The Monmouth Cap. The history of the Monmouth Cap can be found here. In a nutshell, the cap was introduced in the earlyish 15th century. The everyday man wore the cap-made from serviceable material. Royalty wore the cap- made from finer material. In later years, the cap was widely used among sailors as it kept the head warm (imagine that!) Captain John Smith (yes, that Captain) even recommended the English colonists include the cap in their kit.
The pattern I used was a compilation of this one and this one. The yarn I used was Lion Brand, Jiffy in Dark Gray Heather, 100% Acrylic. (Yeah...I know...not historically accurate yarn). I have used the cap several times and it is quite warm. DD#2 loves playing with the brim, changing it up, down, leaving one side up and the other down etc...
Things I learned-how to pick up stitches and sl2tog, k1, psso (different way of decreasing instead of k2tog)
I would like to make this hat again. This time doing a provisional cast on as suggested in knitting-and. Should make turning the brim easier. And maybe make a third one so I can felt it.
The Challenge: Challenge #5: Peasants and Pioneers
Fabric: Lion Brand, Jiffy, Dark Gray Heather. 100%Acrylic
Pattern: I used a pattern from Jennifer L. Carlson and knitting-and
Year: Earlyish 15th century to 17th and even later
Notions: None, zippo, zilch, Nada
How historically accurate is it? Both patterns used were based upon viewing one of the few surviving Monmouth Caps. From what I could see, when the brim is down, the cap does resemble the cap in The Nelson Museum and Local History Centre
First worn: As soon as it was off my needles-March 6, 2013
Total cost: $6-for the yarnOther Monmouth Cap websites :
17th and 18th century knitted caps
Colleen Stitches in Time -SCA
ravelry Monmouth Cap Pattern
More historical caps