Kilt Hose


Introduction: Kilt Hose

I knit these three pairs of kilt hose for my husband, who wears a kilt nearly everyday.

All of them were knit with Lion Brand Wool-Ease on size 8 aluminum DPNs.

The pattern for the green hose I made up. They are too small for my husband (that was a lesson in swatching!) but they turned out lovely nonetheless and he still likes to wear them. The cuff was knit separately from side to side until it was long enough to fit around the calf. It was attached to the finished sock at the end. I didn't like this method because I have a hard time attaching things evenly. The cables down the side were easily done and helped me to make the second sock the same size.

The brown and white pair were made second. This pattern came from "Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose and Knickerbocker Stockings" by Veronica Gainford. This is one of the few patterns in the book that is for the whole sock (rather than just the cuff). I had to correct a few errors but the socks came out well-fitting and comfortable. The cuff is knit, then the k2, p2 ribbed under-cuff, then the sock is turned inside out and knit on the wrong side (which really becomes the right side). This allows both right sides to be facing out when the socks are turned down.

The black and white pair were made third, just in time for Robert Burns Night, an annual Scottish celebration. This pattern also came from Gainford's book but the pattern was only for the cuff. I carried it down the leg and had to account for the decreases and pattern changes myself.

The black and white pair have an afterthought heel rather than the standard heel flap. I don't like the heel flap and gusset so I tried the afterthought heel with the third pair. While I find it easier, I don't think it looks as good. I think next time I'll try a short row heel instead. I'd also like to try a round toe instead of the standard toe decreases.

The slideshow includes pictures of my husband at Burns Night in the black and white socks, the waste yarn knit in for the afterthought heel, and close-ups of the sock backs (where the pattern is fudged due to the spaced decreases).



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    Love the kilt hose. especially the pattern of the green ones. I also think I recognize your hubby from the X Marks the Scot forums.

    I have never knitted before, the most I've done is a little crochet, but I'd love to try making a pair like the green ones... maybe in blue.

    BTW, any tips on getting started knitting?

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    Hello, I'm a fellow X Marks the Scot member (Nik), and I thought the same thing seeing the pics above.

    To get started with knitting I'd say start with simple projects, as obvious as that sounds. Start with a scarf or something simple to get in the habit of making regular and consistent stitches. After that you can look at learning circular knitting, I like making hats, but simple wrist warmers are good practice too. Both make great gifts. Then you can move on to socks, I suggest building your skills first as you'll have to learn a few tricks along the way; purl, increase, decrease, short-rows, picking up gussets and the Kitchener stitch.

    By the way Instructables in incredible with all the artistic and unique projects. Though I would suggest joining where knit and crochet are the only thing and they have projects ranging from beginner (how do I hold the needle/hook) to advanced (yarn guru).

    I love hand made socks. I finally took the plunge after years of wanting to do this. I have double point needles but decided to try this making a hand made knitting in the round sock maker from the Letter D. Now that I made a few mistakes, I am going to make a second one using the information I have learned from my first attempt. You have inspired me to try some traditional patterns. The green socks with the cables is the type I would love to use. Your insights are of value too as many times patterns don't always come out the way they are supposed to.

    Did you design the pattern yourself if so is it for sale or share.

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    The pattern for the brown socks came from here Veroinca Gainford's book "Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose". The pattern for the top of the black socks came from the same book. I carried the pattern down the sock on my own. The green pattern I made up based on some panels from the book "Cables Untangled" by Melissa Leapman, which is a beautiful book of cabled patterns.

    Thanks I will looks for the book in the library Pat

    Beautifully done. You knit very well. I haven't made socks in over a year...makes me itch to make a pair.

    Great kilt hose! VERY nicely done. Cute knees, too.

    The most awesome hose!

    Joannie, I've seen pictures of some of your hose, but I'm very impressed with these. I like your own pattern, but I'm just crazy about the diced ones. Your husband is a lucky man. :-) - Ken

    Wow!!! what a great collection.

    Very nice. Your husband is very lucky.

    I like the black and white Hose and my wife likes the green. I do like the pattern on the green. Very Nice.

    Awesome Work!

    Very pretty work indeed! Run those up any flagpole & I'll knock my eye out saluting them!

    Wonderfully done. My wife has recently taken up knitting and I am trying to talk her into tackling a pair of hose for me :)

    These are gorgeous--& I'm jealous!

    Those are great hose. I'm just learning to knit socks and know the work that goes in to these. They are outstanding.

    Wow! This descendant of Hebridean, PEI and Cape Breton weavers, knitters, crofters, farmers, etc. knits and weaves as a hobby and to make my own "gear"... I KNOW what it takes to fabricate a pair of socks! I am VERY impressed -- and encouraged. Well done!!! AND I'd say further proof that Scots & Gaelic "energies", sensibilities and spirit did survive the cultural onslaughts of the past centuries to thrive and even prosper & grow...