January 28, 2011

Civil War Knitted Garters from Godey's Lady's Book

Weather permitting, I will hopefully be going to my friend's house for a knitting group tomorrow. I plan to finish my Civil War garters from a Godey's pattern that I had been meaning to try for a good few years. The pattern can be found here.

I think that the first garter turned out very similar to the etching. It is being modeled on one of my Christmas presents. I used 100% cotton crochet thread. It is stretchy enough to fit on my upper leg or lower leg which is great depending on what kind of reenacting socks you wear.

The garter is a lot bigger than how I pictured it when looking at the etching. But they fit perfectly. I was very worried at trying to loop the knitting because I had never tried to pick up stitches from a cast on but it worked out perfectly with very little issues. 

Hope you enjoy!


  1. Me encanta su última labor (el quinqué también me enamoró).En realidad me encanta todo su blog,está muy completo y muy cuidado.

  2. Muchas gracias, Germita. Me encanta la luz también.

  3. Thanks, Hana. I've been meaning to make some forever.

  4. They are even prettier in person! So glad you were able to come on saturday. We had fun.

  5. Oh very pretty Stephanie! I too have been meaning to knit up some garters sometime in the future. I will have to the use that pattern whenever I get around to it. Yours are very nice! I love the color as well. Oh and head over to my blog to see my new etsy store! its officially opened so I will be emailing you soon about it.

    God bless!

  6. Thanks so much, Rebecca, I can't wait to see all of the things you have.

  7. These are great! I love that your attention to detail includes period garters. I'm just a little confused; you said you knitted it with crochet cotton, but the pattern calls for worsted weight; did you ply the crochet cotton, or just knit a version MUCH smaller than the pattern would call for? Either way, I love it!

  8. James, I used crochet cotton. If you were to make these you would use period "worsted weight" which is much lighter than modern worsted weight. It equates to a modern-day sport weight wool.

  9. Hi there!

    I was Gathering information for sock garters (I think they could be the next "big thing"!) and stumbled across your blog. I tried knitting these, but got all mixed up because of the pattern calling for "worsted". I just plunged right in with my big old cotton yarn and ended up with something HUGE! It was pretty hilarious.

    I knit mine from cotton yarn and the ribbed part didn't seem very stretchy. As I am a total beginner to knitting, I was wondering... would wool be stretchier? Or are these not as stretchy as they would at first appear to be?

    Either way, I ended up using the loop part of the pattern, reduced in scale because of my larger yarn, and then making up the rest on my own.

    Thanks so much for putting this up! I've been having great fun with it!

    1. Hi there! I'm not sure if you are familiar with crochet cottons, but they are very thin and meant for lacework. The "stretchy" part comes from the stitch, not the yarn. The lumps will bunch up when not pulled tight and lie flat when they are.

      Alternatively, you could knit these in plain garter stitch, so names because that was a popular way to make garters back then.

      Hope this helps!


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