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The Q Train Socks

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This pattern is part of The New York Collection - A Sock Pattern Club by the Knitting Expat. It is exclusively available for Club members only until November 2017 - You can purchase the club Ebook at any point to get this and the other patterns in the collection before then.

After November 2017 this and all the other patterns in the collection will be available for individual purchase.

Pattern Inspiration

This pattern and design was inspired by the Q Train line on the Subway … its the line that runs past our home in Manhattan making it super easy for us to get around town … these socks are just that … super easy and fun to knit … a really simple repeat that is easily memorisable making this a great on the go project! This pattern would work great with a variety of yarns and dye styles, and is amazing for self striping as it lets the stripes shine while still adding some texture!

What you will need:

• Yarn – 100g Sock Yarn (approx. 365-400m / 400-440 yds) Sample knit in Nomadic Yarns - Brit Sock Base (80/20 Superwash BFL/Nylon) in the Spring Fling Colourway.

• Needles – 2.25mm or 2.5mm (US 1 or 1.5) on a Long cable for magic loop (I suggest 40” / 100cm for two at a time knitting).

• Notions – Stitch Markers if you wish to mark the beginning of the round or pattern repeats. I also use a progress keeper to keep track of my row count and how many rows I have done (this can also work to mark the right side of your work).

• Gauge – Approx 8-9 sts/inch in stockinette

• Size – Socks are sized in a Small (Medium/Large). Sizes are based on foot circumference and not length as you knit the sock as long as you need to in order to fit the recipient. Please also note that socks need to have about 1-2 inches (2.5-5cm) of negative ease in order to provide a nice snug fit around the foot without being too baggy. Further, socks will loosen up over time and with wear so personally I prefer a nice snug fit at the start to reduce this effect later.

o Small size will fit a foot circumference of approx. 8-9 inches,
o Medium for a foot circumference of approx. 9-10 inches,
o & Large for a foot circumference of approx. 10-11 inches.

Note about Instructions:

• Instructions are shown Small (Medium/Large) throughout the pattern, where stitch counts vary.

• I knit my socks using the Magic Loop method, however the pattern can be adapted to be used with DPN’s or 9inch Circulars if that is your preferred method for knitting socks.

• Instructions are provided below for both Cuff Down and Toe Up. The Cuff Down instructions are first followed by the Toe Up instructions.

• A general outline of the sock construction is first provided followed by the stitch pattern to be used for the leg and foot.

• At the end of the pattern you will find the instructions for the German Short Row Heel which is worked exactly the same way for both Toe Up and Cuff Down socks. (Note if you wish to knit the heel in Garter stitch – to do this you follow the heel instructions as written but knit every row rather than purling on the wrong side).

• The Modified Heel Flap Adjustment (MHFA) instructions can be found as a separate PDF download along with this pattern. This was done to reduce the file size of this pattern.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (4MB)
  • PDF (5MB)

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