Hell Gate by Deborah Breland

Hell Gate

December 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 0 - 2.0 mm
260 - 464 yards (238 - 424 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL)
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“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
-Henry David Thoreau

This pattern can be found in issue two of Nomadic Knits.

The namesake for these socks is a historic railroad bridge in New York City. The bridge crosses the Hell Gate, a strait in the East River, and connects Astoria Queens to Randalls and Wards Islands in Manhattan.

From the designer: The main stitch pattern used here immediately made me think of bridges. I see beauty in even the coldest looking industrial bridges because they present us with a way to connect to each other. This bridge seemed particularly romantic to me as it has seen so much traffic over the years.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL) to fit foot circumference of 7.5 (8, 9, 10, 11)”/ 19 (20.5, 23, 25.5, 28)cm.

Finished circumference (unblocked): 6.5 (7.25, 7.75, 9, 10)”/ 16 (18.5, 19.5, 23, 25)cm.
Length: adjustable.

Needles: US 0/2.0mm, or size to obtain gauge, in preferred sock needles (DPNs, long circulars, short circulars).

Gauge: 36 sts and 52 rounds = 4”/10cm over SS, unstretched and unblocked.

Yarn: fingering weight: 260 (310, 336, 410, 464)yards/ 237 (283, 307, 375, 424)m.

Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle, locking marker (optional), cable needle (optional).

Sample knit in: The Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors II Sock (100% superwash merino; 400 yards/100g) in colorway Copper Pipe.


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