If you are looking to up your sock knitting experience then Barb Brown’s Knitting Knee-Highs book may be just what you have been looking for. This book takes you to the next level by offering knee-high length socks (13 inch legs) in lovely designs and patterns. And if that much knitting seems too much, there are shorter sock length(6 or 7 inch legs) and leg warmers (knee-highs with out the foots) that you can knit.
The book is divided into two sections.
The first section is about getting started with knee-high sock knitting. It provides a clever formula for figuring out how to knit custom fit knee-highs. And it covers how to convert knee-high sock patterns to other type of sock patterns.
The second section has 20 different knee-high sock patterns. Each of the patterns include one or more variations which could be a shorter sock, an anklet, or legwarmer. Most of the patterns are either fair isle or lace stitch patterns. Some include both types. And there are a couple of patterns that use a picot cast-on that give the knee-highs a stylish look.
A couple of my favorite patterns are the Airy Mountain Knee-Highs on page 65 and the Maid Marian Knee-Highs on page 93. The Airy Mountain Knee-Highs has a picot cast-on and a lace pattern that follows the shape of the calf. The Maid Marian Knee-Highs has a lovely lace pattern and a simple cable running up the sides of each leg.
Overall, Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary has some good information on knitting knee-high socks and some great patterns to get you started on your first pair (or more!).
Happy Knee-High Knitting!