Knitting Book Review: Sock Knitting Master Class

Book: Sock knitting Master Class by Ann Budd


Very interesting book and informative includes a DVD with Ann Budd. (Caredul removing the DVD from the folder in the back of the, I got some of the glue on mine and it skips in the beginning of the show) :0(

The Book: Looks at both Top-down and Toe-up construction, assorted cast-ons and cast-offs. Examines heel construction methods and the effect that stitch choice and gauge will have on the finished product. Excellent pictures in the book, good close-ups, the diagrams are clear and easy to make out. Lovely project patterns by some well known designers, Cookie A, Kathryn Alexander, Veronik Avery, Cat Bordhi, Ann Budd, Nancy Bush, Evelyn A. Clarke, Chrissy Gardiner, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Ann Hanson, Eunny Jang, Melissa Morgan-Oakes, Meg Swansen, and Anna Zilboorg. Just full of talented designers!

The DVD: Very disappointed in the camera work, often action shown from front of the knitter, rather than over the shoulder, and Ann Budd is knitting cross hand which may be confusing as there are almost no close ups to see what is happening with the various techniques.

Over all I would recommend this book, little disappointed that it was released before corrections were made… Seems like publishing houses are more concerned about a pretty object rather than correct content! The corrections a minor however, unlike some books I have reviewed by other presses!

Note: Errata found here contains corrections on pgs 61, 121, 154, 158.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. procrasterina
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 16:38:33

    Thanks for this review and the link to the errata. I just placed a hold on it at my local library and I’m looking forward to getting a look at it myself!


  3. sylvi
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 10:21:45

    this is a great and inspiring book overall, but i came online looking for errata on the ‘pussy willow stockings’ only to find none.. so there are issues. i knit until the ankle of the toe-up sock before realizing something wasn’t right with the lefts and rights of the instructions and had to pull back everything. maybe someone else has figured it out? i don’t know if i have it in me…


  4. sylvi
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 16:22:52

    re-knitting now, and it seems i may have been barking up the wrong tree… i don’t seem to do well with markers and that is why my increases began to slant the wrong way. and people have been knitting these socks with no trouble so i’m confident to try again. so maybe you don’t want to publish these after all… 😉


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