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MrKnitster 03-14-2014 01:16 PM

Civil War Uniform Patterns for Toys
Okay, how's this for specific? I am trying to find knitting patterns for civil war uniforms (and any accessories or paraphernalia) for stuffed animals or dolls (about 8-10 inches tall). I have been searching ravelry, but so far without success.

How about it, knitters? Any ideas?

Thanks, as always!

justplaincharlotte 03-14-2014 02:05 PM

A sweater like this could be modified with a mandarin collar. Add trim as needed.

A hat like this could be modified into a wee pillbox hat, with a brim knitted onto it. Add trim also as needed.

For trousers, something like this could be scaled down.

What fun you'll have with this!

MrKnitster 03-14-2014 02:55 PM


You flatter my skills! I will muddle through with this excellent start. Thanks so much.


Becky Morgan 03-14-2014 06:28 PM

I have no suggestions because Charlotte had good ones, but what a cool project! (Yes, I'm a Civil War buff.)

justplaincharlotte 03-14-2014 10:28 PM


Originally Posted by Purlster (Post 1399214)

You flatter my skills! I will muddle through with this excellent start. Thanks so much.


Naah, you can knit and you can purl so you are sufficiently skilled! I do suggest you write down the changes you make to the patterns so that you don't have to reinvent the wheel on your second outfit!

Oh, before I forget, a very short length of loop stitch would make great epaulettes!

And a thin icord could be used for leg striping on the trousers.

Are you doing both union and confederate uniforms?

fatoldladyinpjs 03-15-2014 09:31 PM

I think this would be a great time to branch out and be your own designer! One book I would highly recommend would be Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting Design. It's a large paperback book. You may be able to save money by getting a used copy. I think this one may be available as an instant download ebook for Kindle or Nook. You don't need one of their ereaders. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble have a free download for your pc.

I love history and watch documentaries all the time. My home state of Wisconsin was the number one state for producing wool for Civil War uniforms. It was a booming business here. The farmers raised Merino sheep because their many folds produced a lot of wool. So use Merino wool if you want to be authentic.

GrumpyGramma 03-15-2014 10:55 PM

I'm anticipating wonderful FOtos!

MrKnitster 03-18-2014 09:59 AM

Yes, both Union and Confederate uniforms. I have made a number of stuffed animals for my daughter using Barbara Prime's wonderful patters. We are planning a Civil War history field trip and I wanted to surprise her with some new clothes for her critters. This may be beyond my ability to deliver for late April, but perhaps a longer range project...

salmonmac 03-18-2014 05:42 PM

What a great idea! The trip sounds like lots of fun and the clothes for the toys would be wonderful. Even the simplest tunic in blue or grey would get the idea across. I don't know if you're going to Gettysburg or are interested but there are wonderful horseback tours of the battlefield there.

justplaincharlotte 03-19-2014 01:11 PM

Awesome! That's such a great way for her to start learning about our history! So much of how we are now as a country is still a direct result of that conflict from regional cultures to voting patterns...

I have to agree with salmonmac. The coats are a great place to start. Full regalia can come over time. :)

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