Teeny-tiny knitting, Pikkuruisia neuleita

I’m taking part in a citizen science project trying to reconstruct a silk stocking from the 17th century. It’s part of a larger project called Refashioning the Renaissance, studying clothing of that period in Western and Northern Europe. Our knitting team started practicing and making swatches with wool and 0,7mm needles. This is what I came up with 😀


Olen lupautunut mukaan kansalaistiedeprojektiin jonka tarkoitus on rekonstruoida 1600-luvun silkkisukat. Sukkien tutkiminen ja kutominen vanhan mallin mukaan on osa Refashioning the Renaissance -tiedeprojektia, joka professori Paula Hohdin johdolla tutkii renesanssin ajan Länsi- ja Pohjois-Euroopan muotia. Ryhmämme aloitti harjoittelmalla kutomista todella ohuilla 0,7mm puikoilla ja villalangalla, niin ohuella etten ole sellaista ennen nähnyt! Sattumalta sukka on juuri sopiva poikien vanhalle Action Manille 😀 Vielä puuttuu toinen sukka ja loput vermeet!

Here’s my first swatch rectangle knitted with the thinnest yarn and needles. Next I tried knitting in the round with the same 0.7mm needles and some left over Estonian yarn from my shawl project. Here you can see the difference in thickness of the two yarns and the metal 0.7mm needle compared to a modern carbon fibre 1mm needle.

My little sock ended up being just the right size for our boys’ old Action Man! So I had a perfect blocking dummy and model for my sock (except for the toe part which is slightly too long).

Here you can see the garter under which a ribbon was tied to keep the stocking up. The back seam is elaborated with purl stitches and along the sides of the seam run the decreases and increases to shape the sock. There is a “clock” at the ankle, a decoration of purl stitches. Quite a high gusset was also usual.

A very good description and pattern for these kind of stockings can be found on Mara Riley’s net site.

Now all our hero needs is another sock and the rest of the gear!

8 thoughts on “Teeny-tiny knitting, Pikkuruisia neuleita”

  1. Hei, tämä kysyy kärsivällisyyttä ja tarkkaa silmää. Aikamoinen taidonnäyte. Kirsi


    1. Hei Kirsi! Kiitos kommentista 😄 Kärsivällisyyttä tarvitaan vielä hurjasti enemmän oikean sukan kutomiseen suunnilleen saman kokoisilla silmukoilla! Odottelen jo kovasti että pääsisin testaamaan silkki lankaa ja aloittamaan sukan suun niillä vajaa kolmellasadalla silmukalla. Saapi nähdä pääsenkö alkua pitemmälle! 🤔🌻


    1. The needles are from HiyaHiya. We have both 0,7 and 1 mm steel needles that were given to all the ladies in our citizen science project to practice for our silk stockings. This week I’ve been knitting normal socks with 3 mm needles and they seem huge. I wonder what it would be like to knit something as big as your last project with your 2 cm needles!😉


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