Kilt Hose

Does anyone know where I can get some patterns for men's kilt hose? I have knit socks, and would now like to tackle a pair of kilt hose. I have found one pattern online, but am looking for more suggestions. I am a big guy, 6'3" tall and size 12 - 13 feet (if that makes any difference to the pattern choice). I am a bit puzzled as to how much yarn I will need to get them almost knee length with the top turnover. Anyway, if any of you have experience with this, or any suggestions, I would appreciate it.


crmartin's picture

Here are four patterns you may find usefull:



krooks's picture

I have knitted the John Anderson. Read pattern carefully. Seem to remember a few typos.

My caution would be to use a sock yarn with wool and some nylon or synthetic. I started a kilt sock with a wonderful alpaca that I thought would make a wonderfully soft non-scratchy sock but it sagged and drooped like crazy. You would probably need to wear garters to keep them up.
By the way, I have been admiring your kilt in your picture. Is it Canadian or from the UK? Nice looking!

RareSteek's picture

Thank you. It is my old one. UK. My new one is cloth brought in from Scotland, a local kiltmaker tailored it.


MMario's picture

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Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose by Veronica Gainford

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ulf's picture

Here is a old swedish pattern from 1900: cast on 72 st (or as many as you need) on needle 3mm and devide on 4 needles, 18 st on each needle. Those 18 sts will be called castonstiches. Knit k2p3 as many rows as 1 castonstiches. Turn to knitting and knit as many rows as 2 castonstiches. After that you knit as many rows as 3 castonstiches and decrease as many stiches as 1 castonstiches, equaly devided on rows. After that you knit the wrist as many rows as 1½ castonstiched. Knit the heelflap over half of the total number sts and knit heelflap as many rows as 1 castonstiches + 6 rows. Knit a heel as usual. Knit the foot as many rows as 3 castonstiches and decrease for toe over as many rows as 1 castonstiches.

Hopefuly you understood but it would be MUCH easier explaining in swedish. Use it more as a principle than a pattern.

WMarksII's picture

There's a kilt hose pattern on this Issue of Knitty.