Traffic Island Socks

by RedScot
These socks cam e into being after I spent an afternoon with my nose buried in several volum es of stitch dictionaries. I’d been looking for a sim ple pattern that would m orph well into being knit in the round, challenging enough to keep m y fingers busy, but my head angst-free; som ething to keep my brain from exploding with too-long hours spent on com plicated and concentration-draining (although very satisfying) travellingcably, gazillion-Round-repeatly, tearyour-hair-out-in-bunches, tricksy sock patterns that I was currently working on... Knitting sorbet, if you will... The chevron and feather pattern I found had lots of potential, and after an initial few rounds, I realised that it had a lot in comm on with the fam ous ‘Jaywalker’ pattern so I knew it would be pretty to knit up and would be fast and brain-‘splody free. After some tweaking, frogging and a little more tweaking, I arrived with some Traffic Island Socks. Why Traffic Island? Well, with the wider ‘fixed’ bars running up and down the socks, with the added lace holes (and after the initial street reference), I was rem inded of a computer gam e that came out yonks ago called ‘Frogger’. A game where you had to guide a frog over 2 sets of highways then 2 sets of waterways to get to freedom, using the traffic islands in between as breathing places, avoiding cars, lorries, snakes, alligators and subm erging turtles... It seemed apt... Gauge: 32 sts / 48 Rounds (st st) = 4 inches Needles: Set of 5 dpns size 2.5mm (US 1½) Size (approx): Ladies sm all (ankle 7”/8”), m edium (ankle 9”/10”) and large (ankle 11”/12”). Yarn: Yarning Yenta 4-ply Self-Striping Yarn in Red Fraggle colourway. (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon.) Or any fingering weight yarn. If you want to use light fingering weight, I’d suggest going up a pattern size... Note: This pattern also works well in different weight yarns. For the second purple/pink sock I used Angels & Elephants 5-ply UK sport weight (US heavy fingering weight) Bluefaced Leicester Sock Yarn in Berries colourway, using size 2.75mm (US 2) dpns and the smallest pattern size. Traffic Island Stitch Pattern: Round 1: Knit Round 2: *K1, yo, k5 (k6, k7), k2tog, ssk, k5 (k6, k7), yo, k1, repeat from *

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Cuff and Leg Cast-on 64 (64, 72), stitches onto 1 dpn then spread them evenly over 4 dpns – 16 stitches for each needle. Join in round, being careful not to twist the stitches and work k2 p2 rib for 1 to 1½ inches. After the last Round of the cuff, shift one stitch onwards to the next needle, so you have each needle beginning and ending with a knit stitch. This centres the pattern and means that each dpn doesn’t finish with a tricksy yo. NO Set-up Round for SMALL Continue with Traffic Islands Stitch pattern for 6 inches, or to the leg length you prefer, ending after working

round 2.
Set-up Round for MEDIUM: *K1, yo, k14, yo, k1 (18 stitches per ndl, 72 stitches overall.) Continue with Traffic Islands stitch pattern for 6 inches, or to the leg length you prefer, ending after working

round 2.
Set-up Round for LARGE: *K1, yo, k16, yo, k1 (20 stitches per ndl, 80 stitches overall.) Continue with Traffic Islands Stitch pattern for 6 inches, or to the leg length you prefer, ending after working

round 2.
Heel flap K16 (18, 20) sts on ndl no.1, turn Sl1, p31 (35, 39), turn Then, work the following 4 rows back and forth, turning after every row. Row 1: Sl1, k1tbl * repeat to end of row, ending in a k1tbl. Row 2: Sl1, purl to end of row. Row 3: Sl1, *sl1, k1tbl repeat from * to last st, k1tbl. Row 4: Sl1, purl to end or row. Repeat these 4 rows 7 (7, 8) more times. Turn heel Row Row Row Row Row Row 1: Sl1, 2: Sl1, 3: Sl1, 4: Sl1, 5: Sl1, 6: Sl1, k17 (19, 21), ssk, k1, turn. p5, p2tog, p1, turn. k6, ssk, k1, turn. p7, p2tog, p1, turn. k8, ssk, k1, turn. p9, p2tog, p1, turn.

Continue working one m ore stitch per row until all stitches have been worked. Gusset Sl1 then knit across half the heel sts with ndl no.4. Knit rem aining heel stitches with needle no.1, then with the same needle pick up 16 (16, 18) stitches along the edge of the heel-flap, plus an extra stitch or two at the corners to prevent holes. Knit Round 1 of the Traffic Island stitch pattern with ndl nos.2 & 3. (All knit sts.) Pick up the remaining heel flap stitches and the first half of the heel with ndl no.4. The centre of the heel m arks the beginning of the round. Continue with the following rounds: Round 1: (Decrease row.) Using ndl no.1, work to 3 sts from the end of the ndl, k2tog, k1. Work the instep sts in the established pattern (this will be round 2 of the Traffic Island Stitch pattern) on ndl nos.2 & 3 and at the beginning of ndl no.4, k1, ssk, knit to end. Round 2: Knit all sts. (This includes the knit round of the pattern across the instep on ndl nos.2 & 3.) Repeat these 2 rounds until there are 16 (18, 20) sts each on ndl nos. 1 & 4.

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Foot Continue in the established pattern until the foot m easures 2 inches less than the desired length. Toe Round 1: Knit all sts. Round 2: (Decrease round.) Work to 3 sts from the end of ndl no.1, k2tog, k1. K1 ssk at the beginning of ndl no.2, knit to end. Work ndl no.3 in the sam e m anner as no.1 and work ndl no.4 in the same manner as no.3. Repeat these 2 rounds until there are 10 sts on each ndl. Then work the decrease round only until there are 7 sts on each ndl. Slip sts from ndl no.2 to ndl no.1 and from ndl no.3 to ndl no.4 Graft (Kitchener st) the sts from ndl no.1 to the sts on ndl no. 4. Weave in ends. VOILÀ! U can haz sok. Should you wish a matching pair, just follow the instructions from the top again!

Definitions: k = knit; p= purl; st = stitch; st st = stocking stitch; k2tog = knit 2 stitches together; ndl = needle; dpn = doublepointed needle; yo = yarn over; ssk = slip 1 st, slip 1 more st, knit both slipped stitches together; k1tbl = knit st through back loop.

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