Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
The visual illusion and movement effects of the Bauhaus art movement known as Op-art has been translated into 19 sock knitting patterns in Stephanie Van Der Linden's latest book. The collection is made up of mostly two stranded circular knit socks in either a single common size for either men or women.
Each sock has been meticulously worked out to fit well with proper size, detailing while also showcasing an all-over pattern that creates an illusion of movement. Van Der Linden used her background in mathematics and science to create these "feets" of engineering. Understandably, the patterns are offered in only one size each. If a knitter would like to change the size, they could explore using different size yarns or needles. The patterns also use specific designer yarns that are not always easy to substitute, so be warned that this is not a book of patterns that you can just use yarn from your stash and knit for anyone, picking a size from an entire range of baby to large adult.
The colorful designs are given in chart form, while the basic sock pattern information is written as a pattern. Sor example, the written pattern tells you how many stitches to cast on, and where to make decreases, increases, gussets and toe shaping, while the chart shows how to knit the Op-art design in the sock.
The Op-art designs are so appealing and unique that the book may be worth it to some people just for the stitch patterns and inspiration. The Ludwig sock has mosaic slip stitch shifting color background with moving vertical lines that break up the background, creating visual movement. The black and white Feny sock has a rippling basket weave look that almost looks like it is waving. The Victor sock has a subtly changing spiral on a neutral background that appears to be spinning. These patterns could be applied to other projects such as a sweater or a handbag with stunning results.
Since all of these socks are knit on circular needles with at least two strands per round, this book is sutiable for intermdiate to advanced knitters. There is a resource section in the back to help refresh on different intermediate skills sued in the book, but it is likely not enough to teach a beginning level knitter these skills. The Resource section also lists information on where to purchase the yarns used in the book.
In summary, this book is worth adding to your knitting library if you are really fascinated with Op-Art patterns and would like to knit them. You can use the patterns as is only if you have very average adult feet, and you ar esure to find the specialized yarn. Avid sock knitters may want to add this to their collection for the uniquely engineeredd patterns in the book.
FTC requirements: the publisher provided me a free review copy of this book. All of my reviews are my honest opinion. I received no compensation from the publisher or book author for this review.