Socktopus Book

Back in May, I mentioned that I had been working on a super secret project for Alice. Well, I can now reveal that I did in fact knit the Vorticity Sock from page 84 in her book. Last week, before Alice flew off to pastures new. I popped by the Socktopus studio for a catch up and Alice presented me with a signed copy of the finished book.

Socktopus Sock Book

Obviously Alice is know as the Queen on Socks in London. First offering us an online store to buy our lovely sock yarn. Then the bricks and mortar shop, that also became our knitting haven. And now also as indie dyer extraordinaire. Not to mentioned the amazing Knit Love Club that she runs. Which is about to enter it’s the fifth year.

Work in Progress on the 2luvcrew sock

Inside the Socktopus Book

This collection offers 17 different sock patterns. From a simple Vanilla Sock, To the wonderfully lacy 2LuvCrew and the masculine Farmer McGregor sock. The first half of the book focuses on Sock Yarn, Describing the different types of fibre, piles and twists. This section has some amazing artwork. Whereas the second half is the patterns.

Rumpled from the Socktopus book

I didn’t have time to scan the book to show you the lovely photos shoots included in the book. Instead, you have to put up with my photos of the projects. Brighton (I think) provides the perfect backdrop of carousels, eclectic storefronts, and the beach. All to showcase the socks in an environment that seems to tone with the yarn. Like the green socks on the cover next to the green door.

Each pattern features a cute drawing to explain the gauge of the sock. Both the circumference and leg length and a box explaining techniques used in the pattern. If the technique, used is a little more complicated. It includes a wonderful photo tutorial.

This book isn’t really aimed for a beginner, even though, when though it includes a pattern for a plain sock. Some of the techniques like the snipping used in Spring Shoot can be a little daunting to a beginner. If you have knitted several pairs of socks and are looking to advance your skills this book is perfect.

Congratulations Alice on a fabulous first book – can’t wait to get knitting!

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I was given this book as a gift all opinions are my own