Ninja-bonus giveaway!

Silk Road Socks by Hunter Hammersen

It’s been a few weeks since our last knitting contest. Let’s remedy that right now!

This time, the prize is a copy of the brand-new book, Silk Road Socks, by Hunter Hammersen. [Winner’s choice of print or digital version.] You can peek inside at all the sock patterns on the book’s Ravelry page. The Knitalong has already started, and you’ll find it here.

Here’s how to win: leave a comment to this post by Monday, January 24, at midnight eastern time, and you could win! We’ll choose a winner at random, make them answer a  skill-testing question, and post the results next week.

Prize value: 26.95 print, 16.95 digital.

Can’t wait? Don’t blame you. You can buy your copy here.

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1,035 thoughts on “Ninja-bonus giveaway!

  1. thebookmistress

    Those socks look pretty. I wonder if the book has (A) a variety of sizes and (B) a variety of cast-ons, toes, heels? Hard to tell from Ravelry. But it all still looks pretty.

  2. Lise

    Oooh! I’ve been waiting for that book to come out! Here’s crossing my fingers and hoping for the best…

  3. Carla

    I’m not the best sock knitter yet, but with a book like this I would be inspired! Thanks for the contest!

  4. Christine

    I really like the Afshari socks! You can even get a digital edition of the book to put in your Ravelry library 🙂

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  6. cysiphist

    Wow – those patterns look amazing. There are definitely some that would look particularly good on my feet!

  7. Josiane

    Anything that reminds me of my trips to Iran gets major bonus points for me. Getting to knit and wear socks inspired by oriental rugs would be awesome!

  8. Joyce

    What an interesting idea! And all these patterns beg to be done in bold beautiful colors which are always my favorite to knit with!

  9. Julie

    just got some new sock yarn with a christmas-present-gift-certificate. The Gördes socks would be so perfect for it…

  10. Faye

    Wow, I’m in the top 100.

    Beautiful. And I don’t particularly love knitting socks, but I could learn.


  11. Laurie B

    Those socks are adorable! I’ve been wanting to get into something a little more challenging than the plainly decorated socks I’ve been doing!!

  12. Bristol

    Oh, I love her designs! She has such a great sense of style and technique, and I especially love that she’s taken on this leitmotif as a topic. Total love!

  13. Jessica

    The pictures on Ravelry are great! It looks like some of these socks have the top knit a different direction than the leg of the sock. I may have to try that!


  14. Deb

    WOW–those are some gorgeous socks. I think they would be challenging for me, but doable and fun. I would also learn something!

  15. Denise

    All the patterns look really interesting. I how they’re all designed after oriental rugs-ingenious!

  16. Kitten With A Whiplash

    Thanks for the giveaway – I’d love a copy of the book. The patterns are fascinating.

  17. Tammy

    I’ve been drooling over the patterns on Ravelry myself. Wish I had this book in my library – hard copy of course, have to fondle in person. 🙂

  18. Heather W.

    I am all ready for the skill-testing question! Bring it on! I would even enter a skill-testing arena and fight to the death if it meant winning that book. Those patterns are stunning!

  19. Not That Heather

    Lovely patterns! Thanks for letting me know about this book; it’s definitely going on my wish list.

  20. Gwen

    Already bought a copy, but I just wanted to chime in and say that the patterns are gorgeous and all of the text about the rugs is really fascinating.

  21. Stacy

    I just learned how to make two at a time socks and really excited about learning new patterns. This would be great to add to my collection of sock books!

  22. Karen

    Wow, already over 200 replies. I do watch your website, but rarely timely enough to enter a giveaway. Did follow the link to the book and the pictures of the socks. They are lovely.

    BTW, love the handspun portion of Knitty.

  23. Sarah

    I need something to get a sock addiction going. I’ve only knit a few socks, but I can feel me leaning that way. This book will probably put me over the edge.

  24. Dena

    This is perfect timing for me because I have decided to learn how to knit socks! I have scored myself a set of DPNs for socks and yarn, but have been searching for the right starter pattern. I’ve been combing your site for the right pattern and have found a few mellows and tangies to add to my growing collection, so I may find myself in a rat’s nest of yarn by the end of this weekend!! Thanks for posting about the book. I only have one sock book in my collection. I reckon it is time I added another one or half dozen. Any recommendations for this newbie would be apprecaited!

  25. Irene

    Wow, is all I can say. Those are amazing looking socks! I’ve just started knitting socks, toe-up. Guess I should try top down.

  26. Leslie Mendelson

    I repair oriental rugs and I’m a knitter. Perfect pairing, don’t you think? I’d love to have this book.

  27. Inna Z.

    Those are some ninja-tastic socks.

    If ninjas could knit they would only do stealth knitting.

    If pirates could knit they would only knit things that can fit on your booty.

    If a ninja and a pirate knitter got together for a stitch-and-bitch they would only make projects with high tension.

  28. Melanie

    Books and socks and yarn — delicious. I’ve been sterling my nerve to try my first pair. Looks like a splendid opportunity.

  29. Gina

    I love the patterns in this book and have already joined the KAL group on Ravelry. Would love a copy of the book.

  30. Melissa Cherney

    Oooh I would LOVE to win this! I was actually drooling over several of the included patterns on Ravelry the other day. What beautiful work!

  31. Coral Bentley

    I’m still a novice to sockmaking, but I have a very important project lined up and this book just might be the thing that makes all the difference. 🙂

  32. Jamie Wang

    Looks great! I’m an avid sock knitter, but hadn’t heard about this one. Can hardly wait to get my hands on a physical copy.

  33. nakiru

    I know there will be a ton of entries, but I would love to knit these socks. Might have to buy if I don’t win….

  34. Becky

    I love the different shapes! I would love to start going through my sock yarn stash with those patterns.

  35. Katie

    Visited the Russian Museum last winter and the exhibit was all about the Silk Road. Whether I win or not, this book will be added to my collection.

  36. Julie

    I can’t wait to get a closer look at this book. I’ve just started learning to knit socks and they are so much fun!

  37. Emily

    I’ll admit, when I first saw this in my feed reader I thought it was about Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Then I had a little flailing fit when I realized that the article was about a KNITTING BOOK. Seriously, knitting plus the Silk Road plus socks?

    Excuse me while I go flail a bit more.

  38. Lucianne

    Oooo, looks good! I’m a sucker for sock books! And…I’ve been eyeing these patterns on Ravelry! I’m getting these, one way or another.

  39. Sarah

    How fabulous! My friends just got back from living in Afghanistan as journalists, what a great present some of these socks would be.

  40. Andi

    I love silk and I love socks! What else can I say?

    The patterns look well designed with interesting details – my kind of knitting.

  41. Anna

    Oh, that looks so amazing! I love socks, and the phrase “silk road” always sounds like you’re setting off on an adventure.

  42. Kristen

    Wow, I’m so amazed – these sock patterns are beautiful!! They definitely “feel” like the Silk Road. 🙂

  43. LauraBeth

    I have just returned to the world of knitting socks, and I am constantly amazed by all the fantastic patterns out there. These are gorgeous!

  44. G. K. Green

    Please enter me to win this book! Both my oriental rugs and my sock yarn insist that I must have it …

  45. ClumsyKnitter

    Oooh…I would love to get my hands on a copy of that beautiful book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. KarenVR

    Oh I think I’m collecting sock books! This one would be an excellent addition to the collection.

  47. Linda Hart

    Wow, I’ve just become obsessed with socks. And Monday is my birthday. It would rock big time to win!

  48. plumbum

    What a fantastic collection of patterns. Unlike so many books that feature one or two nice designs among a load of dross, I feel that I want to knit ALL of these… and right now!

    I’d be hard put to name a favourite

  49. Fleur

    Comment number 406! Can’t talk much now, I am just knitting another pair of socks while sitting at the window and near the heating with a very hot cup of tea! Let spring begin, please 😉

  50. JoAnn

    Was excited to see this book come out and would love to be chosen to win a copy. Thank you for the chance!

  51. maget

    All the socks are amazing, but I think my favourite is Nain. What can I say, I’m a sucker for “moving” twisted stitch patterns!

  52. Sharyn

    I am intrigued by the title. My daughter is learning about the Silk Road in Asia. Sock patterns , I can’t wait to see.

  53. oonagh

    looks like fun!! i’m really interested, as one of my other hobbies involves medeival reenactment, specifically as a persian woman…… things based on teh silk road would be really cool!!

    -oonaghfibersmyth on ravelry

  54. julianna

    I’m drooling over these patterns and already scheming about which of my stash yarns would go with each pattern. 🙂

  55. Tiffany

    I am a confessed sock knitting addict. But I don’t plan on quitting. Please help me to contribute to my addiction by putting my name in the ‘sock’ for this contest.

  56. Kris

    Sock patterns, geography and history in one book. One of my favourite combinations!

    ps I thought it said “silk”-testing question for a moment – not “skill”!

  57. Noel

    Sign me up for this contest! Those socks are amazing — and making them would be a lot more fun than darning the ones I’ve already got….

  58. CamounJazz

    Oh I’m totally in love with this book (and the work of Hunter Hammersen…). Especially with Senneh, and Heriz, and Mood… and every socks which are in this book 😉

  59. Kathi Jobson

    Ohhh I would love to win this. Just learned the magic loop method so that I can knit lots of socks!

    Kathi Jobson

  60. Maris

    Haven’t knitted socks before, I know, I know. May have to buy this one anyway to help me start. Thanks for continuing to share all of your amazing finds with us!

  61. Jane

    Middle eastern rugs have long been a souce of fascination and inspiration. The colour combinations and patterns are amazing. I would love this book.

  62. Sally Halliday

    When I read the description of the book I thought it was going to be mostly color work, but what a pleasant surprise to find textural interpretations of rugs.

  63. Lucy

    Wow! Love the socks! (even though I knit too slowly to really make ’em)
    I’ll have to put this book on the wish list.

  64. Tami

    I love the sock patterns — especially Gördes, Mood, & Salor. Thank you for the introduction to the book — and the giveaway.

  65. Sue

    Holy cow! THose are some cool socks!! The cover of the book looks kinda tame but those patterns are beautiful! I could really use a copy of that book! Pick me please!

  66. vicki greenlees

    just organized the stash, found yarn for (gulp!) 18 pair of socks! could really use this to help me out :-)8

  67. Deb W.

    Wow- I went to Ravelry and say the designs. Spectacular!!!! Count me in to the contest give away! (I just hope I have some skill left in me for the skill testing question- right now I am stealing some time away from writing report cards!

  68. Brooke

    Wow, this book looks incredible! This is actually the first I’ve heard of it, which is odd considering my sock problems …

  69. Emma

    Oh wow that book looks awesome! I grew up in a house full of oriental rugs and I remember when I was first really getting into knitting staring at them during dinner and charting patterns out in my head.

  70. Amber

    A friend of mine knit one of the samples from the book. All of the designs are really awesome and perfectly put together.

  71. GinkgoKnits

    This book looks amazing. I don’t normally knit socks but there are so many wonderful sock books out there that I can’t resist buying them and repurposing the motifs on hats or whatnot. I don’t know how I’ve resisted Cookie A’s latest and I’ve only resisted this one due to a post-Christmas glut of new knitting books. Thank you for conducting these giveaways and showing off great items fron people deserving of our dollars to your large audience.

  72. Jittina

    Wow, I’d love to win a copy of this book. A paper copy would be nice, so I can look through the book whenever I want.

    Jittina, the Netherlands

  73. Kelsey

    Hunter’s socks are always awesome, and the patterns in this book look like no exception to that rule.

  74. CaroleP (ohio

    Of all the things I can’t do, the one I miss the most is a short row heel. But I do, do socks.

  75. Nancy

    I have knitted one of Hunter’s designs, Calcareus. It was a great pattern and I plan to knit it again. Because of that success, I would love to receive a copy of her new book. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  76. Lisa

    Thanks for keeping us all informed of new interesting things! I’ll be adding this book to my wishlist, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll win?

  77. mellenknits

    Wow – what beautiful socks! I’d love to get a peek inside the book to read about their inspiration…

  78. Tamantha Gilfoyle

    Oooo! I recently went to a dress-up “superhero” party as “Sock Girl” (fighting against the evil Dr Chillblane & defending cold feet everywhere!)
    I so want this book! Pick me, pick me!!!

  79. Sherill

    Well, I’ll leave a comment too, because I really like knitting socks, and “silk road” sounds so gorgeous although I know it really was a horrendously difficult trek through mountains and suc. So I’m in at #654.

  80. Karen

    Wow, what a great idea! I didn’t even know about this book being out there, but I would sure like to own it – it looks very cool!

  81. Diane

    I love Hunters patterns and have been lucky enough to test some of them in the past – would love this book to knit some of her fabulous new designs!

  82. Kathie

    Oh! I’d love to have this book to knit the *perfect* pair of socks for my best friend who spent part of her childhood in Kuwait and has a fabulous collection of Middle Eastern rugs 🙂

  83. Barbro

    Sidenvägen från Kina till Europa.
    The silkroad from China to Europe. Mystic, romantic. And I love knittin socks.

  84. Sally

    Wow–who would want to hide these socks inside a shoe?!! Love to try knitting some — a new challenge.

  85. Susan Henry

    I love to look at how things are the same but different along the silk road, such as travel foods like wontons, samosas and ravioli-little pockets full of tasty fillings. I’d like to win this book because I’ve recently fallen in love with knitting socks and would like to see how the author brings regional influences to the patterns and fiber choices.

  86. linda Cannon

    What a neat contest. I used to teach Chinese cooling and have always loved so many things about the culture. Being a fanatic sock maker this book sounds so interesting.

  87. Cheryl

    It looks like a wonderful book, and I’ll get a copy whether I win or not. But, I’d love to win it!

  88. Elaine M.

    Okay, I’m still learning about socks and this is just what I need a book on socks and a beautiful book it is… I can’t wait to be the best sock knitter in my group.

  89. blogless grace

    Why have we not heard of this book before! This looks like an amazing book with increadible socks!

  90. Penny Art

    I love socks. I love knitting socks, always looking for new patterns. The sample patterns from the book look fabulous. I’d love to have this book.

  91. Elisa

    I just finished my first pair of socks & I can’t wait to start on my second pair. I’m hooked on knitting socks & the socks in this book are gorgeous!

  92. Laurie

    Oh, this book is gorgeous and perfect for my new obsession with semi-solid sock yarn. Please oh please pick me!


    I haven’t knit any socks in a while. This book might inspire me to get out my double point needles. It was a sock knitting class I took a few years back that got me back into knitting. Also, GO BEARS!

  94. Lark

    I just started knitting socks in the last year, and would love to have this new pattern book to knit from!

  95. Janine Webb

    I just went to the Ravelry page. They are beautiful patterns. I had not heard of this book before.

  96. Sophie B.

    Those are some cool patterns! I’ve been trying to work my way up from armwarmers to socks but something else always seems to end up on my needles!

  97. Beth Rudo

    Lovely sock patterns! I’ve only knit one pair of socks, but would love to tackle some of these.

  98. Sylvia Titgemeyer

    One of my 2011 resolutions is to start using my sock yarn stash to knit socks – this book would certainly push me in the right direction.

  99. Tigs

    Oh! A sock knitting book I haven’t heard of yet! I love that we can see all of the patterns in new books by checking out Ravelry. It’s saved me from purchasing books that weren’t as great as I thought they’d be.

  100. AlisoninOZ

    What a lovely idea for a book! I love love love silk yarns (nearly as much as I love my merino – hey I am Australian, I have to be patriotic!)

  101. Patty McC

    I have recently realized that I only want to knit socks. I have sweaters I have knit, but they rarely get worn. The handknit socks, on the other hand, are the first worn after laundry is finished each week. I’d love to have this book and knit my way from the first pattern to the last!

  102. MimiD

    Looking forward to hearing more about the book. Seeing it would be better! Thanks for the giveaway!

  103. Kat

    Ohh, this is such a stunning book – I have a resolution of not buying any more patterns for 2011, but if I *won* something that wouldn’t count, right? … 😉

  104. Terry Mirande

    Give me an S, give me an O, give me a C, give me a K, give me another S. What does it spell?

  105. Regan

    My boyfriend’s mom is writing her doctoral thesis on the Silk Road. I’d love to make some of these socks for her!

  106. Linda

    Looks like there are a lot of beautiful patterns to knit from the book. Cannot wait to get started!

  107. Ariel

    I’ve been reading Hunter’s blog for a while now, it’s so great that she’s got this book out! It looks wonderful

  108. jill

    Really at random? I don’t have to think of something clever to say? I’m clean out of clever, but not out of sock yarn. Pick me!

  109. Susan Brenneman

    Hi y’all. I love silk. I would love to see what cool patterns I could create from within these pages. PS. Knitty is awesome too.

    Thanks, Susan

  110. Kittenears

    OH my goodness, I’d love this book. I want to learn how to knit socks, they’re so fascinating and beautiful. And quick! AND YEAR ROUND, unlike my current obsession with mittens.

    Oh, I’m crossing my fingers.

  111. Susan

    I love all the patterns in this book….AND I have lots of sock yarn in my stash. Sounds like a winning combination!

  112. Brenda

    Socks! I love knitting socks, and I am stuck in a rut always using the same pattern, Please pick me!

  113. Barb T

    Those are really great socks. I want to make them. Send me the book the moment you select my number 🙂

  114. Carolyn

    I love to knit socks, just finished a pair last night…now on to a different and exciting pattern, would love to win this book to pick a new pattern. Thanks for all your giveaways.

    Have a wonderful fun filled Monday!!

  115. Lj

    Wow! What a fantastic collection of patterns! I think I might buy this even if I am not lucky enough to win. (:

  116. Nancy Wirtz

    Socks are the whole reason I learned to knit after being a crocheter my whole life! And knitting histories are my second favorite thing! Keeping fingers and toes crossed for this one 🙂

  117. Maddie

    Mmm! Silk socks! I’m having a new love affiar with silk after taking the Harlot’s class yesterday on knitting with mawata!