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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Cookie A scares me a little.

Lara's Library (Sort Of): Sock Innovation

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Where have you been all my life? A chart for turning heels.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Cookie A's charts can be a bit mind-blowing, but at least they are easy to read and not too microscopic.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
How to mirror a chart (and your knitting).
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
A small gusset and a larger gusset. Cookie explains why you would choose which one.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I hope it's not wrong to love this layout/color/knitting as much as I do. Because I really, really do.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Little drawings like this pepper the first sections of the book, humanizing the design process.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
It's cute, but it also gives the beginner needed vocabulary.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
So pretty...and covers why you might want to choose which stitches to use where.

As with all Interweave Press books, the reader can expect beautiful photographs, clear illustrations and pleasant layouts.

What I did not expect was the friends-over-tea, chatty, but clear quality of Cookie A's writing.

There are 15 patterns in the book, but I'm most interested in what comes before the patterns.

Cookie A spends the first three chapters of the book unraveling the mysteries, choices and math involved in sock design.

She starts out with a clear statement of where her loyalties lie.

"I have biases and preferences that will become apparent. All the socks in this book are knitted from the top down, and most have ribbed cuffs, a flap heel with gusset, and stockinette wedge toes."

This is an exciting and beautiful book. A great choice for anyone looking to expand their sock knitting - especially from the top down. That's ok, though. It does what it does to perfection.

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