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Liivi's Stockings

Folk Knitting in Estonia
Knitting
January 2003
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 18 rows = 2 inches in Stockinette stitch on smaller needles
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 0 - 2.0 mm
500 - 750 yards (457 - 686 m)
To fit a woman's foot, about 8" (20.5 cm) around and 9.25" (25 cm) long.

Additional Yarn Information 1 skein (100g) #3001 sheep’s white (MC), half skein #3020 lamb’s brown, partial skeins each #3345 madder red, #3306 soft yellow, #3727 light indigo blue.



From Nancy Bush's Pattern Introduction "These stockings were inspired by a pair described and illustrated in the first book I discovered about Estonian Folk costume, Eesti Rahvaroivaid. I named them for Liivi... the director of the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union, and chose them for her because she is involved in many ways with preserving the handcrafts of Estonia. The stockings are from Pärnu-Jaagapi and have many elements found in Estonian knitting in general—colors that could be dyed with plant dyes, stripes of pattern and decoration just so far down the leg, and a solid-colored foot.

They begin with the Continental cast-on, followed by a border of knit and purl stitches. Below the colorwork is a simple openwork clock pattern.
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Included Charts Leg colorwork pattern, and cuff and clock texture/sttich patterns.