Anam Cara Kilt Hose by Jennigma

Anam Cara Kilt Hose

Knitting
July 2011
GGH Cumba
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
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This knitting adventure begins at the bottom edge of the fold-
over cuff with a picot-edged tubular cast-on, and then moves
into a horizontal cable. There is another picot round at the
top of the cuff, which can optionally be threaded with a thin
elastic for a built-in garter. A single short-row is used to
change direction so both the cuff and the body of the sock are
knit from the “right” side; no need to knit either inside out.

A ribbed garter is worked under the cuff on a smaller needle
to help keep the sock up where it belongs. There is a Saxon
Braid down the front of the leg and a coordinated calf
medallion in the back which decreases down to a single twist.

The hose then flare out using a method derived from Cat
Bordhi’s Cedar architecture, by increasing all around the sock
in successive rows. There is a small heel turn, and then a
modified arch shaped foot is knit in heel stitch. Short rows
are used in an unconventional way to balance out the fabric
bias the arch shaping introduces, and finally standard toe
decreases end with a Kitchener finish.

The fabric in the legs is forgiving of gauge, but the foot
requires good measurements to come out correctly. The
combination of knitting on the bias and using a slipped stitch
pattern (heel stitch) makes a fabric that is both more dense
and less stretchy than standard stockinette. This is fantastic
for the arch shaped foot since it makes the hose extra
supportive. It does mean, however, that you need to get your
measurements right. I advise swatching in heel stitch to check
gauge, or you will quite possibly have to rip the foot and re-
knit.