Khotan by Hunter Hammersen
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Khotan

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 7.75 [8.75, 9.75] inches in fingering weight yarn, 9.5 [10.75, 12] 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!



Khotan (sometimes Hotan) is the largest of several oasis towns on the southwestern edge of the Taklamakan Desert in western part of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. The area supports dozens of small carpet factories, and many people still weave in their homes.
The history of this region is being actively explored. A seventh-century Buddhist monk mentioned knotted carpets from Khotan in an account of his travels, but recent archaeological finds seem to push the start of carpet production in the area back even earlier.

There is substantial variation in both the structure and design of the rugs produced in this region. These socks echo the intricate diamond motifs and soft, golden color often found in the central field of Khotan rugs.