Bon Vivant Stockings

Designer: Brenda K. B. Anderson

Finished Size: Directions are given for size Small (S). Changes for Medium (M) and Large (L) are in parentheses. Length of stockings can easily be changed and is noted in pattern. Stockings measure 9½ (10¼, 11)” (24 [26, 28] cm) around calf; 6¾ (7½, 8¼)” (17 [19, 21] cm) around narrowest part of ankle; 6¼ (7, 7¾)” (16 [18, 19.5] cm) around foot. Stockings are stretchy and are designed to be worn with 3½-5″ (9-12.5 cm) of negative ease at calf. Stockings measure 9″ (23 cm) from corner of heel to tip of toe; 15″ (38 cm) from corner of heel to top edge of stocking. Stockings fit US Women’s shoe sizes 8-11. Notes for shortening or lengthening (the foot and/or calf length) are written in pattern. Sample shown is size M.

Yarn: Fingering weight (#1 Super Fine). Shown here: Misti Alpaca Tonos Carnival (50% alpaca, 30% merino wool, 10% silk, 10% nylon; 436 yd [400 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #TF04 chestnut, 2 skeins.

Hooks: Sizes C/2 (2.75 mm) and B/1 (2.25 mm). Adjust hook sizes if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers (m); yarn needle.

Gauge: 30 sts and 56 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in sl st in blo with smaller hook. 30 sts and 36 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in main st patt with smaller hook (see Stitch Guide). Rows 1-10 of pineapple motif pattern (worked with larger hook) measures about 4½” (11.5 cm) long. Finished pineapple motif measures about 12″ (30.5 cm) long × 4″ (10 cm) wide (at widest point).


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9 thoughts on “Bon Vivant Stockings

  1. Hi mammy4423!

    I designed those socks so I can tell you that the sample socks in the photo fit around my 16″ calves, but they had to stretch a bit more than I would like them to. If they had been made in size L they would have fit me perfectly. I think that the size L sock would comfortably stretch to fit up to a 17″ calf. There are 3 sizes of width in these socks to fit a wide variety of leg/foot sizes. Because they are made in a slip stitch blo stitch pattern they are much more stretchy than most crocheted socks.