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  1. Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns
    Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns
    Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns
    Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns
    Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns
    Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns
    Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns
    Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns
    Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns
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  2. Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns

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In Knitted Socks East and West, author Judy Sumner compares knitting a sock to writing a haiku: both challenge you to create something beautiful and original within a sparse, strict format. In this, her first book, she recounts how she came to study hundreds of exquisite Japanese stitch patters and then apply her new knowledge to the sock designs showcased here. 

Whether short or long, fine or bulky, simple or complex, each of the 30 designs in Knitted Socks East and West is named afer an intriguing aspect of Japanese culture. For example, the leg of the Origami crew socks appears to fold in and out; the Sumo slipper socks are named after the heavy, organic movement of the cables in their thick yarn; and the Ikebana knee socks highlight a textural floral design. Step-by-step text and easy-to-read charts are included for each design, along with illustrated directions for the Japanese stitchwork introduced in the projects.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Judy Sumner
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Brand: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
EAN
9781584797999
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
1584797991
Label
Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Manufacturer
Stewart, Tabori and Chang
MPN
STC-97999
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
144
PartNumber
STC-97999
PublicationDate
2009-09-01
Publisher
Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Studio
Stewart, Tabori and Chang
ReleaseDate
0000-00-00
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I have not yet knit any patterns from this book. I usually read through the book first before beginning a project. My first impression is that the patterns are very unique yet not particularly complicated. However, if you are someone who actually reads the prose in pattern books, you may find the prose/story in this book off putting. The author appears to have not done any real research into Japanese culture (as it relates to knitting or generally). The book is based off of her experience attempting patterns from Japanese stitch books. I expected that the prose would reflect some moderate level of Japanese knitting culture. Instead, the author admits her resources for writing the book were "Japanese Scrabble words and the Internet" and that when it came time to name the patterns, she just made a list of Japanese words she knew. As a result, the patterns have stereotypical names without deep meaning connected to the pattern, such as: Sayonara, Geisha, Haiku, Ninja, Samurai,... Read more
Judy Sumner doesn't claim to be an expert in Japanese knitting style; the thirty sock patterns in this book are the result of the years she spent puzzling over Japanese stitch dictionaries. While most of the designs incorporate different ways of working familiar stitches, several of the designs use techniques that will be new to most Westerners.

In the first dozen or so pages of her book, Sumner explains these techniques, allowing a full page for each with large, clearly drawn illustrations. Her directions are similarly clear and she includes the names and page numbers of relevant sock patterns.

This is not, however, a book for beginners. Early on, Sumner jumps right into the patterns. There are no notes for beginners, no glossary, no discussion of yarn weights, needles or basic techniques.

All patterns are both charted and narrated. Roughly two thirds of the thirty patterns call for fine yarn and small needles (1-3 U.S.); the remainder recommend... Read more
I bought this on an impulse because Amazon's price had it marked down so low (below three dollars, and free prime shipping). Even though I'm an avid bargain hunter, for once I can safely say I'd have been glad to pay full price. Unusual stitch patterns and unique socks. Some are especially interesting in the patterns on the back of the leg, which differ from the main pattern on the front. Pay no attention to the grumpy review. The author never stated they were Japanese socks; just that she was inspired by Japanese stitch patterns. As I have a few Japanese knitting stitch pattern books, I am thrilled to find someone who has taken some unique stitch patterns and placed them into a sock pattern for me. And the photography is beautiful. The other reviewer is completely wrong to state that the photos were taken from the vantage point of the sock wearer - there isn't a single photo like that in the entire book.
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