- Paperback: 94 pages
- Publisher: Cooperative Press (January 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979201748
- ISBN-13: 978-0979201745
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Silk Road Socks Paperback – January 15, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
It reads well, the patterns are clear and the illustrations are excellent. It's simply a lovely book to look at, to read, most of all, to knit from.
Instead of color, the beautiful sock patterns in this book use twisted, travelling, and lace stitches to create fancy cables and allover textured patterns. My favorites are Gordes, with its central interlaced cable, and Nain, with its curvilinear design slightly reminiscent of Cookie A.'s fabulous "Pomatomus". To get an idea of what the patterns look like, take the advice on the product page (which I missed) and visit the "Silk Road Socks" web site.
Each of the 14 sock patterns is accompanied by a colored drawing of the type of Oriental rug that inspired it, along with a brief description of the identifying characteristics of that type of rug. To my eye, the sock patterns bear little resemblance to any of the drawings. However, the patterns do match up with the descriptions: for example, the Heriz sock has an angular interlocking diamond pattern, and the Heriz Oriental rug is described as "generally featur[ing] rectilinear medallion designs." The historical information is all about rugs--there is no knitting history.
The complicated charted sock patterns are, reasonably enough, written in only one size. The designer gives a clear explanation of how to resize the socks by using both larger or smaller needles along with finer or thicker yarn to achieve a different gauge. There is a stitches-per-inch chart that will help you figure out the gauge. However, the patterns do NOT give either the gauge or the measurements of the sample socks--and for this reason alone, the book is not for beginning sock knitters!Read more ›
The book starts out with a short history of Oriental rugs and gives some basic instructions that pertains to all of the socks. It moves on to the patterns after that, with each one giving a brief history of the place the sock represents. Knit your way across the continent of Asia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Sock Monstahs" will appreciate these designs-they are true works of art. Patterns range from EASY to INSANE, and are jaw-dropping beautiful. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Dinsdale5
I am not a sock knitter, but I love Hunter's patterns so when she came out with a book I couldn't resist. I love this book! Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by Hydra-Star
am I missing the needle sizes we should use? I can guess, but I might not be able to find the exact yarns she used. I am not very familiar with using WPI.Published on May 13, 2012 by James E. Sneed
The first portion of the book is spent on the history of fiber and textiles including some very interesting rugs and tapestries, but really, what does that have to do with... Read morePublished on December 21, 2011 by Susan
I've already knit three pairs of socks from this book and am really enjoying it. I recommend using mainly semi-solid yarn to show off the patterns. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Katie Metzroth