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Book Review & Contest: Knitting Scandinavian Slippers & Socks by Laura Farson

Knitting Scandinavian Slippers & Socks by Laura Farson, Martingale & Company, 2012, 80pp.

Looking for a collection of patterns for gifts that have a high glory to work ratio that will satisfy both process & product knitters?  Here you go!  (And I bet you keep at least one pair for yourself.)

Laura has designed a collection of 19 slipper (or what I’d call house sock) and sock patterns, done in twined &/or stranded knitting.

The slippers are all done in worsted weight yarn, and thus should work up relatively quickly.  The sock patterns are worked in fingering weight yarn, but on US4 needles.

Patterns are written for one size only, but she notes the slippers, especially, are very stretchy and can fit a wider range of sizes.

Pansy Slippers © Martingale

Laura includes short chapters on techniques required to work the patterns:  different techniques for casting on with 2 colors, knitting in the round, twined knitting, stranded knitting, add’l technique, felted insoles, etc.

The stitch patterns (colorwork) are all charted.  The charts are easy to read.

The directions are concise, referring knitters to the basic sock or slipper pattern as needed.  These patterns are suitable for confident intermediate to intermediate+ knitters;  you must be comfortable working from charts, working with multiple colors, etc.

The motifs are mostly traditional motifs (or inspired by traditional motifs) from Scandinavia (and one from Estonia).

Norwegian Star slippers © Martingale

I met Laura at the Winter TNNA.  She’s incredibly sweet and modest, and it was lovely chatting with her! I received my personal/review copy from her, and an additional copy from Unicorn to give away.

Leave a comment on this post on my blog with your favorite pattern from the book by midnight PST, April 5 2012, including a way to contact you. I’ll draw a winner via Random.org the next day.

11 comments… add one

  • Sheila March 28, 2012, 8:27 am

    So many nice patterns! I especially love the optical illusion socks.

  • Vicky March 28, 2012, 9:56 am

    What beautiful patterns! I’m moving to somewhere much colder soon so I’ll have to get started on some warm slippers :) Do you think working them on slightly larger needles would work for increasing the size? I’m thinking that the boyfriend will need some too.

  • Doreen March 28, 2012, 2:00 pm

    I love all the slipper patterns. I think I would knit the Pansy Slippers first – so bright and spring-like.

  • Jessica March 28, 2012, 2:20 pm

    I love the Norwegian Star Slippers – the one featured on your post, but I really do love all of them! What great presents for Christmas!

  • Rachelle March 28, 2012, 4:59 pm

    I like the Snowflake Slippers best, I really want to knit them!

  • Rea March 29, 2012, 6:35 am

    I love the wheel of hearts slippers AND socks. They have both a Norwegian and a medieval look to them. One Christmas present figured out already…perhaps there won’t be that mad dash in December this year to get all the gifts finished in time? : )

  • LizzyA March 29, 2012, 2:01 pm

    How to decide! how to decide? I just love them, I think the Norwegian Star slippers first because they’re so striking, and then the Yellow Pansy slippers because they look happy, are higher, and my ankles are always cold.

  • Joan Parks March 29, 2012, 9:18 pm

    Joan P.

    I really love the looks of all the socks and slippers.
    I like the snowflake design , all the others are very interesting and at my age I think a
    great challenge.
    I have always enjoyed making socks but have never done any like these.
    Looking forward to trying.
    I am an avid hobby person . .I do knitting, croching, embroidery, (regular and Brazillian), I also have learned to do bobbin lace which I enjoy..still at the learning stage but will get it done eventually..

  • Daniela April 2, 2012, 11:46 am

    Wonderful designs! Each one has something that makes them special.
    Must be the mathematician in me that I would go first with the Optical Illusion socks. The sock version because I need something up over the ankles against the floor drafts. But they are closely followed by the traditional Norwegian Star slippers and the Yellow Pansy Slippers (in a different color combination). Lovely, lovely, lovely. :)

  • Bookaholic April 2, 2012, 7:12 pm

    Those are really lovely. :) I’m a new sock knitter (just finished my first-ever pair about a month ago), and these would be a beautiful challenge– the worsted weight yarn sounds about up to my speed right about now. I really like the Men’s Grey Slippers for my guys (ages 40, 11 and 6, if I do some downsizing)– it’s hard to find things for the boys. :) As for something for me and my daughter– too hard to decide!

  • colette wismer (Ravelry-knittingwiz) April 3, 2012, 8:57 am

    I have not seen your book with these socks/slippers in it but, I love the photos that were in your blog! Although I sometimes work with cables and different stitches, I much prefer work in fair isle. I am looking forward to seeing the book in person!

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