Monday, May 14, 2007

Monmouth Cap

It seems fitting that the first entry should celebrate a first finished object. These two hats were made from the same pattern, same yarn, same needles. One new knitter (Matt) determined to strangle the yarn. One experienced knitter (Sharon) exploring Continental knitting for the very first time.

Needles: Addi Turbo US size 10, 20" (a bit too short) or 24" (a bit too long); size 10 dpns; it also helps to have another circular needle for the stitches from the provisional caston when you knit the hem

Yarn: Lamb's Pride Bulky (85% wool, 15% mohair) in M77 Blue Magic or M03 Gray Heather; 125 yards per skein

Looser hat takes very slightly more than one skein; tighter hat takes very slightly less; to be absolutely sure, suggest seeing how much yarn it takes to complete a stitch, and counting stitches, so you can make adjustments on the fly to make sure you'll have enough.

Pattern: This pattern for a Monmouth Cap - the brim is constructed by doing a provisional caston, knitting for a couple of inches, doing a purl ridge, knitting a couple more inches and then folding at the purl ridge and knitting the two edges together before proceeding on to the body of the cap. The picture at right shows the cap just after the brim was knitted together.

Modifications: Knitted plain until hat is 5 1/2" (rather than 5") and tossed a couple of extra rows into the decreases, too. It's just too short, otherwise. Finished when there are 8 stitches on the needle - didn't make the little I-cord Jughead detail.

Sharon's looser hat is simply enormous, and will probably need to be fulled, which, fortunately, is traditional.

Notes: Very warm. Fits well. Handsome, simple, traditional and distinctive.

Additional background material:
http://www.qualitycaps.co.uk/pages/products/product-details.asp?ID=34
http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/jennifer/Monmouth.htm
http://www.gtj.org.uk/en/item1/7998
http://genvieve.net/sca/monmouthcap.html

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