Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Kilt Hose and Knickerbocker Stockings

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Any other info: 1980, Rannock Press is the edition I looked at, the available editions are later and it appears they have more information about the collector, Veronica Gainford

Types of patterns: Kilt hose and Knickerbocker stockings - socks, socks and more knee socks

Size Range: No real sizes given but it's more aimed at adult socks

Colour/Black & White: Black and white illustrations and photographs

Schematics: No

Target Audience: You'd need to have some knowledge of sock making. Most of the patterns are more about the edging and then you do the rest yourself

How to knit guide: No

Experimental/Classical/Modern: Pretty classical stuff, kilt hose, evidenced by this being republished a few times.

Comments: Pretty much a classic of it's genre. There's not a huge demand for Kilt hose and less for Knickerbocker stockings but this is a pretty comprehensive collection of designs. Veronica Gainford sallied forth and collected these designs and has built this collection to keep the patterns on record and allow later generations to use them. I plan to try a few for my husband who has been seen in a kilt a few times. I also plan to knit some for myself. There are a good variety of both male and female styles (as well as some unisex ones) so if it's what you're looking for it's ideal.

Buy/Borrow: If it's what you're thinking of doing it's a good book to have as a secondary reference. You'll need a good grasp of knitting socks for it as it concentrates on what makes them different from regular socks rather than what makes them similar. It does assume a knowledge of sock making (there is a basic pattern included but it's sketchy) so as a companion to one of the big sock books out there it (Getting started knitting socks, Vogues' ultimate sock book or Sensational Knitted Socks to name a few off the top of my head)

Where found: Glasgow Libraries via Inter-Library Loan

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