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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Just a little book.

Lara's Library: Knitting Scottish Kilt Hose and Hiking Socks

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The instructions can be a little mind-numbing, but they appear sound.

Knitting Scottish Kilt Hose and Hiking Socks, by Joanne Gibson Hinmon, is out of print, but it is worth a look if you are interested in, well, making Kilt Hose!

It is a slender volume of ten patterns. There are no charts, so a knitter who isn't crazy about reading line-by-line instructions may not be the best fit for this book. All of the socks are top-down, with a flap-and-gusset construction and a square heel.

Sizing is allowed for in the foot of the socks by changing the foot length. This will lead to a good fit for average feet, but might not work well if the recipient has feet that are very small or very large.

An unusual aspect of the designs is they use worsted-weight yarn, and either #7 or #8 needles. This makes for truly huge socks and fast knitting, but I, personally, would probably be unhappy with the gauge I would get. I would probably make them on smaller needles.

Overall, an interesting book from an earlier time in knitting, when charts and color photographs were rare. Pick it up if you see it at a garage sale, but there are a lot more options out there, now.

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