The yarn is a two ply (lace weight) natural grey wool, knitted on 2 mm (UK 14/US 0) double ended needles. The gauge is ten stitches per inch. If it's any help, the pair weighed 136 grams when finished.
They are not the prettiest stockings seen – I wasn’t very good at knitting when I started out, so the tension between needles differed too much. Still, a finished project is always nice, and not many will look at my legs up close – yay for long skirts! I took careful notes throughout the knitting process, and have become a better knitter, so hopefully the next pair (whenever I get round to them) will look better.
I feel mortified when looking at the stockings laid flat – my stocky legs and heavy ankles have been a sore spot with me since I was in my teens. At the same time I feel guilty for feeling like that – my legs serve their primary function well, which naturally is more important than how they look. Also, the uneven knitting is seen more clearly this way.
This will be my first challenge of the Historical Sew Monthly 2016.
The Challenge: #1 – Procrastination
Material: 2 ply (lace weight) wool yarn.
Pattern: Based on the tutorial on the Mara Riley page.
Year: According to the Mara Riley webpage, 17th/18th century. Mine will likely be worn mostly for early 19th, they seem to be close enough to Swedish lower class stockings of that period.
How historically accurate is it? The techniques and material are all right, but execution is not too nice. I won’t rank it higher than tolerable because of that.
Hours to complete: No idea.
First worn: For the pictures.
Total cost: Nothing at this time, as I got the yarn for free.