Sweet 16

Today as I was shoveling the driveway (it’s snowing again), the UPS truck risked getting stuck to deliver a box filled with copies of New Directions in Sock Knitting!

NDSK advance copies

Not just another sock book, New Directions in Sock Knitting includes designs that deviate a little to a lot from traditional top-down or toe-up constructions. From the imaginative ways that heels, gussets, and toes are formed to the ingenious directions of the knitting, this book is intended to change the way you think about knitting socks.

The eighteen patterns represent the efforts of seventeen designers (Kathryn Alexander, Kate Atherley, Anne Berk, Cat Bordhi, Carissa Browning, Anne Campbell, Rachel Coopey, Hunter Hammersen, Marjan Hammink, General Hogbffer, Jennifer Leigh, Heidi Nick, Louise Robert, Betty Salpekar, Jeny Staiman, Nicola Susen, and Natalia Vasilieva) who have puzzled out new ways to knit socks. The designs range from quite simple socks that are appropriate for first-time sock knitters to quite challenging socks that may require a leap of faith for those accustomed to traditional sock constructions.

The socks use a variety of knitting techniques including mitered triangles and scallops,ย  double knitting, intarsia in the round, short-row shaping, mirrored color and texture pattern, and multidirectional knitting in both traditional and innovative ways. Many feature casting on at unexpected places, such as the heel, sole, instep, or side of the foot. As with all my books, the instructions are all written in step-by-step detail that will ensure success, no matter which design you choose to knit.

New Directions in Sock Knitting marks publication of my 16th book! Wow, what an amazing ride I’ve had.

Respond to this post to be entered in a drawing for FREE copy (I’ll even sign it if you’d like). I’ll draw a winner Monday, January 11, 2016.

If you’re interested, my other books (in alphabetical order) are:

Bag Style (coauthored with Pam Allen; 2007)

The Best of Interweave Knits (2007)

Color Style (coauthored with Pam Allen; 2008)

Favorite Socks (2007)

Getting Started Knitting Socks (2011)

Knitted Gifts (2009)

The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns (2002)

The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns (2004)

The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters (2012)

Knitting Green (2010)

Lace Style (coauthored with Pam Allen; 2007)

Scarf Style 2 (2013)

Simple Style (2009)

Sock Knitting Master Class (2007)

Wrap Style (coauthored with Pam Allen; 2005)

Visit annbuddknits.com/books for details about all of these titles.