Hemshin Sock

Hemshin is a region in Turkey’s E. Black Sea region. There are actually two Hemshins, one near Rize, and the other near the town of Hopa. (There’s a third one in Georgia as well). This sock pattern is from the one near Rize. Τhe original (the well-worn sock in lighter blue) was knitted by the mother of a friend from Rize, and I chose it as my first Turkish-style sock because the pattern is fairly straightforward compared to some of the very abstract patterns of some of the others. There are basically four different motifs going on - the central floral motif, the repeating triangles on the edges, the repeating “hook” pattern on the side panel (which is also a continuation of the original cast-on) and the striped sole pattern. And for some reason, I just now noticed that the “bud” of the flower on the original is two stitches wide, not one stitch wide as I did it. :) Well, it’s just going to have to be that way because there is no way in hell I'm ripping back! It's the folk process...;)

I'm knitting this round-the-neck and from the purl side; it works the best for me for stranded work.

This is my second attempt at this sock and aside from a couple glitches on the sole and the first time through the pattern it’s going well. The first attempt was with yarn that was too thick and the sock was clearly going to be enormous, so it got a drawstring row and became a purse. This time I got the yarn and gauge right but the white yarn is a little too splitty and fluffy for my taste. But I got this far so I guess I can't stop now!

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Tom Hart's picture

Awesome! Can't wait to see it finished.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That's very nice, Bob. Anna Zilboorg, the great sock guru, was inspired by Turkish and Balkan socks, leading to her wonderful book on knitting them - and mittens. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

bobinthebul's picture

Yeah, I really want to see Anna Zilborg's book!

Kerry's picture

Great looking socks, and I highly recommend to Anna Zilboorg book.

KenInMaine's picture

What a nice job you're doing...keep up the good work!

looks great! are you going to model them in your selvar when they're done?

bobinthebul's picture

These could take a while. :) Summer's here, I'm working in the garden more...and if there were ever a project that felt like it could suck me into "single sock syndrome," this would be it! But the şalvar idea is good. :) (Thank heavens I wasn't making a Hemshin-style todger toaster...oh...now there's an idea!)

kiwiknitter's picture

Very nice work and it looks like you'll have a lovely pair of socks in the end. The Zilborg book is great and you'll like it. My admiration for you being able to do the Portuguese Knitting method (although it's one elsewhere!) with the wool around the neck; I couldn't get the hang of it. I look forward to seeing the finished socks.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly