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Flat cap

Hello!! I'm Illadore de Bedegrayne, now in the West Kingdom. :)

I thought I would start off by asking the community for their collective opinion on flat caps. I am interested in knitting flat caps for two students of mine for 12th night.

Has anyone knit flat caps and if so, got any suggestions? Currently, I have two balls of Kashmira Yarn, red wool, per hat. (so 568 yards of medium weight wool.) However, I've read online that some people have had trouble felting with it.

So first -- what flat cap patterns have you knit and did you like them?

Second -- Has anyone used Sensations Kashmira yarn for a flat cap and did it work out alright or no?

Thanks! :)


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Oct. 17th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
I've made the Tudor Bonnet by N.C. Evans. The pattern is very easy to follow and the smallest size will fit most adults after felting. The largest size will be a good display item or pet bed.

The first time I used yarn for Alice Starmore's patterns. It turned out very nice and felted beautifully. I've also used Lopi as in the bulkiest version they make. It is the perfect Beefeater style hat after a lot of abuse felting. My friend's cat thinks it is the perfect cat bed.

I've never used Sensations Kashmira for a knitting project, so I've no clue how it will work for a flat cap.

~ Ldy Ciara Eirikswif

Oct. 17th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
Stealing a thread...!

Oh, sorry about that.


Maria A.S.
Oct. 17th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
Re: Stealing a thread...!
quit making me cry before work. ;)

Miss all y'all too.
Oct. 17th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
I've knit several of these flat caps starting from the middle and working out, and they're a blast! I use a larger wool and bigger needles, and often wind up with 6 or 7 needles (which makes people on the bus look at me funny...).

Time for lunch, but I'll write more later (if I can).
Oct. 17th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't used that yarn, either, so i can't be of help.

Kirstie Buckland, the author of Costume's article on Monmouth caps, sells reproduction late period hats from a website here,


and has a number of pictures of fascinating variants on the flatcap.

There's a good set of instructions for knitting a flatcap here, designed after a cap found on the wreck of the Gagina, which went down in 1583:


Also, NESAT VII's proceedings has a paper listing some of the finds from a dump in the city of Groningen, in the Netherlands, which includes a nearly complete beret. This is a scholar's cap-- shaped like a mushroom with a brim with earflaps that comes straight down to frame the wearer's face. It is complete but for a hole in the very top of the crown. As to what it looks like, combine the puffy top of Kirstie Buckland's Holbein hat with the shaped undersection of her Coif, and there you have it.
Oct. 17th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
If you can get in touch with Plymoth Plantation, in massachusetts
they have a pattern in the gift shop that they use in the village. It is based on the extant.
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