Joshaqan by Hunter Hammersen
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Joshaqan

Knitting
August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
Fits a foot or leg of 8.25 [9.25] inches in fingering weight yarn, 10 [11.25] inches in sport or dk-weight yarn.

Updated, expanded, and finally back in print, this delightful new edition of Silk Road Socks features sixteen intricate patterns inspired by oriental rugs.

All fourteen of the original patterns are here, each revised to fit my current style and with extra sizes added (that includes sizing them all for both fingering weight yarn and dk/sport weight yarn). There are also two brand new patterns available here for the first time ever. And of course along the way I’ve upgraded all the fun bits (new photos, new charts, beautiful illustrations…all the things that help make a book lovely)!

The book is available in both paper and electronic versions, and every paper copy of the book includes a unique code (look inside the back cover) that allows you to download a copy of the electronic book. You’ll be able to store the electronic version in your ravelry library if you like (though a ravelry membership isn’t required to access the electronic version).

You can get the electronic version here on ravelry, or swing by amazon or ask at your local yarn store to get a paper copy!



Joshaqan (sometimes Joshagan) is a small town in Iran northwest of Isfahan. The history of rug making in Joshaqan is contested. Some early nineteenth-century carpet scholars have suggested that it was one of the major rug producing areas of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries while some more recent scholars have found this unlikely and suggested that the rug industry did not begin in the area until the nineteenth century.

In either case, the rug industry in Joshaqan is thriving today and produces carpets with a very distinctive style. Joshaqan rugs feature a lattice design with stylized floral motifs in the center of the lozenges. Red is common, but neutral colors are also frequently seen. This sock mirrors this traditional lattice design and muted color scheme.