Monday, February 13, 2012

Frilly Tights

Frilly tights I designed for Fiona McDonald's "Babes in the Wool" dolls.

Frilled Tights:
(I used Red Heart Shimmer yarn, it is a worsted weight, but seems thinner then most regular worsted)

I knit this pattern in the round to make mostly seamless tights.


Using size US2 (2.75 mm) needles cast on 1 st.
Row 1: (WS) inc 1 st in first st [2 st].
Row 2: knit.
Row 3: YO, k2 [3 st].
Row 4: YO, K1, YO, K2 [5 st].
Row 5: YO, K2tog, P1, K2.
Row 6: YO, K2tog, knit to end.
Row 7: YO, K2tog, P1, K2.
Row 8: YO, K2tog, YO, K2, YO, K2 [7 st].
Row 9: YO, K2tog, K1, P1, K3.
Row 10: YO, K2tog, knit to end.
Row 11: YO, K2tog, K1, P1, K3.

Break yarn and transfer to stitch holder.

Make 3 more.  (On the 4th frill you make, do not break yarn.  Use it to start the next row so that there are less ends to weave in.)

(You will make 4 more for the next leg, but you can do that later so that you do not have to use two stitch holder)

Divide stitches from all four frills onto 3 double pointed needles (I switched to size US 4 [3.5 mm] needles, but if you have a hard time fitting the stitches you can move them to size US 2 [2.75 mm], and knit the next row with size 4), starting with the last stitch of the last frill, then all stitches from 1st frill, all stitches from 2nd frill, all stitches from 3rd frill, and first 6 stitches from the 4th frill.

Okay now done with the complicated confusing part.

Stocking Legs (Make two):

Row 1: K2tog (knitting the last stitch of the 4th frill and 1st stitch of the 1st frill), K5, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K5.
Row 2: K11, inc 1 st in the next st, K11, inc 1 st in the next st.
Row 3: Knit all stitches.
      SS Stitch until leg measures desired length (you can make them above the knee, just below the knee, or down to the ankles)

Hips and Waist of Stockings:

Place from of stockings onto one needle, and back of stockings onto another. (Still using US 4 [3.5 mm]).

Row 1: K13, CO6 st, K 26, CO6 st, K13.
Rows 2-10: SS stitch.
Rows 11-18: Switch to size US 3 needles, (K1, P1) repeat to the end of the row.

CO using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off.

Sew together the seam at the bottom of the hips.

NOTE: A lot of times to make the waist (or any ribbing) as snug as I can get and still be stretchy I use very thin stretchy bead & jewelry cord, weave it through the inside of the stitches , slide it onto my doll, and pull it snug then tie it off.  This acts as an elastic waistband.

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