always, always have a pair of socks on the needles. Perfect purse project with the added bonus of getting people to ask about knitting! Good luck everyone!

  14. Donna Ochs

    Socks are one of my favorite things to knit. I like to try a lot of various techniques. Lately toe up has been my favorite method. Would love a sock knitting book!

  15. Amanda Underwood

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. This book looks really interesting and a great addition to any library.

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