Side by side

You may wonder how Knit. Sock. Love. compares with  Sock Innovation.

Knit. Sock. Love. and Sock Innovation

Knit. Sock. Love. and Sock Innovation side by side

The physical books: Knit. Sock. Love. weighs in at 1 lb 13 oz compared to Sock Innovation’s svelt 1 lb 1 oz. The extra weight comes from one extra inch of height, 32 more pages, and heavier paper. 

The patterns: Sock Innovation contained 15 brand new patterns, all charted with one size. Knit. Sock. Love. has 19 patterns — 12 previously published and 7 brand new patterns, all charted, many with multiple sizes. The previously published patterns have been re-vamped, re-knitted in new yarns, re-photographed, tech edited, test knitted, and have additional sizes where possible. The patterns in Sock Innovation, with the exception of Kai-Mei, were what I consider column or grid-based, i.e. used a stitch pattern that was repeated around the sock in columns or in a grid. While some of the patterns in Knit. Sock. Love. are also column or grid-based, a larger number of them go off the grid.


Cusp goes off the grid

Content: Sock Innovation is technique heavy whereas Knit. Sock. Love. is more of a coffee table book that assumes you already love knitting socks. Knit. Sock. Love. doesn’t explicitly teach you how to design a sock or other techniques, but if you study the diagrams and charts you’ll learn a lot about sock construction and how pieces can fit together.

The photography: Both books have clear photographs showing the socks from different angles, but Knit. Sock. Love. also has beautiful photography from Laura Kicey that is just… beautiful.


Photograph of BFF socks by Laura Kicey


Marilinda socks photographed by Laura Kicey

8 Responses to “Side by side”

  1. Fran says:

    I received an email offer 2 days ago to purchase both the book with a bonus offer of purchasing the PDF at $5.95. I just now tried to purchase the two and was charged charged $16.95 (full price) for the PDF at the check out…. no thanks!
    I guess I’ll wait for the book to come to my local bookstore.


  2. Chris says:

    gorgeous! somehow I didn’t even know you had a new book coming out – I saw all the new patterns on ravelry yesterday and knew what was up then!! I love it! and that photography is amazing

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  5. Theresa says:

    I cannot believe your excellent timing: The Makin’ Cookie’s KAL on Ravelry just wrapped up with Kai-Mei last month. Now we have a little time to catch up on unfinished socks before quite literally attacking your newest book in our next KAL group on Rav, Please do pop in and say hello!
    As far as your shop site…I received the exciting news via email, too and immediately made my purchase of both the pdf and print versions. I had not trouble at all getting both WITH the discount as I read your instructions on how to do it 😉 Even though I haven’t even cast on for yet, I am in love with knit socks and can’t wait for what you have for us next!

  6. Hmmm thanks for yet another very interesting post. Where do you receive your inspiration for all this :|? – Tandarts

  7. Susan says:

    Just ordered both the book and the pdf versions. Can’t wait to start knitting from this lovely book. Many thanks for making both versions available–such a great idea!