Knit Sea Boot Stockings – Wartime Handknits 1947

To a sailor out on the cold seas, long sea boat stockings are a priceless possession.

4 ply worsted weight yarn – 24 oz. main color, 1 oz. of contrasting color
Knitting Needles: One set No.5 double-point needles (Standard)

GAUGE: 6 stitches = 1 inch, 7 rows = 1 inch

Start with 3 rows of contrasting colored wool.
Cast on 80 sts. (divided on three needles 28-28-24).
Work in K 2, P 2, ribbing for 5 ins.
Now K throughout, keeping 1 P st. for seam at back of leg.
K 2 rounds.
Shape as follows: K to within 3 sts. from seam st., slip 1, K 1, pass slip st. over, K 1, P seam st., K 1, K 2 tog., K around.
Dec. on every 5th round 5 times more (68 sts.).
K even until stocking measures 18 ins. Then shape for calf by decreasing, as above, every 5th round 9 times (50 sts.).
Continue to K even until stocking measures 30 ins.

Heel: Divide sts. as follows: 12 sts. on each side of P seam st. on 1 needle (25 sts.). Place remaining 25 sts. on 2 needles for instep. Now work back and forth on 25 heel sts. as follows:
Row 1: K across.
Row 2: P 1, * slip 1, P 1, repeat from * across row.
Repeat these 2 rows until heel measures 3 ins., ending with a K row.

Turn heel: P 13, P 2 tog., P 1, turn.
Slip 1, K 2, K 2 tog., K 1, turn.
Slip 1, P 3, P 2 tog., P 1, turn.
Slip 1, K 4, K 2 tog., K 1, turn.
Slip 1, P 5, P 2 tog., P 1, turn.
Continue in this manner until all sts. are worked. Slip instep sts. onto 1 needle. Divide heel sts. onto 2 needles, and pick up 16 sts. at side of heel. K instep sts. With another needle, pick up sts. at other side of heel, and K remaining heel sts. onto same needle (28 sts. on 1st needle, 25 on instep needle and 29 sts. on 3rd needle).

Gusset: * 1st needle: K to within 3 sts. from end of needle, K 2 tog., K 1. Instep needle: K. 3rd needle: K 1, slip 1, K 1, pass slip st. over, K to end of round. K 1 round even. Repeat from * until there are 50 sts. on needle.
K even until foot measures 10 ins. in all.
Now arrange sts. as follows: 18 sts. on 1st and 3rd needles, 14 sts. on instep needle.

Toe: K 2 tog., K 3, repeat around.
K 3 rounds even.
K 2 tog., K 2, repeat around.
K 2 rounds even.
K 2 tog., K 1, repeat around.
K 1 round even.
K 2 tog. around.
Place equal number of sts. on 2 needles. With a 3rd needle, K 1 st. from each needle as 1 st., K next 2 sts. as 1 st., slip first st. over 2nd st., repeat across, binding off all sts .

Make second stocking in same manner.

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  1. june February 10, 2009

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