I finally finished the second stocking this past weekend. (The pattern was from 1886 and I followed it exactly for stitch and row count but not color). It was a struggle to get them done because I came to the conclusion after I finished the first one, that my wool was thicker than intended and therefore messed up the dimensions of the finished project. They fit but they are not a real reflection on how they were actually worn. The fatter wool was helpful in making the stockings wide enough for me and my stout figure. This meant I did not need to add stitches. But the thicker wool also made them way too long! I believe they were intended to be above the knee but up to the crotch is perhaps TO far above the knee!
Will I still use them? Yes, they’d make great socks for a witches costume. I will use them with my historical costumes on cold days because no one will be looking that far up my skirts (I hope). I will have to find a way to keep them up. The stocking garters I knit just wont do the trick. I may have to add some elastic to the tops. They are long enough that I could just sew them to undies and make leggings out of them.
I will call these mock ups and start a new pair. I will simply reduce the number of times I repeat the pattern to get the right length. I am going to make the next pair more colorful. I’m debating on weather reducing the number of stitches will make them stay up.