Rita's Stockings by Nancy Bush
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Rita's Stockings

January 2003
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 14 rows = 2 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 0 - 2.0 mm
446 - 714 yards (408 - 653 m)
To fit a woman's foot: about 7.5" (19 cm) around and 9.25" (23.5 cm) long.

Summary Top-down, braid, lace, stranded colorwork, clocks, five double-pointed needles.

Additional Yarn Information 1 skein #003 natural, and partial skeins each #966 blue and #462 red.

Additional Gauge Information In addition to the Stockinette gauge provided above, 17 stitches and 22 rows in 2 inches (5 cm) is given for the colorwork pattern.

Charts Colorwork cuff, right/left clocks, and lace cuff patterns.

From Nancy Bush’s Pattern Introduction These technique-filled stockings are named to honor my friend and helpful translator, Rita…who is an embroiderer and knitter of great skill. She has taken the patterns of her native Estonia and embroidered them onto cloth and knitted them into warm hand coverings, putting her love for her land into ever stitch….

These stockings begin with a Kihnu Troi cast-on, followed by a Kihnu Vits braid. Next comes a simple lace section, which causes the top to scallop. The colorwork section is typically Estonian—the Xs and Os are akin to Shetland patterning. The leg is decorated with clocks—one side is knit and purl, the other has vikkel, or traveling stitches.