October 2, 2009

Civil War Era Socks from Godey's Lady's Book

Civil War Reenactor Sock Pattern
    Godey's Lady's Book is an invaluable resource to those reproducing Civil War Era clothing and accessories. At the time, it was the most popular women's magazine in the United States. In 1860 (the publication year of this sock pattern, the magazine had 150,000 subscribers!
   Each issue included engravings of the newest fashions, fiction, poetry, recipes, drawing lessons, sewing patterns, knitting and crocheting instructions as well as informative articles about foreign  countries.
    I've been meaning to learn how to knit socks. I have never attempted but gosh don't these look warm and fuzzy today! The cold has made me wish I had knitted these back in July.
     If anyone ends up knitting these, I would love to post a picture of the finished project and will definitely post mine...when I get around to knitting them.


Sock Pattern Godey's Lady's BookTo knit this pattern today, you'll need a guide to convert the 19th century terms in to todays knitting terms. This guide: Knitting, written by Colleen Formby is great. She gives the different terms for wool and yarn and a conversion table to convert needle sizes to common sizes used today.

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