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Joan Hamer's sources for sock patterns
[Editor's note: you may also want to check the Wool Works'
own page of sock and slipper patterns.]
After seeing so many sock knitters on the Knitlist, I thought I'd share my
index of sources for sock patterns. Some of them might not be widely known
but goodies nonetheless.
- Knitter's Magazine - No. 27,
Summer 1992 - 3 socks by Nancy Bush plus good
explanations of various heel and toe shapings.
- Spin-Off - Winter 1992 - Their
hugely popular sock issue. The 50-some page
sock section was reprinted by itself.
- Socks - More socks by the publishers of Spin-Off.
This is a must have for any sock knitter!
- Froehlich Book 21 - Socks in all sizes knit with Blauband-Special (fingering
wt.) and Froehlich-Wool Sedrun (sport wt.). Includes good chart for sizing your
- Joyce's Heels - by Joyce Williams. Sock instructions for those who hate to
pick up stitches at the gussets. She uses a short row technique. Good pattern for
any size sock. Contact Joyce Williams, Route 3, Box 289, Sparta, WI 54656.
+1 (608) 269 3824.
- Saddle Socks - by Joyce Williams. This is Joyce's variation of Elizabeth
Zimmermann's Moccasin Sock. This is a totally refootable sock and has no sewing
or weaving. Address same as above.
- Wisconsin Winter Socks - from Cottage
Creations, At the Farm on Deer Creek.
Great knee-hi sock with shorter variations. Uses a
strand of worsted and a strand of fingering wt. together. Knits up fast - looks
- Women's Warm, Wooly Socks. A good basic, worsted wt. sock pattern. Wild River
- Hannah's Fana Socks - Also from Wild
River Wool Ranch. This is a two color
sock in stripe and Fair Isle pattern done in Fingerlakes 2-ply light worsted.
- Vogue Knitting - Fall 1992.
"Have Socks, Will Travel" by Theresa Gaffey. Four
sock patterns with good photos of heel turning.
- An all time favorite, Bear Brand Hand Knit Socks. Socks for any size or
gender. Still in print after 30 years. Available from Patternworks.
- Socks! - Brunswick, Volume 815. These are two needle socks in fingering and
sport wt. Includes argyles, ribbed and cabled socks. Available from
- Sidna's Socks - Good pattern for three styles of worsted wt. socks -
basic crew, baby cable and stripes and dots. From Patternworks.
- Crazy Socks I and Crazy Socks II - Collections of sock
patterns by Nancy Bush
using Froehlich sock wool. Great selection of plain and color patterned socks.
Available from The Wooly West.
- Scandinavian Stay-On Baby Sock - by Gundren Wells. Wonderful knee-hi baby
socks in cotton or wool. Available from Patternsworks.
- Stahl Sock Book #6 and Stahl Sock Book #9. A great collection of socks for
all ages. Book #9 also includes caps, toys, gloves, and baby afghans. All knit in
Socka and Socka Color wool/nylon.
- Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose and Knickerbocker Stockings. Original
publication by Lady Veronica Gainford. Schoolhouse Press has enhanced it with
drawings and photo. Good patterns for fancy turn-down tops and basic instructions
for stockings. Available from Schoolhouse
- Folk Socks by Nancy Bush. History of footwear, instructions of various heels
and toes and 18 designs for socks - all wonderful! From most sources and shops.
- Fancy Feet by Anna Zilboorg. Patterns and techniques for Turkish socks
knitted from the toe. Very distinctive and beautiful color work.
- Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmermann. Well illustrated and written
patterns for Moccasin Socks, Wearable Art Stockings, and Woodsman's Thick Socks.
Available from Schoolhouse Press.
- Homespun, Handknit edited by Linda Ligon. My copy is dogeared. Among
mittens, caps and gloves, there are very good patterns for socks: lacy ankle socks,
miniature socks, Christms sock, slipper socks, Rainbow knee socks a a good basic
worsted wt. sock.
- Birkensocks by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. Available in a kit from Norsk Fjord Fiber. These socks are very
different and wonderful! Priscilla has designed these with an hourglass heel and
bumper toe. The parts that usually wear out on a sock first, won't on these! A
truly unique sock. Catalogue #2.00.
Joan Hamer, JLHAMER@blazenet.net,
is the editor and publisher of the Pine Meadow Knitting News.
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