[HNW] hand-knitting stockings

Deborah Pulliam pulliam at acadia.net
Mon Dec 31 10:37:44 PST 2001

<<What weight of yarn should I use for stockings, c.1850-60, for a woman of
middle class? >>

I'd suggest 12 - 20 stitches to the inch, which means you'll need 0
or smaller needles (that's a zero). You can use either soft or hard
twist cotton, three or four ply, depending which knits up easier for
you, and what you want the final product to feel like.

Cotton certainly was very common for that period, and worn by
everyone, in that gauge range. Wool was worn in winter as well and
still frequently  knit by hand. Silk was used, but not often in
handknitting by that time.


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