Hieroglyphic Socks by Heatherly Walker

Hieroglyphic Socks

May 2014
Light Fingering ?
36 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stranded knitting
US 2 - 2.75 mm
400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
S, M, L
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25 years ago, I had planned on a career in Egyptology. In 1992, I went to Cairo, climbed pyramids, went on what seemed to be a 30 min tour of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, made papyrus, walked into the heart of a pyramid, and ate chicken fried in camel fat.(Very gross! )

While I never did complete a degree, I still have an obsession with Egypt….ok, maybe with Brendan Fraser as well.

As I sat on Lisa Souza’s couch, the colour ways just jump out of the bin, golden yellows and lapis blues. While these two colours seemed perfectly Egyptian to me, below is the link to look at more of her colours, so that you can find the ones that speak to you. (Lisa dyes to order, and has great prices)

Color, or iwen, in Egypt, carried meaning.
Blue (irtiu and khesdedj) This color represented sky and water. Important concepts such as the heavens and the primeval waters (the place from which all life emerged in Egyptian mythology) are connected with the color blue. Because of the Nile, blue is also associated with birth and rebirth because the annual flood of the river brought fertility to the land.
Yellow (khenet and kenit) The color of the sun, yellow was linked with the concept of eternity and imperishability.

“Sock-sheptsut” had been the initial name for these. Probably a bit much. So here we are at Hieroglyphic Socks.

These are stranded colorwork socks with corrugated ribbing and a lateral braid. The knitting motif, read vertically, says “Knitting Socks” in hieroglyphs. (the K is there, even though it is silent…just because.)

Required Skills:
Knitting in the round
Long Tail Cast On
Short rows
Stranded colourwork techniques
Knowledge of basic sock construction
Lateral braid techniques
Basic Chart Reading
Kitchener stitch (grafting)

Sizes: S (M, L); show in size M

Circumference 7.5 (8.5, 9.5)“