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,Β  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.




102 thoughts on “Sweet 16”

  1. Congrats on your sixteenth book! I’d love a signed copy of the new one and we in Virginia would be happy to take some of that snow off your hands. : )

  2. Congratulations on your sweet 16! I would love to check out your latest book.
    ah, snow. It just gives us a chance to pull on those handknit sweaters and socks!

  3. A signed copy of the only Ann Budd book I haven’t got?! Oh yes please!
    Thank you for the chance – my fingers and toes are firmly crossed!

  4. I already have quite a few of your books in my knitting library, would love to have another one! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I am in the middle of your Craftsy sock class, and I would love to have more sock patterns to knit.

  6. HAPPY SWEET 16!!!! I would loooooove a copy of the book. I’m sure it’s wonderful. Enjoy your milestone, you earned it!

  7. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book, I’d love to add #16 to your other books in my knitting library. What a great group of designers to be with. Congratulations!

  8. Your clear instructions for toe-up sock knitting are evident in every pair I knit. Congratulations on a new book.

  9. Oh my; I’d love to win – I’ve been knitting for a long time but there always something new to learn. The best “learn to knit sock” book is yours. FYI-I recommend it all the time.

  10. Oh I would love to win! I already have 3 of your books and love them. I would love to have it signed if I should be so lucky to win best wishes and congratulations on your new book from Denmark where we just got our first snow this winter – only 10 cm though

  11. Greetings from snowy Longmont πŸ™‚ Congratulations on the book. Can’t wait to find it at my LYS, unless I win a signed copy first πŸ™‚

  12. I would love to have a new sock book. Knitting sock most of the time. I don’t have any of your books so egis would be great.

  13. Your books are my go-to inspirations when I plan a new project! “The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns” is a MUST HAVE for any knitter, in my opinion. I’ve recommended it to dozens of people.

    Thank you so much for all of the inspiration, knowledge and challenges!

  14. Congratulations on what will become another classic book!

    If you should by any remorse chance select my name, I would be incredibly honored if you would sign it. You are a wonderful author, compiler, knitter and teacher.

  15. Would love to win a free copy and for it to be signed by you. Have several of your books and use them often. Enjoyed your interview with mustache yarns.

  16. I have your book, GETTING STARTED, and find it quite helpful. Wow, that is a great accomplishment to have written 16 books.

  17. I’ve committed to making 12 pairs of socks this year and am going to take a few patterns from this book! Hope I win!

  18. Despite knitting for several years, I have not knitted a pair of socks, yet, but having one of your books to learn from would be a wonderful way to start! And I would love to have you sign it too.

  19. Congratulations on your 16th book. I’m looking forward to seeing this one. Would love to have a signed copy.

  20. I have been eagerly waiting for this book to come out ever since you first mentioned it.
    I knit my way through your SOCK KNITTING MASTER CLASS when it first came out and loved every pair of socks in it. I learned many many new techniques while working my way through from beginning to end.
    I continue to use it as a resource book. The patterns were great but the descriptions and instructions for the various methods of cast on and cast off are so well written and illustrated that I value it for those even more than the patterns.
    I plan on knitting my way through this book in the same way. I know it will be as much fun as the other and that I will learn even more new to me techniques.
    I would love to win a signed copy.

  21. I too have shoveled the driveway twice today as well as the neighbor’s. Love you other sock books – you taught me how to knit socks πŸ™‚

  22. Sounds interesting and challenging. It would be fun to have something new to work when it comes to socks.
    Thanks Ann!

  23. I’ve waited a long time for this book to come out. I’m so happy that it has! Your Knitter’s books are such great references and this one will be a great for new directions!

  24. Congratulations on another book! I am sure it will be great as usual. I love knitting socks.

  25. Congratulations on your new book! I would be more than thrilled to win an autographed copy of your new sock book.

  26. Barbara Keil rn

    Congratulations on 16 books, you should be knitting and not shovelling snow…it is more fun. I have been knitting for 40 years. I did my first pair of socks on February 1980 watching the Olympics from Lake Placid…specifically watching Eric Heiden win 5 olympic speed skating medals. I recently started knitting them again. I would be honoured to win one of your books.

  27. I got started knitting socks with “Getting Started Knitting Socks.” With your help, I’ve gotten pretty good at traditional sock knitting. I’m ready to be adventurous. I’d love a copy of your new book.

  28. Congrats. Have your Getting Started Knitting Socks and would love to win your new book.
    Have also downloaded your class from Crafty’s

  29. Rosalyn Harwood

    Wow congrats! I am a novice at knitting socks so I would be thrilled to have a signed copy

  30. Karen Cleveland

    Congratulations! A truly stellar list of books. Its so exciting, a new book. The Star Wars of Sock Knitting Books.

  31. Congratulations! I’m looking forward to seeing the book. I love your patterns. πŸ™‚

  32. Wow another wonderful book and it sounds as though it will provide many great adventures in sock knitting – I am sure that it would be a truly wonderful addition to the knitting book shelf.

  33. Angelique Varela aka Yarnrhythms on Ravelry

    I have all your books Ann! I can’t go without this one, you are the one that taught me to knit socks after all! “Getting Started Knitting Socks” began my love for sock knitting!

  34. I’m intrigued by the possibilities suggested by this book and would love to play around with different sock construction in this way. But I guess competitions like this are really only for those in the USA, due to international postage issues. Feel free to enter me in to your draw if living in Australia isn’t an automatic exclusion!

  35. Thank you for the opportunity to win a new sock book by you!!! You are my go to sock knitter with Getting Started Knitting Socks!!

  36. It is always fun to learn a different way to do something or shall I say from a different angle. Thank you for the opportunity to win your book!! I would love to have it signed. I am a great admirer of your work.

  37. Congratulations on your new book! I would love to win a copy. Your “Getting Started Knitting Socks” is my sock bible, and I love your work. Yay!

  38. Congratulations on the new book. I have been away from socks too long. A new book would be a great way to get started again.

  39. WOW is right! Between shoveling, knitting and traveling you have time for books?
    I have several (but not all) of your books and they are beautifully done. There’s room on my bookshelf for more.
    Congratulations on the publication of your 16th book and many thanks for your generous giveaway.

  40. Cynthia Mundell

    Congratulations and thank you for allowing us the opportunity to have such a collection in one place

  41. Suzanne Robbins

    #16 wow! They look gorgeous! Would love to win a copy of your book. I’m fairly new to sock knitting, but love them!

  42. Just what we need during cold, gray January – inspiration and imagination! I would love to win a free copy of the book!

  43. ‘Sock’ it to me Ann! New to knitting socks but totally hooked. Would love a copy of your newest book to learn more!

  44. Elizabeth Angel

    I’d love a copy of your new book! I’m just starting to explore sock knitting and would love to learn as much as I can!

  45. Hi Ann, I have all of your books and would love to have this one as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  46. I have several of your books, and use them a lot. Waiting for one on gloves, please Please enter me in your drawing. Pat

  47. Socks are my favorite things to knit. I hope you draw my name. There is always a new technique to learn.

  48. Happy Sweet 16! I love your books and have quite a collection that I use regularly! I’m very much looking forward to your new book!

  49. Congratulations on book #16! I love knitting socks, and this would be a wonderful addition to all of your other books in my library.

  50. Hi Anne,
    I would love a copy of your latest book. I enjoy receiving your posts to see what you are creating and editing. It is a pleasure to watch your creative wheels turn. Keep inspiring us.


  51. I would love a copy of this book. I have quite a few of your other books and I am an avid sock knitter.

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