I used invisible cast on to have 104 stitches all together, that is 26 stitches on one needle when having the stitches spread out to four needles. Then knit stockinette for 13 rows, did the Picot edge and another 13 rows of stockinette. The amount of stockinette is based on the width of the rubber band you are going to use. I used one inch wide very soft and very stretchy band.
I measured my leg right under the knee where the leg is smaller in circumference and did not stretch the band, it is exactly like the circumference.
Slipped the band in between and closed the edges. You can see the white band hiding.
The amount of stitches in the beginning was 104 and when I reached the ankle there were only 72 stitches. I repeated the pattern 15 times and hid the decreases into the pattern like advised in the book and they are totally invisible.
First pattern repeat: no decreases - following 5 pattern repeats the decreases were on the row 10 (5 times 2 stitches, that is 10 less, 94 remaining) - the next decreases were on the pattern rows 6 and 10 until 72 stitches were reached. And I continued with the pattern to the desired length, which in my case was 15 pattern repeats and almost too many for my short legs... But even so the stockings are not over the knee in my case
Then I followed the book again, except for the fact that I had more stitches on the needles, and turned the heel the way in the original. I did the spiral decreases in the toe area.
This was a simple and an easy to adjust pattern. I like the feel. The stockings are simple, modest and appear to be hard wearing too. And now that I have grown to like them a lot, I found a person, who would really appreciate them. So it is farewell time. But I might need to make another pair for myself and after I find a perfect non-scrathy yarn I will knit yet another pair for the long legs I intended these in the first place...
Forgot to tell that the amount of yarn used was less than 200 grams. I did not weight the yarn in the beginning and was using some end of skeins, but at least 200 grams should be enough.