In Defense of Tights by Stephen West

In Defense of Tights

November 2012
Still River Mill Harmony
Viking Alpaca Sock by High Plains Fiber Werx
yarn held together
+ Sport
= Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Moss Stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
335 - 380 yards (306 - 347 m)
Fingering weight held double [Fingering weight held single]
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Protect your tights from the elements with these stylish legwarmers! Pull them up for maximum coverage or fold down the long ribbed end for double warmth. Wear them slouchy for casual comfort. You can wear them as arm warmers too! The striped moss stitch fabric is extra stretchy. Make them in one of two sizes, with fingering weight held single or fingering weight held double for a thicker fabric.

Finished Measurements: 10 9“ / 25 23cm circumference, 20” / 51cm long

Yarn: Fingering weight held double Fingering weight held single

Yardage: Fingering weight held double
Color A - 300yds / 274m of each fingering weight yarn
Color B - 35yds / 32m (Color B Handmaiden Maiden Hair was held single for this contrast stripe. If you hold a fingering or weight held double as Color B, you will need about 70yds / 64m)

Fingering weight held single
Color A - 310yds / 283m
Color B - 70yds / 64m

Shown in: Fingering weight held double
Color A - Viking Alpaca Sock by High Plains Fiber Werx (45% Iclandic Wool, 45% Alpaca, 10% Nylon; 400yds / 366m per 100g skein), Colorways: Light Brown & Natural
Color B - Handmaiden Fine Yarn Maiden Hair (67% Silk, 23% Mohair, 10% Nylon; 328yds / 300m per 100g skein), colorway: Minegold

Fingering weight held single
Color A - Still River Mill Harmony 33.3% Cashmere, 33.3% Silk, 33.3% Merino Wool; 200 yds / 183m per 50g skein), colorway: Orange
Color B - The Verdant Gryphon Bugga! (70% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 412yds / 377m per 113g skein), colorway: Malaysian Giant Shield Mantis

Needles: 40” US 7 / 4.5mm US 4 / 3.5mm circular
Magic Loop method is used for knitting in the round

Notions: 1 stitch marker, tapestry needle

Gauge: 18 26sts / 24 32rnds = 4” / 10cm in moss stitch using US 7 / 4.5mm US 4 / 3.5mm needle