Arab/American Knitting Sock Pattern
The design is based on what little information I could find, which includes a combination of Iraqi, Turkish, and Armenian designs and the colors and patterning on a mystery sock that I received as a gift. The techniques used are ones I’ve unvented by looking at socks from the region and the information in Ethnic Socks and Stockings by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts.
So far I haven’t been able to find any references or information about traditional knitting in Syria. Sadly, whatever information may have survived in museums and with private owners has probably been destroyed recently. Of course, that is nothing compared with the tragedies of so many people being displaced and so many losing their lives.
One way we can make refugees feel accepted in our communities is by asking them about their traditions and crafts. Perhaps you have some new neighbors who have Eastern knitting secrets that are yet to be revealed to the West.
Experience level: Intermediate
Materials: Jamieson’s of Shetland Shetland Spindrift
Fingering or sock weight yarn, approx 450 yds (411m) total, 90 yds (82m) each of 5 colors (details on right, near photos)
US 3 (3.25mm) dpns OR
2 short circ ndls OR
1 long circ for magic loop
or size to obtain gauge
Scrap yarn Tapestry needle
Sizes: Women’s S, M, L
Finished measurements: 7 1⁄2 (81⁄4, 9)” / 19 (21, 22.5)cm circumference | 9 (91⁄2, 10)” / 22.5 (24, 25.5)cm foot length
Gauge: 32 sts and 33 rnds= 4″ (10cm) over St st in charted pattern
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