Egyptian Socks to Knit
By Nancy Bush
The inspiration for these decorative socks comes from the collection of The Textile Museum
in Washington, D.C. The socks are typical of Islamic footwear of the fifteenth to sixteenth centuries.
Wendy Guernsey, 5-ply 100% wool yarn, sportweight, 245 yards (224.0 m)/100 gram (3.5 oz) skein, 1 skein each of #674 Atlantic Blue and #500 Aran
Needles, set of 5 double pointed, size 2 (2.75 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Finished size: About 8 inches (20 cm) foot circumference, 8¾ inches (22 cm) foot length from back of heel to tip of toe, and 7¾ inches (19 cm) leg length from top of cuff to beg of heel; to fit U.S. woman’s shoe sizes 6 to 8; for larger socks, use one size larger needles and work more rnds in the leg and foot
Gauge: 18 sts and 19 rnds = 2 inches (5.1 cm) in colorwork patt, worked in rnds