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Sexy. That's the only word I have for these. Paired with a seductive outfit, garters and attitude, you will be all set. These stockings knit up super fast and will fit most anyone. You'll be turning heads in no time.

My inspiration was a type of fishnet socks I used to own. I loved the look, but my toes would always try to escape the net and would be threatened with strangulation. Style is important but my discomfort is where I draw the line.

My solution is this schoolgirl fishnet-styled thigh high made with elastic cotton yarn. The back is laced up for extra sex appeal and to adjust for size. One pair of these could essentially fit you now and after all those cookie binges.

The pattern looks more complicated than it really is. But you don't have to tell anyone else that. The key is to knit it smaller than you think it needs to be. The stitch pattern only shows up really well when its stretched out being worn.

Knitty has a great article on creating socks from the toe up. [I also use only 4 DPNs while many people use 5 now. My pattern is easily adaptable to using more needles.] Check it out for the method that makes you most comfortable.

photos: Amy King

Women's M[L]



The stockings will fit a large man, if you can get them on him.


MATERIALS Elann Esprit [50g, 170m/186yds stretched); color: 3794 Wine; 2[3] balls

4 US 4 (3.5mm) double-pointed needles
US 4 (3.5mm) straight needles
3-5 yards of rattail or satin ribbon.



20 sts = 4" in stockinette stitch


Fishnet Patt 1 (foot)
Row1: *YO, k2tog*, rep to end
Row2: K.
Row3: *YO, skp*, rep to end
Row4: K.

Fishnet Patt 2 (leg)
Row1: K2, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row2: K.
Row3: K2, *yo, skp, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row4: K.

Fishnet Patt 3 (flat)
Row1: Sl1, k1, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row2: P.
Row3: Sl1, k1, *yo, skp, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row4: P.

Fishnet Inc Patt (flat)
Row1: Sl1, m1, k1, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, k1, m1, k1.
Row2: P.
Row3: Sl1, m1, *yo, skp, rep from * to last st, m1, k1.
Row4: P.


With a figure eight CO, CO 16 sts. Divide sts between 2 dpns.
Knit all stitches off needle 1 with needle 3.
Knit all stitches off needle 2 with needle 4.
Note: One row will have twisted stitches; don't forget to knit into the back of the stitch to even out those twisted ones when you come to them.
Join and beg working in the round.
Rnd 1: M1, k4. These stitches will go on needle 3. The next stitch as the beg of the round. With another dpn, k4, m1. This is needle 1. Use another dpn [needle 2] to m1, k8 ,m1. K 5 sts from needle 3.

Begin working in St st increasing as follows:
Rnd 1: K.
Rnd 2:
Needle 1: K to last st, m1, k1. Needle 2: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. Needle 3: K1, m1, k to end.
Rep these 2 rnds to 40(48) sts. (Needle 1: 10(12) sts, Needle 2: 20(24) sts, Needle 3: 10(12) sts).
Work 4(2) rnds even.
Work in Patt 1 until sock measures 4 inches less from heel to toe than the length you want your sock to be.

Needle 1: K. Needle 2: Work in Patt 1. Needle 3: K.
Rep this rnd 3 more times.
Work a short row heel but do not wrap the sts.

Rnd 1:
Needle 1: K.
Needle 2: Work in Patt 1. Needle 3: K.
Rep this rnd 3more times.
Work in Patt 2 for 3 inches.

Change to straight needles and, turning work after every row (working flat, back and forth), work in Patt 3 until piece measures 1 inch less than the length of your heel to your calf muscle.
Work 1[2] sets of Inc Patt.
Work in Patt 3 until your piece measures 2 inches below the knee.
Work 2[3] sets of Inc Patt.

For a taller stocking, work 2 or more reps of Patt 3.
Next row: Sl1, k to end.
Next row: Sl1, p to end.
Row 1: Sl1, k1, yo, k2tog, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 4 sts, k2tog, yo, k2.
Rows 2 and 4: Sl1, p1, *p1, k1, rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 3: Sl1, k1, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Rep these 4 rows 2 more times.
Next row: Sl1, k1, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
P 1 row even.
Next row: Sl1, p1, *k1, p1, rep from * to end.
Next Row, Sl1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end.
Rep these 2 rows 1 more time.


Wash and block to size.
Weave in ends.
Lace back seam tog.




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