Toe-up, with an exclamation point!

Participating in a blog book tour for Chrissy Gardiner’s newest book, Toe-Up!, was an easy decision. I highly respect Chrissy’s designs, and have had incredible success knitting so many of them! In addition, I received a preview copy of this book back in August, and have leafed through it many times since then. I feel that I can contribute some helpful comments by now ;).

Continue to the extended entry for my review of Toe-Up! If you’re so inclined, you can visit the official website of the book to see the complete blog tour schedule, and read other blog tour reviews! The website also contains pictures of the patterns: those published in the book, as well as extra ones.

And if you still want more, I have two copies of this book to give away!

  • To enter, simply leave a comment on this post!

  • Please use a working e-mail address. If I can’t get in touch with you, you can’t win!
  • One entry per person.
  • Comments will be closed Sunday (February 7th) evening.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail.

Good luck, and I hope you enjoy my review of this book!

Comments have now been closed, and the two winners will be notified shortly. Thank you for participating!

As the name implies, Toe-Up! is dedicated to knitting socks, from the toe up!

The first part of the book is dedicated to essential toe-up techniques. To start, there’s the always-heated dpns vs. two-circ vs. magic loop discussion (it’s good to get that out of the way). While each knitter has a favorite method, Chrissy pleases everyone by treating our choices with ease and comfort, and without fuss. The truth is that it’s not a big deal. I personally never appreciate books specifically written for 2 circs, for instance. Chrissy handles this aspect well in writing the patterns, too, by not numbering the needles and just designating instep and heel stitches, the end.

Needle choice is followed by sections on sock fit, knitting gauge, and choice of yarn fiber and color. Then come instructions for all the different cast-ons, toes, heels, and bind-offs that are essential for knitting a sock from the toe up. I thought the writing in this part of the book was crystal clear, the pictures were demonstrative, and the number of showcased techniques was perfect for the scope of this book – not too many, not too few. I also enjoyed the suggestions about fit relative to foot anatomy (for narrow heels, do such and such, etc.).

The next section of the book contains the actual patterns, which represent a nice range: simple and complicated, for feet big and small, men and women and children. They use a variety of heels and toes from the first part of the book. Of course the option to mix-and-match is always there. I especially love the pattern/technique grid on page 58, which summarizes all the different elements of the designs.

For the patterns, I felt that Chrissy struck the perfect balance between spelling out instructions exactly (large and clear charts are provided) and leaving the knitter totally on his or her own (the phrase, “use your favorite bind-off” is standard). The only negative, which I must mention in this here honest review, is that while the book had wonderful, artistic photos, I felt it lacked clear “full shot” photographs: sock toe together with sock foot, together with sock heel, together with sock leg, together with the cuff. Fortunately, there’s a virtual fashion show on the Toe-Up! website which complements the book’s photographs nicely.

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The last section of the book contains blank worksheets for calculating heels and toes, enabling any knitter to use his or her creativity and imagination! All the worksheets have a “Check That” section to make sure the numbers were crunched correctly before any knitting takes place. Need an example? No problem! Sample worksheets appear all throughout the first section of the book!

Overall, this is an excellent resource for any sock knitter. It would be perfect for someone who’s never knit toe-up socks before, while a seasoned pro could pick up new tips and tricks, as well as discover beautiful new patterns The best aspect of the book, in my opinion, is the perfect balance between instructional information, patterns, and worksheets – each one receives just the right amount of attention.

521 thoughts on “Toe-up, with an exclamation point!

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  1. Helena Dias

    Hi Kathy: Great review of the book. Love to ready your blog. Your project always look wonderful. You have been an inpiration to me. I’ve starting knitting again after a break of almost 20 years. I only hope to be one of the lucky winners.

  2. Sue

    I only recently tried toe up, put off by finding an elastic cast off. But now I am loving the security of knowing you will have enough to finish. This book looks like it has lots of yummy socks to knit.

  3. Gerry

    I love toe-up method. I use the magic loop method and could really use a new book.

    Thanks for offering this book to one lucky winner. Could be me ! !

  4. Auntly H

    I’ve had some mixed feelings about toe-up socks, but this makes me want to dive in and give them a real chance at becoming a favorite.

  5. Gretchen

    Thanks for the offer! I’ve only recently begun using toe up methodsand wouldvlove to read another approach!

  6. Ana

    Great review! I’ve been thinking about getting a sock pattern book but have been a bit boggled by the selection. I’ll definitely keep this in mind :)

  7. Michele

    Great review! I’ve made a couple pairs of toe up socks and everytime I wear them, I think I should make more as they are so comfortable. Probably should just get busy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Kaitlin

    this book looks amazing! i can’t believe that i haven’t heard anything about it before now. even if i don’t win i might have to go pick it up somewhere. i honestly love when you review books on your blog and introduce me to something i would never have known about otherwise.

  9. Megan

    Great review for what looks like a terrific sock book. I have made many pairs of cuff down socks (including jaywalker) but never toe-up socks. Will have to give them a try. Another confession is I have never commented on a blog before so I hope you get this!

  10. Kelly S

    Thanks for the review of this book and a chance to win one! It sounds like a nice resource with some pretty sock patterns.

  11. Laurel

    I love reading your reviews, and this is no exception. The only problem I have with them is that I am then “forced” to go out and buy most of the books. This one looks great. I was a confirmed “no socks” knitter for quite a long time, however, lately I have amended that and now am on the lookout for good patterns, especially toe up!

  12. Susann

    I only knit toe up now and love the fit. The patterns in this book look so interesting. Might be time to move beyond plain vanilla socks. A great review. Thanks

  13. Leslie

    Wow – I’d love a copy of that. After running out of yarn on the sole (ha-ha) pair of socks I’ve ever knit, I swore I’d never do anything but toe-ups again. Ever. This book would make that ever so much easier. Thanks for the great give away!

  14. Ginger

    I’m about to try my first pair of toe-up socks and I’m really exciting to get into this type of sock knitting. This book may be just right for me! :-)

  15. Josiane

    I’ve only ever knit my socks top down, and though I’m not really intimidated by the idea of trying to knit them toe up, a resource offering “crystal clear writing” and “suggestions about fit relative to foot anatomy” would certainly be useful to me! Thanks for this informative review, and the chance at winning a copy!

  16. Kay

    When will art directors and photographers realize that while we knitters love some sumptuous photos, what we really need is not high art but photos that show us what all our hard work is really likely to yield. A Fine Fleece, an otherwise top-notch book, has this same problem. But those socks above sure do look purty. (From what I can tell)

  17. maria Henderson

    I love these blog book tours. I am just starting my first pair of socks. These patterns look like fun.



  18. elora

    This does look like an interesting book, especially since (based on an extremely unscientific analysis of family members’ reactions to Christmas presents) socks seem to be the best-appreciated typr of knitted gift.

  19. Claire

    I just started making my first pair of socks! I started knitting 3 years ago and I have to say that this blog is one of the reasons why I kept doing it, so winning a toe-up sock book from my favorite blogger would be many, many types of awesome.

  20. Alison

    Thanks for the chance to win. I’ve knit a few socks from the toe up, but they’ve all been very basic.

  21. Michele

    Great review, as usual. I do love me some toe-up socks.

    (And, Kay, ITA about the photo thing. I’d like to see more close-up, clear examples of stitch patterns in knitting/crocheting books.)

  22. Jane Nearing

    OK, I AM tired of wasting bits of sock yarn and trying to guess how long to make the legs, so I’ll give it a try!

  23. Lisa

    Great review–looks like just the resource I’m looking for to expand my sock knitting repertoire!

  24. Misty

    Well thought out review! I’ve always trusted your opinion on these things (where “these” = “socks”) :)

  25. Karen

    I just ran to the end of the post to leave a comment so maybe I’ll win a copy. Running back up to read the rest of it. I’m sure it’s fab.

  26. Suze

    I’m yet to try toe-up socks, it still seems a little daunting but this might be the book to make me try it out :)

  27. ikisti

    Got to love a knitting book that combines socks, good instructions and jumping off points. If I don’t win it I think I might still have to add it to the library.

  28. Kay

    Loved the review and the patterns look like a lot of fun. I’ve not tried making socks since I have litte short fat feet, but toe-up might just work for me!

  29. Penny

    Sounds like a good book. You write a great review. I have the feeling that you know the book almost as well as the author.

  30. Becky

    Thanks for the review – this looks like a really well-thought-out book. I’d love to win a copy!

  31. sangeet

    Thanks for another great book review. I’ve been knitting for a while, but am just now thinking about venturing into sockland — so far I’ve been scared off by the very thin needles and yarn. But inspired by your blog I picked up a couple different sock books at the library. I still have some anatomy of a sock learning to really grasp before I’ll be ready to dive in — this book looks like it would really help with that!

  32. Juliann

    I just heard a podcast interview with Chrissy Gardiner yesterday. I liked what she had to say about the design process, and I am kinda interested in checking this book out. It is “coincidence” that today I read your blog, and here is your review. Thanks!

  33. TheDormouse

    I’ve done several pairs of cuff-down socks, but always been a little scared of toe-up – no good reason, just am! Maybe this is exactly the book I need to overcome my condition…

  34. Barb

    This could be the push I need to try toe-ups. They look like fabulous designs! I’m crossing my fingers to see if I get a jump start with a free book. :)

  35. Amy

    Thanks for the review! I am a pretty dedicated cuff-down sock knitter but would love to try more toe-up designs in the future!

  36. Lauren


    Long time lurker, Finally commenting because your review makes me want this book! I prefer toe up socks and it gets irritating to have to alter patterns all the time. So I hope I win! Thanks

  37. P J Evans

    It looks interesting – I’ve got my basic sock down pretty well, knitting toe-up with a nice gusseted heel, but adding patters would make it more fun (also more complicated).

    (I have short fat feet, too. Not a problem!)

  38. Jenny

    I’ve been wanting to try making socks toe-up, but haven’t had the courage to try yet. I’ve made many pairs cuff down successfully, but it would be nice to work toe up so I could use as much yarn as I possibly could (I hate having too much yarn leftover, knowing I could have made the socks longer!). This looks like a great book, and I’ll probably get it, even if I don’t win. ;)

  39. jules

    i love knitting toe up socks. i’m forever looking for new patterns to try. nice patterns seem so elusive. i saw this book in a catalog and got the wants for it. thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book!

  40. Miranda

    Interesting! I have made one pair of toe-up socks, but I was put off by the way the short-row heel fit my narrow heels. I would be thrilled to learn about different shaping techniques.

  41. Abby

    I think with all of the techniques in this book it would be a worthwhile addition to my knitting book collection. I actually hesitate to purchase sock patterns… I guess I don’t have a really good reason, but there are so many good free ones out there!

  42. Teresa Gadda

    The book looks like it has some fun designs! I’d love to learn toe-up knitting without using that heel that you go back for and knit like the top of a hat (I can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s kinda strange looking).

  43. Adrienne

    Toe up socks saved my soul when it came to knitting socks! The book looks like a good one to have on the shelf.

  44. Gail Lucille

    Whoo-Hoo…2 thumbs up for Toe-Up Book, those

    colors they used in the book are so pretty.

    Thanks for the chance of winning this book…

  45. Faith

    This definitely looks like a book that I’ll need to add to my library! Thanks for a good, clear review.

  46. Marta Dias

    This may be just what I need to knit that first pair of socks – toe-up seems to be the way to start…

  47. Sasha M.

    Toe-up socks are my favorite sort of socks to knit, so I’m happy to see yet another book out there focusing on this method. It looks like quite the lovely addition, too! I’d love to add it to my collection.

  48. Sarah

    Thanks for the great review! I’ve been thinking about perhaps trying toe-up socks again (I had a love/hate relationship with them in the past because of never-stretchy-enough bind-offs) and I think this book could really help with that endeavor. If I don’t win it, I’ll definitely be adding it to my wishlist as a reminder to buy it in the future!

  49. D Louise

    Thanks for the review. I think I’ve just found the book I need. I knit a lot of socks for charity, on worsted weight yarn. I have a lot of sock weight yarn, and I think I really SHOULD make some socks for myself, soon.

  50. Kristen S.

    I like a book that respects our ability to make our own choices about how to knit in the round and how to mix and match sock parts!

  51. Carol

    Thanks for introducing me to this book. Toe-up is my preferred direction and I really like these patterns. Can’t wait to try one.

  52. Debi R

    I’m lovin what I’m seeing here! It looks like a great book and I’d love to win a copy! Thanks for the review as I usually knit my socks top down. I am currently on my 2nd pair of toe up socks so this could be very useful.

  53. M. Lynn

    I like the idea of using up all the precious (wollmeise, STR, etc) yarn for toe up socks, but have really only done so once. Wool socks are actually mostly too hot for me, and itchy, unless they are ankle length. Have you discovered any other good non-wool sock yarns, lately?

  54. Sheryl

    Looks like a great book! I am always looking for more toe-up patterns and this book seems like a great one to add to the library. It will definitely be added to my wishlist!

  55. Mary Steinmetz

    Wow! Clearly written techniques for making socks that actually might fit my giant duck-shaped fit. I’m adding this book to my wish list.

  56. courtney

    I am a new sock knitter and would especially like to see the info on calculating heel and gusset. I really enjoy reading your blog and have learned alot from it.

  57. margieinmaryland

    I was thinking of trying a complex toe up pattern from BMFA, but perhaps, learning how to make a toe up sock would be a better first try!


  58. Annie

    This looks amazing. I’ve always wanted to try toe up socks but never found a pattern I really loved. I’m totally gonna snag this book if I don’t win! It looks great. :)

  59. Janina

    This looks like a good resource book. I haven’t ventured into toe-up socks yet…. perhaps the time is nigh!

  60. CaroleP (ohio

    Good review on the book, think I already agree with the pics not giving the important details in 1 or 2 shots. But I do like the rest of your comments. I’m just really getting into toe up and don’t really feel comfortable doing them. This book sounds great! By the way, I’ve been a “lurker” for quite some time but, thought now would be a good time to de-lurk. Read your blog always! Good deal! Thanks!

  61. jessica

    Toe up!! I really love to knit this way and on magic loop too.

    though I always get stuck on the gusset! I need this book! ;)

  62. Samantha

    Wonderful review. I am drooling over the book and am going to buy it (if I don’t win) for sure. I Wonderful review. I am drooling over the book and am going to buy it (if I don’t win) for sure. I <3 sock books!

  63. Guri

    Oooh looks like a great book! I’ll throw my chances in for winning it, if luck isn’t on my side, I’ll most likely buy it!

  64. Jacqui

    Love the knee high rib increases. Would love to try real toe ups. Baudelaire is my only effort!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  65. Aberdonian

    Why is it that everytime you review a book I have to have it! You are an evil enabler of the best kind.

  66. GinkgoKnits

    Wow, not only a handy techniques section but a stunning set of patterns. Sound like a must have addition to any knitting library.

  67. dclulu

    Looks like a wonderful book — thanks for the review. Boy, those photos (and socks, of course) are gorgeous.

  68. Genny

    Goodness! I don’t even like toe-up socks that much, but those are stunning. Thank you for all the book reviews you do, you have a knack for it.

  69. Maria


    the pictures are very compelling and judging from your review it is a book I could use!

    Thanks for all your posts, I really enjoy reading your blog!


  70. Sandy

    Thanks so much! I like toe up socks, but often struggle with the length being wrong for my feet. Something in my gauge doesn’t match what they think I need for the length of the gusset or something. Ah, well, at least I know my shortcomings!

  71. (Another) Joan

    Leaving a random comment in the hope I might win. Perhaps then I’d be brave enough to try knitting socks, since it’d be easier to fix a problem of fit “toe-up” than “toe-down”, it seems to me…

  72. Emma

    What a great book! I’ve only tried toe-up socks once, and failed completely to get it right:( I really want to learn though!

  73. Amanda

    Great review and such an incredible looking book. I love books that give you options about what you knit. Not one to follow anythig as written it helps me tremendously when books are written specifically with that in mind! Thanks to your review this is definitely being added to my Amazon wish list!

  74. OzKnitter

    Lovely books, some pretty patterns in there, just what I’d expect from Chrissy. Thanks for the review, it’s always interesting to hear your point of view.

    ozknitter AT gmail DOT com

  75. Tsuki

    A nice, informative and honest review. I don’t often comment on blogs, but I thoroughly enjoy reading this one.

    As for toe-up socks, I’ve only knit one pair and they suffered fit issues (for my OH, and they’re too long) – I think because I didn’t know how to adjust for his heel shape, so this book sounds like a great idea! I’m sure it’ll be available in the UK eventually… (or already is, and I just haven’t found it!)

  76. Melynda

    Thank you so much for the review! I have never knit socks tow up but I think that this book would be a great one to get me started.

  77. Robin

    This book is on my wishlist! I haven’t knit any toe up socks yet, but am planning to learn so that I can use up every bit of some handpainted yarns w/o worrying about running short at the 2nd toe.

  78. Rebecca Evers

    I love toe-up on 2 or 1 circuluar needle, so would love to have a different book to add to the two books by Cat in my library. Read you everyday, thanks for your blog, Kathy

  79. Kristina

    Hi Kathy,

    What a great book. Looks like there are some beautiful patterns in here. I haven’t tried toe up yet and this seems the perfect book to get me started.

    Take care, Kristina

  80. jakkimitch

    I’ve tried to knit socks from the toe up – using patterns/techniques from several different well respected designers, but have not been happy with my results.

    However, you’ve convinced me to give it one more try. I’m going to buy Chrissy’s book!

  81. jane george

    I am a sock knitting virgin, have been reading a lot about socks, this method really sounds interesting, would love to have this book. Thanks for having the contest.

  82. Jennifer

    Certainly does look like an interesting book. I’ve been meaning to try a pair of toe up socks, so count me in.

  83. Jen

    Wow – that is a LOT of comments already! The book looks interesting, I have yet to try toe up socks and winning this would give me incentive and resources!

  84. Marisa

    Great review – sounds like a very cool book. I love the idea of knitting a sock til my yarn runs out… Definitely need to try toe-up!

  85. britt

    toe up is my favorite way to do socks, but my mojo has been lost. maybe i will check this book out at my LYS on friday.

  86. Rue Toland

    Those are some lovely patterns! I end up knitting most of my socks while reading so these look perfect – complicated enough to be interesting yet simple enough to knit without looking down too much. Thanks for a great review.

  87. Susan

    Oh dear. Now which project will I pick up next? Sashiko or socks? I adore those anklets with ruffles. But sashiko looks like fun – especially with all those colors. If a new sock book comes into my home, I’m guessin’ socks will win. If not, sashiko.

  88. Luci

    I haven’t done toe up socks before, but I am definitely ready to try. Your review of the book was very helpful.

  89. Elizabeth

    Great review. I’ve been looking for a reason to try socks again–my first attempts (years ago) were less than successful, but all of these choices for fit should make a big difference!

  90. Teish

    This book looks fantastic! Thanks for the in-depth review. :-) I’ve never tried toe-up socks, but this book just might tempt me to give it a go!

  91. Sally

    I need to give toe up socks another try, and this book looks postitively lovely! Thank you for the opportunity!

  92. sue krekorian

    There’s some gorgeous and enjoyable knitting and wearing within those book covers and I’m so happy to learn about this lovely pattern collection. To win it would be even more wonderful!

  93. Dalila

    This looks like a really complete book!

    I like the idea of toe-up socks (to use up the whole yarn ball) but have never completed a pair (one attempt frogged).

    This looks like a great book to have as a reference and encouragement!

  94. Gayle

    I’ve yet to knit socks toe up, maybe this is the book to get me started. Thanks for the great book review, I’d love to win a copy.

  95. Rose P

    Thanks for the notice about Chrissy’s blog tour and book. Looked at some of the previous blogs and was wowed.

  96. blueberryblues

    OOOH – I LOVE those red socks. I’ve never knit a toe up pair of socks and I love the blend of technique and beautiful patterns. This is definitely a book to put on my wish list if I’m not lucky enough to win a copy!

  97. One Sheep

    If I’m ever going to master socks, toe up or otherwise, I need a book with this level of step by step detail. Please enter me.

  98. Anne

    Thanks for the great review. Toe up is my favorite way to make socks, would love to add this to my library.

  99. Kelly

    I’d love a copy of this book! I just finished my first pair of socks yesterday. I am also taking a class on the toe up technique this weekend so this book would be a great resource.


  100. Tracy

    I’ve not tried socks yet – too intimidated. This book sounds like a great intro, and would love to learn toe up!

  101. Sandra

    Great information – toe up is my favourite way to make socks, so it’snice to see so many available options, clearly written out!

  102. Rebecca

    Thanks so much for sharing – toe up is my favorite construction and I find I am adapting it from other patterns – nice to get a book to reinforce my thoughts and offer some new ones!


  103. Karen

    Thanks for the wonderful review. I love to read book reviews on blogs – it always helps me decide if it is a book that would be good for me. And I think that this book is a winner. I think my favorite are the sweet ruffled socks!

  104. linken

    Pick me, Pick me. I have wanted this book, but well, my bookshelf is full, and my yarn stash is quite out of control….so I have a selfimposed moritorium on new purchases. Its just making my Amazon wish list of books get longer and longer!

  105. lauren

    oh that’s exciting to see some colorwork designs in there – I keep thinking I’d like to get into knitting some fair isle socks but I haven’t seen any toe-up patterns.

  106. Konswan

    Bom dia! I am an expatriate living in Flores island of the Azores, practicing sustainable living on a small farm. Learned to knit at 8 yrs old, took a 25-yr sabbatical, but have returned to the craft. Love it, especially for the winter here. Next I would like to learn to spin wool. We have solar power, but not much sun in the winter, so sometimes the knitting happens under candle light. A little insane…but, yes, toe-up socks…just started to do it, segueing into doing top down hats and sweaters. I would love to have a copy of the new book, as reading by computer is solar powered and nearly impossible for me at my latitude in the winter. This is my first time posting on a knit blog, although I visit many, feeling like a peeping Tom. I´ve “stalked” your blog for 4 yrs now. Now I´ve confessed and feel better.;)

    Thanks for continuing to blog and sharing of yourself.

  107. Erin K

    I just finished my first pair of socks. I found written instructions on the internet and used wikipedia to help me navigate what’s what on a sock.

    Gosh, a book like this would have been beyond exceptional in my adventure.

    It was fun nonetheless. :)

  108. Cinnie

    What is it about making socks that is so compelling? I’m a top down kinda girl, but I could change my ways…

  109. Joan

    Thanks for the informative review! I’ve been debating purchasing this book – now I’ll just cross my fingers for a while and hope I win!

  110. mamacitamax

    Thanks for the great review! I always have a hard time with sock patterns because I love to do mine two at a time, toe-up. Thanks for offering this give-away!

  111. Megeen

    I’ve declared 2010 to be the year of knitting socks for myself. Sounds like I need this book. Lovely projects and photos!

  112. Kassia

    Oooo would love to win! I have knit many pairs of socks but have not had luck knitting them toe-up. That’s my goal for 2010. :)

  113. Kandace

    I’ve only tried toe up a couple of times, juggling needles with just a few teeny stitches a the beginning always scares me!

  114. KozyKitty

    I would love a copy of this book! I’ve never knit toe up socks before yet they strike me as the way to get a sock that fits really well. I’m loving that bright red pair!

  115. gina

    great review! i haven’t yet tried socks… other than christmas stockings… perhaps this would entice me to start!

  116. Laverne Garwood

    This is a great review. Thanks for you deligence! You are always the go to girl for detail! I am slow to approach toe up socks. I’d love to have a chance to give it another go.

  117. amalia

    The only toe-up sock book I currently have is from WendyKnits… this review makes me think it’s time to add a mate to my first toe up book. Thanks for the excellent review!

  118. Jayne Flynn

    I have made socks on two circs, socks on dpns, socks two at a time but never toe up socks! Would love to learn this technique and these are beautiful designs :)

  119. Diana

    There are some cute patterns in there! I hear you on seeing the combination of heel, toe, and cuff patterns all in one photo.. though only seeing a bit of a sock is inspiring me to knit those minty green one you have pictured :-)

  120. mai

    oh, i love toe-up socks! i like being able to use as much of the yarn as possible, really. it sounds like this book has some really great tips and techniques.

  121. tasha

    Huh. I’ve never done a toe up sock before, and now I suddenly SUPER WANT TO!! (ha ha, I’m all about hopping on bandwagons…) Thanks for the review.

  122. Nancy Jo

    Knitting a toe-up sock is on my “10 for ’10″ new techniques list. Actually, I hope to knit TWO of them! :-))

  123. Valerie

    Toe-up is an awesome way to do socks, and I so love seeing patterns that explore various ways to do this. I never tire of reading about heels, especially, as there’s so many interesting ways to execute them. Thanks for the review!

  124. Julie

    Great review :) This book looks like it is very informative yet fun. I’ve never done toe-up socks myself, but if I had a book like this I’d want to get going right away!

  125. Emily

    Thanks for the review! I have been interested in trying toe-up for a while, and maybe this book will finally give me enough confidence to do so. (In the dpn vs 2-circ debate, let me cast my vote for DPNS!!!!)

  126. morningstar

    I am a basic knitter, just starting to learn how to knit socks (made two pair cuff-down, and now am learning to do two-at-once) but would love to learn the toe-up method. Your review is very helpful and I thank you for writing so that those of us who are not expert knitters can still understand. I discovered your blog about a year ago and have learned quite a lot from you.

  127. Ella

    Thanks for the review! My preferred sock style is toe up, so I’d love to get a chance to win this book.

  128. not supergirl

    Oooh, this looks fun! I’ve been thinking of starting a pair of toe-up socks ever since I knit a top down hat. Also, on my last pair of socks, I let a little bit of the wonderful yarn go to waste and could’ve made each sock slightly longer. I’d love to win this book!

    So, what’ll be your first pair from here? I like the lacy ones shown in red. Pretty!

  129. Sarah

    I always have such a hard time with toe-up socks, so this book would be a big help since I would really like to use this constructions technique!

  130. Sonya

    It sounds like I need this book. I fell in love with toe-up socks last year and have been looking for a great book like this.

    Thanks for the review!

  131. Samantha

    I absolutely love to knit socks, but alas, have never been able to succesfully knit a pair toe-up. You write such great reviews and I would really love to try again.

  132. LoriAngela

    Your recommendations are always taken seriously. Gardiner works was my first on-line pattern purchase and a great success. Thanks for showing us how it’s done.

  133. Barbara

    Thanks for the review. I have been thinking of purchasing the book because I love knitting socks, but I am in a top down rut. Maybe I will be a winner!

  134. blogless grace

    Very clear directions on afterthought heel–I have fumbled them on previous socks. Wonderful review.

  135. cath

    Interesting–toe up is not my ususal method, though I have tried it, so I could probably learn a lot from this book. Thanks for the review.

  136. Rachel

    Oooh, great review! I’d love a copy, should I be lucky enough! Thanks for doing reviews by the way, I really trust your opinion as we seem to have very similar tastes. You’re a much more prolific knitter then I am (I have a 5-year old, thats my excuse and Im sticking to it); I love to live vicariously through your beautiful knits and dream of what I might someday have the time to accomplish!

  137. Seanna Lea

    Wow. I love the socks you showcased in the pictures. I already have a toe up sock book, but I like the knitterly look of these patterns a bit more (though the other book is solid for technique and showing pictures of the full sock).

  138. Angie

    A book would be really great! I had kept a super old episode of Knitty Gritty that used to air on the DIY network as a reference but then I switched satellite carriers and all my Knitty Gritty’s are gone!!! It was a sad day!

  139. Kira

    Thanks for the review! Seems like all the reviews of this book are pretty positive. Toe-up is already my preferred method but I would love a copy of the book. Thanks!

  140. Hiedy

    This looks like a fantastic resource and could easily become a go-to for a toe up sock knitter. Thanks for keeping up this wonderful blog! I’ve been a reader for a while but this book is bringing me out of the woodwork.

  141. beccah

    Great review – I’ve been hoping to get a better look at that book – toe up socks are one of the next knitting things I’d like to try and “master”!

  142. ariane

    I’m all about the toe-up sock (only ever knit one pair top-down, my first). I don’t like having to reverse all the lovely sock patterns that go top-down, so I’ve been mainly knitting plain socks or socks with stitch patterns that work both ways (hello Monkeys!). This book sounds great!

    Thanks for doing this giveaway, Kathy!

  143. Faith

    Sounds like a well-done, informative book. And I love doing socks toe-up when possible, particularly if I’m short on yarn. Until recently, I only knew how to do short-row heels when going toe-up; now I’ve discovered another method, but I’m always on the lookout for more techniques.

  144. Amy

    Thanks for the thoughtful review. I love to knit socks and am always looking for the next great sock book!

  145. Jean A.

    I have started toe-up socks, but have yet to finish any (it might have been my choice of heel). I think the book sounds great, and I’d love to win it!

  146. Cathy

    Looks like a lot of pretty patterns! I need to knit some more toe-up socks again. It’s nice not to have to worry about running out of yarn!

  147. Sheila

    Great review! I had been looking at this book for a long time wondering if I should get it because knitting from the toe-up is my preferred method of knitting socks. Now I know that this book should be at the top of my list. Thanks again.

  148. Janelle

    Great review. I would love to see those worksheets – I’ve always been a fan of formula patterns. They are so easily customized. Thanks for the contest!

  149. Cathy

    Hi Kathy, I love your blog! Your projects always inspire me too. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book!

  150. Charissa

    Thanks for your thorough review. Maybe Chrissy’s book can finally get a short row heel to stick in my brain!

  151. elizabeth

    I haven’t bought a for real sock book in a long time, but your review really makes me want to pick this one up!

  152. Sherri Hulse

    This booklooksreally interesting. I have not tried toe up socks, but there are somevery interesting designs shown here. Thanks!

  153. Liz

    Crossing my fingers that I get picked — I have a couple of wonderful sock books in my library, but they’re all top-down, and I’ve got so many balls of yarn that *might* knit up a pair of socks, if only I learned how to do them toe-up!

  154. diane

    I REALLY need to do my socks toe up… With size 11 wide I need every inch of yarn I have to get a decent length in the leg. It is so annoying to finish only to realize I probably could have gone at least a half inch longer on the leg.

  155. Michelle

    I’ve never had good experience with my toe-up socks, but this book seems like it has great advice and I’ll be trying them again. Thank you!

  156. Margo D.

    Thanks for the review! I’ve only made a few pairs of toe-up socks, but this book has such gorgeous patterns that I’ll have to make more!

  157. Weaver

    I adore toe-up socks, but kind of stick with a “basic” recipe…it would be great to have a new selection of patterns!

  158. Jessie Johnson

    Oh, how I love to knit socks and this looks like a great addition to my sock knitting library! Count me in for the giveaway.

  159. chris

    Ok, please add me to the list of folks who’d love to receive a copy. I recently learned toe up construction and are looking for patterns!

  160. Marla

    Great review and beautiful pictures. I’d love a copy of this book. Thanks for sharing your extra copy with a lucky winner, Kathy.

  161. Betsy

    Thanks for the review! I was unsuccessful in sizing the one pair of toe up socks I have attempted–never sure where to start the gusset whereas I know where to start the toe in the other direction.

  162. Colleen Brooks

    Nice socks. I have knit many many top down, may be time to try toe up again.

    Colleen in Kansas

  163. Melissa Sweigart

    Wow, those pictures do look great. I’m torn, though, since two tempting toe-up sock books came out recently. Would you recommend this one over

    Socks from the Toe Up? It seems like they might be similar.

  164. Adele

    I’ve been thinking about toe up socks as my next technique to learn and the socks pictures of this book are awfully tempting. If I don’t win the book, I’ll have to go out and get my own copy.

    Thanks for the great book review

  165. Erin L

    Love Chrissy’s designs! I’ve only knit toe-up socks once, so I’d love to have some new patterns to choose from. Thanks for the great review!

  166. Rose

    The books sounds great. I love knitting socks from the toe up. I was converted last summer and I’ll never look back!

  167. Kathy

    This book sounds really informative and the patterns look like something I would like to make. I hope I win this book!

  168. Luba

    Thanks for your informative review– I’ve only knit a few pairs of toe-up socks always believing myself to be a “cuff down” kind of girl, but toe up patterns have been grabbing me more and more…

  169. april

    I’ve never made socks, but i want to! I even bought a whole bunch of sock yarn and sock needles! (dpns, but i’d love to learn magic loop too!) i just need to learn how, and i’m thinking toe-up is the way to go.

  170. GFN

    Thanks for this review and for offering up the book. I’m obsessed with the “efficiency” of toe up socks and would love to learn some variations on this approach.

  171. Elisabeth

    Bonjour, I don’t like Toe-Up ! My problem is either my cast-off is too tight, my foot does not enter and it makes a red line on my leg, or my elastic cast-off is too loose and looks like a frill ! I suppose it is always possible to convert the pattern up to down. And I find that Kitchener Stitch is very easier than Magic Cast-on of Judy Becker for the same result (a lurking seam). Anyway, thanks for pointing out interesting books.

  172. Karlene

    I haven’t tried toe-up socks yet, but would love to try–this seems like a great way to start!

  173. Uny

    Just venturing into toe up so would love a copy of the book btw am fascinated by the sashiko – too many projects, too little time!!

  174. Colleen

    Toe-up socks are my new thing. I may never graft again if I keep this up! I’d love to have some more inspiration, so please enter my name. Many, many thanks for your generosity. I love your blog, so fun to see what you’re up to.

  175. Faille

    Great review! I especially love the chart – great for brushing up on a technique or trying new ones.

  176. Karlie

    I would really like to try some of those socks! I like the ones with the ruffles, and the ones with the teeny bobbles.

  177. MaryLou

    Maybe I’ll get lucky! I would loooove a copy of this book. The first socks I tried were toe-up, and they came out so well that now I don’t want to try anything else.

  178. Karen

    Great review. I’ve been thinking of trying a toe-up pair due to fears of running out of yarn halfway down the toe of a pair of cuff-downs.

  179. Kelly

    This looks like a fun book! Your reviews are always so helpful….and I always end up buying the books you recommend! Thanks!

  180. Melissa

    Enjoyed the review. I really love toe up socks and this looks like a great book. I really like that she outlines different “basics” so you can sub in a different toe, heel or cuff if you wanted.

  181. Melissa

    I saw some MUST KNIT socks in your collage. I have to admit though that I’ve always been a bit intimidated by toe-up socks….one bad experience is all it takes. But, it sounds like there is very good instruction in this book, perhaps it is time to give it another go. Thanks for the review, I think that I may need to check this one out.

  182. Alison (in Australia)

    Wow, what a great book! thank you for reviewing it & bringing it to my attention – I’ll look out for it!

  183. Lisa E

    I really appreciate your book reviews! They are always so thorough and well-reasoned, and the images from the book are good to see.

    I just picked up Cookie A’s book, which focuses on top-down, and I think this may be the perfect companion for that one.

  184. Trinity

    This book looks like a great resource. So far the only pair of toe-up socks I have knit, I just made up as I went along. It would be good to follow some toe-up patterns to broaden my toe-up knowledge.

  185. Jessica

    Thanks for another great review! I am intrigued by the charts – that is just the sort of thing I am usually driven to make myself, from other people’s books, because they are full of inspiring photos and weak in the organization and overarching summaries. As a yarn conservationist, I may have to try this toe-up book.

  186. Meredith C.

    Hi Kathy-

    Those are some purty socks. I especially like how in some of the patterns she uses a different stitch for the back of the leg. Very nice, and makes the knitting more interesting too, I’m sure. I’d love to win a copy, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  187. Andrea

    I have yet to knit a toe-up sock, but hope to win the book and knit one of the patterns. Love your blog!!

  188. Margaret

    Looks like a wonderful book! Having run out of yarn on more than one pair of socks (new at this – can you tell?!), I am so ready to give toe-up a try. The directions in the first toe-up book I bought are a little confusing, but after buying Clara Parkes’ Knitters Book of Yarn based on your review, I know I won’t be disappointed in Chrissy Gardiner’s Toe Up! book. If I don’t win, it will go on my book wish list. Thanks for the opportunity!

  189. Rosemary

    Wow! What a following. Already 386 comments.

    I think I have every sock book. I just took

    class from Cat Bordhi. This book is a must!

    Love your blog. Rosemary

  190. diann

    Thanks for a wonderful review. I’ve been a little burned out lately with sock making, but this looks like the perfect cure!

  191. Camilla

    Hi! This sounds like a great book!

    I have just started knitting socks and think I’m hooked. This would be a great book to continue to explore thw wonderful world of sock knitting.

  192. Jan Ford

    I’ve always been afraid of toe up socks. It’s time to challenge that fear and try them. Pick me!

    Jan F.

  193. Jackie

    I have been honing my skills with hats and scarves and think it’s time for me to venture into the sock world…..maybe now is the time. Really enjoy all the info on this site. Thank you.

  194. txtaurus

    Thanks for the great review! Did my first toe up not long ago, and used your bind-off…love it, so thanks for that too :)

  195. Jennifer

    Thanks for being a good knit-lit critic. You give a very clear idea of the strengths of the book being reviewed.

  196. Larissa

    Envying that book. Nice diversity of patterns. I usually knit top down and have plenty of yarn left over because I don’t make the cuffs as long as I’d like them out of fear I’ll run out!

  197. Samantha

    Good to know that an experienced sock knitter like you feels that this book has something for more experienced knitters. I love learning new things, especially with socks.

  198. Debbie

    I have only done cuff-down socks so I would love to win the book! Although I know it won’t help my chances of winning, I love your designs, btw.

  199. Robin

    This would be perfect for me because I’ve decided to knit everyone socks for next Christmas and I need to start now if I have any chance of getting them all done. Sounds like a great book.

  200. DMartin

    I either use dpns or magic loop depending on various circumstances, so I usually just ignore any specific method instructions. It’s nice to know that sock pattern writing is becoming more ‘universal’ though!

  201. Kristen

    The striped socks, while simple looking, are ridiculously charming. I’m not much of a sock knitter, but Chrissy’s designs regularly tempt me to learn!

  202. Trista

    I’ve seen some patterns I like from this book during the blog roll. Just what I need- another sock book!

  203. Brandy

    I love your review of this book! I am really starting to fall inlove with toe-up socks and would love to be able to use this books worksheets to make some to custom fit toe up socks my son and hubby! I have only been knitting socks for about a year and a half and really like learning new techniques!!

  204. Rachael

    Thank you for the honest review. I just completed a toe up sock class yesterday and am interested in variations for the heels, etc. Even if i don’t win a copy – i think that i will end up with one in the library!


  205. Tara

    I really like the idea of toe up-you can use the entire amount of yarn and not have lots of leftovers, but I haven’t really understood the process. I am not wholly sure I would go but the book at this point, but your review definately makes me interested in checking it out from the library to look at it further and see if it would be a good purchase for me. Does the book suggest any good bind offs? That is my main problem as I bind off kind of tightly.

  206. sallya

    Oh, yes please. I’d love to have this book. My sock yarn stash is beyond measure and my inspiration sorely lacking. I would love to win this. Thanks, Kathy.

  207. Jessica

    Great review. I’ve recently really gotten into knitting socks, but have never tried toe-up yet. Those patterns are lovely though so perhaps this is a book I should pick up!

  208. Pat

    I did enjoy your review. I’ve tried toe up socks once, (2 years ago, stuck at the heel and still on the needles). I looked at the virtual fashion show and had a good laugh!! what a contrast between the book pictures and the not so artsy pictures.

    So, do you really think that someone, of average intelligence, advanced beginner skill, could make these socks just using the book, or it this your experienced awesome knitter feeling?

  209. Ann

    I’m a long time lurker and have been thinking about trying socks for about as long. Toe up makes sense to me to get a good fit. It sounds like this is just the right book to get me started! Thanks for a great review.

  210. Pat

    I enjoyed the review, and the pictures of the socks make me want to try more toe-up patterns (I’ve knit 2). Thanks, Kathy!

  211. Sheri

    I’ve made many socks but always top down. If I can learn, I would love to try toe up. That way I can use up all the yarn instead of having so many tiny little skeins around my house.

    I can’t believe how many comments you have!

  212. Mary Lou

    Toe up is my preferred method of sock-knitting. Thanks for your review of the book. I really like some of those designs so I hope I win. :-)

  213. Maryanne

    I’m so glad you reviewed this book. I’m trying to preview books before I buy them, but being self-published makes Toe-Up hard to find in the flesh. It looks like a super-useful book, though, so even if I don’t win, I’ll just have to order a copy!

  214. Rebecca Green

    That was a very insightful and thorough review. I am a toe-up sock knitter lover and would love this book.

    Keep up the great blogging!

  215. Kelaine

    I have just recently become obsessed with toe-up construction…I love it! I would love this book!

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  216. Robin F

    I love toe-up knitting – its the only way I knit socks now and two at a time-with my wide foot it saves a lot of time and frogging

  217. Sara

    Man, another sock book I have to get now? ;)

    I just got really into wearing my five fingers too. They are soo comfy, but not really compatible with socks. :(

  218. Alexis

    Oooh, this sounds like a good book — especially the parts about adjusting for different fits. Most of my family seems to have non-standard feet, so I’m always having to guess my way through pattern adjustments!

  219. Vanessa

    I always think I should try toe-up socks, and then chicken out at the last minute and knit them top down. This might change very soon!

  220. Ellen

    My previous attempts at toe-up socks have been a disaster. Wrap and turn and drop. I will have to check out this book and try to improve my skills. Thanks for the review!

  221. Anita C Diller

    What a great review – I have always wanted to try toe up socks. This looks like the ideal book, and the size selection is fantastic.

  222. Kathy

    Thanks for the review of Gardiner’s newest book. Sounds great. Thanks, too, for your blog. It’s always fun to read what you’re creating and enjoying. You’ve inspired me many times!

  223. Jackie F

    So glad you did a review of this book. You are always honest and thorough. After knitting Chrissy’s Knotty Or Knice socks this fall, I’ve become a fan.

  224. Wendi

    I’m a self taught knitter, and have been knitting every day for the past 6 yrs or so. I knit a lot of scarves, sweaters, cardigans, socks, etc…but never toe up – I’m anxious to learn yet another new knitting skill! Thank you!

  225. Noriko

    Toe up socks have always haunted me! I can’t quite get them started. This book looks like it’s filled with lovely patterns. :o)

  226. Matilda

    A great review as always. I would love to read her insight into the dpns vs. two-circ vs. magic loop discussion. I’m contemplating trying magic loop for the first time.

  227. stripey_cat

    Fitting adjustments for different foot shapes are always welcome. (I have very, very sturdy, blocky feet, while DBf has shallow flippers with narrow heels, so what works for one is a total disaster for the other.)

  228. martha marques

    I am a handspinner so I particularly like the toe up method because I can finish the socks when the yarn runs out! I would love to know more than one method for turning the heel however. Now I use the short row method, which works great for my feet, but not all the objects of my knitting affection have the same shape of heel.

  229. Judith

    This book sounds exceptional. Though I have knit a lot of sock they have been generally simple socks and lately lots of baby and toddler size for my grandson who has more handknit socks than anyone in the family! I haven’t knit any “toe-up” yet, but have become increasingly interested as I am not always thrilled with my grafting technique of the toe, which is disappointing after all that work. Seeing all the amazingly beautiful socks on knitters’ blogs has inspired me to do a fancier pair. I enjoy your blog…thanks! Judith

  230. Kate

    I haven’t tried toe-up yet, it’s my next challange. This book sounds like just what I need to hold my hand through the process! Thanks for the review, Kate.

  231. Rosemary

    I’ve now moved this book from the “Yawn, I don’t need another sock book” list to the “I need to check it out” list. Thanks for the balanced review.

  232. Phyll

    I’ve not done a toe up sock because I could never master the short row heal & get the instep area big enough. Maybe a new method would help!

  233. Patonslake

    Great book review. I’ve not knitted a complete sock; always stopped at the heel. Maybe this book will help!

  234. Karoline

    Hi Kathy!

    I love reading your blog because I alwasy learn something new and it inspires me to try new things with my knitting. I have tried a basic toe up sock that was in an Interweave Knits mag but since then have been thinking about trying it again. I liked your review because it made me rethink the whole way I knit socks. Happy Knitting!!!

  235. Jennifer Gurshtein

    I’ve been searching all over the place for a book that help me expand my toe-up knowledge base! Glad to see there’s such a good one coming out!

  236. Maureen

    Great review! Last year I taught my knitting group how to knit socks. Maybe we should try the toe-up method this year. Would love to win a copy of the book.

  237. Maxine

    I love toe up socks…and look forward to trying these patterns. Thank you for the review and give away.

  238. marilyn

    Another great post and informative book review. I love your extended posts. I absolutely love some of the sock patterns you’ve highlighted for this review — perfect for me since I can’t wear shoes with my hand knit socks, apparently my feet are just tooo big.

    btw, a little while ago i found your discussion in ravelry re comments coming out of the woodwork when you have a give-a-way. I felt guilty and odd about that since I read your blog regularly — you’re only one of about 5 (at most) that I now read, but I don’t comment much because I don’t feel like I really have anything to add to what you’ve said. You are a far, far better knitter than I and seem to cover all the bases.

    Anyhow, thanks again for a great review, in fact, that’s how I found you back in the day when KnitPicks first released it’s options interchangable needles.

  239. Maya Nishikawa

    Thanks for the great info. The designs look very creative, especially the stranded ones. I’m looking forward to seeing the book in person.

  240. Kathy

    I really hope this doesn’t post twice, but my last comment didn’t show up. Thank you for your generosity; it would be a great chance for me to learn toe up socks.

  241. Toby

    To be honest, I usually tell myself I don’t need any more sock patterns, but as soon as the photos from this book started showing up in blogland I started thinking I need this book!

  242. Maureen

    I would love a new challenge…this books looks wonderful…just what I need to learn toe up socks! Thanks so much for your review and generosity!

  243. Eva SB

    I’ve been tried toe-up socks a couple of times but not very successfully. This book would help improve my technique

  244. Knitnfrog

    Great review! The pictures used to “artfully” show off handknits in knitting books are the biggest pet peeve of mine too! All of the Vogue Knitting books do that…I end up looking up the projects for pictures on ravelry instead! :)

  245. Sandra Schwab

    OHEY! this is the book my GF told me about, with the “afterthought” heel!!

    she sent me your blog link, for an unrelated post on spiral knitting. I wanted to ask you about that, but couldn’t find an open comment box; it was from 2008…owell, I bookmarked it anyway.

    Saving your blog to my Blogger, WordPress and anyplace else I hang out!

  246. Wanda

    It seems to defy logic, but socks knit from the toe up fit me much better. Thanks for the review. I can’t wait to try some patterns from this book.

  247. Anamaria

    My problem with knitting toe-up is the cast-off. It always turns out to be more rigid than if I started from the elastic band and ended with the toe.Any suggestions for a cast-off technique that really works?

  248. Artsygal

    Lovely book! I’m definately a fan of toe up knitting since I don’t get fedup of a pattern a few inches before reaching the toe and so shove it aside. Instead I can decide to make shorter cuffed socks!

    It’s been a while since I got a new knitting book, pick me! ;)

  249. BluFish

    Man, as a knitter who prefers DPN’s I’ve never found good instructions for toe-up socks using DPN’s, they were always for circs! I will definitely be checking out this book, thank you for bringing it to my attention!

  250. Gordana

    To tell you honestly: I am not a sock knitter. Yet. :-) Until recently I had no urges to knit socks. But I am contemplating that subject lately… although I can not tell why ;-) Thank you for a great review!

  251. Marilyn

    Toe-up has always seemed a better idea, so I could make the legs as long as I wanted without worrying about running out of yarn – but I haven’t tried them yet! Maybe this is my chance??

  252. lesley aka shlesss

    What beautiful socks! I have been interesting in Toe ups for quite awhile. I am a Cuff- down kinda girl for now :)

  253. lisa

    Great review, I would love to win this book…I especially like the suggestions for different sized foot parts(heels, etc.), I could use a book like this.

  254. Elizabeth

    Maybe this will be my lucky post! I’ve had this book on my wishlist, so I’ll be sure to get it even if I don’t win! Thanks for the review.

  255. Cheryl

    Hello! I’d love a book like this, as I’d like to learn how to do socks toe-up. I love knitting socks=D

  256. Nise

    This book looks great. I’ve been wanting to try toe-up socks, and I love anything with info on how to customize fit!

  257. Mary Ellen

    I’ve been wanting this book but am on the “I’m unemployed” yarn and book diet. Great review!

  258. Shannon

    I love knitting socks but I haven’t tried toe-up construction yet. The photos of the patterns are very intriguing. Thanks for a chance to win!

  259. Deena P Marshall

    This is my “year of the sock” and this book looks perfect for getting me started on “toe up”.

  260. Gillian

    I’ve totally been wanting to try toe up socks–this book looks like a great resource. thanks for the review of it!

  261. Chrissy

    I’ve made both top-down and toe-up, and will usually default to top-down, but maybe trying some different cast-ons and heels would help me find the best fit for me. I like a few of those project photos too. Plus, who would say no to a prize?

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