Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
Some knitters just love knitting socks. Other knitters find socks tedious - sock knitting often uses very fine yarn and has a few tricky details to get the right effect. Regardless, if you are interested in knitting for feet, you should find soemtihng in this pattern collection of 40 plus knitting patterns for feet.
"Happy Feet" has more than sock patterns. There are patterns for slippers, leg warmers, sandal socks, a footie bag and more. What makes this particular book worthwhile for knitters is the sheer variety of foowear patterns. I found several patterns for footwear items I hadn't really known existed, but can definitely see how useful they would be.
For example, the yoga socks in the book leave the toe and heel area open. The sandal socks are designed to cover the middle feet area, so that flip flops or other sandals are worn over the sandal sock. This small project could be completed quickly and in a variety of colors to lend a nice accessory touch that would carry your summer sandals into cool evening wear.
Numerous construction techniques are used throughout the book. Some of the socks inlude turned heels, tube socks, and afterthought heels. Some of the patterns are simple one color designs using thick yarn, while other patterns use lace and bobbles, are different color patterns. There are patterns for children and mens socks, although the overwhelming majority of patterns ar efor adult women.
There are a variety of yarns used thorughout the book. The simple monogrammed slipper pattern uses Lamb's Pride Bulky, which is an affordable wool yarn that knits up quickly. This pattern would be nice for Christmas gifts as they would knit up so fast and could be personalized for the recipient witht he embroidered letters that are added. Lamb's Pride Bulky is also used for the piano key patterned above the knee stocking pattern called "Echo of Deco." Other patterns use pricier designer yarns, so knowledge on how to substitute yarns would come in handy for knitters who own this book as many specialty yarns are discontinued quickly.
There is simply a huge variety in this book. There is a pattern for basic crew socks, and another for simple felted slippers. Most of the other patterns are for unique footwear that uses different patterns, construciton techniques, or embellishments. More than one of these is employed in several of the patterns. Although this book has something for all level of knitters who have the minimal basic skills, those with at least intermediate ability will benefit the most from adding this to their knitting book collections. Again, it is the variety in this book which defines it, those with at least intermediate skills willbe able to knit the majority of these items.
FTC requirements: I was provided a free review copy of this book by the publisher. All of my reviews are my honest opinion. I received no compensation from the publisher or book author for this review.