I have hand-knit socks and I absolutely love them! If you have never made a pair of soft, warm hand-made socks, grab some double pointed needles and give it a try. When you first use double pointed needles (DPNs) you will feel like you are juggling toothpicks, but after a few rows are done you will see just how much fun they are to use for knitting.
Terrific Toe-up Socks – Knit to Fit is a twist on the normal sock pattern which is usually knit cuff down. Why toe up? The book states the reason is so that there is no toe grafting and it is easier to fit.
The book is set up with a brief introduction, the anatomy of a sock, and some basic information describing needed tools. Next is a section of instructions for working each part of the sock: Cast-on, Toe and Foot, Working the Heels, Leg and Cuff, and Cast-off.
Following the instruction section are the 10 projects. As for skill levels, there are two easy, one experienced, and the rest intermediate. I would recommend the patterns in this book for a knitter that is at least an advanced beginner and not a new knitter. The cast-on method used in the “easy” patterns was very confusing to me and I have knitted socks before!
There is a nice variety of patterns that includes the basic sock, lacy, cable, colors, and even spa socks. This is a nice book for those who would like to try toe-up sock knitting.