Sunday, March 06, 2011

One (pair) down, one (pair) to go.

I finished my own "stockings" and they've already been worn a few times. The above photo was taken about two weeks ago.

They're worth the time involved. And the tops themselves do a really great job holding the socks up. At first I also wore some stocking garters under the tops, but that was overkill, especially by the end of the day!

There are no increases or decreases in the leg, but I'd recommend them. My legs are slim, and though it works, they would be more comfortable if I'd used a few shapings.

The leg pattern is from Sensational Knitted Socks, and the tops pattern is Coral Lace, converted to the round, from Barbara Walker's second stitch pattern book.

I am now working on the pair for my husband. I had to re-do the tops in a larger size, even though I followed a pattern this time. I'm combining a pattern from one of my hardcover 30s knitting books with a knee sock pattern from the early 80s. The top is two-color, and the sock is all green. As I'm also making a pair of quick long socks for him from a self-patterning yarn, these golf stockings might take a bit longer to finish.

With any luck, I'll have evidence in a month or two.


Batty said...

Those are lovely. I've often wondered if foldovers would actually hold up a pair of stockings. Apparently, they do. Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

Eileen, your work is beautiful! Ugh! Where do I even begin? I am a woman with "two left hands" when it comes to knitting and crocheting.

Jenn - AKA "Jivin4Java" from the Atomic Mag, Port Halcyon, and Retrospective Mag

Eileen said...

Oh, thank you! But honestly, it's not hard. It does require practice at first, but in a few months (picking it up at least a few days a week) you can learn the basics quite easily.

I taught myself from one of the how-to books of the 1940s, and followed it up with online videos and tips from knitters I was acquainted can also take classes and/or lessons at your LYS (L ocal Y arn S hop).

I'm sure you can do it, Jennifer!

sapphireblue said...

Very pretty!