Knitted stockings patterns are hard to come by. This lovely knit stockings pattern is from 1942. You can use the basics of this pattern to create your own versions or knit them up as is because they are really lovely just the way they are.
Material: (Size 9 ½.)
1 pr. # 1 needles–14-inch.
1 pr. # 3 needles-14-inch.
1 set # 1 double-pointed needles 7-inch.
3 ½-oz. balls 2-fold stocking yarn.
Note: I did some poking around and discovered that it is a fingering weight and 2 fold is using 2 strands at time. Can’t wait to try this pattern. Thanks DeeDee R.
Gauge: 8 sts. to 1 inch. 2 rows to 1 inch.
The stockings are regulation medium length. The length before wearing (i.e., after knitting is completed) is approximately 17 ½ inches from top of stocking to top of heel. The length when on the leg is approximately 24 inches.
Pattern. Multiple of 3 sts. plus 2.
Row 1: K 1,* y.o., slip 1, K2tog., repeat from * across Row, ending K 1.
Repeat Row 1 for pattern.
With a double strand of yarn and #1 needles, cast on 88 sts. Work even in K l, P 1 ribbing for 2 ½ inches. Next Row, increase 1 st. (89 sts.). Break one strand of yarn, change to #3 needles and work even in pattern for 10 inches.
** Next Row (Row A) -K 2tog., K 2 tog., repeat between * ‘s of pattern across Row, ending K 1 (decreasing 2 sts.).
Next Row–K 2 tog., K 2 tog., repeat between * ‘s of pattern across Row, ending y.o., slip l, K 1 (decreasing , st.).
Next Row–K l, K 2 tog., repeat between *’s of pattern across Row, ending y.o., slip 1, K 1. Work 1 more Row in same manner.
Next Row–K 3 tog., repeat between *’s of pattern across Row, ending y.o., slip l, K 1 (decreasing 1 st.).
Next Row–Decrease at beginning in same manner, ending K 1 (decreasing 1 st.).
Next Row–K 1, repeat between *’s of pattern across Row, ending K 1.
Repeat from ** 7 times more.
Repeat Row A once more (47 sts.).
Next Row, work over first 6 sts. (½ heel), work over next 35 sts. (instep) and place these sts. on a st. holder, work over last 6 sts. (½ heel). Join heel sts. and with double strand of yarn and # l needles, work back and forth on these 12 sts. in stockinette st. for 10 rows. Increase 1 st. each side every other Row 6 times (24 sts.).
Work even in stockinette st. for 24 rows. Then decrease as follows (right side of work): Work over 6 sts., place a marker on needle, K 2 tog., K 8, K 2 tog., place a marker on needle, work over remaining 6 sts. P back. Working on all sts., decrease 1 st. after first marker and before 2nd marker every other Row until there are 8 sts. between markers. Fold heel at center back and weave first 10 sts. to last 10 sts.
With double-point needles and a double strand of yarn, pick up 50 sts, around heel and work back and forth in stockinette st. for 4 inches. In crease 1 st. each side every other Row 7 times (54 sts.).
Place these sts. on a st. holder.
Slip sts. of instep from st. holder and with single strand of yarn and #3 needles, work even in pattern for 1 inch.
Decrease 1 st. each side every 5th Row 7 times (21 sts.). Work even until instep is as long as sole.
Next Row, increase as follows: K 2, increase 1 st., * K 3, increase 1 st., repeat from * 3 times more, K 2 (96 sts.). Join with 54 sole sts. on double point needles.
With double strand of yarn work around on all sts., dividing sts. as follows: 40 center sts. of sole on first needle; 7 increased sts. and first 13 instep sts. on 2nd needle; remaining 13 instep sts. and 7 increased sts. on 3rd needle.
Now decrease as follows: On first needle, K l, slip l, K l, p.s.s.o., K to last 3 sts. K 2 tog., K l; on 2nd needle. K l, slip l, K l, p.s.s.o., K across needle; on 3rd needle, K to last 3 sts., K 2 a tog., K 1.
Continue to decrease in this manner at the beginning and end of the first needle, at the beginning of the 2nd needle, and at tile end of the 3rd needle, every other Row 14 times more. Weave remaining sts. tog. Sew seams.