Salor by Hunter Hammersen


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August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
Fits a foot or leg of 8.5 [9.5, 10.25] inches in fingering weight yarn, 10.25 [11.5, 12.5] inches in sport or dk-weight yarn.
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This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was retired in the summer of 2022. However, it may be available for a few days once or twice a year. Read on for details!

In the summer of 2022, I realized that maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of patterns was kind of overwhelming. I couldn’t do it and still release new things. So I took my old patterns down so I could keep doing new work.

Since then, a handful of my favorites have come back, and lovely new things have come out. But the vast majority of the old patterns are retired and will no longer be generally available.

However, enough folks have asked about some old favorites that I’m planning to make many of the retired patterns available for a few days once or twice a year (most likely in late spring and then again in the fall around Thanksgiving).

  • If you see the buy buttons on this page, you’ve caught it on one of the days it’s available, and you’re welcome to grab it!
  • If you don’t see the buy buttons on this page, then it’s not currently available.
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Updated and expanded, 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)!

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).

The Salor are one of the oldest Turkmen tribes. Sources suggest that the tribe has existed since the eleventh century. They were powerful in the region in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Unfortunately it is impossible to be sure if there is a connection between all of the groups using the name at various times. A small group of people using that name still live north of the northern Afghanistan city of Herat.

The attribution of particular Turkmen rug styles to specific groups of people is notoriously controversial. Expert opinions differ widely, and the distinctions between the rugs appear subtle to the untrained eye. For the non-specialist, it will suffice to say that Salor rugs are bright red and feature repeating columns of octagonal geometric motifs called guls. These socks incorporate both of these features.