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Hose Knitting Pattern
By booverly Comments: 1980, member since Fri Jul 02, 2004
On Wed May 14, 2008 01:47 PM
Made sticky by hylndlas (107168) on 2008-06-06 10:46:16 Because these patterns are just too good to lose!

I'm looking for something to do on my next business trip. I thought I might try my hand at a bit of knitting. I looked for the pattern that was posted on the boards some time ago, but I guess it's too old for the search. I'm wondering if anyone copied it out and could upload it for me?

Thanks in advance!

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re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By DundeeDancer Comments: 513, member since Mon Apr 02, 2007
On Wed May 14, 2008 02:33 PM
I don't know how to insert the link to the other post, but I hope this copy/paste works!!

By wordsupply Comments: 132, member since Fri Aug 05, 2005

On Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:42 AM


These are the directions. If you PM me, I can send you charts and a spreadsheet that gives more clues on how it should turn out.


Highland Dancing Socks
MATERIALS: Lady Gait Kroy Sick and Sweater Yarn 3 ply (25g):
3 balls main color B.
1 ball each of the contrasting colors A, C, and D.
Two 2 ¼ mm knitting needles. Set of four 2 ¼ mm needles (points at both ends) or whichever needles you require to produce the tension given below.

TENSION: 9 ½ sts and 12 rows ~ 1 inch (2.5 cm) in stocking st.

MEASUREMENTS: Foot sizes 5, 6, and 7. Length of leg to bottom of heel 13 ins (33cm).

Wind A and C into 2 balls of each color. Wind D into 4 balls.

With B and 2 needles, cast on 72 sts and work 2 ins (5cm) in (K1, P1) ribbing, decreasing 1 st at end of last row.

Note: When changing colors, twist the color to be used around and underneath to the right of the color just used on the wrong side of work.

Proceed in pattern as follows: --
* * 1st row: Knit 1C, 16B, 2D, 16B, 1A, 16B, 2D, 16B, 1C.
2nd row: Purl 2C, 14B, 1D, 2B, 1D, 14B, 3A, 14B, 1D, 2B, 1D, 14B, 2C.
3rd row: Knit 3C, 12B, 1D, 4B, 1D, 12B, 5A, 12B, 1D, 4B, 1D, 12B, 3C.
4th row: Purl 4C, 10B, 1D, 6B, 1D, 10B, 7A, 10B, 1D, 6B, 1D, 10B, 4C.
5th row: Knit 5C, 8B, 1D, 8B, 1D, 8B, 7A, 8B, 1D, 08B, 1D, 8B, 5C.
6th row: Purl 6C, 6B, 1D, 10B, 1D, 6B, 7A, 10B, 1D, 06B, 1D, 10B, 6C.
7th row: Knit 7C, 4B, 1D, 12B, 1D, 4B, 13A, 4B, 1D, 12B, 1D, 4B, 7C.
8th row: Purl 8C, 2B, 1D, 14B, 1D, 2B, 15A, 2B, 1D, 14B, 1D, 2B, 8C.
9th row: Knit 9C, 1D, 16B, 1D, 17A, 1D, 16B, 1D, 9C.
10th row: Purl 8C, 1D, 1C, 16B, 1A, 1D, 15A, 1D, 1A, 16B, 1C, 1D, 8C.
11th row: Knit 7C, 1D, 3C, 14B, 3A, 1D, 13A, 1D, 3A, 14B, 3C, 1D, 7C.
12th row: Purl 6C, 1D, 5C, 12B, 5A, 1D, 11A, 1D, 5A, 12B, 5C, 1D, 6C.
13th row: Knit 5C, 1D, 7C, 10B, 7A, 1D, 9A, 1D, 7A, 10B, 7C, 1D, 5C.
14th row: Purl 4C, 1D, 9C, 8B, 9A, 1D, 7A, 1D, 9A, 8B, 9C, 1D, 4C.
15th row: Knit 3C, 1D, 11C, 6B, 11A, 1D, 5A, 1D, 11A, 6B, 11C, 1D, 3C.
16th row: Purl 2C, 1D, 13C, 4B, 13A, 1D, 3A, 1D, 13A, 4B, 13C, 1D, 2C.
17th row: Knit 1C, 1D, 15C, 2B, 15A, 1D, 1A, 1D, 15A, 2B, 15C, 1D, 1C.
18th row: Purl 1D, 17C, 17A, 1D, 17A, 17C, 1D.
Repeat 17th back to 1st row inclusive.

Substituting A for C and C for A, purl rows for knit rows and knit rows for purl rows, work another diamond pattern to correspond. * *

Work from * * to * *. Break A and C, 1st ball of B and 1st and last strands of D.

To make instep: Slip 1st 18 sts onto one needle. Slip last 18 sts onto another needle. Join B and A to remaining 35 sts and work one complete A diamond with D diagonal stripes. Break yarns.

To make heel: Put the sts for heel onto one needle. With wrong side of work facing, join B, K1, P16, P2tog, P16, K1.
1st row: * K1, sl 1 being careful not to tighten the yarn behind the slipped st. This prevents a ridge. Repeat from * to last st, K1.
2nd row: K1, Purl to last st. K1.
Repeat last 2 rows for 2 ½ ins (6cm) ending with 1st row.

To shape heel: 1st row: K1, P17, P2tog, P1, Turn.
2nd row: K3, Sl 1, K1, psso, K1, Turn.
3rd row: P4, P2tog, P1, Turn.
4th row: K5, Sl 1, K1, psso, K1, Turn.
5th row: P6, P2tog, P1, Turn.
6th row: K7, Sl 1, K1, psso, K1, Turn.
7th row: P8, P2tog, P1, Turn.
8th row: K9, Sl 1, K1, psso, K1, Turn.
9th row: P10, P2tog, P1, Turn.
10th row: K11, Sl 1, K1, psso, K1, Turn.
11th row: P12, P2tog, P1, Turn.
12th row: K13, Sl 1, K1, psso, K1, Turn.
13th row: P14, P2tog, P1, Turn.
14th row: K15, Sl 1, K1, psso, K1, Turn.
15th row: P16, P2tog, P1, Turn.
16th row: K17, Sl 1, K1, psso, K1, (19 sts on needle). Break yarn.
With right side of work facing and leaving an end 8 ins (20 cm) long, join A and K19. Leaving an end 8 ins (20cm) long, break A.

To shape instep: With right side of work facing, join B to sts of heel flap. Cast on 18 sts loosely. Knit these 18 sts. K19 of heel flap. Cast on 18 sts loosely.

Next row: K1, Purl to last st, K1.
Next row: K1, K2tog, Knit to last 3 sts, Sl 1, K1, psso, K1.
Repeat these 2 rows to 37 sts on needle.
Continue even in stocking st until work measures same length as instep piece, ending with purl row.
Next row: K17 (3rd needle), K18 (1st needle), K35 (2nd needle). Join in round. K17 of 3rd needle.
Continue even in stocking st until work from where sts were cast on for instep measures 3 ins (8cm) for size 5. 3 ½ ins (9cm) for size 6. 4 ins (10cm) for size 7.

To shape toe: 1st round: 1st needle: Knit to last 3(?) sts. K2tog, K1. 2nd needle: K1 Sl 1, K1, psso. Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. 3rd needle: K1, Sl 1, K1, psso. Knit to end of needle.
2nd round: Knit.
Repeat these 2 rounds to 22sts in round.

Knit sts of 1st needle onto end of 3rd needle. Break yarn. With length of A, 12 ins (31cm) long, graft toe . Sew back seam.
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By DundeeDancer Comments: 513, member since Mon Apr 02, 2007
On Wed May 14, 2008 02:42 PM
Edited by DundeeDancer (176416) on 2008-05-14 14:43:38
www.dance.net . . .


I think that is the one. Good luck.
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By Lexis_mom Comments: 22, member since Tue Apr 22, 2008
On Thu May 15, 2008 11:52 AM
this is great. Guess I know what I will be doing during lessons and practice! With any luck I will have them done by next competition season... or armegedon at the latest :)
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By booverly Comments: 1980, member since Fri Jul 02, 2004
On Thu May 15, 2008 01:09 PM
So, the pattern above makes socks from cuffs down?
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By DundeeDancer Comments: 513, member since Mon Apr 02, 2007
On Thu May 15, 2008 01:43 PM
Yes. I've attached the photo of 3 of the 5 pairs I've made. I must admit, I've never tried knitting socks before, and have followed the pattern Wool Express provides with their sock knitting kits - similar to the pattern above. If you can knit and purl, you should be able to make highland socks too!! Good luck.
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By KathyP Comments: 464, member since Thu Apr 06, 2006
On Thu May 15, 2008 02:48 PM
I've used part of this pattern for my first hose as well. I think it doesn't include shaping. If you want shaping you might graph up the pattern and add more at the top and then decrease down the leg.

I can help you with color selection if you are having trouble finding yarn that matches your tartan.
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By booverly Comments: 1980, member since Fri Jul 02, 2004
On Fri May 16, 2008 08:16 AM
Oh, I have hose to match my kilt. I'm just going to be on the road for 5wks with nothing to do while I'm on flights to California and Tunisia, and whiling the hours after work in hotel rooms. I need something to do and I thought knitting might be nice. I guess I'd make generic socks or plain colour kilt socks. I just need a good pattern.
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By kyliewwww Comments: 57, member since Fri Mar 28, 2008
On Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:53 PM
Thankyou Dundeedancer for putting this sock pattern up. I am a littl coonfused though, I am about to attempt to make a pair for my 7 year old in the Cerise Menzies. In this tartan there only seems to be 3 colours: pink, dark pink lines, white & marled(white/pink). On your apttern in mentions four colours - is one of these the marled colour and if so which one. Also which letter corresponds with the lines going through the diamonds?There is no kit available in this tartan. Does anyone know where I can get the colours.
Any help would be fanatastic.
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By punkqueeniemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1345, member since Tue Dec 17, 2002
On Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:35 AM
booverly, if you are considering the posibility of something a little more out of the ordinary, you might want to check out this pattern. It's gorgeous, and I think it would make great kilt hose. It's actually pretty simple, just knit-purl patterns and cabling.
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By booverly Comments: 1980, member since Fri Jul 02, 2004
On Fri Jun 06, 2008 07:56 AM
Wow! That pattern is great! Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By DundeeDancer Comments: 513, member since Mon Apr 02, 2007
On Fri Jun 06, 2008 09:46 AM
Booverly - Sorry, I thought you wanted the "argyle hose" pattern that was up a while ago. Glad you found what you were looking for.

Kyliewwww - I haven't actually used that particular pattern. It was one that was posted by WordSupply last year. I must admitt that it does look confusing - I work better with the charts supplied by WoolExpress in their kits. But, by looking at it, I believe this is the way it should go:
A - solid color at the front, middle of hose (white - when knitting from the top down, one normally has the white diamond on the cuff at the knee)
B - marle
C - solid color at the back of hose (cerise)
D - stripe (may not be the same color through both solid diamonds, ie: white stripe through the cerise diamond, cerise through the white diamond)

Also, I have found some good color matches with the Jaggerspun Maine Line - www.jaggeryarn.com . . . . It is fine enough that you can wind two colors together to get your own marle yarn, then two of the same color to knit the same weight for the solids.

Good luck to all!!
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By hylndlasmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7170, member since Wed Sep 22, 2004
On Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:25 AM
Booverly,

Are you a member of Ravelry? ravelry.com

We have a highland group over there and Kathy has posted some really good stuff to look at. (Not sure if she posted patterns though)

Come on over girlfriend! The more the merrier!
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By booverly Comments: 1980, member since Fri Jul 02, 2004
On Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:33 AM
DundeeDancer:
At the time I posted, I did want the argyle pattern. After looking at it and reading the other posts, I decided that I should be on the look out for a one-colour design. Of course, the fact that the hose kit with all the colours you need is $65 plus tax and shipping had a little something to do with that decision. I certainly appreciate your time in posting it however. I've got it printed out and ready to go for when I do try an argyle pattern.

While I'm a good sewer, my confidence in my knitting ability is not high....
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By Dancemom44 Comments: 492, member since Thu Oct 11, 2007
On Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:55 PM
I've knitted lots of socks over the years and am interested in trying highland socks as that seems to be what my DS and DD outgrow first.

DD's previous kilt came with a hand knit pair but I replaced them with a used pair from Kileel because the handknit ones were a little too thick and the white a little too white (otherwise beautifully done). I will check out the kits you mentioned DundeeDancer. The ones you knit look great.

Thanks for the tip about Ravelry Booverly, I'm waiting for my invitation...
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By KathyP Comments: 464, member since Thu Apr 06, 2006
On Fri Jun 06, 2008 04:11 PM
Edited by KathyP (155660) on 2008-06-06 16:15:40
Hylndlas, I didn't post patterns on Ravelry, as I knew this one was on DDN. :) I did post a page of color matches for some tartans to Jaggerspun yarn which is readily available (and exactly what the kit uses).

I second the join Ravelry as it is just a fun place to hang out if you like to knit or want to learn! Yes, the more the merrier!

There are some really cool socks by Cookie A. whose patterns you can find on Ravelry or on the web. They are knee socks with cables and would look great with any kilt (IMHO).
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By maddysmom Comments: 18, member since Thu Mar 01, 2007
On Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:46 AM
Kyliewwww - I have the spreadsheet for this pattern. If you pm me with your email I can try and send it to you. I can't pm yet but I can receive them.

Dundeedancer - I'm just about done with the last argyle and the kit directions say to "block". How do you do this? I do have a sock stretcher but I feel like I need to do something to get the cuff to look right. Any suggestions? The intarsia video was really helpful - thanks! One more question - are you able to order yarn directly from Jagger yarn or do you need to go to one of the stores they list?

Thanks!
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By KathyP Comments: 464, member since Thu Apr 06, 2006
On Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:16 PM
Maddysmom, I know you asked Dundeedancer, but .... I order jaggerspun from Sarah's yarns www.sarahsyarns.com, her retail prices are pretty good, and very few stores will wind off 2 oz at a time for you.

Here's an article on blocking that I've found helpful. I block hose the steam method, before seaming.

www.eunnyjang.com . . .
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By DundeeDancer Comments: 513, member since Mon Apr 02, 2007
On Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:53 PM
Edited by DundeeDancer (176416) on 2008-06-09 12:59:46 cannot spell
Thank you, KathyP! It is so nice that lots of folks out there are willing to help with advice and contacts!

I ordered my Jaggerspun through Shuttleworks just south of Calgary, Alberta. shuttleworks.com
It was "The Maine Line" in a 2/20 weight. I didn't actually state that earlier, sorry.

I also steam block before seaming, and before I duplicate stitch the stripes (if I haven't knit them in already). It gives the hose a nice even texture to work with - the yarn is flattened some so the stitches are more even and easier to discern from one another.

Good luck!
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By maddysmom Comments: 18, member since Thu Mar 01, 2007
On Mon Jun 09, 2008 03:03 PM
Thanks for the quick responses. You all are so helpful!
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By DDdancesPremium member Comments: 59, member since Tue Jun 10, 2008
On Sat Jun 21, 2008 07:29 AM
Hi, I'm new to the forum, but wish I'd known about it ages ago. I knitted DDs hose last year after much tweaking of the pattern posted here, and I've now made up a modified version for her size which includes the fold over top. I also had terrible trouble finding yarn and ended up using 1 ply yarn doubled up so I could get a correct marle. I'll be checking back for advice again the next time I knit some.
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By Clackmannan Comments: 1, member since Sun Aug 24, 2008
On Sun Aug 24, 2008 07:27 PM
HI, I am also new to the forum and have had great help just reading the respones posted. I too have been having difficulty finding yarn but am now on track.Many thanks to all.
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By weeabbey Comments: 21, member since Thu Nov 06, 2008
On Thu Nov 06, 2008 03:01 PM
thanks so much for printing this pattern for socks. I am willing to try it!
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By francaheal Comments: 27, member since Mon Dec 17, 2007
On Wed Feb 04, 2009 01:59 PM
This message is for Dundee Dancer. Thank you for posting the sock knitting pattern. You also mentioned that you have charts to go with this pattern. Would you mind sending me a copy of your chart. (I tried to PM you but i received an error message).

thank you in advance
francaheal
re: Hose Knitting Pattern
By DundeeDancer Comments: 513, member since Mon Apr 02, 2007
On Wed Feb 04, 2009 02:13 PM
Hello Francaheal,
It was an existing DDN post that I had cut and pasted into this thread. The original poster was "WordSupply" who wrote that they had charts and spreadsheets. The original thread was included in my next posting down (I will include it again: www.dance.net . . . ).

Good luck,
DundeeDancer
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