Strictly Stylish Spats

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  • More elegant than the leg warmer, these spats replace the practical boot on smart occasions! A very simple knit, introducing the knitter to short row shaping, these spats knit up extremely quickly and look incredibly stylish.

    This simple pattern is knitted flat with a back seam, using an all-over ribbed pattern for good stretchability, with increases worked at the centre front of the spat. Additional short rows are worked to shape the lower foot end of the spats. The cuff length is knitted long enough to be folded over itself for added warmth and style.

    Two sizes are provided in the pattern using gauge to determine the finished size of the spats, and further sizes can easily be created from this base pattern by using larger or smaller needles depending on the finished size required. See in the pattern for further information on fitting notes. The spats are knitted up in double knit weight yarn but could also be made smaller or bigger by using other weights of yarn. Please note if you use thicker yarn you may need more yarn than the pattern specifies.

    Strictly Stylish Spats is knitted in a DK weight yarn such as our Excelana DK, Wold DK or Barn using a single skein.

  • Yarn
    Susan Crawford Excelana DK, 100% British wool
    (247m / 270yds per 100g skein approx)

    — or —

    Susan Crawford Wold DK weight
    100% British wool; 50% Southdown, 25% Bluefaced Leicester, 25% white Shetland
    (197m / 215yds per 100g skein approx)

    — or —

    Susan Crawford Barn
    100% British wool, a unique blend of Jacob, white Shetland and black Shetland fleeces,
    DK weight (225m / 246yds per 100g skein approx)

    1 skein, shade of choice



    1st size

    22 sts = 10cm (4in) over stocking stitch worked flat, after blocking. We obtained gauge using 3.75mm needles.

    2nd size

    20 sts = 10cm (4in) over stocking stitch worked flat, after blocking. We obtained gauge using 4mm needles.

    Row gauge is not important.

    If necessary use an alternative needle size to obtain the correct gauge.


    Suggested needles

    1st size

    Pair of 3.75mm (US 5) needles

    2nd size

    Pair of 4mm (US 6) needles


    Stitch markers
    Tapestry need

  • Introduction to short row shaping

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