Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary
by Barb Brown
Okay, knitters, I want you to put down your sock knitting and look up. Way up.
As in … knee-high!
It’s so easy to get used to knitting socks that are just over the ankle. And it’s very easy to look at knee-high socks and think that they’re SO high, with so much extra knitting involved. Yet, as the author of this book points out—knee-high socks are really just a FEW more inches of knitting, but with such a great effect.
The title probably already told you that this collection is full of knee-high socks. Socks with color work. Socks with texture. Socks with cables. You get the idea.
Some come with instructions on how to trim them down to calf-height, and there are some basic instructions at the front to tell you how to convert any of the patterns to a fold-down sock, a shorter sock, or leg warmers. The book also tells you how to adjust the gusset for the calf to make sure they fit. (You don’t want your knee-highs falling down around your ankles, after all.)
All the patterns are knit top-down, and all of them use the standard heel-flap heel (or at least, I didn’t notice any other heels). It can be easy enough to substitute the short-row or some other heel, but there are no helpful tips on how to do that, or to convert a pattern to toe-up, included in the book.
The photos are beautiful, and the book itself is well-produced and appears easy to use.
Reviewed by Deb Boyken
Deb has been knitting since 1987 and has accumulated quite a collection of knitting books over the years. Her website,
Knitting Scholar, can be found at http://knittingscholar.com .