July 29, 2010

Civil War Era Knit-Along Instructions

For those of us knitting the sontag, there is a pattern in PieceWork Magazine's March/April 2009 edition. For those of us that do not have that issue, there is a free pattern at Ragged Soldier. The last time I tried the pattern, I used the period sizing, which was way too small for me. I suggest using the medium sizing that's written in.

 Materials needed: 

  • 500 yards of 100% wool in a sport weight or a true DK, but not worsted for MAIN COLOR.
  • 200 yards of  100% wool in a sport weight or a true DK, but not worsted for BORDER COLOR. KnitPicks is a great place to find cheaper, high quality yarn, just make sure that it is sport weight or DK and %100 wool.
  • Size 7 or 8 needles  (7 for DK wool, 8 for sport weight.)
  • This Pattern. I highly suggest printing it. 
  • This Pattern for the border. This is the border suggested in the period directions but few people use this border and opt for a double crocheted border instead.  
  • Stitch markers. You can buy these or make them by cutting a straw into thin rings. 
  • Safety pin. This is used to mark the Right side of the knitting.  
Good luck! It doesn't officially start until August 1st but I wanted to give a little time for everyone to gather their materials. If you don't have a local yarn boutique or don't want to buy online, Joann's Fabrics might have usable yarn, but probably not in a wide range of colors. 

If you want to practice the basket weave stitch that we will be using on some scrap yarn, knit 5 stitches, purl 5 stitches and repeat until the end. On the next row make sure that you purl 5 stitches first and knit the next 5. Keep rotating for five rows and on the 6th row knit 5 first and purl and so on.


  1. Had a great time hand-sewing and Green Gableing with you last Tuesday! I was trying to remember and "Anne" comment to leave here, but it's way too late. :)

  2. Hey Jodi, I had a lot of fun too. I think a good one is "Oh, my afternoon is spoiled."

  3. So happy I'm not "late". I'd definately love to join in on this. :)

  4. Hey Hanna, I hope you do! I can't wait to see everyone's projects.

  5. Huh. With my mother coming back from her three weeks learning as volunteer in Ireland and my father leaving for holiday with my sister in Latvia, both over the weekend, I managed to forget all about the knitalong...
    Fortunately, it's not that late.

  6. Hana, That's okay. I figure we're all a little behind. The summer is always busy. What was your mother doing in Ireland? It's so nice there.


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