Terrific Toe-Up Socks - Knit to Fit - NO LONGER AVAILABLE / OUT OF PRINT

by Janet Rehfeldt
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The author of the popular Toe-Up Techniques for Hand-Knit Socks, Revised Edition, is back with even more stylish socks! Knitters will be glad to find the same helpful techniques they relied on in the previous book--plus the Mediterranean cast-on, three-needle bind-off, and more.

  • Features 10 all-new designs, including lace, cables, ribbing, beads, and Fair Isle
  • Includes fully illustrated instructions for three cast-on methods, three different heel styles, and tips for the perfect fit
  • Slips easily into your knitting bag for toting your sock projects anywhere

by Janet Rehfeldt
6" x 9"
Format Description:
full color, softcover
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Publication Date:
January 18th, 2011

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From Midwest Book Review

Janet Rehfeldt's Terrific Toe-Up Socks: Knit to Fit provides an outstanding set of stylish socks. Ten new designs cover lace, cables, ribbing and Fair Isle alike and provide illustrated instructions for three cast-on methods. Knitters who already have the basics down will relish this fine collection!

From Bonnie Brody, Top 100 Reviewer, Amazon.com

A real benefit of knitting socks from the toe up is that you guarantee that they will fit. This little book has some lovely patterns in it that any sock knitter will enjoy. There are also sections on sock anatomy, working the toe and foot, working the heels, working the leg and cuffs, and binding off. These sections are nicely illustrated.

My favorite pattern is Easily Spectacular which is “spectacularly” easy. Not quite a basket weave, not quite a meandering rib, but something in between. It's knit with Mountain Colors yarn which is a favorite of mine. The Mardi Gras socks have a different color toe than the body, and the body of the sock is striped. It is knit with alpaca silk from Blue Sky Alpacas. Imagine the feeling of this yarn on your feet. Winterscape offers a traditional Nordic design and is knit in blue and white using superwash wool from Cascade. The charting looks easy to follow and the pattern is very clear.

This is a very nice book for anyone who loves to knit socks. I'm a sock knitter and I know I'll be utilizing patterns from this book.

From Karen Platt’s Book Reviews

There have been a plethora of toe-up sock books but this book has a pattern that doesn’t involve short-row heels, so it might be just what you are looking for. The book includes 10 new designs, three cast-on methods, three heel methods, and tips to get the perfect fit. Easy to follow instructions feature line drawings and good photographs.

Review from Sheryl Thies, author of Nature’s Wrapture and Ocean Breezes

Knitting socks to fit is a concept I buy into. And working a sock from the toe up—trying it on as I go—takes away the element of surprise and ensures a good fitting sock. Terrific Toe-Up Socks is a little book packed full of helpful instructional information and attractive sock designs; socks that will fit. The illustrated instruction for the Mediterranean cast-on (a.k.a. Turkish cast-on) is clear and easy to follow and the options for working the heel are especially helpful. Terrific Toe-Up Socks helped me take my sock knitting ability from the ordinary to the exceptional!

Review from knitting.about.com

Knitting socks from the toe up has become quite popular lately, with lots of books suddenly available on the subject. Working socks "from the bottom" is a good idea for a lot of reasons, but the most popular include that you can easily try on the sock as you knit for a perfectly custom fit and that if you divide your yarn right you can just keep knitting until you almost run out of yarn. Your leg will be as tall as it can be and you won't have to guess or worry about running out of yarn with two rounds left to go on the toe (it happens!).

Janet Rehfeldt shares the basics of knitting from the toe up as well as 10 patterns worked this way in Terrific Toe-Up Socks: Knit to Fit. The beginning of Terrific Toe-Up Socks runs knitters through the basics of knitting socks from the toe up, including different methods for casting on and a discussion of why she prefers the method she uses (a "closed toe" cast on using the long tail cast on and picking up stitches to make the other side of the toe--she likes it because it's tighter than the Turkish or wrap cast on).

She offers a variety of ways to increase from the toe to the number of stitches needed for the foot and has a nice, detailed section on ways to work the heel on a toe-up sock, which is probably the part that confuses people the most (much like on top-down socks).

There are also tips for preventing the all-too-common holes on the sides of the socks where the heel meets the leg, and a bunch of great options for loose bind offs that will make it possible to actually wear your socks. With all this information, knitters should feel confident choosing one of the 10 patterns in the book to experiment with.

One thing that's really cool about Terrific Toe-Up Socks is that it offers instructions for different sizes based on the circumference of the leg and the foot. Different patterns have slightly different sizes, but the smallest is 6.25 inches, which would fit an older child, and the largest is 11 inches, which would fit a largish man's foot or a woman with a very wide foot. My one complaint about the sizing is that the numbers are given with no real indication of who might fit that size; I guess that's because they're all supposed to be for women, just with narrow, regular, wide or extra-wide feet, but it seems like some would fit kids and men as well if you altered the length.

Though the number of patterns is small, there's a nice variety, from basic ribbed socks to easy lace, textured stitches and faux cables, even a little stranded knitting and beading. If you're new to toe-up sock knitting and want to get the basics without being overwhelmed by a huge book or hugely intricate patterns, Terrific Toe-Up Socks would make a nice starting point. None of the patterns are too horribly difficult that they can't be accomplished by someone with a little experience knitting socks, and the wide range of sizes available means you can make these for gifts or simply knit yourself a pair of custom-fit socks you're sure to love.

Janet Rehfeldt

Janet Rehfeldt has been knitting and crocheting since the age of seven. She is the owner of Knitted Threads Designs, LLC. As an instructor, designer, and author, she teaches on both a local and national level. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Cast On, Crochet Today!, and Crochet! as well as in several Martingale publications.

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