Oo-la-la knee highs

Is it so wrong to put on a flirty skirt and come-hither knee highs, sprawl on the bed, and imagine oneself to be utterly fabulous?!?

I think not.

Pattern: Fishnet Knee-Highs from Knitting Lingerie Style by Joan McGowen-Michael. Love. this. book!

The pattern in my copy of the book appears to be incorrect, but fortunately Joan M-M e-mailed me the proper instructions. It’s not clear why her original notes were so heavily edited, or why the errata have yet to appear on the HNA website.

Yarn: K1C2 Wick, 3 skeins of color #120, cream.

I’m very impressed with this yarn. Very. It was pleasurable to knit with it, and I’m amazed at how well the knee-highs stay on my legs! The fabric is so stetchy and comfortable, these handknit knee-highs stay up better than nylon ones! The yardarge in a skein is quite impressive, too.

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) and US 6 (4.0 mm) double-pointed needles. Nothing special – Susan Bates or Boye. My use of US 4 dpns is purely accidental – the pattern suggested US 3 for the lower portion of the leg, and I thought that’s what I was using, until the Knit Chek proved me wrong :).


I used two noteworthy techniques in this project: Judy’s magic cast on which I extolled here, and an invisible tubular bind-off for 1 X 1 rib, à la Montse Stanley. Love ’em both!

In conclusion, I adore these knee highs! I adored knitting them, I adore the way they fit, and the way they look. Concession of their apparent impracticability is therefore entirely irrelevant :).


72 thoughts on “Oo-la-la knee highs

  1. Sally Villarreal

    “I adore these knee highs! I adored knitting them, I adore the way they fit, and the way they look. Concession of their apparent impracticability is therefore entirely irrelevant :).”

    Amen to that.

    BTW – Thanks for the tip on the magic cast on. I’ll have to try that sometime.

  2. tulokyn

    I noticed when going through my copy of Knitting Lingerie Style (purchased on a whim after seeing your first post about the errata for the fishnets) that the part of in the “stitch pattern” notes is correctly written (though, granted the row 1 and row 2 directions are reversed), but it’s the wrong instructions down where it tells you to actually knit them in the sock. Now I’m not so sure it was editing so much as genuine errata.

  3. Nubiancraftster

    Wow those socks are Wicked!!! i love them. Definitely don’t think them practical but then again most lingerie items aren’t either, hence being in a book called Knitting Lingerie Style.

  4. Judi

    I LOVE knee highs and these are fabulous!! If I make them I think I will figure a way to make the sole stockinette but otherwise I REALLY like them and I would wear them often.

  5. Karma

    I’ve never considered knitting fishnets or knee highs before, but together I think this is a concept I might revisit! They look beautiful on you. I, too, have used Judy’s magic cast-on toe and I think it might be my go-to toe forever and ever.

  6. Saralyn

    Those are just the sort of thing to put on with a lovely lingerie ensemble, meant to be admired, then removed shortly thereafter. Isn’t half the fun inviting that special someone to remove them? I think they’re quite practical.

  7. jody

    they’re beautiful! i love the shot of the bottom of the foot. and given how airy they are, these may be socks your feet can actually stand 😉

  8. margaux

    love them!! they look great :-) As a catholic high schooler I wore knee highs 4 years straight… i have a high respect and fondness for them

  9. minnie

    that’s like saying a negligee is impratical. yes it is. but how does it make you FEEL? that is just as important. or a ball gown that you never wear, but have in your closet for “just in case.” who cares. enjoy them, i say!

  10. sarah

    those are fantastic, like everything you make! i am especially impressed if you took all those pictures by yourself, because they are good pictures too. :)

  11. Aura

    They would be cute peeking out over the top of some boots – yes, even though that trend is over. Whatever. I’m in my 30s, I wear what I want.

    Love those socks!

  12. Janet

    They’re gorgeous!


    Looking Good=Feeling Good=Happier Atmosphere=Practical Result!


  13. Lolly

    I must admit, I was quite skeptical of this pattern… but after seeing yours, I think it is a winner! Beautiful1

  14. dana

    just wanted to write and thank you for your great tutorial on cabling without a cable needle. it’s not every day i can say i learned a new knitting skill, but your instructions were very clear and so i am off to the proverbial races!

    also: your socks are a thing of beauty and therefore questions of practicality are moot. :)

  15. Sarah

    They’re fabulous, as you are. I’d wear them constantly if I had a pair – with skirts, with cropped pants, with short dresses, you name it.

  16. Elizabeth

    I *love* the stockings! Who cares if they’re not totally practical? Like there’s anything practical about knitting socks, period, when you can buy a 6-pack of them at Wal-Mart for $5.99. I just spent $40 on sock yarn… Which only makes 2 pairs. So yeah, rock on in your beautiful impractical stockings. 😀

  17. Jenn

    I was a sceptic at first but they couldn’t have turned out better. Very fun, lovely socks!

  18. Isabelle aka Tricotine

    Ooh la la! C’est magnifique! :-)

    Now, I have always made and worn plain stockinette socks, and seeing that lacy sole on your socks makes me wonder, doesn’t it bother the walking?

    BTW, I have nominated you in my blog, because I think you rock! :-)

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