First, Folk Stockings
These happened so fast I’m still not sure what happened. To finish a large pair of socks in 5 days is something totally unheard of for me. I can’t believe they’re done. Did I really knit those??
Well, someone did and they are extremely comfy and warm. For a chronically cold person, knee socks are a godsend.
So, some project notes:
Needles- US sz. 2 / 2.75mm dpns for the ribbing US sz. 3 / 3.25mm dpns for the rest. Gauge was 6.5 sts per inch.
Pattern- Generic stockings. I cast on 70, worked some ribbing, knit 7 inches (one dpn) plain for the calf, then decreased 2 sts every 4th rnd down to 48 at the ankle…heel, foot, toe, graft….
Yarn- Not sure.
In the winter of 1998/99, when I was living in Denmark my host-mum taught me how to knit: since you really need something to do when the nights are that long. She gave me a ball of this charcoal wool and a ball of cream wool and taught me to make – yes, you guessed it – a garter stitch scarf. I knit through all the wool she gave me and bought some more and kept on knitting. I was fascinated enough to keep going, and yet I hated it too. What kind of inane kind of joke was this??? I was completely satisfied to be a non-knitter again once that stupid scarf was finished. Oh yeah, I never wore the scarf either.
So this yarn came from that stupid scarf. I unravelled it this past winter to enhance my infant stash. There were 3- 50ish gram balls. It’s a 4 ply DK wool and very dense, probably meant for sz. 6 / 4mm needles or so.
I knew there would never be enough for the second sock so we stopped at the LYS to pick up an extra ball. I walked out with this which seemed about right. Well, it wasn’t. Not even close. Shows how much I know about yarn. Nada. I’m really hoping this kind of knowledge comes with experience. Maybe when I’ve been knitting for 20 years…
The new yarn was a very squishy 3 ply sport weight, meant to be knit with sz. 2-4 / 3-3.5mm needles. Oops. In my defense though the shoplady did tell me “DK and Sport weights are only about a quarter stitch different you know.” I believed her at the time, but now I’m not sure if she’s a knitter. What doers that mean anyway? A quarter of a stitch? over what gauge??
And all the gauge/needle info was on the inside of the ball band. That was odd.
I used it anyway. The thicker yarn lasted to the gussets of the second sock, so it’s only a small (and hidden) portion knit with the thinner wool.
Now this leads me to the second half of this post- the Muggle Baiting. I want to bring some traditional knitting project to the Scandinavian Festival that will really frighten/excite the Muggles. I was thinking a sock or mitten in fine yarn with fabulous patterning. We are going for maximum impression here. I’ve decided on sz. 1 needles (all my other small needles are way too bright for in-costume historic knitting) and those 2 yarns I just showed you.
I’ve been browsing this…. But what pattern? Any suggestions?