Guest Author - Marjorie Colletta
There are a lot of sock books out there and here is one published by Storey Press in 2007. First the cons, if you want to learn to knit a sock from the toe up, do not buy this book unless you like some of the patterns within it and are willing to adapt them. If however you suffer from second sock syndrome and are interested in making two socks at a time on a long circular needle this book will take the mystery out of the process. 2-at-a Time Socks reminds us that knitting can be about following instructions and using the only two stitches available to us knit stitches and purl stitches to create something wonderful and useful.
The book is broken down into three main sections, the technique section, a section with patterns, and an appendix. The first section is what I think is most valuable, with pictures, instructions and tips Morgan-Oakes walks you through all of the steps to make two socks on one 40 inch long circular needle and she does so clearly and it shows that a lot of thought went into her presentation of the techniques used. Morgan-Oakes acknowledges that it is tricky getting started so that you don't get frustrated right at the start. This first section also gives you the tools to adapt all of your cuff down patterns to be knit two-at-a-time. The second section has a variety of patterns for men, women, and children that are lovely and all follow the steps laid out in the technique section. In addition, the book is spiral bound so that it does not fall closed before you are ready for it to close, but that is just a nice touch and not a deal breaker. Finally, the appendix has the usual abbreviation section, resource section and glossary.
Do you have to have this book in your collection? If you already have Cat Bordhi’s sock book on knitting socks two-at-a-time, you probably think you won’t find anything new here, but you might surprised. What impresses me most about this book are the pictures. Just looking at the pictures makes the whole process seem approachable and worth attempting.