Halaszbastya by Claire Ellen


March 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 12 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
360 - 380 yards (329 - 347 m)
Small (Large)
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The Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya in Hungarian) is one of the key sights on Castle Hill, overlooking the Danube in Budapest. It was designed and built in 1890, and it features seven neo-gothic spires, in honor of the seven Magyar tribes that originally settled Hungary. It’s called the Fishermen’s Bastion after the guild of fishermen responsible for protecting the city during the Middle Ages. It’s a beautiful area of a beautiful European capital.

The socks echo the spires of the Bastion along the leg with a variety of textured stitches and cables. The foot is a nod to the fishermen and their catch, as well as a reference to the Duna, or Danube, that flows just under the watch of the Halászbástya.

This intermediate-level pattern is written in both a small and a large size, but knitters should beware that the cables make this a tight sock.

A cable-needle (or a confidant ability to cable without a needle), sock needles in a size to reach gauge, a tape measure, tapestry needle, and scissors will all be necessary.