Sassoun Belt by Irene Waggener

Sassoun Belt

December 2021
Daughter of a Shepherd Dyeing Light Collection
Sport (12 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 0 - 2.0 mm
370 - 420 yards (338 - 384 m)
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This wraparound belt was inspired by a pair of socks from Sassoun that I saw on display at the Folk Museum in Yerevan, Armenia. The pattern includes a short essay about the region from which the socks came.

The belt is knit in the round from tip-to-tip and is easily modified to fit any waist size. Gauge is provided but is not critical. Knitting above gauge will result in a wider belt while knitting below gauge will result in a narrower belt.

Yarn production in Armenia from Armenian wool is currently limited. When this belt was designed, I was not able to source naturally dyed, sport weight yarn that was made in Armenia. Instead, I chose to use the natural hues of the Dyeing Light collection by Daughter of a Shepherd; however, any sport weight or fingering weight yarn could work.