Short Turn by Kate Atherley

Short Turn

July 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in st st, in the round
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
390 - 500 yards (357 - 457 m)
Finished foot circumference: 18 (19, 20.5, 21.5, 23) cm/7 (7.5, 8, 8.5, 9) inches
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As always, instructions are written to be worked on any needle configuration: DPNs, magic loop, 2 circulars, Flexiflips, you name it…
This design is inspired by the TTC, Toronto’s transit system, which is loved and despised in equal measure. The system has been a major issue in the last three mayoral elections, and is a constant source of discussion and debate around the city, whether you use it or not.

Riders of the city’s famous streetcar lines are very familiar with the concept of the “Short Turn” – when a vehicle goes off route sooner than anticipated, necessitating a detour, often a change of vehicle and sometimes even a change of route or line. This cable pattern is inspired by the streetcar routes around the city, and the various turns and changes that you experience along your journey – some anticipated, some not. It’s based on a 2 x 2 ribbing, but veers off and meanders here and there, somewhat unpredictably, providing interesting detours and crosses of the tracks. There’s also a plain section, worked only in reverse stockinette, denoting the not-insignificant areas of the city that aren’t well serviced by the TTC – and also, handily, solving the sizing issue.

If you’re interested, learn more about Short Turns on the Torontoist site: