Caspian Sea Socks

Designer: Priscilla Gibson-Roberts
Published: May 25, 2007
Technique: Borders, Edgings, Cast-ons, Charts – Colorwork, I-cord
Skill Level: Experienced

The Caspian Sea, the largest lake on earth, is surrounded by lands rich in color and history—Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia, and Kazakhstan, countries whose very names evoke exotic landscapes and vibrant cultures. Priscilla Gibson-Roberts has captured the flavor of the region in these four-color marvels. She begins at the traditionally pointed toe, working the top and bottom of the sock in different patterns. The heel opening is worked in waste yarn, so stitches for the heel can be picked up at the end, after the striking bands of the cuff are completed. These socks are not an overnight project, but the techniques are so intriguing that you may find yourself staying up nights until they are done. And a final warning: if you intend to give these as gifts, be prepared for the flood of requests for more pairs.

Finished Size: 8" foot circumference, and 9 (9½)" long from tip of toe to back of heel, to fit women’s U.S. shoe sizes 6 to 7 (7½ to 8½). Socks shown are 9½" long.

Yarn: Dale of Norway Tiur (60% mohair, 40% wool; 126 yd [115 m]/50 g): #4545 wine, 2 skeins; #4425 pink, #2526 gold, and #7562 dark teal, 1 skein each.

Needles: Size 2 (3 mm): set of 5 double-pointed (dpn); set of 5 double-pointed glove needles (about 4" [10 cm] long) are optional but may be helpful for cast-on.

Notions: Tapestry needle; small amount of smooth, contrasting waste yarn.

Gauge: 16 sts and 15½ rnds = 2" (5 cm) in stranded two-color St st worked in the rnd from charts. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Skill level: Experienced.

Foot Detail Caspian Stitches

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