March 7, 2011

Civil War Era Knitted Fringe and a Sneak Peak of the Knitted Civil War Reticule

Since I didn't anticipate a tie for when the Civil War Era Knit-Along would be I've decided to hold it in June and let everyone know what materials they will need now so that they have time to get them .

The Materials are:

- 1 Skein of size 10 Crochet Cotton.
- 2 size 00 knitting needles (double pointed are fine.)
- Lining fabric, 1/4 of a yard should be plenty

I think everyone will be pleased with the pattern. It's an open period stitch that makes for a pretty and daint purse.

It is a very small stitch for this project.

I've also been working on some knitted fringe, I was thinking of adding a bit to my dress. I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I think it's pretty enough. I should have ironed the fringe out straight for the pictures.

The Instructions: 

Cast on 9 Stitches.

Slip 1, Knit 2, Yarn Over and Knit 2 Together, Knit 1, Yarn Over and Knit 2 Together, Knit 1.
Turn the knitting over and cast off the first 5 stitches and pull the remaining 4 stitches off the needle and untangle them to form one fringe. Holding the knitting in your left hand, cast on 8 more stitches by looping the yarn around the needle.

The joints are a little "wonky" but after a while it evens out and looks pretty. It's different than normal knitting but only takes a few tries to get right. Make sure to knit loosely.  


  1. Hmmm, I might have to try this though I;m not a good knitter/crocher.

  2. I am trying to keep the purse pattern really simple. If you can cast on and knit and purl, you should be able to do it. :D

    It's fun to do a knit along, everyone posts their progress on their blogs.

  3. Hmmm, I am going to have to get my grandma to teach me again for a blog knit along. :D

  4. What is 1 skein of size 10 crochet yarn? *puzzled* How big the skein, and what is that size?
    - or this: ... ?
    What size is that for me, metric-running European? 6 or 1,3? *puzzled even more*

    I have a 50 gram skein of knitting 2,5 - 3,5 cotton yarn, a pretty green I got as a last skein on sale... would that be right, or not? There's a handy little drawing on it which I interpret as claiming that a 10 x 10 cm square (about 4 inch) will take 36 rows of knitting and 26 meters of the yarn. (The whole skein is 125 meter/134 yards.) :-) - I don't know if this helps, but the conversion charts I've found certainly don't!

    Metric 2,5 - 3,5 knitting size seems to be something between American 1 - 4. *puzzled completely*

    That stitch looks nice. I'm already looking forward to it, and hoping it will go better than my last attempt. :-)

  5. I am not sure about the conversion but the crochet thread is a little bit thinner than embroidery thread. A skein of no. 10 is normally about 350 meters but we will not need anywhere near that much.

    Here's an example but it's hard to tell from just a picture:

  6. Thank you very much! The conversion charts are completely confusing. This gives me a much better idea.

  7. P.S. So I can't use the skein I have, it's much thicker.


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