1847 Stockings for a Lady Knitting Pattern DownloadImage

1847 Stockings for a Lady Knitting Pattern Download

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These two stocking patterns are adapted from one of the first knitting patterns published in Godey's Lady's Book. Published knitting patterns from the mid-nineteenth century show little concern with gauge, finished size, balanced increases and decreases, or the accuracy of math. Perhaps publishers believed knitters without the wit and experience to understand their patterns were not to be trusted with sharp pointy sticks. For an adult-size version of the stocking, Susan Strawn adapted the Godey's pattern to fit adult feet.

Finished Size: 7¾ inches (19.7 cm) foot circumference and 8¼ inches (21.0 cm) long from back of heel to tip of toe
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun, 100% wool yarn, fingering weight, 310 yards (283.5m)/50 gram (1.8 oz) skein, 2 skeins of #200 Bordeaux; www.brownsheep.com
Needles: Needles, set of double pointed, sizes 1 (2.25 mm) and 2 (2.75 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Marker; Tapestry needle
Gauge: 36 sts and 50 rnds = 4 inches (10.2 cm) in St st on larger needles
Originally Published: Knitting Traditions, Spring 2015.

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