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Knitted Fisherman Pattern Stocking

Designed by Mary Thomas

 

 

 

Fisherman Stocking

This beautiful stocking was designed for the Boye® Needle Company many years ago by well known designer and author Mary Thomas. Her how-to knit book, Mary Thomas's Knitting Book was originally published in June 1972 and is still in print.

The knitted fisherman style stocking is one of her iconic designs. Knitted in traditional off-white wool yarn with interesting dimensional stitches, it looks complex, but once you work a few rows and understand the clever construction, it will be a pleasure to knit and will become an heirloom your family and friends will cherish for years to come.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Yarn Size: #4

SIZE

Approximately 6 in (15 cm) wide (across top) x 13 in (33 cm) long (from folded edge of cuff to base of heel). To make a larger or smaller stocking, adjust needle and yarn size as desired.

GAUGE

With size 8 needles (or size required to obtain gauge) in stockinette stitch, 18 sts and 24 rows = 4 in (10 cm). Gauge is not critical for this project.

MATERIALS

ABBREVIATIONS

beg – beginning, dec – decrease, dpn - double point needles, inc – increase, K – knit, K2tog – knit two together, lp – loop, patt – pattern, P – purl, P2tog – purl two together, psso - pass slipped stitch over, rem – remaining, rep – repeat, rnd – round, sl – slip, st(s) - stitch(s),St st - stockinette stitch, tog – together

PATTERN STITCHES

 

RIGHT BEADED RIB (worked over 4 end sts)

Row 1 (wrong side): K2, P2.
Row 2: P1, K1, P2.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for patt.

COIN CABLE (worked over 9 sts)

Row 1 (wrong side): K2, P5, K2.
Row 2 (cable twist row): P2; sl next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at BACK of work, K1; sl 3 sts from cable needle back onto left-hand needle (one st now on cable needle); bring cable needle to FRONT of work (between knitting needles, keeping yarn to your right) and hold at FRONT of work; K3, then K1 from cable needle; P2.
Rows 3 and 5: Rep Row 1.
Rows 4 and 6: P2, K5, P2.
Rep Rows 1 through 6 for patt.

NOSEGAY (worked over 16 sts)

Row 1 (wrong side): K7, P2, K7.
Row 2: P6; work BKC (back knit cross) as follows: Sl next st onto cable needle and hold at BACK of work; K1, then K1 from cable needle (BKC made). Work FKC (front knit cross) as follows: Sl next st onto cable needle and hold at FRONT of work; K1, then K1 from cable needle (FKC made); P6.
Row 3: K5; work FC (front cross) as follows: Sl next st onto cable needle and hold at FRONT of work; P1, then K1 from cable needle (FC made). P2; work BC (back cross) as follows: Sl next st onto cable needle and hold at BACK of work; K1, then P1 from cable needle (BC made); K5.
Row 4: P4, BC; BKC, FKC; FC, P4.
Row 5: K3, FC; K1, P4, K1; BC, K3.
Row 6: P2, BC, P1; BC, K2, FC; P1, FC, P2.
Row 7: (K2, P1) twice; K1, P2, K1; (P1, K2) twice.
Row 8: P2; work a bobble in next st as follows: Work (K1, P1) twice in next st; TURN, P4; TURN, K4; TURN, (P2 tog) twice; TURN, K2 tog (bobble made). P1, BC; P1, K2, P1; FC, P1; work a bobble in next st, P2.
Row 9: K4, P1; K2, P2, K2; P1, K4.
Row 10: P4, work a bobble in next st; P2, K2, P2; work a bobble in next st, P4.
Rep Rows 1 through 10 for patt.

CENTER BEADED RIB (worked over center 7 sts)

Row 1 (wrong side): K2, P3, K2.
Row 2: P2; K1, P1, K1; P2.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for patt.

LEFT BEADED RIB (worked over 4 end sts)

Row 1 (wrong side): P2, K2.
Row 2: P2, K1, P1.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for patt.

DIRECTIONS

Beg at cuff, with Size # 9 needles, cast on 71 sts.
Work in Twisted Rib Patt as follows:
Row 1 (right side): Knit (Fig. 1) of first st: * P1, knit in back lp of next st; rep from * across.

Row 2: Purl in back lp (Fig. 2) of first st; * K1, purl in back lp of next st; rep from * across. Rep Rows 1 and 2 until cuff measures approx 1 ¾ in (4.5 cm) from cast-on edge.

Change to smaller size needles and continue in Twisted Rib Patt until cuff measures approx. 4 in (10 cm) from cast-on edge, ending by working Row 1.
Next Row (inc row): Continuing in Twisted Rib Patt (Row 2), * work 5 sts, knit in front and back of next st (inc made); work 3 sts, inc; rep from * once more; work 7 sts, inc; work one st, inc; work 11 sts, inc; work one st, inc; work 7 sts, (inc, work 3 sts; inc, work 5 sts) twice = 83 sts.

ESTABLISH FISHERMAN PATT AS FOLLOWS:

Note: If desired, place stitch markers between each patt to provide guidance for patt changes.
Row 1 (wrong side of stocking — right side of cuff): Work Row 1 of each Patt St in the following sequence: Left Beaded Rib (4 sts); Coin Cable (9 sts); Nosegay (16 sts); Coin Cable (9 sts); Center Beaded Rib (7 sts); Coin Cable (9 sts); Nosegay (16 sts); Coin Cable (9sts); Right Beaded Rib (4sts).
Note: On Row 2 and all right side rows, Right Beaded Rib will be worked at beginning of row and Left Beaded Rib will be worked at end of row.
Work even in patterns as established until 40 rows of Fisherman Patt Sts have been completed. You should now have a total of 4 repeats of Nosegay Patt.

BEGIN DECREASES

Dec Row (wrong side): Keeping patterns as established, work 4 sts, K2 tog; work 30 sts, K2 tog; work 7 sts, K2 tog; work 30 sts, K2 tog; work 4 rem sts = 79 sts.
Keeping continuity of patterns, work even for 9 more rows. You should now have a total of 50 rows of Fisherman Patt Sts — 5 repeats of Nosegay Patt.
Dec Row (wrong side): Keeping patterns as established, work 3 sts, K2 tog; work 30 sts, K2 tog; work 5 sts, K2 tog; work 30 sts, K2 tog; work 3 rem sts = 75 sts.
Keeping continuity of patterns, work even for 9 more rows. You should now have a total of 60 rows of Fisherman Patt Sts — 6 repeats of Nosegay Patt.
Dec Row (wrong side): P2, K2 tog; P5, K2 tog; K6, (K2 tog) twice; K8, P5; K2, P3, K2; P5, K8; (K2 tog) twice, K6; K2 tog, P5; K2 tog, P2 = 67 sts.
Next Row (right side): P1, K1, P1; coin cable over next 5 sts, P 17; coin cable over next 5 sts, work next 7 sts in Center Beaded Rib Patt as established; coin cable over next 5 sts, P 17; coin cable over next 5 sts, P1, K1, P1.

DIVIDING ROW (wrong side)

With dpn, sl first st as to purl, P 15 (16 sts now on one dpn for half of heel). With straight needle, K9, work next 17 sts in patterns as established (Coin Cable — 5 sts; Center Beaded Rib — 7 sts; Coin Cable — 5 sts); K9 (35 sts now on straight needle for instep). Sl rem 16 sts to 2nd dpn (for other half of heel).

INSTEP

Leaving 16 heel sts on each end on dpns (to be worked later), continue with straight needles and work instep on center 35 sts as follows:
Row 1 (right side): K1, P8; work next 17 sts in patterns as established; P8, K1.
Row 2: K9, work next 17 sts in patterns as established, K9. Rep last 2 rows until instep measures approx 5 in (8 cm) long, ending by working coin cables on a right-side row. You should now have 5 more repeats of Coin Cable Patt.
Dec Row (wrong side): K9, P1; (P2 tog) twice, K2; P3, K2, P1; (P2 tog) twice, K9 = 31 sts. Cut yarn, leaving approx 24 in (60 cm) sewing length. Leave sts on needle (to be worked later for toe).

HEEL

Hold stocking with right side facing you and heel sts on 2 dpns at top (outer edges of stocking will be in the center between dpns). Join yarn at left outer edge of stocking (between dpns) and knit sts from left dpn onto right dpn = 32 sts now on one dpn. Continue with both dpns and work back and forth in rows as follows:
Row 1 (wrong side): Sl 1 as to purl, purl rem sts.
Row 2: SI 1 as to purl, knit rem sts.
Rep Rows 1 and 2, 7 times more. You should now have a total of 16 rows, ending by working a knit row.

TURN HEEL

Note: Heel is turned by working short rows; when instructions say "turn", leave rem sts unworked, turn work and begin next row.
Row 1 (wrong side): Sl 1 as to purl, P 20; P2 tog, P1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1 as to purl, K 11; sl 1 as to knit, K1, PSSO; K1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1 as to purl, P 12; P2 tog, P1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1 as to purl, K 13; sl 1 as to knit, K1, PSSO; K1, turn.
Row 5: Sl 1 as to purl, P 14; P2 tog, P1, turn.
Row 6: Sl 1 as to purl, K15; sl 1 as to knit, K1, PSSO; K1, turn.
Row 7: Sl 1 as to purl, P 16; P2 tog, P1, turn.
Row 8: Sl 1 as to purl, K 17; sl 1 as to knit, K1, PSSO; K1, turn
Row 9: Sl 1 as to purl, P 18; P2 tog, P1, turn.
Row 10: Sl 1 as to purl, K 19; sl 1 as to knit, K1, PSSO; K1 = 22 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving sts on needle.

GUSSET AND FOOT

With right side of heel just made facing you, join yarn (leave approx 24 in (60 cm) sewing length) and with free dpn, pick up 10 sts along right edge of heel; K 22 (heel sts), then pick up 10 sts along left edge of heel = 42 sts. Continue with 2 dpns and work back and forth in rows as follows:
Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.
Row 2: K1; sl 1 as to knit, K1, PSSO; knit to last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1 = 40 sts. Rep Rows 1 and 2, 4 times more = 32 sts. Continuing in St st, work even until piece measures same length as instep, ending by working a knit row. Do not cut yarn; continue with dpns and work toe in rnds as follows:

TOE JOINING RND

Leave 32 sts just worked on first dpn; with 2nd dpn, K 15 from straight needle (instep); with 3rd dpn, knit rem 16 sts from straight needle = 63 sts. Join and continue shaping in rnds as follows:
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: First needle: K1; sl 1 as to knit, K1, PSSO; knit to last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1. 2nd needle: K1; sl 1 as to knit, K1, PSSO; knit rem sts. 3rd needle: Knit to last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1 = 59 sts. Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until 19 sts rem. Cut yarn, leaving approx 12 in (30 cm) end. Thread into tapestry or yarn needle and weave through rem sts twice (removing knitting needles). Draw up tightly and fasten securely. Weave in all yarn ends. Weave seams tog. Fold down half of ribbing for cuff.

LOOP

With smaller size straight needles, cast on 3 sts.
Row 1 (right side): K1, P1, K1.
Row 2: Purl. Rep Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures approx 4 in (10 cm) long. Bind off, leaving approx 6 in (15 cm) sewing length. Fold in half, having wrong sides tog. Sew ends to top of stocking at seam.

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