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Two whole books full of machine knitted socks!

If you are wondering how to choose between these two volumes, here's help: Volume 1 includes much more about sock theory, fitting and customizing designs. Besides classic shapes, it includes the unusual Turkish shape that works well on single bed machines. Volume 2 has much less on theory but is the only volume that includes toe up styles, a style without heel shaping and lined styles.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 common gauges are given with each pattern so that the socks may be knitted on standard, mid-gauge or bulky machines. Fine gauge machines may be able to use the standard instructions but the patterns have not been tested for them. Passaps can use the standard instructions. One gauge is definitely for standards/Passaps, the other for bulkies. Mid-gauge machines choose the one of these that works best for the individual machine. Most mid-gauges can knit at least one, sometimes both versions.

Sock fabrics and gauges
helps you to understand the difference between knitting sock and sweater fabrics and how to use the patterns for your machine

Fixing the fit & understanding sock sizes
shows how to substitute yarns and gauges if necessary and make perfectly fitted socks even if you can't find the yarn given in the pattern or the feet to be fitted are unusual

Working with weights explains the function & type of weights needed for sock knitting

Happy Feet
Classic socks knitted with ribbed tops and circular feet. The feet are seamless. The tops require a seam. Ribber required.

Simple stretch socks
These socks are knitted circular so a ribber is essential. They make use of lycra run-along

Soy Socks
Knitted flat and seamed so no ribber is required. Soy has naturally anti-bacterial properties!

Socks to Dye For
These socks take advantage of self-patterning yarns whether purchased or dyed yourself. The tops are mock rib and the socks are knitted flat so no ribber is required.

Beneath The Surface
Explains how you can dye your own self-patterning yarns.

Summer Socks
Knitted with mock ribbed tops, hung hems and circular. Therefore they have no seams at all. They come off the machine with only the toe to be closed.

Cushion foot socks
Part of the sock is lightly felted to get the cushioned feet. Socks are knitted in 2 yarns to make this possible. A ribber is helpful but not essential

Making socks into slipper socks.

Turkish Delight
An unusual way of knitting flat socks, inspired by sock shapes from Turkey.
Assorted sock tops describes how to make 6 different types and substitute them in the sock patterns for even greater variety and comfort.
When I completed the first Socks of All Sorts book, I dusted off my hands, certain that I had covered most of the ways a person would want to knit socks. The very next day, I began to discover more. So, several years later, here is volume 2.


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Non-slip soles………………………………………………………………………………………p. 3
Make slippers and slipper socks safe to wear on smooth floors.
Important techniques for sock knitting—please read these pages. These terms are not fully described in the individual patterns. Includes short rowing techniques, use of weights, cast on methods, circular knitting methods, hold position, the Bees Knees seam, stitch sizing……………………………………………………………….…………..p. 4
Toasty Toes Slipper Socks in adult sizes for mid-gauge & bulky machines, ribber optional, can be made on Bonds. These socks are knitted flat, then seamed…...p. 6
Comfy Classics for all gauges in super-stretchy cotton yarn…………………………..….p. 9
Sneaky Heels Socks for all gauges, knitted either flat or tubular…………………..p. 12
Around the House Lounging Socks in worsted yarn for bulky & mid-gauge……p. 14
To make similar socks for the standard gauge or Passap machine, use a suitable weight of acrylic yarn with the Plain Old Socks or Classics with a Twist patterns and incorporate the heel and toe color changes.
Classics with a Twist for standard & Passap with 3 toe styles…………...…………..p. 16
Strip Knitting Top Down Socks…………………………………………………………………….……….….p. 18
Surgery Socks-lined & loose for standard, Passap & mid-gauge machines……….p. 19
Plain Old Socks for those sticklers for convention, Standard & Passap…….…...p. 21
Double Comfort Lined Slipper Boots for all gauges…..………………….………………….p. 23
TOE UP STYLES
The Secrets of Toe Up Socks………………………………………………………………………………….p. 26
3 Hems for Toe Up Socks………………………………………………………………………………………...p. 28
Super Stretchy Toes Up Socks for all gauges………………………………………………..…..p. 28
Classic Wool or Acrylic Toes Up pattern for Bulky/mid-gauge………..……………..p. 29
Luxury Socks for standard/Passap [cashmere!]………………………………………………….p. 30
Luxury Socks for mid-gauge/bulky [cashmere!]………………………………………..………..p. 30
Strip Knitting Toe Up Socks for Speed………………………………………………………………..p. 30
Sockulator charts to help you tweak patterns and design your own in any gauge and size………………………………………………………………………...………………………………...p. 31-33
NOTES
2 beds are required for all of the patterns except Toasty Toes. Use a Japanese machine with ribber or a true double bed machine like a Passap or Superba
“All gauges” really means, for this book, standard, Passap, mid-gauge and bulky. Patterns are not tested on fine gauge machines of 3.5-3.6mm needle spacing.
If you have multiple machines, here are some suggestions: Passaps are first choice for regular socks, bulkies are first choice for slipper socks.
Where 2 gauges appear in 1 pattern, numbers for the second gauge: {are here}
All patterns are for adult sizes.



I'm in a nice sock group where the question of whether acrylic is suitable for socks or not comes up pretty often. My personal favorite for socks is wool or cotton with some stretchy fiber added but is acrylic "OK" for socks if you want to use it? Here's what I know about the subject.

The biggest complaint with acrylic won't apply for most people. It does breath less than cotton or wool so for those who work in hot conditions and/or will be on their feet a long time it is thought to raise the risk of athlete's foot and similar problems due to the feet staying sweatier than they might in all cotton. In the south, where I am, workers like my husband who often did mechanic work in a non-air conditioned shop and in hay fields were advised by their doctors to wear white cotton socks. Modern microfibers changed matters somewhat, as did the fact that few people work in conditions so hot these days. Probably hikers and lumberjacks and the like should still keep this in mind but many people are fine with whatever they want. Do keep in mind that there are variations in acrylic yarns. You may find some perform much better than others.