Book Review: Op-Art Socks

Drawing on well-known op-art pieces for inspiration, Stephanie has come up with a sensational collection of nineteen colorful sock patterns that will have intermediate and advanced knitters running for their yarn stashes. Starting with “Fibonacci” which makes use of the Fibonacci sequence worked in red and white fingering weight yarn, these, like so many other patterns in this book are suitable for both men and women. “Victor” named after Victor Vasarely challenges knitters with a toe-up construction and stranded colorwork that has no repeats and results in socks that must be viewed side-by-side to reveal the full pattern. Mirror images of tiny rippling cables that appear different depending upon which direction they are viewed from make the “Crest” come alive with movement. Alternate double rounds of a main and contrast color along with simple slipped stitches creating overlaying chevrons give “Ludwig” a strong visual impact. Contrast garter ridges and unusual construction techniques make “Heinz” a challenging design that is well worth the effort.

Excellent photography and full color charts allow knitters to examine each pattern before starting, a boon considering the complexity of some of these designs. Be certain to read the Notes sidebars as they contain valuable insight into the different stranding and construction techniques. The written instructions are very clear but read them through first as there are frequently differences between the left and right socks. Black and white pictures of the different op-art designs provide a clear look at how the design works and will help knitters visualize the way their choice of colors would interact. While not for the faint hearted, this eye-popping collection is sure to keep the most avid sock knitter inspired. Look for this title at

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