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.

6 comments:

  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. :)

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

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

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

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  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.

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  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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