Custom Socks; Knit to Fit Your Feet by Kate Atherley
Published: Interweave (August 7, 2015)
This is an extremely detailed guide to taking a sock pattern (or building a sock pattern) and making it actually fit. Not just for the first four hours of the day but for the whole time you’ll wear them. It teaches you the anatomy of a sock, how to measure, how to the math required to adjust the stitches, and so on. It is filled with details, hints, graphs and charts, how to add stitch patterns to a pre-existing pattern, how to make the heel more dense, etc. And of course it has great patterns with beautiful pictures. All the patterns are unique and beautiful.
My only complaint is the yarn weight in the projects. although all are made with Superfine yarn, which I won’t even pick up let alone actually use. I would have liked to see some patterns with something besides laceweight yarn, on needles larger than a size 2.
About the Book
Whether you knit them toe-up or top-down, getting just the right fit on hand knit socks can be a major challenge! In Custom Socks, Kate Atherley sets out to teach knitters of all levels the skills and tools they need to understand sock fit, and to knit a pair of socks that fit properly. She calls on her years of experience as Knitty's Managing Technical Editor, where she has edited hundreds of sock patterns, to share this information in a way that is easy to understand with patterns that inspire.
So go ahead and treat yourself to these 15 original sock patterns that are easily customizable and work with any needle configuration. Your feet will thank you!
About the Author
(from her website)
I'm Knitty's Lead Technical Editor and it's just about my dream job. I also do other freelance technical editing.
I'm a regular contributor to books and magazines, including most recently the Fall 2014 issue of Sockupied.
I teach regularly at stores around Ontario - I have regular gigs at The Purple Purl and Lettuce Knit in Toronto; and make frequent appearances at others shops, including Shall We Knit, Linda's Craftique in Port Credit and The Needle Emporium.
I also travel further: in the first half of 2015 you'll find me at Vogue Live in NYC, at Interweave's Yarn Fest in Colorado, and at Squam Art Workshops.
I live in Toronto with my husband and our challenging but mostly adorable rescue hound Dexter.