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« on: June 27, 2010 07:59:00 PM »

I desperately wanted to knit a pair of kilt hose, and luckily, I have a number of kilt-wearing friends.  One of them is now the proud owner of a pair of hand-knit kilt hose. 

I searched Ravelry for appropriate patterns and sent them to him, then used his favorite.  They're made of Cascade 220 in a heathered grey wool.  The pattern calls for worsted on size 3's, and the cable twists are only 3 rows apart.  This is a DENSE fabric, with TIGHT twists.  The resulting hose are completely awesome, but they are a real pain in the... wrist... to knit!!

On his well-formed calves:



The back shaping:



Some in progress pictures where you can see stuff better.  (He obliged me by taking pictures of himself wearing the hose, but was, unfortunately, doing it alone with only a camera phone.  So you really can't see the detail well in the finished pics.)



And my favorite part... The magic toe!  This was my first pair of toe-up socks, and I am in love with the short row toe!

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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2010 08:27:09 PM »

Nice! They look really cushy....and I am so wanting to make socks from the toe up and with a short row toe.
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2010 08:33:37 PM »

I don't know if I would call them cushy, but they are really dense and warm.  They should soften up after they're properly washed, but I sent them home with the recipient unwashed/blocked so that he could work some shaping magic if he needed to during that first-wash process.  They are actually pretty stiff right at the moment.  But they were totally worth the work!

The short row toe is so darn slick!  Everyone should learn it!
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2010 10:05:04 PM »

These look amazing, and very complicated! I could see him wearing these with his kilt and hearding in the sheep on a dreary morning.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2010 07:06:42 AM »

Very nice work! I don't even wear kilts, but I totally want to make a pair now, lol!
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2010 04:53:08 PM »

I love short row toes too!  It makes so much more sense to me to make socks that way.  Then you can stop when you run out of yarn!
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2010 07:53:17 PM »

That is really only my first completed pair of socks.  (I'm ashamed to admit!)  I have two other pairs started...  The first pair was Jaywalkers, and I got to the first gusset and realized they were too small for me, so set them aside until I could decide either to frog and make them bigger for myself, or make them bigger for me, and in the meantime, started a second pair of Jaywalkers in another colorway and got through one, then set it aside to work on gifts.  I really should be finishing it up, but I'm taking a knitting break to get some sewing done. lol  Meanwhile, the Lolita Legs I made for the Be Awesome Swap were socks number 2, fast on the heels of these here Kilt Hose, and they used a figure 8 toe, which is also pretty slick, but not as elegant, I think, as the short row. 

I really do prefer working them toe up, though!  On these kilt hose, it didn't matter SO much, as they needed to be a specific length, and if I'd run out of yarn early, I'd have had to buy more.  (I came within about 10 yards on yarn!)  But it was especially handy on the Lolita Legs.  Each sock took one ball of yarn, and I knitted until I pretty well didn't have yarn left, so that I could be sure they'd stretch high enough to use with a garter belt.  Worked a treat!  I'll finish up my Jaywalkers as is, but after that, I think I'll try to work toe-up more than not.
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