Whitby Stockings by Courtney Kelley

Whitby Stockings

Light Fingering ?
34 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch on larger needles, worked in rounds.
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
800 yards (732 m)
About 8" (20.5 cm) foot circumference and 10" (25.5 cm) foot length from back of heel to tip of toe. To fit woman’s u.S. shoe sizes 8–9.
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Named for a fishing village located on the north yorkshire coast of england, these stockings remind me of paintings of “flither pickers” or “flithergirls” who sold limpets (small shellfish) to fishermen for bait near the turn of the twentieth century. Doubtless these young women wore their own knitted stockings, and while their stockings may have been knitted in undyed homespun, these Whitby Stockings feature stripes and small peerie patterns inspired by the Fair Isle sweaters of the northern islands. Knitted in earthy, muted colors simi-lar to those attained through natural dyes, these extra-long stockings are designed to be shown off with a skirt or pair of cropped pants—just right for a cold wet day on the coast.