Ladies Useful Stockings

Weldon's, Volume 28, Eighty-ninth Scries, 1913, page 14

Original specifies 5 ounces of Patons Rose Fingering Wool; four steel #13 (U.S. 0; 2 mm) needles.

I feel that this stocking—for that is truly what it is, long and shaped—suits those who do reenactments or belong to the Society for Creative Anachronism, if no one else. I've kept to the pattern for the most part, working a Dutch Heel and Flat Toe, but I've adjusted the order in which the stitches are decreased for the gussets, so that the round begins at the back of the heel.

In the past, knitted garters would have held up this type of stocking. These garters were narrow strips of knitting, about 30" (76 cm) long and 2V" (5.5 cm) wide. According to The Workwoman's Guide, garters were typically made of "worsted, cotton, or soft wool" worked on 12 to 30 stitches, depending on the thickness of the yarn. They were most commonly worked in garter stitch (knit every row), but ribbing, stockinette stitch, or "a succession of squares of different patterns' were also used.

Finished Size Stockings: 7" (18 cm) foot circumference, 22" (56 cm) long from cast-on edge to top of heel flap, and 9V2" (24 cm) long from back of heel to tip of toe. To fit women's U.S. shoe sizes 8 to 9. Garters: VI" (3.2 cm) wide and 28" (71 cm) long.

Yarn About 740 yd (677 m) of fingering-weight (Super Fine #1) yarn for stockings; about 95 yd (87 m) of Fine #1 yarn for garters. We used for the stockings: Gems Pearl (100% merino; 185 yd [170 m]/50 g; 21 wraps per inch): #57 French blue, 4 skeins. (Note: You'll need 5 skeins if you lengthen the leg or foot.) For the garters: About 1 oz (28 g) of fingering-weight yarn in natural. Needles Size 1 (2.5 mm): set of 4 double-pointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Motions Stitch marker (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 16 sts and 20 rnds = 2" (5 cm) in St st using stocking yarn and worked in the rnd, before blocking.

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