Hose Patterns

Here are various patterns I have used to make hose, I don't claim them to be 100% historically accurate, but they work and are based on research of hose. I am constantly updating and changing patterns so I may post others later. Feel free to use them for you own use, if you want to use them commercially I would consider it polite to ask first. Hope anyone using them enjoys them and has fun !

Cut on the bias, to full modern cloth(or at least give a close approximation) you can wash it in a machine too hot, this will closeup the weave and if you chose the right wool give elasticity to it. DO A TEST RUN FIRST. Make sure you mark out a square10cm x 10 cm measure it after washing, this will give you the shrinkage percentage for which you can work out how much fabric you will need to buy, as you will have less once you shrink it. I hope that's clear. Feet the bottom of the hose spreads over the foot and there is a sole put in, this could be leather and hose along was often worn indoors, boots etc being put on to go out. I have an interesting article of 15th C half hose from a nunnery which until recently worn this pattern know to go back until at least the 15th C. It saves the woollen hose stood up by themselves, so pretty thick, for summer use the had linen, but this wouldn't stretch, I either wear hose or if it is hot don't. There are pictures of men in single leg hose rolled down ,presumably as it is hot. Lambs wool of supposed to be best and hand woven again gives more elasticity.

13th Century Single Leg Hose

15th Century Full Hose

Half Hose


A Fifteenth Century Pattern for Chausses by Christina Hawkins, Costume

The Brocksten Man's Costume by Margareta Nockert Textile History , 18(2), 175-86, 1987

Textiles and Clothing by Elizabeth Crowfoot, Frances Pritchard and Kay Staniland HMSO
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