In Railway Stitch

Weidon's, Volume 4, Tenth Series, 1889, page 7

Original specifics 4 ounces gray and ounce white hosiery yarn, Peacock quality from Faudel & Phillips; jour steel #1.5 (U.S. 000; 1.5 mm) needles.

This sock is worked in an unconventional way, with the "seam" stitch placed 15 stitches after the round begins and the foot worked with what is usually the last needle counted as the first. The first needle holds the stitches for the left side of the heel flap; what we normally designate as the first needle holds the stitches for the right side of the heel. 1 worked this sock almost as the pattern was written, with a French Heel and Flat Toe, except that I used a larger needle size, worked more rows on the leg and foot than specified (to add needed length), and picked up fewer gusset stitches. The pattern for the leg and the top of the foot is a six-row repeat of knit and purl stitches that creates an interesting woven-looking fabric. The subtle color change in the heel and toe stripes adds even more interest to these man's socks.

Finished Size 8" (20.5 cm) foot circumference, 872" (21.5 cm) long from cast-on edge to top of heel flap, and 107j" (26.5 em) long from back of heel to tip of toe. To fit men's U.S. shoe sizes 972 to 1072.

Yarn About 460 yd (421 m) of 1 main color and 230 yd (210 m) of 1 contrasting color of fingering-weight (Super Fine #1) yarn. We used Skacel Fortissima/ Socka (75% wool, 25°/o nylon; 230 yd [210 m]/50 g; 20 wraps per inch): #1058 gray (MC), 2 skeins, and #2414 tan (CC), 1 skein. Note: You'll need 3 skeins of MC if you lengthen the leg or foot.

Needles Size 0 (2 mm): set of 4 double-pointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Stitch marker (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 15 sts and 22 rnds = 2" (5 cm) in St st worked in the rnd, before blocking.

RAILWAY STITCH (multiple of 5 sts) Rnds 1 and2:*Kl, pi, k1, p2; rep from * Rnd 3: Knit.

Rnds 4 and 5; *K1, p2, k1, p1; rep from * Rnd 6: Knit.

Repeat Rnds 1-6 for pattern.

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