Ardabil by Hunter Hammersen


August 2017
Sport (12 wpi) ?
34 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
Fits a foot or leg of 6.75 [7.75, 8.75, 9.75] inches in fingering weight yarn, 8.25 [9.5, 10.75, 12] inches in sport or dk-weight yarn.
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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!

While the other pieces in this book were inspired by various styles of rugs, this one had its start with one specific rug. The Ardabil carpet (named for the town in north-west Iran in which it was made) is a marvel. Created for the shrine of Shaykh Safi al-Din Ardabili and dated to 1539-40, it is huge (34 feet by 17 feet), astonishingly densely knotted (340 knots per square inch, or almost thirty million knots in the whole carpet), and would have taken a team of weavers thousands of hours to complete. The carpet is on display at the Victoria and Albert museum.

The rug features an elaborate central medallion and corner brackets, each surrounded by intricately detailed pointed ovals. That lovely pointed shape, full of beautiful detail, was the starting point for these socks.