The Periwinkle Dragon

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Pedestrian Scramble Socks

The Pedestrian Scramble Socks are inspired by crosswalks. As someone who lives right in the heart of a city, crossing busy streets safely is a daily fact of life for me. In some cities, they try to help pedestrians get places more easily by having a phase of traffic lights know as a “pedestrian scramble”, where all vehicles are stopped and people can walk through the intersection in any direction — even diagonally through the middle! — to get where they are going.

Close up of toes and feet wearing black and rainbow striped socks with mirrored diagonal ribbing. Close side view of feet wearing black and rainbow striped socks with diagonal ribbing on the foot that twists to vertical on the leg. View from above of feet wearing black and rainbow striped socks with mirrored diagonal ribbing on the foot that twists to vertical on the leg.

These socks use tidy-edges ribbing to create a fun look that is mirrored on the right and left socks. The foot fabric is slightly slanted on a diagonal, then the bias shaping on the leg produces a spiralling effect with vertical ribbing for a comfortable fit. The socks have an afterthought heel and a twisted-rib cuff.

This pattern requires the knitter to work a small circumference in the round (the pattern is method-neutral; it works easily for any sock knitting technique) and provides tutorial links for techniques such as picking up an afterthought heel. Corresponding written instructions are provided for the charts.

This pattern is designed for self-striping yarn, just to add those additional stripes to the mix — but the bias ribbing looks fun in any colourway!

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