Around the World in Knitted Socks: 26 Inspired Designs

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International sock knitting sensation Stephanie van der Linden shares an irresistible collection of 26 original designs inspired by global knitting traditions. In Around the World in Knitted Socks, you'll travel through world cultures by foot and try your hand at new patterns and techniques.

Using stitch motifs and colors, knitting techniques and construction details, the socks blend regional knitting traditions with Stephanie's unique design flair. Drawing inspiration from signature local textiles such as Turkish kilim carpets, Japanese sashiko embroidery, Belgian lace, American quilts, and Scottish argyle tartan, each pattern is distinctly tied to both country and culture. You'll also learn traditional knitting techniques including Estonian and Latvian braids, Norwegian stranded knitting, and Austrian twisted-stitch designs.

Though each pattern in Around the World in Knitted Socks draws on a different global inspiration, the thoughtful construction and attention to detail are signature elements of Stephanie's work and are showcased in both detailed photography and an illustrated glossary.

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Stephanie Van Der Linden is a knitwear designer based in Friedberg, Germany. Her designs have appeared in Twist Collective and Anna Crafts magazines. She is the author of six knitting books in German; this is the second book of her designs to be published in English.

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"If you like learning about the knitting traditions, motifs and inspirations of different countries around the world, you're sure to enjoy Around the World in Knitted Socks...This book would make a great gift for a sock knitter or someone who is interested in knitting history and traditions. It's also just a pretty book that's sure to inspire knitters -- sock knitters and non-sock knitters alike -- by illustrating the wide range of techniques and motifs in the wide world of knitting." - About.com Knitting

"Stephanie Van Der Linden has created a fabulous collection of foot-sized knitted treasures that will inspire and tempt socks knitters as they flip through its pages." - Knitty.com

"Make room on your sock book shelf for Stephanie van der Linden's Around the World in Knitted Socks, previously seen on this blog in the original German. I'm so excited that English speaking knitters can now see Stephanie's genius in familiar terms." - Twist Collective

"A top-down sock knitter looking for sophisticated, fun, and challenging patterns will want to take this book home for sure!" - Knit Circus

"If I was a faster knitter, I'd have a drawer full of these already, but until then, I'll be paging through and sighing at the lovely photos and descriptions. - Austen Gilliland, Canadian Living

"If you like to learn about new cultures and have a passion for sock knitting, hotfoot it... and order a copy of this book now." - Knit Today (Dec. 2010 Issue)

"Elements of national costume appear alongside beautiful folk patterns, but it's exotic touches such as the Sashiko embroidery on the Japanese sock that set these designs apart. Offering clear advice on the advanced techniques used, this is a delight for the confident heel-turner." - The Knitter (UK)

"The designs are gorgeous. They strike the perfect balance of being both unique, and recognizable enough to associate with the country they represent...I think the true value of this book is in the colorwork patterns. It's not just the use of more than a single color of yarn that's noteworthy; it's the addition of complementary cuffs and heels, interesting gusset shaping... all the details that take a stitch pattern and turn it into a complete sock pattern." - Grumperina blog

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