Hello my dears! Last time I checked in for a Knitting Adventures post, I was working on a pair of stockings. One stocking was complete, and the other was about half-way finished. Well, as you can plainly see, I finished knitting the second one, and made myself a pair of garters to boot!
I already wrote a great deal about the process of knitting these socks, including the pattern that I used in Vol. 1 of Knitting Adventures, so hop on over there if you want to find out more about the details. As I wrote in that post, I finished the toe of the second sock using the kitchener stitch. I liked how it turned out so much that I decided it was worth it for me to go back and fix the toe of the first sock. I am really glad that I did that, because now I have two stockings that are exactly alike! Well… not exactly alike. Somehow one stocking ended up being one “diamond row” shorter than the other. In other words, 10 rows shorter than the other. I have no idea how it happened, but it did! Thankfully it isn’t noticeable. 🙂
I knit myself up a pair of simple garters once the stockings were finished, using this Godey’s Lady’s pattern as a guide (I had to alter it for my smaller stitch gauge). I ended up making an i-cord at the end before I added the tassel, thinking I needed some extra length in order to tie the garter properly. Turns out the i-cord was unnecessary in the end, and actually makes the garters a little bit too long to tie nicely. But they work, which is the most important part.
I think my favorite parts of these stockings are the heels. There is just something so gratifying about looking at that shaped heel and knowing that I made that. Yes, I made the whole stocking, but it is so pleasing to look at a sock, something that I have only had machine-manufactured versions of in my entire life, knowing that I actually knit it myself and it has the proper foot shape.
Oh, and Charlotte figured out how to photograph my stockings so that you can see how nice they look finished too. Hooray!
I am really pleased with my first pair of stockings. There are some things I think I will change next time (making them either a little shorter, or a little longer in the leg. Not sure which yet…), along with using a different pattern to add some variety to my stocking wardrobe. Wow! That’s a new term! Stocking wardrobe… let’s see where I go with that idea.
So, now that these are finished I have been taking a break from knitting, though I have been dabbling in double-knitting in preparation for a future project of a still undefined nature.
Have you knitted anything recently?
What do you think of my stockings?
If you wear handmade above the knee stockings, what do you wear for garters?
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