Caspian Sea Socks by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts

Caspian Sea Socks

January 2007
Sport (12 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 15.5 rows = 2 inches
in Stranded two color Stockinette stitch worked in the round from the chart
US 2 - 2.75 mm
800 yards (732 m)
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Description from the pattern

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 band 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.