Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern by Nancy Bush
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Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern

Knitting
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 24 rows = 2 inches in stockinette stitch, before blocking
US 1 - 2.25 mm
555 yards (507 m)

(from Nancy Bush’s pattern description)

The pattern I have used for these "Half Hose" appeared correctly in Volume 14 (1899). The original hose from Weldon's had a k1, p1 ribbing, which I have switched to k2, p2, a pattern with more stretch. I also added some shaping along the back of the leg-the original had no shaping and looked baggy. I was surprised and pleased by the way the leg pattern extends into the heel flap. I’ve worked the French Heel as in the original-without slipped stitches during the heel shaping-and changed the toe shaping from a Wedge Toe to a Round Toe.