Thursday, August 23, 2007

Review: Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles

Do you dislike knitting with double-pointed needles? Maybe you're curious about how to knit in a circle with 2 needles. Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles: a Manual of Elegant Knitting Techniques and Patterns by Cat Bordhi clearly explains how to knit socks on 2 circular needles. It really is a simple technique. Photos reinforce the written instructions.

There are 11 sock patterns in the book: 4 rated easy, 6 intermediate and 1 advanced. Some patterns feature designs knitted in a contrasting color. Others have textured stitch patterns or lace designs. The "Simple Sock" instructions are given in 3 sizes. The remaining socks are designed for a woman's medium foot.

Two socks in the book are knit from the toe up using the author's unique "Turned Toe" technique. This clever technique uses no increases, only decreases. I really want to try this technique.

The book explains how to translate any sock pattern knitted on double pointed needles to 2 circular needles. Once you understand how to knit a sock on 2 circular needles, you can knit any sock pattern on 2 circular needles.

You need basic knitting skills to make any of the patterns in this book. The author also recommends that you have a good knitting reference book.

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