Welsh Country

I finished these back in December, but I didn’t block them until recently. They look kind of sporty, like alpine sporty, don’t they? (I’ve been watching so much Olympic coverage!)

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pattern: Welsh Country Stockings, by Nancy Bush

size: one size

yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Sport

colorways: mink heather, cobblestone heather, black, white

needles: sz 1

I have to admit – I did not enjoy knitting these. The pattern calls for sport weight yarn knit with sz 1 needles, so that’s what I used. But I will never use such fat yarn with such small needles again. Especially for fair isle work, and especially with metal DPNs! It was a pain. Literally. In my fingers.

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The resulting fabric is quite stiff and (I hope, since I’ve read that this yarn has a tendency to pill) sturdy. Not very much stretch, so it’s difficult to get them up over my heels. And the heels don’t mold to my foot quite as well as I’d like. But in the end…

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I love how they came out. I modified the pattern by adding more repeats of the fair isle motif, including at the toe, and a few extra stripes and blocks. Other than that, I worked them as written.

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Next time I’d use fingering weight yarn, and maybe try to remedy those jogs up the back, and also reduce the calf shaping – I have skinny calves. But for winter wear, in boots or in clogs, ice skates or skis, these will do me just fine. :-)

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