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Mamluke Socks

Folk Socks: The History and Techniques of Handknitted Footwear (1994)
Knitting
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 16 rows = 2 inches in Pattern Chart
US 2 - 2.75 mm
490 yards (448 m)
Women's Medium

Note: This pattern was updated for the 2011 edition of Folk Socks. The updated pattern is titled ”Egyptian Socks.

Summary: Written for 5 double-pointed needles with short-row heel, star toe.

Addition Yarn Information: 1 skein #674 Smoke Blue, 1 skein #500 Natural.

Charts Included: Five (A B C D and E) patterns for various sections.

From pattern description: The inspiration for these decorative socks comes from the collection of the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. The socks are very typical of Islamic footwear of its period, which is the fifteenth to sixteenth centuries. The band of repeated Cufic style Arabic letters above the heel and before the toe shaping spells “Allah”.

Publication Date December 1994