Tuesday, 31 July 2012

18th century-style stockings

18th century-style stockings by Asplund
18th century-style stockings, a photo by Asplund on Flickr.
I managed to finish the stockings just in time for an 18th century-style weekend at Skansen, an open-air museum in Stockholm. The purl stars on the calves are barely visible in this photo, but they show better in reality. And no, those aren't my legs but they belong to a member of an 18th century society.

I celebrated finishing the stockings by casting on to knit a sweater, Alice Starmore's "Cape Cod" from her book Fishermen's Sweaters. I knitted it in 2006 and will modify it the same way, keeping the shells and cables but changing the model. Here is a photo of the original design.

"Shells" 2012: Rowan Creative Linen

The pattern works very well with Rowan Creative Linen (50% cotton and 50% linen), I think.

At the back of the neck I have added an A for Asplund (and/or for Alice Starmore) instead of half a shell - shaping the neck would behead the shell anyway. Not that it will show, though, because I will use the same kind of collar as I did last time. I think it goes well with the "sea theme" of the pattern.

"Shells" sweater 2006: Rowan Felted Tweed

Ron asked about "Viften/The Fan" - it was lucky enough to get to move to my aunt Caroline!


Ing-Marie i Säter said...

Vilket fint jobb med sockorna. Tänk vad man la ner myckey jobb förr på plaggen. Se tex strumporna till Boda folkdräkten. Pösiga tvåändsstickade i tunt tunt garn. Spännande att se den uppdaterade varianten på tröjan. Den blå var snygg också.

Kyle William said...

wow! I am always envious of your attending these historical gatherings... and now you have these beautiful stockings to show! great job!