Interweave Knits Spring 2016 Sneak Peek with New Directions in Sock Knitting

Spring is just around the corner….well, Interweave Knits, Spring 2016 is just around the corner. We just sent the final copy of the manuscript off to the printers and I am so excited about the issue that I wanted to share a project before hand.

Slippery Slope Socks

The Slippery Slope Socks by General Hogbuffer.

Hogbuffer uses a variegated and a solid contrast yarn with a slip stitch technique to create an unusual sock design that is eye-catching, unusual and interesting to knit.

Another sock design of Hogbuffer’s is featured in the new book New Directions in Sock Knitting by Ann Budd. Here Hogbuffer is featured among several innovative designers who have taken another path in sock construction.

Typically, a sock is made either from the cuff down, or from the toe-up. In New Directions Budd has collected designers that have turned that traditional construction one it’s head. Whether you are a passionate sock knitter looking for a fresh take on design or a knitter looking for an adventure in construction this book has it all in small projects to get your “feet wet.”

I have always loved books like New Directions because the techniques and ideas used to construct these socks can be taken to other aspects of knitting. This is more than just a collection of sock designs, it’s a new textbook on knitting construction.

For example, Hogbuffer’s design in New Directions, “U-Turn” works the striped sock in pieces, from the cuff down, turns the heel, and works vertical stripes up the back of the leg without ever cutting the yarn or seaming.

U turn

Want to know how he did it? Me too! I’m tempted to knit these just to watch it happen on my own needles.

Happy Sock Knitting,



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