Friday, 8 July 2011
Handknitted Stockings - and they're easy!
(Oh my, just noticed the bits of puppy fur on my stockings... sigh....)
Anyway, these are ridiculously easy and ridiculously warm! The pattern is from The Complete Book of Knitting Crochet and Embroidery (1977), which is probably not very useful. But here's the clever part: all shaping is done by changing needle sizes. I used 5mm, 4.5mm, 3.75mm, and 3.25mm, with 2-ply yarn.
I don't have all those sizes in circular needles, so I just split the pattern up the back and knitted back and forth. When it came to the foot I did the heel shaping on either side, following the pattern, so that the seam runs under the foot. This pattern is written from the top down, so length adjustments are a bit iffy. Luckily I'd knitted these before, about 20 years ago, and had notes to go by.
But I don't see why this wouldn't work brilliantly knitted toe-up, allowing you to measure width as you go, and switching needles when necessary. In fact, any toe-up lace sock could probably be turned into a stocking by doing this. You could even knit the foot in the round, and split the pattern when you get to the part where you run out of circular needles of the right size (just cast on one extra stitch on each end for seaming).
End with about 5cm of ribbing, and yes, you will need garters of some sort.