Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles|
by Cat Bordi
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I'd heard so much about this book that when I finally laid hands on a copy I was momentarily confused. Surely this 44-page soft-bound booklet wasn't the same one everyone was talking about? Where was the rest of it?
Once I opened it up and started reading, I realized the magnitude of my misconception.
If you're interested in learning how to knit socks on two circular needles -- a hot topic for many knitters today -- this is the only book you'll ever need to own.
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She knows exactly how to explain it to newbies, anticipating confusing points and conveying comfort and confidence in her friendly, conversant writing style.
That's when I realized that some things are best understood by doing, not just analyzing. Take out your needles and some test yarn, follow Bordhi's instructions, and you'll quickly see what I mean.
The book's title isn't just catchy alliteration. In using two circular needles instead of four or five DPNs, you're eliminating more than half of the needle joins, each of which can momentarily stall your progress.
Bordhi compares the results to a ride on an express train, while the traditional DPN technique is the milk train that stops at every village and town along the way.
If you have a tried-and-true sock pattern that you've always used, fear not: Bordi explains how to convert "traditional" sock patterns for use with two circular needles. Or if you prefer to start from scratch, you can begin with her Simple Sock Pattern. But don't stop there.
There are four easy patterns, six intermediate ones, and one advanced. She touches on every knitting aesthetic, from textures to lace and simple colors.
I'm grateful that Bordhi took the time, energy, and risk of publishing this book herself. It joins Spin Off's Socks! on my list of essential sock-knitting resources.