I have the most gorgeous book to share with you today. 'Shoreland - socks suited for scrabbling over rocks, splashing through tide pools, staring at the sea or whatever else tickles your fancy' is a beautiful book of socks designed by Hunter Hammersen. Hunter has used her coastal surroundings as inspiration to create seven stunning sock patterns.
I have followed Hunter through her blog and other social media for some time, and am fascinated by the intricacy of her designs and the meticulous process she goes through when creating a new design. Her designs frequently feature incredible textures and stitch patterns and unusual constructions.
The patterns are set out in paragraphs, with both written and charted instructions. A variety of yarns can be used for each pattern as the gauge is given for both 4 ply and DK yarn, and there are three or four sizes for each pattern. This does mean that the knitter will have to swatch in order to determine the correct needle size for the yarn that they are choosing.
It's definitely a book for more experienced knitters, with cables, twisted stitches and some other unusual stitch patterns. Beautiful photography and sumptuous yarns almost make it a coffee table book. It's quite an expensive purchase, but if you compare it with the cost of buying the individual patterns on Ravelry, then it's worthwhile, especially if you plan to knit several of the patterns.
There is a useful reference on the inside front cover - a chart with sock size suggestions, and space for you to add the measurements of your nearest and dearest should you choose to knit a pair for someone other than yourself! I think I would find it very difficult to part with any of the socks! At the back of the book there is a code so you can download an electronic version of the book too.
Shoreland is a lovely book for a sock knitter who enjoys a challenge. It would make a lovely gift paired up with a skein of yarn for yourself or a fellow knitter.
Shoreland by Hunter Hammersen is published by Pantsville Press and is available from Search Press.